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Prof posits metananocircuits as electronics’ next frontier

March 4, 2008

University of Pennsylvania professor Nader Engheta hopes to create electronic components and circuits in an entirely new regime–one where “current” is no longer defined as the movement of electrons and holes, but instead as an electromagnetic wave, leading to a new kind of optical information processing and perhaps a new form of nanoscale computational unit that would outperform conventional silicon electronics.

His building blocks are metananocircuitry–composite nanomaterials that exhibit… read more

How a Computer Knows What Many Managers Don’t

July 9, 2006

Many mutual funds that make their trades based on the recommendations of a proprietary computer model, known as quantitative or quant funds, have outperformed their benchmarks in the last three years.

Next Big Thing Is a Really Small Battery

August 29, 2003

A patent has just been issued to the University of Tulsa for batteries that are so small that 40 could be stacked across the width of a human hair.

Statistics could help decode ancient scripts

August 18, 2009

A statistical method that picks out the
“information value” of words in a book that could help scholars decode ancient texts like the Voynich manuscript — or even messages from aliens — has been developed by University of Manchester researchers and colleagues.

Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine

March 10, 2008

A new kind of immersive visual and auditory experience on the Web is emerging, fueled by hardware innovations (Wii, iPhone, multitouch displays, etc.) and more powerful programming tools, like PicLens, which offers a small icon cue inset in each Web photo that lets users know they are on a site that can be browsed with the software.

Clicking on the icon transports the user away from the… read more

Desire Controls What We See, Study Finds

July 17, 2006

Cornell University psychologists found that participants in an experiment interpreted figures in a way that would lead them to a reward, by tracking automatic, unconscious eye movements.

Bat echoes used as virtual reality guide

September 15, 2003

A bat echolocation system, adapted for human ears, has been used allow people to locate objects in a virtual reality environment. The system sends out bat echolocation sounds and returns echoes that are slowed into the human range of hearing.

Beyond space and time: Fractals, hyperspace and more

August 27, 2009

NewScientist explores dimensions from zero to 10D string theory in a special feature.

Synthetic vocal cords made from antifreeze chemical

July 15, 2011

Polymer Gel

Researchers at MIT and Harvard University are developing a synthetic material to revitalize damaged vocal cords.

The researchers are developing a polymer gel that they hope to start testing in a small clinical trial next year. The gel, which mimics key traits of human vocal cords, could help millions of people with voice disorders. They chose polyethylene glycol (PEG) as its starting material, in… read more

Intel confirms 160GB solid-state drives will be unveiled soon

March 13, 2008

Intel is close to unveiling a new line of solid-state drives for laptop and notebook PCs that will feature a storage capacity up to 160GB, putting solid-state drives in direct competition with hard drives.

Coming soon: Google on your brain

July 28, 2006

Our software and data is moving to giant remote servers connected to the Internet while other trends are taking us toward ultimate mobility.

The cellphone is becoming more like a PC while the PC is becoming more like a cellphone. In short, the next great era of computing — succeeding the PC one — will likely be about smaller, cheaper, more-powerful portable devices.

Delivering drugs in inhalable microspheres

September 30, 2003

Medications such as therapeutic DNA, insulin and human growth hormone must enter the body through painful injections, but a Johns Hopkins researcher wamts to deliver them by packing the drugs inside microscopic plastic spheres that can be inhaled painlessly.

Inside the lungs, the particles will dissolve harmlessly, releasing the medicine at a predetermined pace.

Johns Hopkins University press release

Quantum amnesia gives time its arrow

September 2, 2009

The forward-only direction of time is the result of quantum-mechanical amnesia that erases any trace that time has moved backwards, says Lorenzo Maccone of MIT.

Ten times more energy-efficient microchip recharges itself

March 18, 2008

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have designed a new lower-voltage chip that they claim could be up to 10 times more energy-efficient than the current generation.

The power consumption in the new chip is so low that devices using them may even be able to be recharged by human body heat from implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and health monitors, and it could lead to cell phones,… read more

Ice Age DNA may now be sequenced

August 15, 2006

We might now be able to sequence the genomes of mammoths and even Neanderthals, thanks to a new way to correct the errors in sequencing ancient DNA that are made because it degrades over time.

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