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That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker.

"Smartphone are robots for which we ... are merely the hands and feet."
July 15, 2012


The device in your purse or jeans that you think is a cellphone — guess again. It is a tracking device that happens to make calls. Let’s stop calling them phones. They are trackers, say Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan, reporters on digital privacy for ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative newsroom, in a New York Times opinion piece.

It was recently disclosed that cellphone carriers responded… read more

The (Nano) Arms Race Has Begun

July 2, 2004

India’s new President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam called today for India to develop nanotechnology — including nanobots — because it will revolutionize warfare.

He called for scientists to develop “super strong, smart and intelligent structures in the field of material science and this in turn could lead new production of nano robots with new types of explosives and sensors for air, land and space systems.”

“This is… read more

The (really scary) soldier of the future

October 21, 2005

The goal of nanobiotechnology is to completely break down the borders between living and nonliving materials. This goal has the most profound implications for every aspect of human endeavor, but in warfare the consequences of integrating our most powerful technologies are almost beyond comprehension.

The fusion of nanotechnology and biotechnology will erase any distinction between chemical, biological, and conventional weapons, altering the face of war (and life) forever.… read more

The (Shocked) Nose Knows

March 28, 2008

Northwestern University researchers have found that people can quickly learn to distinguish between almost-identical smells if choosing incorrectly nets them a nasty shock.

This in the first study that shows conditioning can hone the human nose and alter the brain.

An MRI scanned the smell centers of subjects’ brains as they distinguished between two pairs of subtly different smells, and as a slight electric shock accompanied one of… read more

The 10 Emerging Technologies of 2008

February 19, 2008

Technology Review has announced its annual list of the 10 most exciting new technologies.

Two of the technologies–cellulolytic enzymes and atomic magnetometers–are efforts by leading scientists to solve critical problems, while five–surprise modeling, connectomics, probabilistic CMOS, reality mining, and offline Web applications–represent whole new ways of looking at problems. And three–graphene transistors, nanoradio, and wireless power–are amazing feats of engineering that have created something entirely new.

The $100 Genome

April 17, 2008

Complete Genomics and BioNanomatrix, are collaborating to create a novel approach that would sequence your genome for $100 in a single day.

The most recent figures for sequencing a human genome are $60,000 in about six weeks.

Each DNA molecule will be threaded into a nanofluidics device, made BioNanomatrix, lined with rows of tiny channels. The narrow width of the channels–about 100 nanometers–forces the normally tangled DNA to… read more

The 20 Most Innovative Products of the Year

December 28, 2006

An operating system that runs entirely on the Web, the fastest desktop chip, and an e-reader are among the most innovative products of 2006.

Also listed: 5 innovations to look for in 2007.

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics

October 8, 2013

de these new siblings of electrons and quarks.<br />
François Englert and Peter Higgs meet for the first time,<br />
at CERN when the discovery of a Higgs particle was<br />
announced to the world on 4 July 2012.<br />
Photo: CERN, htt

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 has been awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.


The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

October 8, 2013


The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute has decided to award The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman, and Thomas C. Südhof, for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells.

The three scientists have solved the mystery of how the cell organizes its transport system. Each cell is a factory… read more

The 2020 vision of robotic assistants unveiled

May 25, 2005

Household companions, android medics and robot entertainers of the future will be showcased at the Prototype Robot Exhibition in Japan.

The $30 Genome?

June 7, 2010

(Microfluidics sequencing team/Weitz lab)

Harvard University physicist David Weitz and his team are adapting microfluidics technology to DNA sequencing that will be able to sequence a human genome for $30.

The $300m cable that will save traders milliseconds

September 14, 2011

Hibernia Atlantic is spending $300 million for a new transatlantic cable to save six milliseconds in transmission time. Reason: reportedly, a one-millisecond advantage could be worth up to $100 million a year to the bottom line of a large hedge fund.

See also When The Speed Of Light Is Too Slow: Trading at the Edge.

The 50 Best Robots Ever

December 27, 2005

They’re exploring the deep sea and distant planets. They’re saving lives in the operating room and on the battlefield. They’re transforming factory floors and filmmaking….

The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years

December 25, 2005

PC World’s list of the top tech gadgets of the last half century, rated by “usefulness, design, degree of innovation, and influence on subsequent gadgets, as well the ‘cool factor,’” includes Sony Walkman (1979), Apple iPod (2001), and a tie between ReplayTV RTV2001 and TiVo HDR110 (1999) — the top three.

Other cool items include iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac (2002), Sharp Wizard OZ-7000 (1989), and MITS Altair 8800 (1975).

The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet

December 6, 2010

Researchers want to create the “Living Earth Simulator” to mine economic, environmental and health data to create a model of the entire planet in real time. But one of the dangers from such an approach is that any ethical issues are likely to be swamped by this tidal wave of numbers.

The idea is to exploit the huge amounts of data generated by financial markets, health records, social media… read more

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