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Waiting for Flexible Displays and Flexible Devices

January 18, 2010

We could expect to see flexible displays in the marketplace in the next three to five years, but the other components are a little further out, says Nicholas Colaneri, director of the Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University.

Anticipating the Future to ‘See’ the Present

June 10, 2008

Scientists argue that the brain has evolved to see a split second into the future when it perceives motion.

Because it takes the brain at least a tenth of a second to model visual information, it is working with old information. By modeling the future during movement, it is “seeing” the present.

This is a general principle the brain applies to a wide variety of illusions that trick… read more

Google’s Cool Free Book Downloads

August 31, 2006

Google’s project to scan the world’s books new features free PDF downloads of classic public-domain books, via the Google Book Search site.

New biosensor melds carbon nanotubes, DNA

November 16, 2011

Microbiosensors based on DNA-modified single-walled carbon nanotube decorated with platinum black nanoparticles

Purdue University scientists have developed a method for combining synthetic DNA and carbon nanotubes onto a biosensor electrode that may lead to more accurate measurements of glucose, ATP, and other compounds related to diabetes and other diseases.

Standard sensors employ metal electrodes coated with enzymes that react with compounds and produce an electrical signal that can be measured. But the inefficiency of those sensors leads… read more

Silicon May Have Been The Key To Start Of Life On Earth

October 27, 2003

A scientist at the University of Sheffield has discovered that silicon may have been the key to the establishment of life on earth.

In a paper, due to be published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, Dr Wainwright outlines his team’s discovery that silicon stimulates bacterial growth when food is in short supply, even in the absence of oxygen.

Brain protein critical to movement, memory, and learning deciphered at the Advanced Light Source

January 25, 2010

The complete atomic-level architecture of the nervous system’s glutamate receptor protein has been fully mapped for the first time using Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source.

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

This much-anticipated milestone could lead to new treatments for neurological diseases and a better understanding of how the nervous system controls movement, memory, and learning.

How to build a quantum eavesdropper

June 16, 2008

Researchers at the University of Tskuba in Japan have designed a quantum eavesdropper that can extract information from a quantum message without the sender or receiver knowing.

It exploits a loophole: the ability to make imperfect copies of quantum states without destroying the original.

Tracing the limits of quantum weirdness

September 13, 2006

The uncertainty principle is being harnessed to see if it is possible to identify a point at which matter begins to exhibit weird quantum behavior by detecting quantum superposition.

Intel Smashes Transistor Limitations

November 5, 2003

Intel is trumpeting a technology breakthrough it says will lead to billion-transistor processors by 2007.

The new technology should enable Intel to keep creating smaller, faster transistors for future chips, and keep pace with Moore’s Law well into the next decade, said Ken David, director of components research for Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group.

The development would overcome power and heat problems that would eventually limit Intel’s capability… read more

Peering inside an artificial sun

February 1, 2010

A tiny chamber made of gold is used to contain the pellet of heavy hydrogen fuel at the center of a fusion reaction (National Ignition Facility)

“Fusion ignition,” a major milestone toward the harnessing of fusion power, is expected within the next year or two at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).

Researchers at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center figured out how to use a second fusion reaction to produce a flash of protons that allows them to see the reactions taking place inside a 2-mm diameter fuel capsule whose temperature (200 million degrees Kelvin)… read more

The Importance of Being Frightened

June 20, 2008
(J. Susskind and A. Anderson/University of Toronto)

Emotional facial expressions confer a survival advantage, University of Toronto researchers have found, using vision and breathing tests.

A fearful visage improves peripheral vision, speeds up eye movement, and boosts air flow, potentially allowing a person to more quickly sense and respond to danger. Squinty, scrunched-up disgusted faces had the opposite effect, limiting vision and decreasing air flow, ostensibly to keep out substances that might be harmful… read more

PC World’s 100 Fearless Forecasts

October 2, 2006

High-def video over the Net, inexpensive 20-megapixel cameras, and 50-terabyte DVDs are among PC World’s 100 forecasts of future technology.

UK moves to ban human sex selection

November 12, 2003

Britain’s fertility regulator tells the government parents should not be able to choose the sex of their children, based on potential health dangers of selecting sperm by the available methods and for social reasons.

Professor: We have a ‘moral obligation’ to seed universe with life

February 9, 2010

Seeding the universe with life is not just an option, it’s our moral obligation, says Michael Mautner, Research Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The suggested strategy: deposit an array of primitive organisms on potentially fertile planets and protoplanets throughout the universe.

Potential breeding grounds include extrasolar planets, accretion disks surrounding young stars that hold the gas and dust of future planets, and — at an even… read more

The Fight to End Aging Gains Legitimacy, Funding

June 26, 2008

Some scientists are beginning to view biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey’s approach — looking at aging as a disease and bringing in more disciplines into gerontology — as worthwhile.

His Methuselah Foundation now has an annual research funding budget of several million dollars, de Grey says, and it’s beginning to show lab results that he thinks will turn scientists’ heads.

Starting Friday, the Methuselah Foundation, is sponsoring its first… read more

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