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Implants Create Insect Cyborgs

February 12, 2008

Cornell University researchers have succeeded in implanting electronic circuit probes into tobacco hornworms that then mature into long-lived moths whose muscles can be controlled with the implanted electronics.

The ultimate goal of DARPA’s HI-MEMS program is to provide insect cyborgs that can demonstrate controlled flight; the insects would be used in a variety of military and homeland security applications.

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Controlling Robots with the Mind

September 19, 2002

People with nerve or limb injuries may one day be able to command wheelchairs, prosthetics and even paralyzed arms and legs by “thinking them through” the motions.

Scientists have developed implantable microchips that will embed the neuronal pattern recognition now done with software, thereby eventually freeing the brain-machine interface devices from a computer. These microchips will send wireless control data to robotic actuators.

Ray Kurzweil and David Chalmers to Headline Singularity Summit 2009 in New York

July 15, 2009

Singularity Summit 2009 moves to New York on October 3-4, the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI) plans to announce Thursday. The event will feature leading experts on accelerating technological change and the future of humanity, such as inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil, speaking on “The Ubiquity and Predictability of the Exponential Growth of Information Technology” and “Critics of the Singularity”; David Chalmers, director of the Centre for Consciousness at… read more

A high-fat diet may rapidly injure brain cells that control body weight

June 9, 2011

Obesity among people who eat a high-fat diet may involve injury to neurons, researchers at the Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence at the University of Washington have shown.

The researchers studied the brains of rodents for the short-term and long-term effects of eating a high-fat diet. After giving groups of 6 to 10 rats and mice a high-fat diet for periods from one day… read more

Cornell researchers create DNA buckyballs for drug delivery

August 29, 2005

Cornell University researchers have made DNA buckyballs that could be used for drug delivery and as containers for chemical reactions.

The buckyballs are made from a specially prepared, branched DNA-polystyrene hybrid. The hybrid molecules spontaneously self-assemble into hollow balls about 400 nanometers in diameter.

Source: Cornell University news release

Researchers make first direct observation of 3-D molecule folding in real time

February 15, 2008

Stanford University researchers have observed a molecule folding in real time and three dimensions for the first time.

They used an optical trap to grab and hold the ends of the RNA molecule with laser beams, then pulled it straight and let it loop up again, allowing them to determine for the first time how a three-dimensional molecular structure folds, step by step.

China poised to take over world’s manufacturing

October 13, 2002

China is poised to take over the world’s manufacturing; individuals outside of China will be displaced on a large scale, according to the Oct. 11 Gilder Friday Letter from Gilder Publishing.

Reasons: some 18 million people enter the work force each year, typical wages are 60 cents a day, 700,000 engineers a year are trained and paid $4,800 to $8,800 a year, and there’s a “high-pitched level… read more

YouTube in 3D?

July 24, 2009

One of Google’s developers has been working on a “20% project” to create a 3D effect for videos.

Polymer breakthrough to boost smart drugs

September 12, 2005

Smart plastic films programmed to release a precise sequence of treatments are poised to revolutionize drug delivery, thanks to a breakthrough in polymer chemistry at MIT.

The films could be used to coat implants such as artificial hips and tissue scaffolds to deliver phased release over a period of hours or weeks.

The method calls for depositing very thin polymer films on objects of any shape. The scientists… read more

Genetic pathway critical to disease, aging found

February 21, 2008

University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have discovered a gene expression pathway and specific enzymes that exert a sweeping influence over the process of oxidative stress, the process that contributes to many diseases and conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s, heart disease and stroke to cancer and the process of aging.

The finding is important because it represents a master pressure point for a host of medical conditions. One key enzyme in the… read more

DNA as Destiny

October 31, 2002

DNA is not only the book of life; it’s also the book of death. In the future we may be able to read it cover to cover. Here’s a first-hand account of what it’s like to take the world’s first top-to-bottom gene scan. “Everyone has errors in his or her DNA, glitches that may trigger a heart spasm or cause a brain tumor. I’m here to learn mine.” It may… read more

Cyborg-walkers stride toward Japan’s robotics future

August 4, 2009

Japan has launched a five-year project of putting “people-assisting robots” into widespread practical use, such as Cyberdyne’s HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) exoskeletons, designed to give mobility to the injured and disabled.

Quantum-dot syntheses developed

September 23, 2005

New synthesis methods by University at Buffalo researchers allow for scalable, rapid creation of large quantities of non-toxic, robust, water-dispersible quantum dots for bioimaging.

The quantum dots also emit light in longer wavelengths, in the red region of the spectrum, making them capable of imaging processes deeper in the body, and they exhibit two-photon excitation, which is necessary for high-contrast imaging.

Source: University at Buffalo newsread more

Future Blogger community launched

February 28, 2008

MemeBox has announced the public beta release of Future Blogger, a blogging community dedicated to exploring the future.

Visitors can post their thoughts, predictions and scenarios. Community ratings then determine page ranking for posts. The site’s Future Scanner also aggregates and organizes information about the future by year and category.

Man: 0 Machine: 1

November 15, 2002

Feng-Hsiung Hsu, who worked tirelessly for almost two decades to build IBM’s Deep Blue chess computer, demonstrates in “Behind Deep Blue” that the computer’s victory was not a matter of machine defeating man, but rather the advancement of a powerful tool assembled by human beings.

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