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Net Pioneer Wants New Internet

July 1, 2005

David Clark, who led the development of the Internet in the 1970s, is working with the National Science Foundation on a plan for a whole new infrastructure to replace today’s global network.

A new architecture could allow for ubiquitous embedded wireless communications devices and sensors. It could also provide for more secure and convenient forms of commerce. A super-high-speed Internet could even allow people a world apart to collaborate… read more

A War of Robots

July 11, 2002

Since the United States military campaign began in Afghanistan, the unmanned spy plane has gone from a bit player to a starring role in Pentagon planning. Rather than the handful of “autonomous vehicles,” or A.V.’s, that snooped on Al Qaeda hideouts, commanders are envisioning wars involving vast robotic fleets on the ground, in the air and on the seas — swarms of drones that will not just find their foes,… read more

New Discovery Could Rejuvenate the Brain

December 19, 2008

Researchers at The University of British Columbia have identified a set of proteins — calpain and cortactin — that regulate and control the sprouting of neurons (neural plasticity).

Calpain prevents uncontrolled growth (as a result, the central nervous system is unable to reorganize itself in response to injury or disease). So the next step is to find a way to enhance neural plasticity without interfering with the good connections… read more

A Step Closer to Printing-Press Electronics

July 3, 2007

One goal for the future of electronics is the ability to print large, flexible circuits using machines similar to printing presses. While great strides have been made in developing bendable and lightweight organic materials to use in this type of circuitry, methods to deposit those materials over large areas have not been as successful.

Recently, scientists from the DuPont’s Material Science and Engineering division and Organic ID, a subsidiary… read more

Simulated society may generate virtual culture

July 18, 2005

A society of virtual “agents” – each with a remarkably realistic personality and the ability to learn and communicate – is being crafted by scientists from five European research institutes who hope to gain insights into the way human societies evolve.

Game Theory for Real People

August 1, 2002

Game theorists need to consider emotions and their consequences, not just rational behavior, according to game theorist Martin Shubik, speaking at the International Conference on Game Theory.

Nobel prize winner John Nash spoke on “Further work on computational study of models in cooperation in games. Study of standard three-person games in terms of agencies.”

Nanotechnology’s biggest stories of 2008

December 29, 2008

Manganese-oxide nanowires were shaped into a kind of paper tissue that guzzles up oil spills without absorbing a drop of water, and a novel mixture of gold-filled carbon nanotubes and lithium hydride capable of converting radiation directly into electricity are among New Scientist’s top nanotech stories of 2008.

Want To Watch The Web 2.0 Summit From Home? Here’s The Livestream

November 16, 2010

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You can watch the Web 2.0 Summit live via streaming and archived.

The Web 2.0 Summit is brings together leaders of the Internet Economy to debate and determine business strategy. The conference is being held November 15-17 in San Francisco.

Unreal Meetings

July 11, 2007

MIT researcher Drew Harry designs virtual spaces that don’t look like the familiar world–his virtual meeting room looks more like a football field than like a conference room. He says his goal is to stop mimicking the physical world and start creating a new kind of space.

His virtual meeting room arranges people based on their allegiance. Where an avatar stands signifies whether a person agrees or disagrees with… read more

AI-based ‘Previewseek’ search engine launched

August 2, 2005

Previewseek Limited has launched an AI-based search engine, Previewseek.com.

Its AI algorithms improve searching, the company claims. It “understands” the meanings of words, distinguishes between unbiased and commercial content, and generates visual “previews” of search result pages.

The Previewseek.com site is at www.previewseek.com

NASA rejects claim it plans mind reading capability

August 21, 2002

NASA managers today said published media reports suggesting the agency plans to read the minds of potential terrorists go too far and ignore the facts and science behind the research. “NASA does not have the capability to read minds, nor are we suggesting that would be done,” said Robert Pearce, Director, NASA’s Strategy and Analysis Division in the Office of Aerospace Technology in Washington. “Our scientists were… read more

Nanobot lets DNA legs do the walking

January 7, 2009

University of Oxford scientists have designed a two-legged molecular machine that can walk unaided along a single strand of DNA and could one day shift cargo around nanofactories.

Checkers ‘solved’ after years of number crunching

July 20, 2007

A mathematical proof shows that checkers always results in a draw when neither player makes a mistake. For computer-game aficionados, the game is now “solved.”

The computer proof took Jonathan Schaeffer, a computer-games expert at the University of Alberta in Canada, 10^14 calculations over 18 years to complete and is one of the longest running computations in history.

Schaeffer has also released online an updated version of a… read more

Global scientific research project launched to improve understanding of the human brain

August 12, 2005

Seven member countries of the OECD’s Global Science Forum have launched the have set up the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility to promote international collaboration among scientists and create new ways of sharing and analyzing data in the new neuroinformatics research field.

The project will promote international collaboration in the management of neuroscience data and associated knowledge databases, create new internationally agreed analytical and modeling tools, develop mathematical/computational models of… read more

‘Smart’ Silicon Dust Could Help Screen for Chemical Weapons

September 13, 2002

Scientists report the development of dust-size “smart” silicon crystals that could be used to detect chemical and biological agents from a distance, using a laser light source.

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