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Digital doctoring

February 5, 2012


The digital revolution can spur unprecedented advances in the medical sciences, argues Eric Topol in The Creative Destruction of Medicine.

With the aid of technology, Dr. Topol says, medical progress may well begin to resemble modern computers’ own astonishing surge in processing power and data storage.

Scientists find ’10th planet’

March 15, 2004

Cal Tech astronomers may have discovered the solar system’s 10th planet, “Sedna,” more than 3 billion kilometers further away from the sun than Pluto.

The planet has a diameter of almost 2,000 km. The discovery will be presenting during a NASA briefing on Monday at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Google introduces image-based text translation on Android phones

May 7, 2010

Google introduced Thursday a new feature for the Google Goggles app for Android phones that allows you to point your phone at a word or phrase and get an instant text translation from English, French, Italian, German and Spanish to many more languages.

More info: Google Mobile Blog

Textured graphics can be captured in a flash

August 28, 2008

University of Manchester scientists have developed a simple technique to add depth to textured surfaces displayed as backdrops in computer games and digital dome presentations.

They found they could reconstruct the depth of a surface simply by taking two photos of it — one with a flash and one without — and processing the resulting shading patterns to capture the surface’s 3D texture.

Homo Futurus: How Radically Should We Remake Ourselves — Or Our Children?

February 1, 2007

Futurists see a conflict forming over our dominion over the human body, and over the choices we make about our biological future, and that of our children. Some call it a clash between “bioliberals” and “bioconservatives,” and frame it as a debate over individual rights.

Transhumanists — those who advocate the use of science to alter the human future — may be playing an instrumental role in reshaping our… read more

Boosting memory by electrically stimulating the brain

February 9, 2012

UCLA neuroscientists have demonstrated that they can strengthen memory in human patients by stimulating the entorhinal cortex. in the brain. The finding could lead to a new method for boosting memory in patients with early Alzheimer’s disease.

Considered the doorway to the hippocampus, which helps form and store memories, the entorhinal cortex plays a crucial role in transforming daily experience into lasting memories.

Dr.… read more

NASA to Announce Another ‘Major’ Discovery by the Opportunity Mars Rover

March 23, 2004

NASA will announce a “major scientific finding” from its Mars Rover mission on Tuesday, March 23 at 2 p.m. ET, carried live on NASA TV.

Nanotube transistor will help us bond with machines

May 14, 2010


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel transistor, controlled by ATP (the chemical that provides the energy for our cells’ metabolism), that could be a big step towards making prosthetic devices that can be wired directly into the nervous system.

The transistor comprises a carbon nanotube, which behaves as a semiconductor, bridging the gap between two metal electrodes, and coated with an insulating polymer layer that leaves… read more

Google Enters the Browser Wars

September 2, 2008

On Tuesday, Google will unveil its own browser, called Chrome, available for downloading initially for Windows, and announced via a Scott McCloud comic book.

Kurzweil: Biotech Will Drive Software Security

February 11, 2007

Software security will be even more important as humans become more of a hybrid of non-biological and biological technology and intelligence, said Ray Kurzweil in a keynote speech Wednesday at the RSA 2007 conference in San Francisco.

This convergence is already happening with neural implants designed for Parkison’s Disease sufferers that are capable of downloaded software updates. “As devices shrink and get more powerful, software security is going to… read more

Snapshot chat creates automatic captions

April 2, 2004

A new system that can automatically caption digital photos by listening to you and your friends chat about them is being developed by Hewlett-Packard.

PC software records these conversations, converts them to text using a speech-recognition program, and extracts keywords to caption and index the photos.

HP says the method should help organize digital files as hard drives approach terabyte levels over the next few years.

Paper supercapacitor could power future paper electronics

May 24, 2010

Paper super capacitor

Paper transistors and paper displays that scientists have been designing can now be powered by an onboard power source, thanks to the development of a new paper supercapacitor designed by researchers at Stanford University.

A paper supercapacitor is made by simply printing carbon nanotubes onto a treated piece of paper. It could lead to the development of low-cost, disposable paper electronics. All the necessary components are integrated onto a… read more

Opening Search to Semantic Upstarts

September 8, 2008

Yahoo’s recently announced Build Your Own Search Service (BOSS) allows programmers to make use of Yahoo’s index of the Web–billions of pages that are continually updated–thereby removing perhaps the biggest barrier to search innovation.

The Intelligent Universe author James Gardner to appear on Coast To Coast AM show

February 20, 2007

James Gardner, author of the recently published book, The Intelligent Universe, will appear on the national Coast To Coast AM radio show on Tuesday night Feb. 20 to discuss the meaning of the intelligent universe, the process of cosmic evolution, and the impact of the discovery of ETs on religion.

Commercial applications of (CNTs) soon to be realised

April 14, 2004

Georgia Tech Research Institute is developing a carbon nanotube-based electrochemical double-layer supercapacitor, a project sponsored by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

Such supercapacitors would provide more power, increased energy density (more charge per gram of weight), and longer life than traditional batteries and capacitors that store electrical energy.

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