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Blueprint for a Quantum Electric Motor

September 18, 2009


Two atoms trapped in a ring-shaped optical lattice driven by an alternating magnetic field can create the smallest electric motor, University of Augsburg researchers have discovered.

BlueGene/L is still world’s fastest supercomputer

November 13, 2007
BlueGene/L racks being installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Bob Hirschfeld/LLNL)

IBM’s Blue Gene/L supercomputer continues its four-year domination of the official
TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list
for 2007, announced today.

The IBM supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was expanded this summer to deliver a sustained performance of 478.2 teraflops, up from 280.6 teraflops in June.

The No. 2 computer in the world — and Europe’s fastest — is the new first-time installation of… read more

BlueGene/L doubles up

March 25, 2005

BlueGene/L, already number one on the latest Top 500, nearly doubled its performance — now at 135.3 teraflops — after doubling its processor count at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

BlueBiped: A human-like walking robot that requires no power source

October 26, 2011


Robot legs propelled entirely by their own weight that can walk with a human-like gait without motors or external control have been developed by researchers at the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan, ExtremeTech reports.

The robot legs are basically just an imitation of human physiology, with thighs and lower legs made out of aluminum that are the same length as their human counterparts, and ankles and… read more

Blue Waters, one of the world’s most powerful computers, opens for research

April 2, 2013

Blue Waters has been configured to solve the most challenging compute-, memory- and data-intensive problems in science and engineering. It has tens of thousands of chips (CPUs & GPUs), more than a petabyte of memory, tens of petabytes of disk storage, and hundreds of petabytes of archival storage. (Credit: NCSA/University of Illinois)

Blue Waters, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, was formally declared available for use today at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Blue Waters, a partnership among NSF, the State of Illinois, the University of Illinois and the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation, is capable at peak performance of nearly  12 petaFLOPS (12… read more

Blue LEDs to reset tired truckers’ body clocks

March 19, 2008

Blue LEDs in truck cabs and truck stops could be the key to reducing accidents caused by drowsy drivers by convincing the brain it’s morning, say Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers.

Nearly 30% of all fatal accidents involving large trucks in the US happen during the hours of darkness.

Blue implantable film delivers drugs at the flick of a switch

February 12, 2008

MIT scientists have developed a drug-infused film that breaks down when a voltage is applied across its surface, allowing it to be used as an implantable device that releases precise doses of a drug into a patient’s bloodstream.

Blue goo sucks up toxic waste

May 30, 2011

(Credit: DECONGEL)

Japanese officials are using CBI Polymers’ hazardous waste cleaner DeconGel on everything from concrete walkways and parking lots to schools and retail shops, both inside and outside of the exclusion zone.

DeconGel starts off as a liquid that can be brushed or sprayed onto contaminated surfaces. It dries to form a gel that encapsulates microscopic bits of radioactive or otherwise hazardous waste, including PCBs, beryllium, mercury and… read more

Blue Gene/L tops its own supercomputer record

October 28, 2005

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM unveiled the Blue Gene/L supercomputer Thursday and announced it’s broken its own record again for the world’s fastest supercomputer.

The 65,536-processor machine can sustain 280.6 teraflops.

Blue Brain project accurately predicts connections between neurons

September 18, 2012

Patterning of putative synapses between synaptically coupled neurons (credit: EPFL)

In a landmark paper, published this week in PNAS (forthcoming), the EPFL’s Blue Brain Project (BBP) has identified key principles that determine synapse-scale connectivity by virtually reconstructing (in supercomputer) a cortical microcircuit and comparing it to a mammalian sample.

These principles now make it possible to predict the locations of synapses in the neocortex, the researchers say.

“This is a major breakthrough,… read more

Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD Arrive

May 16, 2006

High-definition DVD has arrived … in two, incompatible formats — Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD.

Both formats offer capacities several times that of conventional DVDs. At launch, Blu-ray Disc is available in 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer flavors (for prepackaged media as well as for recordable and rewritable media). By contrast, HD DVD’s capacity comes in at 15GB for a single-layer disc and 30GB for a dual-layer disc (for… read more

Bloomberg, Fox News profile Transcendent Man movie

February 27, 2011

Ray Kurzweil on the set at Bloomberg TV. (Image: Barry Ptolemy)

Ray Kurzweil appeared on two television news shows Friday Feb. 25 to discuss the new movie, Transcendent Man: The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil, on Bloomberg InBusiness and, with Transcendent Man director Barry Ptolemy, on Fox News America’s Newsroom.

Also see: Transcendent Man opens in top ten on iTunes in Canada; March 1 U.S. release planned

Blood-vessel cells can combat aggressive tumors: MIT scientists

January 20, 2011

Endothelial cells embedded in a scaffold made of collagen. The cell nuclei are blue, and actin inside the cells shows up as red. (Joseph Franses)

MIT scientists have discovered that endothelial cells, which line the blood vessels, secrete molecules that suppress tumor growth and keep cancer cells from invading other tissues, a finding that could lead to a new way to treat cancer.

Elazer Edelman, professor in the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), says that implanting such cells adjacent to a patient’s tumor could shrink a tumor or prevent it from… read more

Blood vessels for lab-grown tissues

January 12, 2011

Researchers from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have broken one of the major roadblocks on the path to growing transplantable tissue in the lab: They’ve found a way to grow the blood vessels and capillaries needed to keep tissues alive.

The new research is available online and due to appear in the January issue of the journal Acta Biomaterialia.

“The inability to grow blood-vessel networks –… read more

Blood test for lung cancer may be possible

May 21, 2008

University of Pennsylvania researchers have found measurable genetic changes in the white blood cells of people with early-stage lung cancer. The finding could lead to a blood test for lung cancer.

They examined genes expressed by the blood cells of patients with and without lung cancer, and found an array of 15 genes that detected the presence of cancer, with an accuracy of 87 percent. This suggests that lung… read more

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