December 8, 2005
Researchers have published the full genetic code of a dog. It should make it easier to find the causes of genetic diseases, such as cancer, that affect both dogs and people.
The scientists involved in the effort, whose research appears in Nature on December 8, say the genome has already helped them to pinpoint a group of DNA sequences that do not code for specific genes, but are extremely… read more
The Guardian says it has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.
The focus of the internal NSA tool is on counting and categorizing the records of communications, known as metadata, rather than the content of an email or… read more
December 20, 2011
Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Intel’s labs in Oregon have come up with a clever solution to move information between different machines in data centers: bouncing wireless signals off the ceiling, which they say could boost data transmission speeds by 30 percent.
They used 60-gigahertz Wi-Fi, which has a bandwidth in the gigabits-per-second range.
June 14, 2010
March 11, 2010
The Electric Power Research Institute and the Department of Energy have identified grid-scale storage as a key need for the rapidly diversifying electricity system, and compressed-air energy storage looks like the cheapest option available.
In the last four months, four compressed-air projects have gotten new funding.
May 9, 2007
Battle bots are teaching us how easily we identify our own creations as animate.
December 4, 2008
The GAMES group at the University of Alberta is using AI to develop the next generation of interactive video games.
Today, many video games create only an illusion of intelligence, using a few programming tricks. But in the not-so-distant future, game bots will routinely use sophisticated AI techniques to shape their behavior, the researchers say.
With their PaSSAGE game, the computer learn players’ interests and preferences and molds… read more
June 8, 2009
Botox has been modified so that it could one day be used to treat asthma and possibly even cancer, by inhibiting the release of cytokines (overproduced in cancer) and mucin (oversecreted in asthma).
August 22, 2012
Botanists are building ontologies such as the Plant Ontology (PO) to transform plant science by facilitating new ways of gathering and exploring data, Ramona Walls (New York Botanical Garden) and colleagues explain in an open-access article in the American Journal of Botany.
August 21, 2002
The International Design Contest robot competition at MIT nvolved eight teams of students from seven countries to make a remote-controlled bot that can push hockey pucks and foam rubber balls across the shuffleboard-sized playing area and onto a scale at the end of the field.
March 30, 2012
Sand Flea has no trouble clearing a 10-meter obstacle (about 30 feet), and it’s accurate enough that you can ask it to jump through a window two stories up and it’ll do it.
The piston (which fires out the back of… read more
October 6, 2013
Boston Dynamics has unleashed Cheetah as “WildCat” — a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain.
So far, WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits — still slower than tethered Cheetah, with a top speed of 28.3 mph. Boston Dynamics is developing WildCat with funding from DARPA’s M3 program. (To… read more
Researchers at Rice University and Penn State University have discovered that adding a dash of boron to carbon while creating nanotubes turns them into solid, spongy, reusable blocks that have an astounding ability to absorb oil spilled in water.
That’s one of a range of potential innovations for the material created in a single step. The team found for the first time that boron puts kinks and… read more