November 13, 2007
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
May 30, 2011
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
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.
September 18, 2012
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
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
February 27, 2011
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.
January 20, 2011
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
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
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