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Cleaner Living Through Nanotech

September 10, 2002

Scientists see nanotechnology as the the key to solving some current environmental ills.

Making Fat Disappear

June 8, 2009

Genetic alterations enabled mice to convert fat into carbon dioxide and remain lean while eating the equivalent of a fast-food diet, UCLA researchers have found.

The study suggests that synthetic biology concepts could be applied to mammals: just as we create bacteria that produce biofuels, we could introduce new abilities into the bodies of humans and other animals.

DOE awards record amount of supercomputing power

January 21, 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy has expanded its supercomputing capacity, allowing scientists in academia and industry to receive more computing time.

DOE will award 265 million supercomputing processor hours to 55 research projects in 2008, the largest amount of supercomputing power awarded in its history and three times the amount awarded last year. It plans to quadruple the 2009 awards to give away nearly 1 billion processor hours.

Daisy has all the digital answers to life on Earth

August 21, 2005

Scientists have unveiled plans to create a digital library of all life on Earth. They say that the Digital Automated Identification System (Daisy), which harnesses the latest advances in artificial intelligence and computer vision, will have an enormous impact on research into biodiversity and evolution.

Library of Congress Taps the Grid

October 3, 2002

The Library of Congress is evaluating grid technology to preserve and manage the library’s more than 7.5 million digital records from 100 collections of manuscripts, books, maps, films, sound recordings and photographs in its American Memory project.

NASA/Ames ready to explode one of the coolest space missions ever

June 15, 2009

NASA plans send a rocket booster into the moon, triggering a six-mile-high explosion that scientists hope will confirm the presence of water frozen in craters near the moon’s south pole.

As a potential source of oxygen for life support and hydrogen for rocket fuel, that water would be a tremendous boost to NASA’s plans to restart human exploration of the moon.

Robots and prostheses learn human touch

The emerging science of "artificial haptic intelligence"
April 9, 2015

Touch-sensitive robotic hand (Credit: Science Nation)

Research engineers and students in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Biomechatronics Lab are designing artificial limbs that are more touch-sensitive.

The team, led by mechanical engineer Veronica J. Santos, is constructing a language of touch and quantifying it with mechanical touch sensors that interact with objects of various shapes, sizes. and textures.

Using an array of instrumentation, Santos’ team is able to translate that interaction into… read more

Looking into the Brain with Light

January 29, 2008

An Israeli company called OrNim has developed a new noninvasive diagnostic “ultrasonic light tagging” technology that could give doctors the single most important sign of brain health: oxygen saturation.

Information on oxygenation in specific regions of the brain would be valuable to neurologists monitoring a brain-injured patient: it could be used to search for localized hematomas and give immediate notice of hemorrhagic strokes.

How to print headphones

October 11, 2012


What if printed prototypes could become actual products? John Mabry of Teague Labs.decided to try it by creating printable headphones.

The idea was to print an object that could be assembled without any tools and be made functional by adding readily attainable components. He decided to stress-test the premise with the challenge of making electronically simple yet functionally complex headphones.

“My first go resulted in a… read more

Parasites brainwash grasshoppers into death dive

September 5, 2005

A parasitic worm that makes the grasshopper it invades jump into water and commit suicide does so by producing proteins which directly and indirectly affect the grasshopper’s central nervous system.

Some of the proteins were linked to neurotransmitter activities. Others were linked to geotactic behaviour — the oriented movement of an organism in response to gravity.

Powerful Attack Upset Global Internet Traffic

October 23, 2002

The “largest and most sophisticated assault on the servers in the history of the Internet” on Monday briefly crippled 9 of the 13 computer servers that manage global Internet traffic.

Twitter Plays Key Role in DoS Attacks in Iran

June 22, 2009

Easy-to-use ways to launch denial-of- service attacks to mobilize a cyber-army against Iranian sites by simply clicking a link could backfire.

Dean Kamen’s “Luke Arm” Prosthesis Readies for Clinical Trials

February 1, 2008

Dean Kamen’s “Luke arm”–a prosthesis named for the remarkably lifelike prosthetic worn by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars–came to the end of its two-year funding last month.

Its fate now rests in the hands of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which funded the project.

Camera phones will be high-precision scanners

September 19, 2005

New cell-phone OCR software allows entire documents to be scanned simply by sweeping the phone across the page.

The software takes dozens of still images of the page and merges them, using the outline of the page as a reference guide.

Forget the Files and the Folders: Let Your Screen Reflect Life

November 7, 2002

“Operating systems are lapsing into senile irrelevance,” says computer scientist David Galernter. What is needed is a universal information structure, a narrative stream that “reflects the shape of your life, not the shape of a 1940′s Steelcase file cabinet.”

Galernter has developed such a system, called Scopeware Vision, and has made a beta version available for free download (requires Windows 2000 or XP with Outlook or Outlook… read more

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