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Deadly New Virus Thought to Be Contained

November 4, 2008

A new virus that causes fatal hemorrhagic fevers has been discovered in southern Africa, killing four people in South Africa and sickening a fifth, but health authorities believe the outbreak has been contained.

Here They Come: The Android Tablet Invasion

September 7, 2010

A number of Android alternatives are ready to hit the market over the next several months and there’s something for everyone.

World’s fastest organic transistor could lead to low-cost transparent electronics

January 10, 2014

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Engineers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Stanford University have created thin-film organic transistors that could operate more than five times faster than previous examples of this experimental technology, with the potential to achieve a new generation of cheap, transparent devices such as high-resolution television screens and sensor arrays.

For years, engineers have been trying to use inexpensive, carbon-rich molecules and plastics to create organic semiconductors… read more

Cancer Nanotechnology Research Center Funded

October 8, 2004

The NIH has awarded two universities grants totaling nearly $10 million to establish a multidisciplinary research program in cancer nanotechnology and develop a new class of nanoparticles for molecular and cellular imaging.

One grant will establish a multidisciplinary Bioengineering Research Partnership for scientists from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The other grant will be used to develop advanced nanoparticle quantum dot probes for molecular and cellular… read more

Tricked-Out Inflatable House Provides “Instant Survival”

November 10, 2008

The $3,900 “Life Cube” from startup Inflatable World inflates into a 12-foot-tall structure to provide shelter and basic amenities for people in the days and weeks after a disaster.

‘Energy Blocker’ Kills Big Tumors in Rats

October 20, 2004

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that an apparently nontoxic cellular “energy blocker” can eradicate large liver tumors grown in rats.

The chemical, 3-bromopyruvate, blocks cancer cells’ conversion of sugar into usable energy, a process necessary to fuel the cells’ functions and growth, but appears so far to have little or no effect on normal tissues. Clinical trials are not likely for several years.

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Sharing Their Demons on the Web

November 14, 2008

There’s a growing number of Web sites filled with stories from people who say they are victims of mind control and stalking by gangs of government agents, drawing the concern of mental health professionals and the interest of researchers in psychology and psychiatry.

Ultra-high-speed process makes 6-petabits discs practical

September 22, 2010

Researchers at Sun Yat-Sen University in China have demonstrated a way to record on ferromagnetic films using laser-assisted ultrafast magnetization reversal dynamics. The development will allow for practical use of new technology for recording more than 6,000 terabits (6 petabits) of data on a single 5-inch disc, using ultra-high-density magneto-optical storage devices.

The new ultrafast recording technique uses “time-resolved polar Kerr spectroscopy” combined with an alternating magnetic field strong enough to re-initialize

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Will ‘borophene’ replace graphene as a better conductor of electrons?

February 5, 2014


Researchers from Brown University have found evidence for a theoretical material they call “borophene” — a boron-based competitor to graphene.

Boron is carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table. Borophene has 36 boron atoms in a flat disc with a hexagonal hole in the middle.

Borophene is predicted to be fully metallic, whereas graphene is a semi-metal. That means borophene might end up being a better conductor… read more

The Other Exponentials

October 26, 2004

There are other significant exponentials in IT besides Moore’s law and they suggest opportunities for new research and new business models, says Rodney Brooks.

For example, today’s iPod could store 20,000 books. But just 10 years from now, an iPod might be able to hold 20 million books. By 2017, you’ll be able to carry around the complete text for all the volumes in the Library of Congress.… read more

Animation That Really Seems Alive

November 4, 2000

BRAVE new “CyberWorld”! In the latest attraction from Imax, golden heads fly by in formation on golden wings through clouds of rods and cones that disperse like shimmering liquid. The patriarch of “The Simpsons” slips into the universe of “that wheelchair guy,” and falls down a black hole. Wondrous moments, and who cares about continuity? This is 3-D, for heaven’s sake. Let’s not get all linear.

Sailing in the… read more

Bay Area’s big-city mayors endorse $1 billion plan for electric cars

November 21, 2008

Better Place wants to build 100,000 battery-charging stations and 50 battery exchange stations in the Bay Area where drained batteries can be quickly swapped for fully-charged ones, and has raised $200 million in funding.

In a related development, Coulomb Technologies said it would begin installing 940 of its wireless Smartlet Networked Charging Stations in 2009 throughout California, starting next month.

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Digital

November 4, 2004

Five top contestants are vying for the title of most beautiful virtual woman in the world.

People can vote for their favorite contender until December at

Memetic Scientific and Technical Encyclopedia

April 3, 2001

Homo Excelsior: The Omega Database is “the most comprehensive peer-reviewed Memetic Scientific and Technical Encyclopedia.”

It is “a central database of science and technology that is peer-reviewed and … is generally concerned with the memes related to nanotechnology, megascale engineering, cryopreservation, uploading and other associated sciences and technologies.”

A Soldier, Taking Orders From Its Ethical Judgment Center

November 26, 2008

“My research hypothesis is that intelligent robots can behave more ethically in the battlefield than humans currently can,” said Ronald C. Arkin, a computer scientist at Georgia Tech, who is designing software for battlefield robots under contract with the Army.

He and others say that the technology to make lethal autonomous robots is inexpensive and proliferating, and that the advent of these robots on the battlefield is only a… read more

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