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Take Note: Computing Takes Up Pen, Again

May 30, 2007

Livescribe has created an ambitious new type of pen-based computer system that, if successful, could bridge the gap between paper and the digital world and perhaps even change the way millions of people interact with the Internet.

Instead of forcing users to write with a stylus on a computer’s slippery display, Livescribe put the computer inside a plump ballpoint pen that is used on paper imprinted with nearly invisible… read more

Taking 3D printing into the metal age

October 16, 2013

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The European Space Agency (ESA)and the EU, together with industrial and educational partners, are developing the first large-scale production methods to 3D-print complex 3D-printed parts made of metal that can withstand temperatures at 1000°C — fit for space and the most demanding applications on Earth.

3D printers are expected to revolutionize the way we live but until recently they could work with only plastic, which… read more

Taking a Clinical Look at Human Emotions

October 9, 2002

Previously, brain studies tended to bypass phenomena that are difficult to measure, like emotions and the unconscious. NYU prof. of neuroscience Dr. Joseph LeDoux, in his laboratory, began finding ways to study how the brain processes emotions.

Taking a Quick Swipe at Cancer

July 21, 2003

A new handheld scanner will allow the doctor to simply swipe a 30-centimeter baton over the patient’s body. Information on irregular tissues will be displayed on a computer screen and in five minutes the exam will be over. The new device, TRIMprob (Tissue Resonance InterferoMeter Probe), consists of a battery-powered baton that produces a signal when it hits a tumor.

Taking a Shot at Hypertension

March 12, 2008
(Cytos Biotechnology)

Scientists from Swiss biotechnology company Cytos have created a vaccine that lowers blood pressure by binding to the blood-pressure-raising molecule angiotensin II.

The vaccine is made up of virus-shaped particles covered with small receptors designed to bind with angiotensin II. When released into the bloodstream, these virus particles attract and lock onto the molecule. In response, the immune system recognizes the virus as a foreign body. Antibodies… read more

Taking another crack at Amazon’s Kindle

February 10, 2009

Amazon unveils its long-awaited, second-generation e-book reader. The $359 Kindle 2 is thinner than its predecessor, with an improved user interface, 16 vs. 4 shades of gray, longer battery life, and bigger storage capacity. Ships Feb. 24, $359.

Taking control: Lab testing you order for yourself

July 21, 2003

Healthcare consumers can now order laboratory tests on themselves in more than 30 states. “Direct Access Testing” is on the verge of tremendous expansion in providing laboratory services such as allergy, cardiac risk, and Diabetes screening tests to the patient population.

American Association for Clinical Chemistry press release

Taking Curl for a Whirl

December 5, 2001

A new Web site technology called “Curl” that makes browsing and Web site development faster has been developed by Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee and other MIT experts.

Curl’s speed acceleration is due to the use of a single application to run diverse content and a downloadable browser plug-in that uses the site visitor’s own CPU to process pages built with Curl for page redraws, graphics processing, database duties and… read more

Taking Spying to Higher Level, Agencies Look for More Ways to Mine Data

February 27, 2006

Intelligence agency systems are taking data mining techniques further, applying software analysis tools now routinely used by law enforcement agencies to identify criminal activities and political terrorist organizations that would otherwise be missed by human eavesdroppers.

Taking Technology to Extremes

June 5, 2003

Ever-lighter electronics, GPS satellites, and a network of programmers, tinkerers and trekkers have brought real-time connectedness to the world’s most remote places.

Recently, North Pole explorer Ben Saunders rigged up an iPaq digital assistant, pocket-size Global Positioning System locator, satellite phone, and digital camera to remotely update his Web site, www.northpole2003.com.

Taking tissue regeneration beyond the state-of-the-art

July 10, 2012

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The University of Nottingham has begun the search for a new class of injectable materials that will stimulate stem cells to regenerate damaged tissue in degenerative and age-related disorders of the bone, muscle and heart.

The research could lead to treatments for diseases that currently have no cure. The aim is to produce radical new treatments that will reduce the need for invasive surgery, optimize recovery… read more

Talk the talk

November 10, 2003

Australian researchers have converted a PDA into an InCA (Internet Conversational Agent), an assistant that recognizes natural language and responds.

Its text-to-speech software can also translate responses into other languages by accessing Internet translation services.

InCA’s face animates the movement of lips in sync with the audio as it “speaks” back to the user and uses facial expressions to convey emotions.

Talk to Google on Chrome

November 27, 2013

Google mic

Now you can talk to Google whenever you’re using Chrome — hands-free, no typing. Simply say “Ok Google” and then ask your question.

To access hands-free search on your laptop, just download the free Google Voice Search Hotword extension from the Chrome Web Store (available in English in the U.S.).

Talk to the Phone

August 22, 2007

Vlingo, a startup in Cambridge, MA, is coming to market with a ­simple user interface that provides speech recognition across mobile-phone applications.

Talk with a dolphin via underwater translation machine

May 10, 2011

Researchers want to work with dolphins to “co-create” a language that uses features of sounds that wild dolphins communicate with naturally. This is a collaboration between biologists at the Wild Dolphin Project in Jupiter, Florida, and AI researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

The Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT) project will use a smartphone-sized computer and two hydrophones capable of detecting the full range of dolphin… read more

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