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Researchers find new way to block destructive rush of immune cells

January 14, 2008

University of Rochester Medical Center researchers have found a way to selectively block the ability of white blood cells to “crawl” toward the sites of injury and infection when such mobility drives disease.

The results suggest a new treatment approach for autoimmune diseases and conditions made worse by inflammation such as atherosclerosis and stroke.

God vs. Darwin: no contest

August 9, 2005

“Intelligent design” boils down to the claim sarcastically summed up by aerospace engineer and science consultant Rand Simberg on his blog, Transterrestrial Musings: “I’m not smart enough to figure out how this structure could evolve, therefore there must have been a designer.”

Simberg, a political conservative, concludes that this argument “doesn’t belong in a science classroom, except as an example of what’s not science.”

Parents look to microchip children

September 5, 2002

Worried UK parents are asking to have tracking microchips implanted into their children following the murders of two 10-year-old girls, says scientist Kevin Warwick, who has implanted a chip in his arm that is connected to a computer in an ongoing experiment.

The operation would involve implanting a small transmitter about one inch long into the child’s arm or stomach, Warwick said. Tracking options include using a mobile phone… read more

Electronic Memory Chips That Can Bend And Twist

June 4, 2009
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A flexible memory switch that operates on less than 10 volts, maintains its memory when power is lost, and still functions after being flexed more than 4,000 times has been developed by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researhers.

The switch can be built out of inexpensive, readily available materials and it performance is similar to that of a memristor (changes its resistance depending on the… read more

Controlling Cell Behavior with Magnets

January 18, 2008

Harvard Medical School researchers have demonstrated a means of controlling cell functions with a physical, rather than chemical, signal.

Using a magnetic field to pull together tiny beads targeted to particular cell receptors, Harvard researchers made cells take up calcium, and then stop, then take it up again. It could lead to a totally new class of therapies that rely on cells themselves to make and release drugs.

Japan project aims to create 3D TV by 2020

August 21, 2005

Japan plans to make 3D television a commercial reality by 2020 as part of a broad national project.

The “virtual reality” television would allow people to view high-definition images in 3D from any angle, in addition to being able to touch and smell the objects being projected upwards from a screen parallel to the floor.

Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension to profile cryonic breakthroughs

September 25, 2002

Cryonic breakthroughs in preventing tissue damage from freezing, human therapeutic cloning to replace damaged or missing tissue, and radical new techniques for life extension will be among the topics addressed at the Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension in Newport Beach, CA, November 15-17.Michael D. West, President & CEO of Advanced Cell Technology; Ray Kurzweil, CEO, Kurzweil Technologies; and Gregory Benford, science fiction writer and Professor of… read more

Antibody Drugs Customized by Genotype

June 12, 2009

PIKAMAB believes that it can make monoclonal antibodies (engineered to hone in on specific biological targets) more effective by grouping patients together based on their genotype and offering a customized antibody developed for that genotype.

The company hopes that this “stratified” approach to drug development and treatment will help drug companies achieve better results.

Startup Says It Can Make Ethanol for $1 a Gallon, and Without Corn

January 28, 2008

Coskata, which is backed by General Motors and other investors, uses bacteria to convert almost any organic material, from corn husks to municipal trash, into ethanol, for less than $1 a gallon.

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‘Miracle mouse’ can grow back lost limbs

September 1, 2005

Wistar Institute scientists have created a “miracle mouse” that can regenerate amputated limbs or badly damaged organs, making it able to recover from injuries that would kill or permanently disable normal animals.

The experimental animal is unique among mammals in its ability to regrow its heart, toes, joints and tail.

The researchers have also found that when cells from the test mouse are injected into ordinary mice, they… read more

When there’s no such thing as too much information

April 26, 2011

Companies that adopt “data-driven decision making” achieve productivity that is 5 to 6 percent higher than could be explained by other factors, including how much the companies invested in technology, researchers at the Wharton School have shown.

The study, based on a survey and follow-up interviews at 179 large companies, showed that data-driven decision making was defined not only by collecting data, but also by how it is used… read more

Rules for a Complex Quantum World

October 21, 2002

Quantum information science, a new fundamental research discipline combining information science and quantum mechanics, explores “teleportation” of quantum states from one location to another, quantum states to create secure cryptographic keys, and algorithms for hypothetical super-high-speed quantum-mechanical computers.

Collecta Launches *Really* Real-Time Search Engine

June 19, 2009

Collecta draws information streams from blogs using Wordpress, news services, social aggregation sites, Flickr, and Twitter to provide what it claims is the first truly real-time search engine.

Armchair astronomers find planet in four-star system

October 17, 2012

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A joint effort of citizen scientists and professional astronomers has led to the first reported case of a planet orbiting twin suns that are orbited by a second distant pair of stars.

Aided by volunteers using the Planethunters.org website, a Yale-led international team of astronomers identified and confirmed discovery of the phenomenon, called a circumbinary planet in a four-star system.

Only six… read more

The Next 25 Years in Tech

February 1, 2008

PC World predicts that in the next 25 years, technology will become firmly embedded in advanced devices that deliver information and entertainment to our homes and our hip pockets, in sensors that monitor our environment from within the walls and floors of our homes, and in chips that deliver medicine and augment reality inside our bodies.

Technologies and the dates they are forecast to become mainstream:

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