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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

New nanoparticles could improve cancer treatment

October 5, 2010

Drug-carrying nanoparticles designed by MIT and MGH researchers are decorated with tags that bind to molecules found on the surface of tumor cells. (MIT/MGH)

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a nanoparticle that can deliver precise doses of two or more drugs to prostate cancer cells.

In a study appearing online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers tailored their particles to deliver cisplatin and docetaxel, two drugs commonly used to treat many different types of cancer.

Such particles could improve the… read more

A year in the quantum world

December 26, 2008

Four radical routes to a theory of everything, The great antimatter mystery, Anyons: the breakthrough quantum computing needs?, and Matter is merely vacuum fluctuations are among the year’s top 10 in-depth articles about the quantum world.

Scientists Create Breakthrough Sensor Capable of Detecting Individual Molecules

July 9, 2007

Applied physicists at the California Institute of Technology have figured out a way to detect single biological molecules with a microscopic optical device.

The method has already proven effective for detecting the signaling proteins called cytokines that indicate the function of the immune system, and it could be used in numerous medical applications, such as the extremely early detection of cancer and other diseases, as well as in basic… read more

‘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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Sharpest infrared image of Milky Way’s core unveile

January 6, 2009

Astronomers released the sharpest infrared picture yet taken of the center of our galaxy, revealing massive filaments of gas and a new population of about 200 massive, rogue stars.

TransVision 2007 explores transhuman frontiers

July 17, 2007

Would you store the essence of your self in digital mindfiles that can be revived in the future via cyberconsciousness mindware so future scientists could bring “you” back via cybernetic consciousness or cellular/nanobio regeneration? Do we live in an “almost spookily bio-friendly” intelligent universe where we will some day create baby universes? When neurological enhancements can create believable simulated worlds like Second Life in your own brain, where and who… 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

‘Bionic’ man dies in car crash

October 25, 2010

Christian Kandlbauer (Otto Bock Healthcare)

Christian Kandlbauer, an Austrian man who became the first person outside the U.S. to wear thought-powered prosthetic arms, has died from injuries sustained in a car crash, according to an AP report. He was driving, but the cause of the accident is not yet known.

Kandlbauer was fitted with myoelectric artificial arms by Germany-based Otto Bock Healthcare. He was the the “guinea pig” for a… 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

New games powered by brain waves

January 12, 2009

The Mind Flex game from toy maker Mattel allows players to move a ball around an obstacle course by directing their thoughts, and toymaker Uncle Milton’s “Force Trainer” (named after Yoda’s “The Force”) similarly allows players to lift a ball inside a transparent tube.

Homeland Security Funds LED Light Saber

July 27, 2007

The Department of Homeland Security is funding the creation an LED flashlight that uses powerful flashes of light to temporarily blind, disorient and incapacitate people.

Homeland Security’s Science and Technology arm hopes government agents can use the “light saber” to arrest people on planes and at the borders without using traditional weapons.

The LED Incapacitator uses a range-finder to measure the distance to a target’s eyes and then… read more

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

How to erase a memory

November 2, 2010

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers have discovered that by removing a protein from the region of the brain involved in recalling fear (the amygdala), using drugs and behavioral therapy, they can permanently delete traumatic memories for such conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Richard L. Huganir, Ph.D., professor and director of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical… read more

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.”

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