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Startup makes ‘wireless router for the brain’

January 23, 2012

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Small, light, wireless prototype devices developed by Kendall Research could make optogenetics research much more practical.

Optogenetics relies on genetically altering certain cells to make them responsive to light, and then selectively stimulating them with a laser to either turn the cells on or off.

Instead of an expensive, bulky laser light source, the researchers use LEDs and laser diodes incorporated into a small head-borne device that… read more

Startup promises a revolutionary grid battery

January 4, 2012

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Battery developer Eos Energy Storage claims to have solved key problems holding back a battery technology that could revolutionize energy storage on the power grid.

If the company is right, its zinc-air batteries will be able to store energy for half the cost of natural gas, the method currently used to meet peak power demands.

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.

See also Cheap Ethanol from Tires and Trash

Startup Says Quantum Crypto Is Real

November 6, 2003

MagiQ Technologies Inc. announced it’s shipping the first security system based on quantum cryptography.

Startup Sees Promise in Virus

August 19, 2005

The concept of applying viruses and proteins to develop electronics is a methodology that’s gaining traction in research labs.

Startup turns your cell-phone number into a location fix

December 20, 2011

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Startup company Loc-Aid can use your cell-phone number to figure out exactly where you are right now — if you give the company permission to do so.

“We can locate any one of the more than 350 million devices on the major U.S. and Canadian carriers in real time,” says Rip Gerber, founder and CEO of Loc-Aid, based in San Francisco.

To cut fraud, a person… read more

Startup Uses Light, Not Electrons, For New Chip

May 7, 2002

Digital signal processing startup Lenslet Labs of Israel has developed a way to use properties of light as computational elements rather than electrons, eliminating problems from waste heat and allowing for more parallelism.

The EnLight 256, a specialized processor, is designed to be used in applications like cellular basestations, software-defined radio, and ADSL transceivers.

News tip: Sander Olson

Startup uses tiny probes to store data

February 28, 2005

Nanochip Inc. has developed prototype arrays of atomic-force probes, tiny instruments used to read and write information at the molecular level and hopes to offer its first product by mid-2007. These arrays can record up to one terabit in a single square inch.

That’s the storage density that magnetic hard disk drive makers hope to achieve by 2010. It’s roughly equivalent to putting the contents of 25 DVDs on… read more

Startups Focus on AI at South by Southwest

March 15, 2010

The Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator competition starts today at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive event, with many of the 200 startup companies focusing on social media and rapidly maturing areas of artificial intelligence.

Two panels of judges will select winners in four categories: innovative Web technologies, personal social media, business social media, and entertainment technology.

Also see: Where to Watch SXSW Online

Startups Seek Perfect Particles To Search And Destroy Cancer

April 21, 2003

Several companies are developing new cancer treatments that send nanoparticles into patients’ bodies to find tumor cells. Once they do, doctors excite the particles with electromagnetic energy to attack the tumor without collateral damage to nearby healthy cells and without the frightening side effects of chemotherapy and radiation: hair loss, nausea, and ravaged immune systems.

Starwars style holographic 3DTV could be a reality by 2018, experts say

December 3, 2008

A 3D television system that would display holographic images floating in mid air could be a reality in households within the next decade, according to findings by a team of University of Aberdeen.

They also expect that within three years, we will see a TV on the market that will use autostereo systems to create 3D images, so that viewers do not need to wear traditional 3D glasses.

State of the art in nanomedicine and telemedicine to be explored at Quebec conference

February 16, 2009

Brain-implantable computers, body area networks, carbon nanotube-based therapies and drug delivery, DNA-based detectors of disease, intelligent implants, nanoelectronics for biomolecular detection, and direct brain-machine interfaces are among the state-of-the-art technologies to be explored in the 2nd Annual Unither Nanomedical & Telemedical Technology Conference, Feb. 24-27 in Orford, Quebec, Canada.

Keynoted by Ray Kurzweil and microchip implant pioneer Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading,… read more

State of the Arts 2010 Symposium slated for June 19 in Los Angeles

June 15, 2010

The State of the Arts 2010 Symposium at Los Angeles Center Studios (and via webcast) on Saturday June 19 is bringing together a multi‐disciplinary mix of experts to explore future trends in arts, media, communications and technology, with a focus on the conscious use of creativity and its transformative power to drive positive global change.

SOA 2010 panelists include executives from Sony Pictures, Ovation Television and Lionsgate… read more

State-of-the-art virtual-reality system is key to medical discovery

For team of neurosurgeons and researchers, CAVE2 could revolutionize stroke prevention and treatment
December 13, 2012

Surgeons from the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences Systems Neurosurgery Department view a simulation of the human brain vasculature and cortical tissue in the CAVE2 Hybrid Reality Environment. This project is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) and Bioengineering Department's Laboratory for Product and Process Design. EVL OmegaLib software is used to display the 3D model in the CAVE2 System. (Credit: Lance Long for Electronic Visualization Laboratory/University of Illinois at Chicago)

A team of neurosurgeons from the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) recently stepped into CAVE2 — a next-generation, large-scale, 320-degree, immersive, 3-D virtual environment — to solve a vexing problem that presented itself in the arteries of the brain of a real patient.

The method they used could someday benefit hundreds of thousands of Americans who fall… read more

Statins ‘may cut dementia risk’

July 29, 2008

In a five-year study, University of Michigan researchers found that statins–drugs used to lower cholesterol–may cut the risk of dementia by half.

The exact reason why is not yet known, but statins improve blood flow to the brain (by reducing cholesterol-clogging in blood vessels) and reduce levels of insulin.

In another study by Boston University researchers, they found that angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)–drugs used to lower… read more

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