November 7, 2003
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is concerned about the San Francisco Public Library’s plans to track the 2 million books, CDs and audiovisual materials by inserting RFID chips.
Advances in technology are allowing the developed world to diversify supplies of energy and reduce their demand for petroleum, thus loosening the grip of oil and the countries that produce it.
Researchers have constructed an electronic memory circuit from disordered arrays of electronic clumps of gold atoms.
Centenarians tend to have larger than average cholesterol-carrying molecules, says a new study. It adds to evidence suggesting that the size of lipoproteins, both good and bad, may play a significant role in heart disease and diabetes and thus longevity. It also found that subjects with cardiovascular problems were less likely to have large lipoproteins.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers say materials in clay are key to some of the initial processes in forming life. A clay mixture called montmorillonite helps form little bags of fat and liquid and helps cells use RNA.
Cyberkinetics Inc. is about to ask federal regulators for permission to start testing its BrainGate device, which would enable paralyzed people to control computers directly with their brains or possibly help them move their limbs.
The Associated Press has compiled an estimated timeline of the war between men and machines.
2010-60 — Humans create humanoid drone robots with Artificial Intelligence to fill jobs as construction laborers and servants.
2075 — AI programs evolve and some robots began to resent their human overlords.
“This timeline is incredibly flawed. It fails to mention the fact that ‘The One’ has been inserted into… read more
Researchers at Harvard University have demonstrated for the first time that they can easily apply a film of tiny, high-performance silicon nanowires to glass and plastic, a development that could pave the way for the next generation of cheaper, lighter and more powerful consumer electronics.
According to Dr. Charles M. Lieber, head of the research project and a professor of chemistry at Harvard, the first devices made with this… read more
Hollow spherical vesicles formed by large-scale, wheel-shaped inorganic “POM” molecules represent a new kind of self-assembly in nature, with implications for nanoscience.
These vesicles are described in the November 6, 2003 issue of Nature.
Giant wheel-shaped polyoxomolybdate (POM) molecules, composed of hundreds or even thousands of molybdenum and oxygen atoms, possess the advantages of single molecules, such as well-defined structures and uniform size and mass, as well as… read more
Biologists and techies are meeting at the “Digital Biology: the Emerging Paradigm” conference to find out how to integrate the reams of information spewed out from sequencing machines and computer models to achieve useful results.
Apo A-1 Milano, a synthetic form of HDL or “good cholesterol,” appears to reverse years of coronary plaque build-up in a few weeks. It may lead to a long-sought complement to cholesterol-lowering drugs.
MagiQ Technologies Inc. announced it’s shipping the first security system based on quantum cryptography.
Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom have documented a total of 200 billion letters of DNA.
Intel is trumpeting a technology breakthrough it says will lead to billion-transistor processors by 2007.
The new technology should enable Intel to keep creating smaller, faster transistors for future chips, and keep pace with Moore’s Law well into the next decade, said Ken David, director of components research for Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group.
The development would overcome power and heat problems that would eventually limit Intel’s capability… read more