Three augmented reality apps (overlaying information on the camera view) have come to the iPhone, thanks to an unofficial developer workaround (Apple’s next OS, due this Fall, will support AR apps officially).
November 3, 2005
A silicon chip that can carry light and even slow it down by a factor of 300 has been unveiled by IBM researchers in the US.
The idea is that such a device could synchronise data streams by slowing some streams, allowing others to catch up.
The chip demonstrates some of the essential techniques for creating high-speed photonic memory, which many researchers believe will one day make electronic… read more
March 14, 2008
Google said that Google Sky, previously a star-viewing option in the Google Earth desktop application, can now be viewed on its own in a Web browser.
January 4, 2003
DARPA wants someone to develop a sniffing machine that can detect individuals by their body odor.
Applicants must, within 15 months of research, identify the specific odors produced by the immune system, whether directly or through bacterial action. After another 15 months, any confounding smells produced by stress, diet, health and age must also be catalogued. And then applicants will have two more years to develop a person-sniffer that… read more
September 4, 2009
Scientists have deciphered a key molecular circuit that enables the body to distinguish viruses from bacteria and other microbes, providing a deep view of how dendritic cells cells in mammals fend off different pathogens.
They found a dendritic cell circuit with two major arms: an inflammatory arm, which is highly active during bacterial infections and can initiate a system-wide immune response; and an anti-viral arm, which is induced upon… read more
November 17, 2005
Scientists have successfully implanted blood vessels grown entirely from a patient’s own cells.
The veins were created in a laboratory by scientists at Cytograft Tissue Engineering before being transplanted into patients undergoing kidney dialysis to test whether they could withstand high blood pressures.
The team is now about to embark on an unprecedented trial at Papworth hospital in Cambridge, which will see lab-grown blood vessels used in heart… read more
March 19, 2008
The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence plans to hold Singularity Summit 2008 at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose, California on October 1825, 2008, SIAI Executive Director Tyler Emerson told KurzweilAI.net.
Speakers, program, and registration details will be forthcoming.
January 21, 2003
For years, connecting university and research-center supercomputers so they could share resources simply wasn’t feasible. New standards are changing that and opening the door to new research possibilities.
Cal Tech economists and neuroscientists used whole-brain fMRI scans in an experiment to create a solution to the fundamental “public goods free-rider” problem (how to fairly rate the value of a public purchase or investment such as health care, given that people tend to undervalue it because they get benefit from it without paying more).
The subjects were asked to reveal how much they valued the good. If there… read more
November 29, 2005
Scientists in the UK and Russia have succeeded in fabricating a material that has a negative permeability at visible wavelengths.
The development is important because it could lead to “left-handed” materials, which exhibit a negative refractive index and function as a perfect lens, focusing light to a smaller spot than is usually possible.
March 25, 2008
Sun Microsystems is planning to announce that is has received a $44 million contract from the Pentagon to explore the high-risk idea of replacing the wires between computer chips with laser beams.
The “silicon photonics” technology would eradicate the most daunting bottleneck facing today’s supercomputer designers: moving information rapidly to solve problems that require hundreds or thousands of processors.
February 10, 2003
The British Medical Association is looking again at research into genetically modified food four years after it raised safety doubts.
September 18, 2009
The Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE), a software platform for fully interoperable medical devices to better manage patients and their care, has been developed by the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT), a hospital/academic consortium in Boston.
December 10, 2005
Computer simulations show that buckyballs have the potential to damage DNA.
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University found that the buckyballs bind strongly to DNA, distorting the strands, which could interfere with the DNA’s function, disrupting replication and repair and increasing mutation rates.
But they cautioned that it remains to be determined if buckyballs even penetrate cell membranes, and if they do, whether… read more
March 31, 2008
Tiny digital projectors for cellphones and portable media players are in the works, able to project video on any smooth surface.
The microprojectors, still in prototype, use light-emitting diodes, lasers or a combination of the two to cast a display of up to 50 or 60 inches, or perhaps even wider, in darkened spaces and 7 to 20 inches or so when there is ambient light.
Later, the… read more