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Winners of BodyShock contest to improve global health announced

September 27, 2010


The Institute for the Future has announced the winners of its BodyShock contest, a call for ideas to improve global health over the next 3-10 years by transforming our bodies and lifestyles.

The winners are Anjna Patient Education, for targeting free clinics and reaching out to socioeconomically disadvantaged patients; PLAY IT! SAY IT!, which proposes to use the existing communication functions of video game consoles (voice… read more

Thread spun from pure carbon nanotubes

October 24, 2002

A way of making a thread purely from carbon nanotubes has been developed by researchers in China. They say the super-strong, electrically-conducting threads “should eventually be able to be woven into objects such as bullet-proof clothing and materials that block electromagnetic waves.”

NASA survey counts potentially hazardous asteroids

May 21, 2012


There are roughly 4,700 potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) with diameters larger than 330 feet (about 100 meters). So far, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of these objects have been found, according to observations from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which have led to the best assessment yet of our solar system’s population of potentially hazardous asteroids.

Potentially hazardous asteroids are a subset of… read more

Intelligence in the Internet age

September 19, 2005

Terabytes of easily accessed data, always-on Internet connectivity, and lightning-fast search engines are profoundly changing the way people gather information.

A Clearer Picture of Cancer

November 24, 2008

A new 3-D near-infrared imaging system that uses an ultrafast camera and femtosecond laser to capture unscattered light has been developed by researchers at the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging at the Helmholtz Center and Northeastern University.

It’s been used to create richer, higher-resolution images of the molecular workings of lung cancer in mice, and with further development, it might be used to study disease in thicker tissues… read more

Electrofluidics design to enable low-power color displays for e-readers and cell phones

October 6, 2010

prototypes of the e-Display technology developed by UC (University of Cincinnati)

A new “zero-power” electrofluidics design from the University of Cincinnati and partner companies Gamma Dynamics, Dupont, and Sun Chemical promises to dramatically improve the image capabilities of electronic devices such as e-readers and cell phones.

Currently, electronic devices fall into two basic camps. The first includes those devices that offer limited function and slow speed but require little power to operate. These include e-readers like the Kindle. In the… read more

I.B.M. Advance Connects Layers of Tiny Wafers

November 11, 2002

IBM researchers plan to announce on Monday a new approach to building three-dimensional integrated circuits using thin (.5 micron) slices of a circuit. The technique would allow for interconnecting separate layers directly at thousands or even hundreds of thousands of points, increasing chip density and communication speeds.

A record quantum entanglement: 103 dimensions

More quantum dimensions easier to achieve than more qubits, researchers find
March 31, 2014


An international team of researchers has created an entanglement of 103 dimensions with only two photons, beating the previous record of 11 dimensions.

The discovery could represent an advance toward toward better encryption of information and quantum computers with much higher processing speeds, according to a statement by the researchers.

Until now, to increase the “computing” capacity of these particle systems, scientists have mainly turned to increasing the number… read more

Mighty Mice Regrow Organs

September 30, 2005

Genetically altered mice discovered accidentally at the Wistar Institute in Pennsylvania have the seemingly miraculous ability to regenerate like a salamander, and even regrow vital organs.

The results stunned scientists because if such regeneration is possible in this mammal, it might also be possible in humans.

Molecular fireworks could produce ’30-minute genomes’

December 2, 2008

Pacific BioSciences says that by 2013, it could sequence a person’s entire genome in half an hour with 99.999 per cent accuracy for under $1000.

The new technique involves attaching a different coloured fluorescent dye to each of the four types of nucleotide and watching these flash as they are incorporated into the strand (see diagram). The sequence of coloured flashes in this molecular fireworks display indicates the order… read more

Future of Wi-Fi: Fast, Fast, Fast

November 22, 2002

With demand from high-definition TV and multimedia systems, look for faster wireless networking systems to take off in late 2003, based on faster versions of the 802.11 (Wi-Fi) standard. We’ll see a broadband connection to a home media hub, which could distribute TV signals, digital audio, gaming and other entertainment wirelessly throughout the house.

A Wirelessly Powered Lightbulb

June 8, 2007

Researchers at MIT have shown that it’s possible to wirelessly power a 60-watt lightbulb sitting about two meters away from a power source.

Using a remarkably simple setup–basically consisting of two metal coils using resonant coupling–they have demonstrated, for the first time, that it is feasible to efficiently send that much power over such a distance. The experiment paves the way for wirelessly charging batteries in laptops, mobile phones,… read more

Find the Protein in the Haystack

October 14, 2005

Nanosphere is preparing to launch a diagnostic system that uses nanoparticles to detect various proteins at a level of sensitivity never before seen.

Nanosphere hopes to have a prostate-specific antigen screen ready by next year for breast and ovarian cancer as well as prostate cancer.

Program For The Future explores collective intelligence

December 8, 2008

Program for the Future: A Summit & Workshop on Collective Intelligence, to be held December 8th – 9th
conference at the Tech Museum of Innovation, Adobe and Stanford University, aims to discover the best new Collective Intelligence tools through a global competition and enhance our capability for problem-solving, decision-making and knowledge organization.

The event will also allow for virtual attendance, including an online video stream… read more

Research examines robot-assisted therapy

December 6, 2002

Purdue University is running a year-long study that puts an AIBO robot dog for six weeks in the homes of people 65 years and older who live alone to see if robots can provide social stimulation.

One manufacturer is working to include a blood-pressure sensor in its robot. Other possibilities include alerting a nurses’ station if the person does not react to the robot for extended periods.

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