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U.S. says Windows vulnerable to attack

August 4, 2003

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an updated advisory about possible hacker attacks on computers running Microsoft operating systems.

Microsoft patent filing: Control a computer by flexing a muscle

January 4, 2010


Microsoft is seeking patents on a method of controlling computers using electromyography (EMG) — a system that translates electrical activity from muscles into instructions for the computer, including a completely wearable system of sensors on the head, chest, arm and leg.

How neurons make sense of our senses

November 22, 2011

Moving straight ahead

Scientists at the University of Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis, and Baylor College of Medicine have unraveled how the brain manages to process the complex, rapidly changing, and often conflicting sensory signals to make sense of our world.

The answer lies in a simple computation performed by single nerve cells: a weighted average. Neurons have to apply the correct weights… read more

Artificial Intelligence

June 20, 2006

Ray Kurzweil participated in the Washington Post’s “Beyond the Future” web chat on Monday, June 19 to answer questions about AI. A transcript is included.

Beyond the Future is a weeklong series of live Web chats with noted experts and Washington Post reporters examining the kinds of technological advancements the world could see in 20, 50 or even 100 years.

Related news on the subject can be found… read more

Amyloids Have Have Potential as a Nanomaterials

May 29, 2008

Amyloids (found in tissues and linked to a number of diseases) have potential as nanomaterials because of their self-assembly and synthetic-polymer properties, according to University of Tel Aviv scientists Ehud Gazit and Izhack Cherny.

For example, they can be used to produce a conducting nanoscale coaxial cable by filling amyloid nanotubes with sliver and externally coating them with gold, and for encapsulation and controlled release of drugs.

Program detects tiny differences in images

August 13, 2003

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory have developed a program that detects slight differences between digital images that signal early stages of disease.

The program aligns images, to within a fraction of a pixel, from hand-held or otherwise imprecise cameras. The alignment compensates for differences in camera angle, height, zoom or other distractions that previously confounded comparisons. There are also a variety… read more

Designing highways the slime mould way

January 11, 2010

(University of the West of England)

A slime mold colony was able to create an efficient real inter-city road network for the UK, mimicking the actual road network, specialists in unconventional computing at the University of the West of England have found.

Neurons illuminate as they fire, may open new ways to trace brain signals

December 5, 2011

Guiding lights

In a scientific first that could shed light on how signals travel in the brain and on the effects of learning on neural pathways, Harvard scientists have created genetically altered neurons that light up across a cell as they fire, eliminating the need to insert electrodes in each neuron.

The work may also lead to speedier drug development.

Led by Adam Cohen, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of… read more

How Important Are Computers in Your Life? E-Mail Us

June 29, 2006

ABC News is currently producing a report looking at the increasing power and importance of technology in our lives and the future of artificial intelligence.

“We want to know how important you think technology is to our world. What would your life be like if computers suddenly disappeared? Can you imagine a world without PCs, IPods, ATMs, cellular phones or the Internet? Do you believe computers will achieve the… read more

Intel unveils ‘Atom’ chip at Taiwan tech show

June 4, 2008

Intel Corp. on Tuesday unveiled a new processor it says will revolutionize the information technology industry by powering small laptops at low cost.

Fishing for Information? Try Better Bait

August 21, 2003

“Google Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools,” by Tara Calishain and Rael Dornfest (O’Reilly & Associates), is the latest resource in a growing industry to help people become better online searchers. It catalogs ways to uncover nuggets of information.

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Deriving the Properties of the Universe

January 18, 2010

The properties of the Universe can be derived by thinking about the origin of complexity, says a new theory by University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University physicists.

But, just like the anthropic principle, it also has the scent of circular reasoning about it: the universe is the way it is because if it were different, the complexity necessary to observe it wouldn’t be here to see it.

Researchers create a broadband light amplifier on a chip

July 10, 2006

Cornell researchers have created a broadband light amplifier on a silicon chip, a major breakthrough in the quest to create photonic microchips.

The amplifier uses a phenomenon known as four-wave mixing, in which a signal to be amplified is “pumped” by another light source inside a very narrow waveguide. The waveguide is a channel only 300 x 550 nanometers (nm = a billionth of a meter, about the length… read more

Researchers Design Band-Aid-Size Tactile Display

June 9, 2008
(Ig Mo Koo, et al.)

Researchers from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea and the University of Nevada have developed a flexible tactile display that can wrap around the fingertip, palm, or arm.

The key material in the display is an electroactive polymer that can stimulate the skin. It consists of eight layers of dielectric elastomer actuator films sprayed with electrodes in a specific pattern.

The soft display might provide a means of… read more

Nanotechnology: Atom and Eve in the Garden of Eden

August 29, 2003

K. Eric Drexler, founder and chairman of the Foresight Institute, will debate Patrick R. Mooney, head of the ETC Group, on potential hazards of nanoscale materials for human health and the environment at the Beyond Borders retreat in Ottawa on Sept. 22.

The ETC Group has issued a report warning of such hazards.

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