A new method for detecting exposure to ionizing radiation — using gene-chip technology to scan thousands of genes in the DNA of lymphocytes — could quickly reveal those most at risk in the event of a “dirty bombing” or nuclear incident, say researchers at the Duke University Medical Center.
October 25, 2004
Texas Instruments plans to develop the industry’s first cell phone capable of receiving HDTV broadcast signals by 2007.
October 22, 2004
Texas Instruments Inc. today announced development of the wireless industry’s first digital TV on a single chip for cell phones.
The chip will receive live digital TV broadcasts at 24 to 30 frames per second. Manufacturers are expected to launch products in conjunction with a new mobile digital TV infrastructure, with mass deployments in 2007.
July 29, 2008
The world’s first commercial tidal-power system has been connected to the National Grid in Northern Ireland.
The 1.2-megawatt SeaGen system consists of two submerged turbines that are harvesting energy from tidal currents.
October 11, 2006
Mexico’s Teotihuacan, once the center of a sprawling pre-Hispanic empire, is set to become the launch pad for an attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial life.
Starting on Tuesday, enthusiasts from around the world will have a chance to submit text, images, video and sounds that reflect human nature to be included in the message.
Those contributions–part of media company Yahoo’s “Time Capsule” project–will be digitized and beamed with… read more
April 30, 2001
A time capsule set to open in the year 3000 is preserving today’s culture the old-fashioned way: analog.
Documents from the late 20th century have been printed on acid-free paper and sealed in steel boxes in The New York Times Capsule located at the American Museum of Natural History.
“Digital formats, by and large, are not as permanent,” said Stephen Mihm, the project manager for the capsule. “Most… read more
March 6, 2007
The daylight saving time change takes effect March 11–three weeks earlier. Many companies are scrambling to reset BlackBerry e-mail devices, desktop PCs and data-center computers used to automate payrolls, purchasing and manufacturing.
For the roughly 7,000 public companies in the United States, Jeffrey Hammond, an analyst at Forrester Research estimates, the total cost of making computer fixes to deal with the daylight saving time shift is more than $350… read more
April 17, 2011
TIME has extended voting for the TIME Most Influential People Poll until Thursday, April 21 (official voting for inclusion on the TIME 100 list itself has closed).
Ray Kurzweil moved from rank #115 at the start of the poll to #30 (edging out Michelle Obama and now just below Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg) and is still climbing. Voting is limited to one vote per nominee… read more
September 28, 2009
Researchers at Cornell University have developed a simple device that could be used to move vast quantities of data at fast speeds over the Internet or on optical chips inside computers, using a silicon chip called a “time lens,” lengths of optical fiber, and a laser.
It splits up a data stream encoded at 10 gigabits per second, puts it back together, and outputs the same data at 270… read more
September 29, 2010
There is a 50 percent chance that time will end within the next 3.7 billion years, according to a new model of the universe.
Ref: arxiv.org/abs/1009.4698: Eternal Inflation Predicts That Time Will End
April 1, 2010
People in a newly found category of “time-space” synesthetes experience time as a spatial construct and have much better recall than the time-blind majority, David Brang of the department of psychology at the University of California, San Diego has found.
Brang suspects that time-space synesthesia happens when the neural processes underlying spatial processing are unusually active.
Synesthesia is the condition in which the senses are mixed.
April 25, 2011
The system enables viewers to explore gigapixel-scale, high-resolution videos and image sequences by panning or zooming in and out of the images while simultaneously moving back and forth through time.
Viewers, for instance, can use the system to watch some plants move wildly as… read more
October 1, 2004
Researchers are developing atomic clocks 1,000 times more accurate than the best quartz oscillators and a cubic centimeter in size.
They could fit into future cell phones or hand-held computers.