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Cloud computing modernizes education in China

May 13, 2013

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Chinese cloud services provider 3Tcloud is deploying the country’s biggest education cloud project to optimize resource allocation and cut maintenance cost, ZDNET reports.

According to a report last week on Chinese tech site CCIDNet.com, the city of Zhuji in Zhejiang — one of China’s most developed provinces — has installed more than 6,000 3Tcloud computing terminal devices in 118 schools.

The project,… read more

Cloud computing for the poorest countries

September 2, 2012

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As companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft sell computing everywhere, the most dramatic changes may be in places most of us do not now see. Already, places without clean water, decent sanitation or steady electricity are using supercomputers, according to The New York Times Bits.

Unlike the developed world, where speed, agility and cost are factors that make Amazon Web Services attractive,… read more

Cloud computing and Internet sucks energy, emits CO2, says Greenpeace

April 26, 2011

Computer servers in data centers account for about 2% of global energy demand, growing about 12% a year, according to Greenpeace.  The servers can suck up as much power as 50,000 average U.S. homes.

Most of what powers the cloud comes from coal and nuclear energy rather than renewable sources such as wind and solar, says Greenpeace. Clusters of data centers are emerging in places like the Midwest, where… read more

Clothing with a brain: ‘Smart fabrics’ that monitor health

December 8, 2008

New “smart fabrics,” electronic textiles coated with electrolytes and carbon nanotubes, are capable of detecting diseases and monitoring heart rates and other vital signs, researchers report.

In laboratory tests, they showed that the new E-fibers could light up a simple light-emitting diode when connected to a battery. When coated with certain antibodies, the fibers detected the presence of albumin, a key protein in blood — a function that could… read more

Clothes will sew themselves in DARPA’s sweat-free sweatshops

June 11, 2012

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DARPA has awarded $1.25 million to fully automate the sewing process, Wired Danger Room reports.

One 2010 estimate put the military’s annual clothing budget at $4 billion dollars.

SoftWear Automation Inc., has so far developed “a conceptual” version of the automated system. According to its website, it is a robotic system that relies on an extremely precise monitoring of a given fabric’s “thread count”… read more

Closing in on a cure for vision loss

July 25, 2012

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Scientists believe they may be on the cusp of developing a possible cure for some types of blindness, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Several potential fixes — including gene therapy, stem-cell therapy and a modified version of vitamin A — are currently being tested in people with a rare eye disorder called Stargardt disease.

The work, if it pans out, could pave the way… read more

Closest asteroid yet flies past Earth

October 3, 2003

An asteroid about the size of a small house passed just 88,000 kilometres from the Earth on Saturday 27 September — the closest approach of a natural object ever recorded.

Closer encounter: Nasa plans landing on 40m-wide asteroid travelling at 28,000mph

May 9, 2008

NASA plans to use Orion, the Space Shuttle replacement, for a three to six month round-trip to an asteroid, with astronauts spending a week or two on the rock’s surface.

The mission will give space officials a taste of more complex missions, and samples taken from the rock could help scientists understand more about the birth of the solar system and how best to defend against asteroids that veer… read more

Cloning, germ warfare and GM crops

February 6, 2002

The biotech industry is under siege. It is faced with campaigns against cloning and GM crops — while trying to tackle the potential disaster of germ warfare. Undaunted, the European Commission, which wants to make Europe a front-runner in this fast-moving sector, has just released a policy paper, Life Sciences and Biotechnology – A Strategy for Europe. The goal is an all-encompassing biotechnology framework, a hugely ambitious project that will… read more

Cloning to revive extinct species

May 28, 2002

Using polymerase chain reaction (PCR), geneticists at the Australian Museum are working to revive the Tasmanian Tiger, which has been extinct for 65 years.

This breakthrough allows the scientists to produce millions of pure copies of undamaged DNA fragments, which they believe can work in a living cell. No other long extinct species has ever been cloned.

Cloning to revive extinct species

June 17, 2002

Australian scientists say they are on the way to reviving a previously extinct species — the Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) — using cloning technology. The last one died in captivity around 65 years ago. Geneticists working for the Australian Museum said they had successfully replicated Thylacine DNA using a process called polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

This breakthrough allows the scientists to produce millions of pure copies of undamaged DNA fragments… read more

Cloning Said to Yield Human Embryos

January 18, 2008

Scientists at Stemagen, a small biotechnology company, say they have used cloning to create human embryos from the skin cells of two men.

Although the embryos grew only to a very early stage, the work could also theoretically be seen as a step toward creating babies that are genetic copies of other people. The work also represents a step toward the promise of creating personalized embryonic stem cells that… read more

Cloning quantum information from the past

January 8, 2014

In the film "Looper," time travel is invented by the year 2074 and, though immediately outlawed, is used by criminal organizations to send those they want killed into the past where they are killed by "loopers." (Credit: TriStar Pictures)

It is theoretically possible for time travelers to copy quantum data from the past, according to three scientists in a recent paper in Physical Review Letters.

It all started when David Deutsch, a pioneer of quantum computing and a physicist at Oxford, came up with a simplified model of time travel to deal with the Grandfather paradox*.  He solved the paradox originally using a slight change to quantum theory,… read more

Cloning Nanotubes

December 14, 2006

Researchers at Rice University have demonstrated that carbon nanotubes can be chopped into small pieces to form “seeds” that grow more nanotubes of precisely the same type.

The method could eventually make it possible to grow large amounts of carbon nanotubes with identical structure and properties, which could pave the way for vastly improved electrical transmission lines and ultracompact, high-performance computers.

Cloning from the dead claim attacked

September 1, 2004

Viable embryos have been created from dead people by fusing their cells with empty cow eggs, a controversial fertility scientist, Panayiotis Zavos, claimed on Tuesday.

However, the claims were immediately met with both revulsion and scepticism from the UK scientific community.

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