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Connection to your future self impacts your financial decision-making

July 13, 2011

How connected consumers feel (or don’t feel) to their future selves impacts their spending and savings decisions, researchers at Columbia Business School and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business have determined.

The researchers conducted a series of experiments that manipulated the degree to which subjects felt connected to their future selves. When discontinuity with the future self is anticipated, people behave… read more

Connecting Your Brain to the Game

March 7, 2007

Emotiv Systems has announced that video-game makers are able to buy Emotiv’s electro-encephalograph (EEG) caps and software developer’s tool kits so that they can build games that, they claim, can use the electrical signals from a player’s brain to control the on-screen action.

However, biomedical experts are skeptical because of problems with lead coupling and transients and interference from strong signals from muscles in the head.

Connected sky: surfing the web above the clouds

May 14, 2012


A recent deal between the British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and one of the biggest global aviation suppliers, Honeywell, may help give in-flight connectivity speed a boost.

Inmarsat plans to launch three satellites into orbit in the years to come, with the first one planned for 2013. The firm says the project, called Global Xpress, will provide global coverage and essentially make in-flight Wi-fi fast, cheap, reliable, and available… read more

Connected cars open up to apps and the cloud

July 23, 2012


The automobile of the future will not just have Internet access; it will depend on it, says Jon Stewart on BBC Future.

By tapping into the mass of data your car produces, combined with the huge computing resources available on the web, apps could help save you — and everyone around you — fuel, time and money.

Several manufacturers including Ford, BMW, Mercedes, Audi and… read more

Conjuring music, sans instruments

August 2, 2011

Imogen Heap, the Grammy Award-winning musician, debuted a pair of musical gloves at the recent TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh that allow her to compose, arrange, and perform music with hand movements..

Those movements include, for example, the ability to record a loop by opening her hand, filtering sound by bringing her hands togetherl and panning by pointing in the desired direction. Volume can also be manipulated with some… read more

Congressman concerned about superintelligence becoming self-aware

June 9, 2006

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said at a House Science Committe meeting Wednesday that based on the opinions of experts, there is reason to believe that in about 25 years a supercomputer will be built that “exceeds human intelligence,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

Sherman said he hopes that some of the future researchers that the bills would cultivate will be steered toward the potentially emerging field of making… read more

Congress to vote on open access and NIH funds

November 8, 2007

US investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) may soon be compelled to publish only in journals that make their research papers freely available within one year of publication.

Congress is this week expected to take final votes on a bill incorporating this directive.

Congress Passes Bill Barring Genetic Discrimination

May 6, 2008

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure prohibiting health insurers from canceling or denying coverage or hiking premiums based on a genetic predisposition to a specific disease.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) also bars employers from using genetic information to hire, fire, promote or make any other employment-related decisions. It unanimously passed in the Senate, and President Bush is expected to sign it into law.… read more

Congress Near Deal on Genetic Test Bias Bill

April 25, 2008

Congress reached an agreement clearing the way for a bill to prohibit discrimination by employers and health insurers on the basis of genetic tests.

Congress Hears Military Nanotech Plans

June 29, 2001

Nanotechnology promises immense gains for the Department of Defense, especially in computers, materials and propulsion, but its benefits are still decades away and likely to be difficult and costly to mass produce, lawmakers were told Tuesday.

DoD plans call for developing advanced materials for embedded computing, composites and so-called “smart materials.” DARPA uses nanotechnology and micro-electromechanical systems or MEMS for a range of purposes. Researchers are developing so-called biofluidic… read more

Congress considers paywalling science you already paid for

January 9, 2012


Should you be able to read research you’ve helped to fund?

A few years ago, Congress approved an access policy that makes most taxpayer-funded research freely available online within 12 months of publication. It has proven a huge boon to researchers and the public.

Now, however, as UC Berkeley evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen relates, a proposed bill threatens to reverse this policy, Wired Scienceread more

Congress and the Singularity

April 3, 2007

“Nanotechnology: The Future is Coming Sooner Than You Think” is the title of a new congressional report that predicts “dramatic breakthroughs will occur in diverse areas such as medicine, communications, computing, energy, and robotics…. Every exponential curve eventually reaches a point where the growth rate becomes almost infinite. This point is often called the Singularity.”

Congress Adds Funds for Biomedical, Environmental and Energy R&D in 2008

August 9, 2007

AAAS analyses show Congress is poised to add billions of dollars to proposed budgets for federal investment in research and development for fiscal year 2008.

The House and Senate would endorse large proposed increases for select physical sciences agencies in the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) and expansion of development of new human spacecraft.

In addition, instead of cutting funding for other R&D programs as… read more

Congenitally blind learn to see and read with soundscapes

November 9, 2012

Example of seeing an object with sound (credit: Striem-Amit et al./Neuron)

Congenitally blind people have learned to ”see” and describe objects, and even identify letters and words, by using a visual-to-auditory sensory-substitution algorithm and sensory substitution devices (SSDs), scientists at Hebrew University and in France have found.

SSDs are non-invasive sensory aids that provide visual information to the blind via their existing senses. For example, using a visual-to-auditory SSD in a clinical or everyday setting, users wear a miniature camera… read more

‘Conflict index’ warns when a nation faces civil war

October 29, 2001

A “conflict barometer” system providing a weekly measure of unrest could predict countries approaching civil war.
Raw material for the barometer is several thousand Reuters news stories. A sentence-analysing program called a parser classifies events into roughly 200 categories. From the category counts, researchers calculate the proportions of events involving civil protests, repressive government actions and outbreaks of violence to give a nation’s “conflict carrying capacity.”

They found that… read more

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