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Google and Yahoo Are Extending Search Ability to TV Programs

January 25, 2005

Google and Yahoo are introducing services that will let users search closed captioning information on television programs on major networks.

Google presents users with short excerpts of program transcripts with text matching their search queries and a single image from the program.

Yahoo will let users watch 60-second video clips.

Facebook, PayPal tycoon embraces sci-fi future

December 27, 2010

As venture capital in Silicon Valley chases the next big mobile app or group discount service, Peter Thiel is asking for them to fund technological breakthroughs that some believe in fervently and others see as sheer fantasy.

He even has a name for it: Breakthrough philanthropy.

Instead of just giving to help the less fortunate here and now, Thiel encouraged his fellow moguls to put their money toward… read more

Micro Sculpture is smallest ever

September 4, 2001
Photo by LaSIE

A team of Japanese engineers has created the smallest sculpture ever: a 3-D bull measuring only 10 by 7 micrometers — the size of a red blood cell.

The bull was etched in transparent plastic with a pair of lasers. The plastic resin solidified at the focal point of the two lasers in a process called two-photon photo-polymerization.

The tiny structures demonstrate the possibility of making micro-components for… read more

Quantum superheroes: The science of Watchmen

March 4, 2009

Teleportation on a macroscopic scale, faster-than-light particles, and the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation are among the ideas explored in the alternate world of the Watchmen movie.

Robotic Therapy Tiles: Playing Your Way to Health

October 3, 2007

Patients recovering from surgery or injuries may soon be able to physically play their way to a full recovery with intelligent robotic systems that generate specialized games to challenge the human body’s abilities.

Henrik Hautop Lund, a robotics and artificial-intelligence professor at the University of Southern Denmark is developing therapy tiles that guide patients through physical routines and help them heal.

Each tile is a miniature robotic system… read more

Where does all the processing speed go?

February 8, 2005

Computers are getting faster all the time, or so they tell us. But, in fact, the user experience of performance hasn’t improved much over the past 15 years.

Program complexity is probably the biggest culprit when your supposedly speedy processor still runs slow.

Facebook to Live Stream US Congress Opening

January 5, 2011

For the first time in history, the 112th US Congress will be broadcast live on a social network, Facebook (the first day, at least) with swearing in today (Wednesday Jan. 5) at noon EST.

Watching How the Brain Works as It Weighs a Moral Dilemma

September 26, 2001

It is now possible to study scientifically how moral reasoning differs among individual people and across cultures, using functional brain imaging to detect brain activity via increases in blood flow.

A study published in the Sept. 14 issue of the journal Science showed that impersonal moral dilemmas, like deciding whether to keep the money in a found wallet, activated areas involved in working memory. However, personal moral dilemmas… read more

‘Theory of mind’ explains belief in God

March 10, 2009

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke researchers found from fMRI brain scans that religious beliefs “light up” the areas that have evolved most recently, such as those involved in imagination, memory and “theory of mind” — the recognition that other people and living things can have their own thoughts and intentions.

Google Hints at Social Network Plan

October 12, 2007

Google is planning to use information it has about the connections between its users, the “social graph,” to improve searches and other Google services.

An iPhone app for real social video creation and sharing

July 19, 2012


What if you could instantly mash up, remix, and share videos with people on other social networks?

That’s the kind of experience that the makers of the Vyclone iPhone app have created, TechCrunch reports.

Vyclone takes advantage of location data to determine who you’re nearby while you’re shooting video in its app. It then matches that video against other users nearby.

The app allows the… read more

Holograms Poised to Reveal Bio Data

February 22, 2005

The next generation of biosensors may use low-cost, more-sensitive holograms instead of chips.

Electron beams could be used to irradiate mail

October 25, 2001

The US Postal Service is installing irradiation equipment in an attempt to destroy biological weapons, such as anthrax, concealed in envelopes and parcels. Electron beam irradiation is a leading candidate technology for this purpose.
A system from Titan called SureBeam uses high-energy electron beams to break down molecules within DNA, either killing a micro-organism or rendering it unable to reproduce. SureBeam bombards its target with energy levels… read more

Shifting sound to light may lead to better computer chips

March 17, 2009

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have converted terahertz- frequency sounds into light, using piezoelectric materials.

Applications include characterizing semiconductor devices more accurately, explosives detection, and medical uses such as detection of skin cancer.

The future is here right now, if you can read the signs

October 23, 2007

“I use Google as a metaphor for an emerging intelligence,” says European author and futurist Ray Hammond.

“Every single day that I use Google, and I use it constantly, I notice that it’s getting a little bit more capable at understanding what I mean when I don’t say precisely what I mean.

“Now, if brainpower in the computer is doubling every 12 months and Google is gathering every… read more

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