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A new dimension in breast cancer research

January 9, 2012


A new imaging technology under investigation at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University may help researchers pinpoint subtle aberrations in cell nuclear structure, the molecular biosignature of cancer, thus significantly improving diagnostic accuracy and prognosis by providing early detection of breast cancer, a leading worldwide health concern.

The team has examined normal, benign and malignant cells, using the Cell-CT  from VisionGate, Inc., Phoenix, AZ,… read more

Researchers concoct self-propelled nano motor

January 25, 2006

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Bologna have come up with a nano-size vehicle with a motor powered by a rotaxane mechanically interlocked molecule. The vehicle can inch its way forward on sunlight and one day could be used to shuttle medicines or other small particles around.

Microwave ray gun controls crowds with noise

July 8, 2008

Sierra Nevada Corporation plans to build a microwave ray gun, dubbed MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio), able to beam sounds directly into people’s heads.

The device exploits the microwave audio effect, in which short microwave pulses rapidly heat tissue, causing a shockwave inside the skull that can be detected by the ears. A series of pulses can be transmitted to produce recognizable sounds.

The device is… read more

Foresight offers discount to readers

April 18, 2003

Foresight Institute is offering a $100 discount to readers for the Foresight Vision Weekend Annual Senior Associates Gathering: “Molecular Myth, Manufacturing, Money and Mania-Will the real nanotechnology please self-assemble!,” May 2-4, 2003 in Palo Alto.

Speakers include Larry Lessig, K. Eric Drexler, Peter Schwartz, Ed Feigenbaum, Steve Jurvetson, Ralph Merkle, Neil Jacobstein, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Brad Templeton, Christine Peterson, and Aubrey de Grey. They will address current… read more

Creating the inner ear from stem cells

Discovery provides new insights into the inner-ear developmental process and potential treatments for hearing loss and balance disorders
July 11, 2013


Indiana University scientists have transformed mouse embryonic stem cells into key structures of the inner ear.

The discovery provides new insights into the sensory organ’s developmental process and sets the stage for laboratory models of disease, drug discovery, and potential treatments for hearing loss and balance disorders.

A research team led by Eri Hashino, Ph.D., Ruth C. Holton Professor of Otolaryngology at Indiana University… read more

Long-distance quantum communication gets closer as physicists increase light storage efficiency by an order of magnitude

March 2, 2010

Physicists at the Laboratoire Aime Cotton – CNRS and University of Geneva have achieved reversible light storage efficiencies of more than a magnitude greater than those offered by previous techniques.

The new method could be useful for extending the range of quantum repeaters, used for long-distance quantum communication.

With robots, a new way to understand strokes

January 16, 2012

Dr. Julius Dewald at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine is experimenting with electromechanical devices for stroke rehabilitation.

The concept: a robot helps patients extend their arm more than they can now so the brain develops new pathways. Then the robot adds weight, making the limb heavier, so the patient can mirror a situation akin to living without the robot. The goal: robotic devices that cost less than $15,000, affordable for… read more

Can Pleo Robot Charm the Market?

February 7, 2006

Caleb Chung, the co-inventor of the popular Furby doll, is launching a new dinosaur robot for kids called Pleo that he hopes will build upon his dream of creating lifelike, emotionally responsive mechanical animals.

The $200 Pleo will have soft-polymer-based skin that covers a series of pressure sensors, infrared in the head to “see” objects and avoid edges, a potentiometer in its belly, force-feedback sensors in its toes to… read more

‘Cross fire’ from the brain makes patients tremble

July 14, 2008

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Julich have demonstrated that the 5-Hz Parkinson’s disease tremor results from synchronous signals from the thalamus and the basal ganglia transmitted in loop-like neuron pathways of the brain and spinal cord, not only via proprioceptive nerve signals from the muscles (the current theory).

The finding supports the use of a Jülich-developed deep brain pacemaker, which uses two electrodes to deliver mild, targeted, and desynchronized stimuli to… read more

Scientists Breed Cancer-Beating Mice

May 2, 2003

The fight against cancer could be helped by the discovery of a strain of mice which appear to have the ability to resist the disease.

The Secret Lives Of Objects: StickyBits Turn Barcodes Into Personal Message Boards

March 10, 2010

Stickybits, a new iPhone and Android app that lets you scan any barcode and attach a geo-tagged message to that physical object, has been launched by Stickybits.

The barcode in a greeting card, for instance, could trigger a video message from the sender. One on a box of medical supplies could inventory what is inside. A business card with a code on it could link to a resume or… read more

Most likely host star for advanced life named

February 20, 2006

Beta CVn, a binary star roughly 26 light-years away that resembles our own Sun, and epsilon Indi A are on a list of likely life-bearing systems compiled by Margaret Turnbull, at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Texas Approves a $4.93 Billion Wind-Power Project

July 20, 2008

Texas regulators have approved a $4.93 billion wind-power transmission project, providing a major lift to the development of wind energy in the state.

The Evelyn Wood of Digitized Book Scanners

May 13, 2003

New book-scanning robots can turn the pages of small and large books as well as bound newspaper volumes and scan more than 1,000 pages an hour — speed and quality control unattainable by manual systems.

Commercial version of MIT Media Lab CityCar unveiled

January 26, 2012

City Car

A full-scale version of the stackable, electric CityCar, created by researchers at the MIT Media Lab and commercialized by a consortium of automotive suppliers in the Basque region of Spain, was unveiled at the European Union Commission headquarters on January 24.

Branded “Hiriko,” the two-passenger EV vehicle incorporates all of the essential concepts of the MIT Media Lab CityCar: a folding chassis to occupy a small footprint… read more

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