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Artistic tendencies linked to ‘schizophrenia gene’

July 17, 2009

A genetic mutation linked to psychosis and schizophrenia also influences creativity, a Semmelweis University researcher has found.

He speculates that the mutation dampens a brain region that reins in mood and behavior, the prefrontal cortex. This change could unleash creative potential in some people and psychotic delusions in others.

Scientists Ponder the Successor to Moore’s Law

February 18, 2008

The National Science Foundation has requested $20 million from the U.S. government for fiscal 2009 to start the “Science and Engineering Beyond Moore’s Law” effort, which would fund academic research on technologies including carbon nanotubes, quantum computing and massively multicore computers.

My Bionic Quest for Bolero

October 26, 2005

To allow for a deaf person with a cochlear implant to hear music, Advanced Bionics is working on a new software algorithm for “virtual channels.”

Sony soon to deliver child robot

December 23, 2002

Shades of A.I. the movie: Sony is developing a 24-inch child-like robot that can interact with its “carers,” expressing emotions through words, songs and body language. It can recognize up to 10 human faces and voices and adapt its behaviour according to the way it is treated. The SDR4X Dream Robot will be available April 7 for $60,000 to $80,000.

Craig Venter: Programming algae to pump out oil

July 27, 2009

Genome pioneer Craig Venter has teamed up with Exxon Mobil to turn living algae into hydrocarbons, for processing into gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel.

PC beats doctor in scan tests

February 25, 2008

A computer does better than a doctor at diagnosing Alzheimer’s from brain scans: trained computers had a 96% diagnosis success rate analyzing a clinical MRI scan, compared to an 85% success rate for doctors using standard scans, blood tests and interviews.

A Special Drug Just for You, at the End of a Long Pipeline

November 8, 2005

The age of personalized medicine is on the way. Increasingly, experts say, therapies will be tailored for patients based on their genetic makeup or other medical measurements. That will allow people to obtain drugs that would work best for them and avoid serious side effects.

New bandwidth management techniques boost operating efficiency in multi-core chips

May 26, 2011

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed two new techniques to help maximize the performance of multi-core computer chips by allowing them to retrieve data more efficiently.

The techniques, allocating bandwidth and prefetching data, boost chip performance by 10 to 40 percent, the researchers said.

They used easily collected data from the hardware counters on each chip to determine which cores needed more bandwidth.… read more

Now Playing: Reality Without the Downside

January 10, 2003

“The first online getaway,” called “There,” is an multiplayer online service that features 3-D computer-generated environments, AI-based avatars, real-world physics, natural scenery and sounds, and the ability to interact freely with people and objects.

Fertile mice created from skin cells

August 5, 2009

THE birth of the first live mice created from mouse skin cells by the Chinese Academy of Sciences has confirmed the potential of converting pluripotent stem cells (iPS) into all tissues of the body, a property that could prove valuable for people undergoing reconstructive surgery.

‘Protein-friendly’ chip offers rapid disease testing

February 29, 2008

A device capable of spotting diseases in the tiniest drop of blood or urine has been developed by University of Leeds scientists.

The device uses an array of electrodes, each with with aptamers with an affinity for a particular protein attached. It is 10 times smaller than existing sensors and can detect a range of protein molecules associated with different diseases.

Turner Entertainment turns to holographic storage

November 21, 2005

Turner Entertainment Networks plans to use holographic storage for storing and retrieving its movies, cartoons and commercial spots.

According to Turner, the first version of the holographic disc will store 300GB per disc, with 160MB/sec. data throughput rate. It promises to retail for $100, and by 2010, each disc will have a capacity of 1.6TB.

Eddie Mars, Cybermouthpiece, Talks to His Creator

January 26, 2003

In his new film, “Happy Here and Now,” Michael Almereyda looks into the future and sees computer chat rooms where participants can project fictitious identities, or “avatars,” into cyberspace to do their talking for them.

Mobile phones get cyborg vision

August 12, 2009

Ubiquitous augmented reality (AR) is coming to some smart phones, providing rich, location-relevant information.

For example, Acrossair’s iPhone app overlays tube-station information on the camera image, using data from the iPhone’s GPS and compass. And Mobilizy’s Wikitude world browser presents users of phones running Google’s Android with information about real world objects submitted by users.

Cochlear implant recipients experience improved quality of life

March 6, 2008

A German study of cochlear implant recipients shows the recipients experience a significant improvement in their quality of life after the implant: better speech recognition, sound perception, social interaction, and mental health.

Musicians and music listeners with cochear implants are also benefitting from a University of Washington computerized test, Clinical Assessment of Music Perception (CAMP). It strips down music to three basic components–pitch, timbre, and… read more

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