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Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2009

January 4, 2010

A sensor that can smell cancer, a computer program that predicts drug dide effects, and Rapamycin, an immunosuppressant that allowed mice to live an equivalent of 13 extra years were among the stories that made Wired’s list of science breakthroughs in 2009.

Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2010

January 3, 2011

The first self-replicating, synthetically designed life; a new model of the recycled universe; and water discovered on the moon are among the top scientific breakthroughs of 2010, according to Wired.

Top scientist asks: is life all just a dream?

November 16, 2004

“Life, the universe and everything” may be no more than a giant computer simulation with humans reduced to bits of software, says Martin Rees, Royal Society professor of astronomy at Cambridge University, in a forthcoming BBC television documentary.

Countering this, MIT professor Seth Lloyd said such a computer would have to be unimaginably large.

Top Secret America

July 20, 2010

(Washington Post)

The Washington Post has released its interactive “Top Secret America” website, describing the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The series of articles and an online database at topsecretamerica.com depict the scope and complexity of the government’s national security program through interactive maps and other graphics. More than a dozen Washington Post journalists spent two years developingread more

Top secret quantum messages for your room only

April 28, 2010

A new scheme for a quantum communications link that will only allow a message to be read if a recipient is in exactly the right location has been devised by inventor Robert Malaney at the University of New South Wales.

Top Secret: CIA explains its Wikipedia-like national security project

June 12, 2008

The CIA and DIA have created Intellipedia, a Web 2.0 Wikipedia-like project, for use by its analysts and spies, allowing them to read and edit a central wiki enhanced with a YouTube-like video channel, Flickr-like photo-sharing feature, content tagging, blogs, and RSS feeds.

Top tech movies: Creepy-crawly climbing bots and more

January 10, 2007

A new film shows researchers at Case Western University using robots equipped with a cross between wheels and legs (“whegs”) to test a new material that mimics the gravity-defying feet of geckos and insects.

Another clip shows a flying robot with whegs as well as retractable wings. The robot, resembling a large winged insect, combines the ability to fly with the capacity to crawl to reach a specific location… read more

Top Technology Breakthroughs of 2008

December 29, 2008

R&D labs were busy laying the foundations of some amazing future technologies in 2008. They produced concepts such as silicon chips you can swallow for personalized medicine from the inside out and a fourth fundamental element in electronic circuitry.

Top Ten Forecasts For The Next 20 Years

November 11, 2008

Everything you say and do will be recorded by 2030, and by the late 2010s, ubiquitous, unseen nanodevices will provide seamless communication and surveillance among all people everywhere, with nanoimplants facilitating interaction in an omnipresent network.

That’s one of the top ten forecasts for 2000 and beyond in the OUTLOOK 2009 report from the November-December 2008 issue of THE FUTURIST magazine.

Top ten stories of 2003

January 2, 2004

The most popular stories published by New Scientist.com during 2003 include the first speed of gravity measurement, packet tracking for ultrafast Internet, the world’s first brain prosthesis, and James Watson’s statement that stupidity is a genetic disease that should be cured.

Top Trends of 2010: Internet TV

December 2, 2010

A market that progressed in 2010 was Internet TV. Among the developments: Apple announced a major overhaul of Apple TV, Google launched its Android-powered Google TV platform and partnered with Sony, Boxee and Roku continued to improve their set-top box products, startups like Clicker innovated new types of web services for Internet TV, and content platforms like Hulu captured more viewers.

Top tweets of 2010

December 13, 2010

Twitter has analyzed the 25 billion tweets sent in 2010 to derive the top 10 twitter trends of 2010, top news, top technology topics, and several other categories of tweets.

Top topics

  1. Gulf Oil Spill
  2. FIFA World Cup
  3. Inception
  4. Haiti Earthquake
  5. Vuvuzela
  6. Apple iPad
  7. Google Android
  8. Justin Bieber
  9. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
  10. Pulpo Paul

Top… read more

Top Two Slots on Newest TOP500 List of Supercomputers Unchanged, but New Systems in Germany, Saudi Arabia are Shaking Things Up

June 23, 2009

The just-announced new annual TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers is still led by IBM’s Roadrunner and Cray’s Jaguar, but in third place, a new contender has emerged: an IBM BlueGene/P system called JUGENE, installed at the Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ) in Germany, at 825.5 teraflop/s.

Other notable systems are the Bull-Sun JUROPA at FZJ in Germany, ranked at 274.8 Tflop/s, the IBM BlueGene/P system at… read more

TOP500 List of World’s Fastest Supercomputers Released

June 20, 2002

The 19th edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was released today.

The recently installed Earth Simulator supercomputer at the Earth Simulator Center in Yokohama, Japan is the new number 1, with its performance of 35.86 Tflop/s — almost five times higher than the now #2 IBM ASCI White system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (7.2 Tflop/s).The total combined performance of all 500 computers… read more

Topologist Predicts New Form of Matter

December 16, 2010

Topological rings (Nils A. Baas)

Nils Baas at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology says that the strange, unworldly bonds that allow cesium atoms to stick together in triplets should allow much more complex objects to form too.

In fact, he says we’re on the verge of discovering a brand new form of matter governed by an entirely new branch of physics, based on topology — a kind of parallel… read more

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