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Self-assembled networks grown from carbon nanotube bridges

April 15, 2005

Case Western Reserve University engineers are growing building blocks of large-scale integrated circuits by growing self-assembled and self-welded carbon nanotubes.

Case Western Reserve University news release

Gene silencing prevents its first human disease

April 27, 2010

For the first time, RNA interference (RNAi) has been proven effective against a human disease — a common respiratory virus, University of Tennessee Health Science Center researchers have found.

Collision Course: Beating Moore’s Law by 2006 will take teamwork

February 15, 2002

CERN’s Large Hadron Supercollider will begin generating more than 10 million gigabytes of data each year when it becomes operational in 2006 — beyond the capabilities of any computer CERN scientists had at their disposal, or any supercomputer that could be built. The solution: the European DataGrid.The European DataGrid is an ambitious project based on an emerging distributed-processing technology known as grid computing. Instead of relying on mainframe makers like… read more

Algae: Biofuel of the future?

August 19, 2008

University of Virginia researchers have a plan to greatly increase algae oil yields by feeding the algae extra carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas) and organic material like sewage, meaning the algae could simultaneously produce biofuel and clean up environmental problems.

Mind-reading machine knows what you see

April 27, 2005

It is possible to read someone’s mind by remotely measuring their brain activity using functional MRI scanning, researchers have shown. The technique can even extract information from subjects that they are not aware of themselves.

The setup could also be used as a “consciousness-meter,” says John-Dylan Haynes at University College London; “a device that allows us to assess whether a patient is consciously perceiving his or her outside environment.”

Digital information will grow to 1.2 zettabytes this year: IDC study

May 5, 2010

Last year, the Digital Universe (the amount of digital information created and replicated in the world) grew by 62% to nearly 800,000 petabytes (a petabyte is a million gigabytes, or a quintillion bytes), and this year, the Digital Universe will grow almost as fast to 1.2 million petabytes, or 1.2 zettabytes, according to IDC’s annual report, “The Digital Universe Decade – Are You Ready?” May 2010, which monitors… read more

Mozilla’s HTML5-based Open Web Devices will give users a smartphone experience at feature phone costs

February 27, 2012


Mozilla has just announced a partnership with telecommunications operator, Telefónica to provide smartphone features at mass market prices. It uses only Web-based technology, based on HTML5.

See also: Mozilla to challenge big players in mobile web.

Asia to spend billions in nanotech research

March 11, 2002

Asia is investing big in nanotech. South Korea plans to spend US $1.3 billion over the next 10 years, said Professor Y. Kuk, Professor of Physics at Seoul National University, speaking at the recent Inaugural Conference of the recent Asia Pacific Nanotechnology Forum in Tsukuba, Japan.

Japan, Taiwan, and China are also making substantial investments.

Taiwan will spend about $600 million over the next six years and make… read more

Wireless sensors learn from life

August 26, 2008

In the WINSOC project, European and Indian researchers are applying principles learned from living organisms to design self-organizing networks of wireless sensors suitable for a wide range of environmental monitoring purposes,robust against node failures and capable of being implemented on large scales.

They developed mathematical models of biological systems and translated them into algorithms to determine how the sensor nodes should interact with each other, using self-organization. The sensor… read more

Monkeys Brains Alter to Work Robotic Arm

May 12, 2005

A new study finds a monkey’s brain structure adapts to treat a robotic arm as if it was a natural appendage.

The finding bolsters the notion that the primate brain is highly adaptable, and it adds more knowledge to the effort to create useful prosthetic devices for humans.

DNA could be scaffolding for self-assembling chips

May 12, 2010

(Chris Dwyer)

By simply mixing customized snippets of DNA and other molecules, one can create billions of identical self-assembling nanostructures, Chris Dwyer, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, has demonstrated.

When different light-sensitive molecules are added to the mixture of nanostructures, they exhibit unique programmable properties that can be readily tapped. Using light to excite these molecules, known as chromophores, he can create simple logic… read more

Cassini detects oxygen around Dione moon of Saturn

March 6, 2012


NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has “sniffed” molecular oxygen ions around Saturn’s icy moon Dione, confirming the presence of a very tenuous atmosphere.

The oxygen ions are quite sparse — about 90,000 per cubic meter, showing that Dione has an extremely thin neutral atmosphere. At the surface, it would only be as dense as Earth’s atmosphere 480 kilometers above the surface.

Dione’s oxygen appears to derive… read more

Newest storage tech–holographic DVD

April 17, 2002

InPhase Technologies, a spinoff of Lucent Technologies’ research arm Bell Labs, has introduced the first commercial holographic video recorder. Aimed at professional video editors, it holds 100GB of data on a single CD-sized disc as a series of 1.3MB holograms, enough for 20 full-length movies or 30 minutes of uncompressed high-resolution video.

The extended storage is due to the fact that each storage location can hold multiple holograms.

Lines and Bubbles and Bars, Oh My! New Ways to Sift Data

September 1, 2008

At an experimental IBM Web site, Many Eyes, users can upload the data they want to visualize, then try sophisticated tools to generate interactive displays and collaborate with other users.

Hackers Holding Computer Files ‘Hostage’

May 25, 2005

The latest threat to computer users doesn’t destroy data or steal passwords — it encrypts a person’s electronic documents, effectively holding them hostage, and demands $200 over the Internet for the digital keys to unlock the files.

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