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Using touchscreen interactive tabletop displays via the Internet

November 24, 2010


Researchers have developed software that enables people to use large visual displays and touch screens interactively over the Internet for business and homeland security applications.

Tabletop touch-operated displays are becoming popular with professionals in various fields, said Niklas Elmqvist, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University.

“These displays are like large iPhones, and because they are large they invite collaboration,”… read more

How the brain ‘sees’

May 30, 2001

Neurons in the human visual cortex can detect patterns that are too fine to be consciously perceived, based on research by Sheng He, assistant professor of psychology, University of Minnesota.

Inability to see the too-fine lines is due to a blurring that occurs after the visual cortex receives input.

That gut feeling may actually reflect a reliable memory

February 8, 2009

A new study from Northwestern University offers precise electrophysiological evidence that gut decisions may sometimes not be guesswork after all.

During a special recognition test, guesses turned out to be as accurate or more accurate than when study participants thought they consciously remembered.

Mempile — Terabyte on a CD

August 28, 2007

New optical-storage technology promises to allow the equivalent of more than 115 DVD-quality movies and about 40 HD movies on a single CD-size medium.

At 200 layers a disc, future versions of the technology will make it possible to store up to 5TB of data on one disc.

Using a special variant of the polymer polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), Israel-based company Mempile developed discs that it claims are almost… read more

Grape Seed May Protect Brain

December 23, 2004

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have reported the first direct evidence that a grape-seed extract affects specific proteins in healthy brains in ways that may protect against future age-related dementia.

Grape-seed-extract supplements are thought to have health benefits due to their high content of polyphenolic compounds, which have been shown to have high antioxidant activity

Bruce Schneier: We need ‘cyberwar hotlines’ to match nuclear hotlines

December 6, 2010

Security expert Bruce Schneier has called for governments to establish “hotlines” between their cyber commands, much like the those between nuclear commands, to help them battle against cyber attacks.

Schneier, writing in the Financial Times, said that a hotline between the world’s cyber commands would “at least allow governments to talk to each other, rather than guess where an attack came from.” He also said that more importantly, governments need… read more

Uploading Life: Send Your Personality to Space

June 28, 2001

The gradual merging of human beings with their computers over the next century gives rise to the prospect of interstellar immortality, said William Sims Bainbridge at a recent George Washington University Space Policy Institute symposium.

Cognitive neural science, genetic engineering, nanotechnology and information systems may allow the founding of a cosmic civilization, a possibility that does not require flying living human bodies and all the necessities of life to… read more

Chemical drink breathes life into damaged hearts

February 12, 2009

Myo-inositol trispyrophosphate (ITPP) dissolved in water boosted exercise levels in mice with damaged hearts by 35%, University of Strasbourg researchers say.

The finding raises hopes that the same substance can invigorate patients weakened from heart attacks by increasing the supply of oxygen to damaged cardiac muscle.

Detecting cancer by scanning surface veins

September 7, 2007

A new technology for cancer detection that eliminates the need for drawing blood has been developed by Purdue University researchers.

By shining a laser on surface veins, such as those on the wrist and inside the cheek, researchers are able to reveal and count circulating tumor cells. In addition to being less invasive, the new detection method is able to evaluate a much larger volume of blood… read more

Smart bombs to blast tumors

January 6, 2005

Exploding capsules could one day be used to deliver cancer drugs with pinpoint accuracy, New Scientist reports in its January 8 issue.

The capsules, being developed by University of Melbourne researchers, would rupture when heated by a low-energy laser pulse. Anti-cancer drugs would be more effective, and the side effects less severe, if they could home in on a tumor and be delivered in a single burst. This would… read more

IBM’s ‘Watson’ will compete on Jeopardy! in February

December 14, 2010

IBM and America’s Favorite Quiz show Jeopardy! today announced that an IBM computing system named “Watson” will compete on Jeopardy! against the show’s two most successful and celebrated contestants — Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

The first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.

Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, was built… read more

Atom laser-beam microscope

July 17, 2001

An atom laser-beam microscope that could have sharper vision while causing less damage to a sample than an electron microscope is being developed by physicists at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich.

The development of lenses and mirrors to sharpen atom laser beams might also improve technologies to build atomic-scale structures, similar to how an ink-jet printer writes text.
Just as an optical laser beam is better than a light… read more

New Company Looks to Produce Space Based Solar Power Within a Decade

February 20, 2009
(Mafic Studios)

Space Energy, Inc. says they have developed a “a rock-solid commercial platform” and should be able to provide commercially available space-based solar power within a decade.

New carbon nanotube technology to reduce large-scale emissions

September 19, 2007

A novel technology to trap large-scale greenhouse gas emissions is being developed by University of Queensland researcher Dr. John Zhu.

He aims to develop a carbon nanotube membrane for gas separation that will work like a sieve to separate high volumes of methane or carbon dioxide from other gases. The methane could also be used to provide valuable pipeline-quality gas.

Dr Zhu said that the CNT technology would… read more

First robotic legs to fully model biologically accurate walking

July 6, 2012


University of Arizona researchers have produced a robotic set of legs that they believe is the first to fully model walking in a biologically accurate manner.

The neural architecture, musculoskeletal architecture, and sensory feedback pathways in humans have been simplified and built into the robot, giving it a remarkably human-like walking gait that can be viewed in the video.

The biological accuracy of this robot, presented today (Friday… read more

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