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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

‘Molecular computers’ act as tiny ID tags

September 5, 2006

Molecules capable of basic logic operations have been developed that could serve as tiny ID tags for identifying individual cells or nano-devices. The technique, called molecular computational identification (MCID), could produce tens of millions of unique tags.

The molecules use the presence of a chemical, or a mix of chemicals, as inputs, and give off light as output.

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

‘Perfect solar storm’ sends massive eruption Earth’s way

October 28, 2003

The third most powerful solar flare ever recorded erupted from the Sun earlier today, and scientists say Earth could feel the effects with communications disruptions and loss of power.

A major geomagnetic storm is expected to happen when it reaches us on October 29th or 30th.

“It was slightly more powerful that the famous March 6, 1989 flare which was related to the disruption of the power grids… 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

Cardiologist’s ‘living chip’ changes science of disease monitoring

September 19, 2006

University of Rochester Medical Center cardiologist Spencer Rosero, M.D. is developing implantable biosensors to create a “biological chip.”

When implanted, this chip can detect physiologic and chemical changes with faster, improved accuracy.

For a patient with heart failure, for example, the biosensor could detect a change in blood protein levels at an early stage, prompting the physician to alter medications to correct the problem.

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‘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

A surreal timeline: When is ‘The Matrix’?

November 7, 2003

The Associated Press has compiled an estimated timeline of the war between men and machines.

2010-60 — Humans create humanoid drone robots with Artificial Intelligence to fill jobs as construction laborers and servants.

2075 — AI programs evolve and some robots began to resent their human overlords.


“This timeline is incredibly flawed. It fails to mention the fact that ‘The One’ has been inserted into… read more

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

Robot cars will race in real traffic

October 4, 2006

The first 11 teams for the Urban Grand Challenge, a race in which robot cars will jostle with real ones along mocked-up city streets, have been announced.

The teams must construct autonomous vehicles to navigate an unfamiliar urban environment in the shortest time possible.

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.

Research suggests new theory of evolution

November 14, 2003

Researchers have found new evidence for an alternate theory of evolution in which instead of an infinite number of small genetic changes over a long period of time, the process begins with several large mutations before settling down into a series of smaller ones.

The research is published in the Nov. 12 issue of the journal Nature.

Michigan State University press release

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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