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Learn Like A Human

April 16, 2007

Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) is a novel approach to building “intelligent” machines by modeling the human neocortex, selected by Numenta because it is responsible for almost all high-level thought and perception.

You don’t program an HTM as you would a computer; rather you configure it with software tools, then train it by exposing it to sensory data. HTMs thus learn in much the same way that children do.

Tech Science Out on a Limb

June 29, 2004

From tiny memory chips to fanless cooling systems, cutting-edge researchers are investigating new ways to make computing devices smaller, faster and cheaper.

From organic computer memory cells to super-nanocapacitors, many of the most promising lines of research involve molecular scale technology.

India develops 35-dollar ‘laptop’ for schools

July 23, 2010

India has come up with a $35 solar-powered, touch-screen “laptop” — a computing prototype that it aims to make available to students from elementary schools to universities.

Habitable worlds may hide in gas giants’ wake (article preview)

November 3, 2008

Habitable planets may be lurking in the wake of Jupiter-like planets as they orbit distant stars, according to simulations led by the Uppsala Astronomical Observatory in Sweden.

Objects born in Jupiter’s wake may have merged to form the planet Saturn, which was then nudged into its current position by the gravity of other planets, the team says (

Outside our solar system, some gas giant planets have been… read more

Making Gasoline from Carbon Dioxide

April 25, 2007

Chemists have shown that it is possible to use solar energy, paired with the right catalyst, to convert carbon dioxide into a raw material for making a wide range of products, including plastics and gasoline.

Global observatory sees first light

April 4, 2012


The Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) network plans to deploy two or three identical 1-meter remote-controlled telescopes, each costing about US$1 million, at observatories in Hawaii, Chile, South Africa, Australia and the Canary Islands.

They will soon be stitched into a global network that will provide researchers with around-the-clock coverage of quickly changing objects such as extrasolar planets, asteroids and supernovas.

LCOGT has three priorities: tracking the motion… read more

University Develops 12Tbyte Nano Memory

July 9, 2004

A memory technology that could squeeze almost 12Tbyte onto a CD-sized surface is under development, using 10nm crytals deposited on a substrate and switched by electron beam energy pulses.

‘Junk’ DNA proves functional

November 6, 2008

Researchers at the Genome Institute of Singapore have shown that many transcription factors (the master proteins that control the expression of other genes) bind specific repeat elements, and that 18 to 33% of the binding sites of five key transcription factors with important roles in cancer and stem cell biology are embedded in distinctive repeat families (AKA “junk DNA”).

Mini DNA replicator could benefit world’s poor

May 2, 2007

A pocket-sized device that runs on two AA batteries and copies DNA as accurately as expensive lab equipment has been developed by Texas A&M University researchers.

The device has no moving parts and costs just $10 to make. It runs polymerase chain reactions (PCRs), to generate billions of identical copies of a DNA strand, in as little as 20 minutes. This is much faster than the machines currently in… read more

The Internet Meets the Neural Net

July 26, 2004

New technlogies for interfacing brain and computer include low-cost EEG, optical signals, and direct neural interfacing.

Led by Intel, Chip Makers Cut Outlook

November 13, 2008

Intel warned on Wednesday that its sales could fall as much as 19 percent in the fourth quarter. Other major players in the chip industry, including Applied Materials and National Semiconductor, offered their own bleak outlooks.

The gloomy forecasts suggest that the technology industry is about to enter a slump that will rival or possibly exceed the dot-com bust of 2001.

Tracking billboards could give you the eyeball

May 10, 2007

Eyebox2 uses a camera that monitors eye movements from up to 10 meters away and makes possible smart billboards that track the attention of passers-by.

Mobiles to Run off Body’s Energy

August 5, 2004

Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) are working on a project to see how the body can generate electricity to run mobile devices.

One idea is to place piezoelectric material on the soles of a pair of shoes.

Prophesy of economic collapse ‘coming true’

November 18, 2008

A real-world analysis of a controversial prediction made 30 years ago in the book Limits to Growth concludes that economic growth cannot be sustained and we are on track for serious economic collapse this century.

Graham Turner at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia has compared the book’s predictions with data from the intervening years. Changes in industrial production, resource depletion, population growth, food production,… read more

Open collaboration leading to novel organizations

January 6, 2014


Open collaboration — which has brought the world Bitcoin, TEDx and Wikipedia — is likely to lead to new organizations that are not quite non-profits and not quite corporations, according to a paper by Sheen S. Levine of Columbia University and Michael J. Prietula of Emory University published in the journal Organization Science.

The authors define open collaboration as “any system of innovation or production that relies on goal-oriented yet… read more

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