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First pig stem cells could make ‘humanised’ organs

June 3, 2009

The world’s first pig stem cells have been created by researchers at the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in China.

The researchers hope to genetically modify Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells (derived from the stem cells) to make pig organs compatible with the human immune system, allowing for xerotransplantation without an adverse reaction from the patient’s own immune system. They also intend to produce pigs resistant to diseases,… read more

Graphene research promises nanoelectronics breakthroughs

May 9, 2011

Graphene Modulator

Graphene is rapidly shifting from a lab curiosity to early versions of future nanoscale electronic devices.

The first precise measurements of the “edge states” of well-ordered nanoribbons have been made by physicists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. The research promises to allow for building quick-acting, energy-efficient nanoscale… read more

A New Treatment for Alzheimer’s?

January 16, 2008

A drug commonly used to treat arthritis caused a dramatic and rapid improvement in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to physicians in California. However, scientists and others not involved in the work worry that the report, which was based on trials in a few patients and hasn’t been independently confirmed, may offer little more than false hope for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families.

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My Bionic Quest for Bolero

October 26, 2005

To allow for a deaf person with a cochlear implant to hear music, Advanced Bionics is working on a new software algorithm for “virtual channels.”

Sony soon to deliver child robot

December 23, 2002

Shades of A.I. the movie: Sony is developing a 24-inch child-like robot that can interact with its “carers,” expressing emotions through words, songs and body language. It can recognize up to 10 human faces and voices and adapt its behaviour according to the way it is treated. The SDR4X Dream Robot will be available April 7 for $60,000 to $80,000.

Oily fish ‘can halt eye disease’

June 9, 2009

Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish like mackerel and salmon) appear to slow or even halt the progress of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Tufts University researchers have found.

Rogue stem cells hold clue to melanoma growth (preview)

January 22, 2008

Harvard Medical School researchers have identified cancer stem cells for melanoma that both trigger the initial tumor and drive its later growth.

The discovery may help lead to better treatments against the cancer. The cancer stem cells pump out chemicals from cancer cells, helping the tumor resist chemotherapy.

A Special Drug Just for You, at the End of a Long Pipeline

November 8, 2005

The age of personalized medicine is on the way. Increasingly, experts say, therapies will be tailored for patients based on their genetic makeup or other medical measurements. That will allow people to obtain drugs that would work best for them and avoid serious side effects.

Now Playing: Reality Without the Downside

January 10, 2003

“The first online getaway,” called “There,” is an multiplayer online service that features 3-D computer-generated environments, AI-based avatars, real-world physics, natural scenery and sounds, and the ability to interact freely with people and objects.

New Glimpses of Life’s Puzzling Origins

June 16, 2009

In the last few years, four surprising advances have renewed confidence that a terrestrial explanation for life’s origins will eventually emerge.

New Method Exploits Ancient Mechanism To Switch Genes On And Off At Will

January 30, 2008

Rockefeller University researchers are using the heat shock response, an ancient mechanism that protects cells from dangerously high temperatures, to introduce foreign genes, called transgenes, into an organism and control when and where these transgenes are expressed.

Turner Entertainment turns to holographic storage

November 21, 2005

Turner Entertainment Networks plans to use holographic storage for storing and retrieving its movies, cartoons and commercial spots.

According to Turner, the first version of the holographic disc will store 300GB per disc, with 160MB/sec. data throughput rate. It promises to retail for $100, and by 2010, each disc will have a capacity of 1.6TB.

Eddie Mars, Cybermouthpiece, Talks to His Creator

January 26, 2003

In his new film, “Happy Here and Now,” Michael Almereyda looks into the future and sees computer chat rooms where participants can project fictitious identities, or “avatars,” into cyberspace to do their talking for them.

‘Lightbulb’ molecule has a bright future

June 23, 2009

A single molecule that reliably emits white light and could speed the development of low-energy LEDs has been developed by Seoul National University and University of Valencia researchers.

Team develops energy-efficient microchip

February 5, 2008

MIT and Texas Instruments researchers have unveiled a new chip design for portable electronics that can be up to 10 times more energy-efficient than present technology.

The design could lead to cell phones, implantable medical devices and sensors that last far longer when running from a battery.

One future goal for implantable medical devices is to make the power requirements so low that they could be powered by… read more

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