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1 in 4 households with cell phone, no landline

May 13, 2010

One in 4 households has a cell phone but no traditional landlines, up 2 percentage points from the first half of the year, according to data reported by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than a third of people under age 35, including about half of those age 25 to 29, have only cell phones.

’1 in 5 chance’ Ebola will spread to the US in September

Ebola cases "increasing exponentially ... many thousands of new cases are expected in Liberia over the coming 3 weeks" --- World Health Organization
September 10, 2014

Air traffic connections from West African countries to the rest of the world (credit: PLOS Currents: Outbreaks)

The number of new cases in Liberia is “increasing exponentially,” according to a statement Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO), and “many thousands of new cases are expected in Liberia over the coming 3 weeks.”

There’s also a 20% chance that that the Ebola epidemic (as it is now called) will reach the U.S. by the end of September, according to experts writing in… read more

1 in 8 chance of catastrophic solar megastorm by 2020

March 4, 2012

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The Earth has a roughly 12 percent chance of experiencing an enormous megaflare erupting from the sun in the next decade,  according to space physicist Pete Riley, senior scientist at Predictive Science in San Diego, California, writing n Space Weather on Feb. 23.

This event could potentially cause trillions of dollars’ worth of damage and take up to a decade to recover from,  according to a 2008 report from the National… read more

$1,000 genome in two hours by 2012, says CEO of Ion Torrent

November 7, 2011
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The mythical “$1,000 genome” will be here next year, said Jonathan Rothberg, CEO of sequencing technology company Ion Torrent, at MIT’s Emerging Technology conference, Technology Review Mims’ Bits reports.

The rate at which genome sequencing has become more affordable is faster than Moore’s law. “By this time next year, sequencing human genomes [will be] as fast and cheap as bacterial genome,” said Rothberg,… read more

1,000 mph car to be built next year

November 23, 2010

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Construction of the “Bloodhound SSC,” a car expected to be able to travel at 1,000 mph (around 1,600 km/h) or faster, will begin in January.

An attempt on the World Land Speed record will be made in 2012. The aim of the project is to promote science and engineering and to inspire young people.

The vehicle will be powered by a Falcon rocket and an… read more

$1.5 billion Star Trek attraction in Jordan planned

August 10, 2011

Astrarium (credit:  Paramount Recreation)

$1.5 billion has been secured for Astrarium, a major tourism and theme park development in Aqaba, Jordan featuring a Star Trek-inspired attraction, Abu Dhabi-based The National reports.

The Red Sea project will include four hotels and 17 entertainment developments and is expected to start early next year. It is funded by investors from the U.S. and the Gulf.

The “Star Trek” attraction is being creatively developed… read more

10 Audacious Ideas to Save the Planet

June 24, 2008

Solar power from space, super-hairy plants to reflect enough near-infrared energy back into space to cool regional temperatures by two degrees Fahrenheit, and turning the carbon dioxide from your car into fuel are among creative ways scientists are finding to clean up the Earth.

10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World

January 20, 2003

Technology Review’s editors have identified ten emerging technologies that they predict will have a tremendous influence in the near future: Wireless Sensor Networks, Injectable Tissue Engineering, Nano Solar Cells, Mechatronics (integrated mechanical-electronic components with intelligent-software control), Grid Computing, Molecular Imaging, Nanoimprint Lithography, Software Assurance, Glycomics (turning sugars into drugs), and Quantum Cryptography.

$10 million for Project 10^100 winners

September 27, 2010

Google has announced the winners of Project Project 10^100 (ideas for changing the world by helping as many people as possible). Thousands of people from more than 170 countries submitted over 150,000 ideas, and Google is providing  at total of $10 million funding to the five winners that received the most votes:

The Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization that provides high-quality, free education to… read more

$10 Million Prize Set Up for Speedy DNA Decoding

October 5, 2006

A $10 million prize for cheap and rapid sequencing of the human genome was announced today by the X Prize Foundation.

The terms of the prize require competitors to sequence 100 human genomes of their choice within 10 days, and within six months those of a further 100 people chosen by the foundation.

The foundation plans a series of prizes to motivate inventors and entrepreneurs, with its first… read more

10 Questions for Ray Kurzweil

November 26, 2010

Ray Kurzweil addresses the Singularity, reprogramming our biology, and the dangers of technological innovation in an article in a TIME special issue on “TimeFrames” — “looking back to the future.”

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10 Smart Clothes You’ll Be Wearing Soon

April 20, 2010

BLU Jacket

Motion-detecting pants, a proximity sensing shirt, a heart-sensing bra, biosensor underwear, and a “thought helmet” are among everyday objects that are becoming networked.

Lunar design’s BLU Jacket displays your moods through signs and colors

10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2007

December 15, 2006

PRAM (Phase-Change Random Access Memory), Printed Solar Panels, Body Area Network, VoN (Video on the Net), and Data Cloud are among the technologies you’ll be talking about next year.

10 things (and 4 outrages) techies need to know about President Obama’s State of the Union Address

January 27, 2011

Writer David Gewirtz suggests ten things technical professionals need to know about the President’s speech, and how his policies might affect you, your employer, and your family well into the future.

10 Year Documentary To Follow Bluebrain Project (Video)

February 18, 2010

Filmmaker Noah Hutton has released a mini-documentary on the first year of IBM’s Bluebrain Project to simulate a brain in a computer.

Bluebrain | Year One from Couple 3 Films on Vimeo.

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