Nano Computing

September 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Computing, Future, Nanotech, Science, Technology | 18 Comments »

“Computing isn’t just confined to semiconductors. Molecules have been processing information ever since life has been around on our planet. Harnessing this remarkable ability really does have the potential to make a big difference to people’s lives.” For the first time, chemists at Queen’s University Belfast, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have managed to manipulate molecules to perform logic operations based on the principles of photosynthesis.

via Physorg | BBC

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Multi-Touch Sensing

August 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Products, Technology | No Comments »

Jeff Han‘s rear projection multi-touch sensing display and JazzMutant’s Lemur both offer hope for all of us who can’t wait to get rid of the archaic mouse and finally click on more than one thing at a time. [Jeff Han’s prototype video] [Lemur video]

via pixelsumo

Watson : Computer, don't just sit there. Search.

July 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Internet, Mapping, Programming | 3 Comments »

Intellext‘s Watson runs silently runs and retrieves searches based on an analysis of what your doing at the time. Imagine typing a paper and having your research assistant constantly looking over your shoulder to go find more information on whatever topics come across in your discourse. That’s Watson. [download Watson 2.0 beta]

via The Boston Globe

Robotic Animals : Implanting Mice with Speech Recognition

June 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Computing, Future, Health, News, Technology | 10 Comments »

Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center of Shandong University of Science and Technology have demonstrated how a set of computer generated electronic signals can control the behavior of the mice.

via Chinanews | PhysOrg

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Nano Electronic Revolution Begins

June 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Fabrication Tech, Future, Nanotech, News, Technology | No Comments »

Researchers at the National Institute for Nanotechnology (University of Alberta) have demonstrated for the first time that the charge of a single atom on a silicon surface can switch the conductivity of a nearby molecule. Robert Wolkow and his team’s demonstration bring nano electronics a leap forward into reality, as the technology moves hence forward with proof of a molecular transistor. [press release]

via Edmonton Journal

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Blue Brain : The First Complete Virtual Brain

June 6th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Biology, Computing, Future, Mapping | 3 Comments »

The “Blue Brain” project will be the first computer simulation of the entire human brain, enabling real time observations of how the brain interprets the world.

via NS

Self-Assembling Nano-Electronics

June 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Fabrication Tech, Future, Nanotech, Technology | 1 Comment »

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working on a combination of the latest lithography and self-assembly block-copolymer techniques to create highly ordered self assembling ‘nanochips’.

via NSF News

Japan Aims to Top the Supercomputer Lists as Early as 2010

June 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Mapping, News, Technology | No Comments »

The new supercomputer by the Japanese governement, aiming for completion as early as 2010, will handle over a quadrillion calculations per second. Blue Gene/L currently holds the top spot at 70.72 trillion calculations per second. NEC, the makers of Earth Simulator(currently #3), Hitachi Ltd., the University of Tokyo and Kyushu University were chosen this month to develop critical technologies to power the ultra-fast computer.

[Top 500 List]

via NYT

Millennium Simulation : The largest model of the Universe

June 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Mapping, News, Technology, Video, Virtual Reality | No Comments »

Using more than 10 billion particles and 25 terabytes of stored output, the Virgo consortium has created the largest simulation of the universe’s evolution across 20 million galaxies spanning 2 billion light years. The model, which ran at the Max Planck Society’s Supercomputing Centre in Garching for more than a month, can now compare the simlulated data against observational data to reveal the physical processes underlying the build-up of real galaxies and black holes.

[video (Divx)] dark matter distribution in the universe at the present time based on the Millennium Simulation

via Science Blog

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Evolutionary Keyboard Layout

May 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Programming | No Comments »

QWERTY is simply inefficient and backwards. Dvorak is a better, but not quite there yet. Using an evolutionary program written in 1000 lines of C, we now have the most efficient keyboard layout; in theory. It turns out Dvorak is winning the race so far, but it may just be a matter of human bias. Or maybe a champion QWERTY typist will throw the whole race off?

via IlliGAL

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