September 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Health | 4 Comments »

God will always be there for you. [launch igod]

Launch Your Own Satellite into Space

September 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Technology | 2 Comments »

The CubeSat program, developed at Stanford University and California Polytechnic State University, aims to give universities and high schools a chance to launch their own satellite into low Earth orbit (240-360 miles above). There will be 9 Cubesats in orbit by Sept.27th 2005 with numerous institutes all around the world working on their own Cubesats. For $40,000 to build and $40,000 to launch, you too could have your own satellite network. [article]

via KurzweilAI

Self -Healing CPUs

September 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Technology | No Comments »

NASA’s Ames Research Center has a team working on two processor systems that are proprietary variations of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), which use an evolutionary algorithm to reconstruct damaged layouts to its proper configuration. Andy Tyrell at the UK’s University of York is working on immunotronics, a digital immune system that can detect corrupt strings of data that need attention to be fixed on the fly.

via Wired

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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Spray-on Skin Cells

September 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Fabrication Tech, Future, Health | 6 Comments »

The first controlled clinical study to examine the effectiveness of sprayed cultured skin cells to close the wounds of burns victims is being undertaken at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (QVH), East Grinstead. “We have seen what I can only describe as miraculous results using spray on skin with patients surviving 90% burns who otherwise had very little chance of survival.” [press release]

via MedGadget | BBC

Next, 4G Wireless 2010

September 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Internet, Technology | 1 Comment »

NTT-DoCoMo and Hewlett-Packard are jointly developing the next generation wireless platform titled MOTO-Media set to be release by 2010. Their recent prototype phone performed 32 high definition video streams, while traveling in an automobile at 20 kilometers per hour. NTT claims the phones could download 100 megabits per second on the move and at up to a gigabit per second while static.

via NS

Mid-Air Human-Computer Interface

September 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Mapping, Products, Technology | No Comments »

Alvaro Cassinelli, Stephane Perrin & Masatoshi Ishikawa’s Smart Laser Scanner uses off-the-shelf technology to create a high resolution human interfaces that tracks one’s bare fingers as it moves through space in 3-dimensions. The systems tracking technique is sophisticated, yet simple and elegant, permitting future possibilities of embedding this entire system into a variety of portable electronics. Imagine writing or gesturing in mid-air as your cell phone or laptop beams a laser directly to multiple fingers and even multiple users as it interprets motions into letters and words. [demo videos]

via Engadget | The Raw Feed

Nano-material Harder than Diamonds

September 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Fabrication Tech, Future, Materials | No Comments »

A new material known as aggregated carbon nanorods (ACNR) has been created by packing buckyballs under 200 times the normal atmospheric pressure and heating it to 2226°C. ACNR is 0.3% denser than ordinary diamond and more resistant to pressure than any other known material.

via nanotechweb | NS

Anti-Fog Nanocoating

August 30th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Materials, Nanotech, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

With the help of nanotachonlogy, foggy windows, foggy goggles, and foggy glasses are about to meet the ultimate anti-fog treatment developed by a group of scientists at MIT. Soon, you’ll be telling your kids how, back in the day, you used to entertain yourself by writing profanities in foggy windows.

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Sustainable House of the Future Runs on Spinach

August 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Building Tech, Future, Sustainability, Technology, Urbanism | 21 Comments »

The winning entry to the Cradle to Cradle C2C Home Competition is an incredible single family dwelling by Matthew Coates and Tim Meldrum that goes right to the core fundamentals of the Cradle to Cradle principles. Not only does the building run a photosynthetic and phototropic skin made with spinach protein, but it also produces more energy than a single family’s needs, allowing the excess to be distributed to neighbors. This radical shift, from centralized energy systems today, fosters community interdependence as neighbors benefit from the resources of others.