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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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Rapid-Scanning Doppler on Wheels

June 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, News, Technology | 1 Comment »

The Rapid-Scan Doppler on Wheels (DOW) from the Center for Severe Weather Research can scan tornadoes every 5 to 10 seconds compared to other Doppler radars that transmit only a single beam, taking about five minutes to render a three-dimensional storm portrait. Data has been collected from over 100 tornadoes with the new instrument, giving scientists a better picture on the critical steps of an evolving tornado.

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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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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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The Scent of Trust

June 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Health, News | 4 Comments »

A team of Swiss researchers have produced a potion that increases trust between individuals. The potion’s main ingredient, oxytocin, is a naturally produced chemical in the brain which is triggered by a range of stimuli, including sex and breastfeeding, and it is associated with the formation of social ties. The study, led by Ernst Fehr of the University of Zurich, shows that oxytocin and its associated effects can be artificially stimulate though a nasal spray. Forget Axe, this is the real thing. [pdf]

via Nature


Engineered Cement Composites : Bendable concrete

May 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Building Tech, Fabrication Tech, Materials, News, Products | 46 Comments »

Victor Li, at the University of Michigan has developed a new fiber-reinforced bendable concrete. Li claims his Engineered Cement Composites (pdf) are superior to other fiber-reinforced concretes because his composite not only uses microscale fiber reinforcements, but they have also designed the ingredients to the concrete itself to provide more flexibility. The 40% lighter ECC is also 500 times more resistant to cracking, 37% less expensive, consumes 40% less energy, and produces 39% less carbon dioxide than regular concrete.

via wmmna | Physorg


Biothing : 2005 Next Generation Prize Winner

May 4th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Future, Mapping, News, Sustainability, Technology | 1 Comment »

Congratulations to Alisa Andrasek (my former professor). Her group, biothing, has been selected as one of the winners of Metropolis magazine’s 2005 Next Generation Prize. Biothing is a ‘trans-disciplinary laboratory which research focuses on genrative potential of physical and artificial computational systems for design.’

via wmmna


Human Organ Factory

May 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Future, News | No Comments »

Esmail Zanjani, and his team at the University of Nevada-Reno are researching the creation of human organs by inserting stem cells into sheep. Many ethical issues surround the hybridization of humans with animals as stem cell research moves from injecting bacteria to mice and now sheep. New regulations are emerging to prevent monstrous hybrids and the possibility of trapping human brains in animals.

via RNJ | MSNBC


Silver Superlens : Nano-Scaled Optical Imaging

April 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Nanotech, News, Photography, Technology | 1 Comment »

Optical microscopes today can focus at about 400 nanometers (enough magnification to see the nucleus of a cell). By using a film of silver and UV light, the superlens can focus at about 60 nanometers. Sharper optics produced by enhancing evanescent waves as they pass the silver superlens, will allow nano-scaled visualization of living materials such as the movements of individual proteins in real-time. The technology would also bring imaging in various industries such as data storage and satellite imaging to a new level.

via Eurekalert | Thanks, John.