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November 27, 2014

Researchers Convert Human Waste into Rocket Fuel



Researchers Convert Human Waste into Rocket Fuel
 

Space
Even science fiction aficionados couldn't have seen this one coming, but at NASA's request, researchers have figured out how to turn human waste -- yes, that kind -- into nothing less than rocket fuel.

Coming Soon To A Restaurant Near You—Drone Waiters




 Robotics
On your next trip to Singapore, don't be surprised if you are served by flying robots as waiters in some restaurants. Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be first launched next year.

November 26, 2014

Researchers Using AI To Search For Ebola Cure



Researchers Using AI To Search For Ebola Cure

 Artificial Intelligence
Using Canada's fastest supercomputer, researchers are using deep neural networks to dramatically speed up the process of drug discovery digitally. The aim is to find treatments and a possible cure for the deadly Ebola virus.

Graphene Found To Be Permeable To Protons, Suggesting Possibility for Fuel Cell Technology



Proton Passing Though Graphene

 Graphene
Continuing research into the material he helped discover, graphene, Andre Geim and a team of researchers have found that protons can pass through the material.  The discovery could be lead to new energy technologies, suggest the researchers.

Doorway to Human Memory Pinpointed



Gateway to Human Memory Pinpointed

 Neuroscience
An international team led by researchers has successfully determined the location, where memories are generated in the brain with a level of precision never achieved before.

The Zippier Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9



The Zippier Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
 Gadgets
With the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, Amazon looks to shoot towards top of tablet hierarchy because of three main features—excellent pricing, an awesome content ecosystem and real time customer care for free.

November 25, 2014

Environment Found to Contribute to Several Human Diseases



Environment Found to Contribute to Several Human Diseases

 Main Label
NIH researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures. These damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases, according to the researchers. 

Big Data and Column Oriented Databases



columnar database

 Computer Science
Efficient storage and retrieval of information is vitally important when it comes to working with big data. Database systems using columnar structures offer some tangible benefits for certain conditions.

November 21, 2014

Medical Technology: What We Can Expect from the Future



Medical Technology: What We Can Expect from the Future


 Medicine
Here are some more future medical technologies coming our way. Big changes are coming our way in the next few years, helping us live longer and healthier lives.

Quasars Found To Strangely Align Across Billions of Light-Years



Quasars Found To Strangely Align Across Billions of Light-years

 Space
New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years.

Five Ways Technology Advances Have Improved Your Health Care



5 Ways Technology Advances Have Improved Your Health Care

 Medicine
Technology has allowed doctors and patients alike to get more answers and have better access to health care. Here are just a few examples technology is making medicine better.

November 20, 2014

Imagination and Reality Flow in Opposite Directions in the Brain



Imagination and Reality Flow in Opposite Directions in the Brain

 Neuroscience
New research could lead to the development of new tools to help untangle what happens in the brain during sleep and dreaming. This work is leading to knowledge of  how the brain uses networks to encode short-term memory.

Concerned About Our World? 5 Changes You Can Make to Help Now




 Environment
Helping to change the environment for the better can start at the home.  Here are a few easy do's and don'ts to consider.

Major Advances in Computer Vision Made



Major Advances in Computer Vision Made

 Computer Vision
An essential element for robotic systems that can navigate on their own, will be the robots' ability to see and make sense of the world around them.  New advancements in machine learning are greatly extending computer vision.  
 
The Story of the Chessboard


The classic parable of how the inventor of the game of chess used his knowledge of exponential growth to trick an emperor is commonly used to explain the staggering and accelerating growth of technology. The 33rd square on the chessboards represents the first step into the second half of the chessboard, where exponential growth takes off.

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