Friday, January 30, 2015

Probiotic Treatment Cures Peanut Allergy in Children

Probiotic Treatment Cures Peanut Allergy in Children

 Medicine
Researchers have found a possible key to a cure for people with potentially fatal peanut allergies. Their study, which used probiotics, has already changed the lives of many of the children who took part in the clinical trial.

Researchers Produce Magnetic Graphene

Researchers Produce Magnetic Graphene

 Graphene
Physicists have found a mehtod to induce magnetism in graphene while also preserving graphene’s electronic properties. The finding has the potential to increase graphene’s use in computers, as in computer chips that use electronic spin to store data.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Care-O-bot 4 Robot Makes the Future of the Domestic Robot Seem Even Closer


 Robotics
With the latest version of the Fraunhofer Institute's Care-O-bot robot, the promise of a domestic robot seems much closer. The robot packs a lot of personality and functionality into its tightly designed platform.

Life in the Cloud

Life in the Cloud

 Cloud Computing
Do you still wonder what "the cloud" is? A new infographic examines how important cloud computing now is in everyday life.

Bioengineers Have Developed Tool for Reprogramming Genetic Code

Bioengineers Have Developed Tool for Reprogramming Genetic Code


 Genetic Engineering
Researchers have developed a way to program DNA in such a way that genes can be turned on or off in living cells. The new tool can affect two different genes at the same time, an advance that will allow scientists to treat even the most complex genetic disorders.

Martine Rothblatt Explains How The Goal of Technology is the End of Death


 Transhumanism
Speaking at the 2013 Global Futures International Congress, Martine Rothblatt explains how the end goal of technology is to overcome death. From therapeutic pharmaceuticals, to mindclones Rothblatt paints a detailed picture of the potential of digital immortality.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Decreasing Astrocyte Brain-Cell Receptors Found to Boost Memory in Mice

Decreasing Astrocyte Brain-Cell Receptors Found to Boost Memory in Mice

 Neuroscience
Researchers  have uncovered a new memory regulator in the brain involving adenosine receptors, which may offer a potential treatment to improve memory in Alzheimer’s disease.

Autism Speaks Study Finds The Disorder's Genomics More Complex Than Previously Thought

Autism Speaks Study Finds The Disorder's Genomics More Complex Than Previously Thought

Autism
The largest-ever autism genome study reveals that the disorder’s genetic underpinnings are even more complex than previously thought. The findings suggest siblings who have autism have different autism-linked genes.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Aragoscope Space Telescope Could See Hundreds of Times Better Than Hubble

Aragoscope Space Telescope Could See Hundreds of Times Better Than Hubble

 Space
A new orbiting telescope concept could allow scientists to image objects in space or on Earth at hundreds of times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Could Nanotechnology Revolutionize Dental Implant Technology?

Could Nanotechnology Revolutionize Dental Implant Technology?

 Dentistry
Nanotechnology will impact nearly every aspect of our lives in the future, including how we care for and maintain our teeth.  New techniques using titanium dioxide nanotubes, for instance are making dental implants more reliable and safer.

Miguel Nicolelis Explains How Brain-to-Brain Communication Is Here, and Will Change Our Lives


 Neuroscience
Speaking at TED recently, neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis discussed how he helped a paraplegic man kick the first ball at the World Cup, and how his work on brain-machine interfaces and brain-brain interfaces may impact the world.

Medical Production Practices that Make Hospital Tools Safer than Ever

Medical Production Practices that Make Hospital Tools Safer than Ever

 Medicine
New practices are making hospitals and medical facilities safer than ever. Medical technology, combined with effective practices ensure that patients are kept safe.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Neuroscientists Begin To Crack the Brain's Genetic Code

Neuroscientists Begin To Crack the Brain's Genetic Code
 Neuroscience
Scientists are linking genetics and connectomics big data to target the conditions affecting various neurological conditions like Alzheimer's disease, depression and autism.  The ENIGMA project has released their recent findings.

Science And Technology: The Highest Paying Careers Today

Science And Technology: The Highest Paying Careers Today

 Careers
Looking for the highest-paying job for the future?  Check out this list of the best paid careers in science and technology.

Takata Airbag Recalls Call Into Question the Safety of Vehicles from Many Different Manufacturers

Takata Airbag Recalls Call Into Question the Safety of Vehicles from Many Different Manufacturers

 Automotive
Takata's faulty airbags, the several deaths that have been linked to the problem, and the massive recall are bound to have a serious impact on the entire auto industry.

Telomere Extension Works To Extend Life of Cultured Human Cells

Telomere Extension Works To Extend Life of Cultured Human Cells

 Aging
Using modified messenger RNA to extend the length of telomeres in living cells, researchers may have found a potential anti-aging pathway. "This new approach paves the way toward preventing or treating diseases of aging," claims Stanford's Helen Blau.

Martin Ford Looks at Technological Unemployment in Rise of the Robots


 Books
Following up on the future picture he painted in The Lights in the Tunnel, Martin Ford explores the rise of technological unemployment and examines the concept of a basic guaranteed income in his new book, Rise of the Robots.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Forget Self-Driving Cars, See Why Cognitive Cars Could be the Future of the Auto Industry

Forget Self-Driving Cars, See Why Cognitive Cars Could be the Future of the Auto Industry

 Automotive
Cognitive cars, and why they might be a bigger deal than self-driving cars. The technology offers an array of human-machine-interface and machine-to-machine interface options that hold a lot of promise for the future.

Canadian Company Looks To Launch J.A.R.V.I.S.-Like Virtual Assistant Soon

Canadian Company Looks To Launch J.A.R.V.I.S.-Like Virtual Assistant Soon

 Artificial Intelligence
Canadian-based Ainova Robot is soon releasing a virtual assistant app that intends to bring real conversation to users.  J.A.E.S.A.'s creators are aiming to make their AI "as close to a living being as possible."

Reducing Specific Gene Activity Found To Extend Healthy Lifespan in Mice

Reducing Myc Activity Found To Extend Healthy Lifespan in Mice

 Aging
Mice with one rather than the normal two copies of a gene also found in humans lived 15 percent longer and had considerably healthier lives than normal mice, according to new research.

Ray Kurzweil is Building a "Synthetic Neocortex"


 Ray Kurzweil
Speaking recently at the Geek Park Innovation Conference in Beijing, Ray Kurzweil discussed his familiar themes of exponential technology, and stated that what he is trying to build at Google is a "synthetic neocortex." 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ASUS ZenFone 2 Launched: The World’s First Smartphone with 4GB RAM

ASUS ZenFone 2 Launched: The World’s First Smartphone with 4GB RAM

 Gadgets
With 4GB of RAM, the ASUS ZenFone 2 will certainly be a great choice for power hungry users. The smartphone was recently unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show.

5 Colleges on the Cutting Edge of Robotics

5 Colleges on the Cutting Edge of Robotics

 Robotics
Students looking for a bright career ahead in the future of robotics need to check out these institutions.

As Google Glass Fades Away, Microsoft HoloLens Promises and Even More Sci Fi Future


 Augmented Reality
In a real surprise, Microsoft has announced is getting into holograms, and have built working augmented reality hologram hardware, called HoloLens.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

'Idiosyncratic' Brain Patterns in Autism Discovered

'Idiosyncratic' Brain Patterns in Autism Discovered

 Neuroscience
New research suggests that the various reports—of both over-and under-connectivity—may, in fact, reflect a deeper principle of brain function. The study shows that the brains of individuals with autism display unique synchronization patterns, something that could impact earlier diagnosis of the disorder and future treatments.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ATLAS Is Now Unplugged


 DARPA Robotics Challenge
DARPA has revealed upgrades to the ATLAS robot. The robot was redesigned for DARPA by Boston Dynamics, with the goal of improving power efficiency to better support untethered battery operation. The upgraded robot will be used by up to seven teams competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

The 7 Most Important Advances in Cardiovascular Medicine in the Past 25 Years

The 7 Most Important Advances in Cardiovascular Medicine in the Past 25 Years
 
Medicine
In the last few decades, remarkable strides have been made in the development of cardiovascular medicine, extending people's lives and improving their quality of life.  Here are a few key examples.

Andrew McAfee on The Second Half of the Chessboard


 Exponential Technologies
At the recent DLD Conference, economist Andrew McAfee used the example of the second half of the chessboard as it relates to the power of exponential technologies, and what the future may bring.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Fruit Fly Lifespan Extended Dramatically

Fruit Fly Lifespan Extended Dramatically

 Aging
Researchers have dramatically increased the lifespan of the common fruit fly by activating a newly-discovered gene responsible for eliminating unhealthy cells.

Domestic Robots May be Available in 18 Months

Domestic Robots May be Available in 18 Months

 Robotics
The research team behind the iCub project is now developing a new model, that will be ready for mass production, with the aim of bringing domestic robotic companions to elderly users for less than the price of a subcompact car.

Artificial Intelligence Lets Mario Navigate the Mushroom Kingdom on His Own


 Artificial Intelligence
Researchers are developing an artificial intelligence system using a popular Nintendo hero.  The system uses adaptive learning artificial intelligence to become a ‘living and conversing agent.’

Saturday, January 17, 2015

How 100 Billion Neurons Produce a Clear Thought in Your Brain

How 100 Billion Neurons Produce a Clear Thought in Your Brain

 Neuroscience
We have approximately 100 billion nerve cells in our brains, all of which communicate with one another. Why do they lead to clear thoughts or purposeful actions instead of mere gibberish? The reason lies, among other things, in a small group of inhibitory nerve cells that can use the messenger GABA to curb the activity of other nerve cells, scientists say.

Friday, January 16, 2015

5 Revolutionary Optical Health Inventions You Should Know About


 Medicine
Medical technology has delivered a number of new advances in the area of ocular health. Here is a look at some of these recent advances.

Researchers Use DNA as Glue To 3D Print Precursor Organs

Researchers Use DNA as Glue To 3D Print Precursor Organs

 Biotech
Scientists have used DNA as a smart adhesive for 3D printing.  The method may lead to 3D printed tissues and self-assembling organs in the future.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Elon Musk Shows He's Serious About Keeping AI Safe

Elon Musk Shows He's Serious About Keeping AI Safe

 Artificial Intelligence
After creating a stir lately about the risks of artificial intelligence, Elon Musk has firmly put his money where his mouth is with a $10 million dollar donation to the Future of Life Institute to support Friendly AI research.

How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World


 Books
Technology is democratizing the power to change the world. Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler spells out how you can spy the opportunities and put your vision into action, blazing a path from mind to market in their new book, Bold.

The Rise and Fall of Instant Messengers

The Rise and Fall of Instant Messengers

 Technology
Since the 1990's instant messaging technology has transformed the way people communicate.  In a new infographic, the timeline of IM is tracked, showing the progress of the communication revolution.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hyundai Demonstrates Wearable Technology and Augmented Reality System at CES

Hyundai Demonstrates Wearable Technology and Augmented Reality System at CES

 Automotive
Car maker, Hyundai introduced a number of conceptual technologies that this year's Consumer Electronics Show, including an augmented reality HUD and an app that will let you start your car from your smart watch.

How Has Science and Technology Made the Oil Industry Safer Than Ever?

How Has Science and Technology Made the Oil Industry Safer Than Ever?

 Energy
The oil and gas industry has made considerable advancements in safety and drilling that has allowed them to continue to prosper even among some of the stiffest competition in the world. 

Researchers Grow First Contracting Human Muscle in Laboratory

Researchers Grow First Contracting Human Muscle in Laboratory

 Personalized Medicine
In first-of-its-kind research, scientists have successfully grown skeletal muscle in the lab that functions as it would in the human body, including in its response to drugs. The breakthrough may open up personalized medicine developments in the future.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Genetic Determinants of Autism and Cancer Found Using Deep Learning

Genetic Determinants of Autism and Cancer Found Using Deep Learning

 Genomics
Researchers have developed a computational system that mimics the biology of RNA splicing by correlating DNA elements with splicing levels in healthy human tissues. The system can scan DNA and identify damaging genetic variants. This procedure has led to insights into the genetics of autism, cancers, and spinal muscular atrophy.

Therapeutic Cancer Vaccine Shows Promising Results


 Medicine
Scientists are developing a therapeutic vaccine that educates the patient’s immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells. It works like a vaccine via activation of the immune system. However unlike preventative vaccines which are given to healthy people to stop those getting sick, it is given to sick people to make them well; so it works like a drug.

The Dawn of Exoskeletons

The Dawn of Exoskeletons

 Exoskeletons
Exoskeletons started as a military application, but are now helping the disabled walk.  According to the developers of the technology, exoskeletons will soon be used in industrial applications and more.

Disney Researchers Create System To Organize Your Vacation Photos

Disney Researchers Create System To Organize Your Vacation Photos

 Machine Learning
Computer science researchers have created an automated method to assemble story-driven photo albums from an unsorted group of images.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Drug Dramatically Reduces Symptoms of Diabetes in Mice

Drug Dramatically Reduces Symptoms of Diabetes in Mice
 Medicine
Researchers have found an enzyme inhibitor found to prevent and reverse the effects of diabetes in obese mice. In addition to discovering a potential form of treatment for the disease, scientists say the study has shone new light on healthy properties of fatty acids.

NASA is Planning To Shuttle Rock Back from Mars

NASA is Planning To Shuttle Rock Back from Mars

 Space
While Curiosity is getting a software upgrade on the Red Planet, NASA scientists are already working on the details of the next Mars rover.  The next mission may involve a system to ferry Mars rocks back to Earth for study.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Recent Results on the iCub Project


 Robotics
In a lecture recently made available, iCub Facility Director Giorgio Metta describes the history and philosophy behind the iCub project, and presents some recent results of work done on the child-like robot.

Neural Imaging May Help Predict Future Behavior

Neural Imaging May Help Predict Future Behavior

 Neuroscience
Noninvasive brain scans have led to basic science discoveries about the human brain, but they've had only limited impacts on people's day-to-day lives. A number of recent studies showing that brain imaging can help predict an individual's future learning, criminality, health-related behaviors, and response to drug or behavioral treatments. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Latest Generation of CT Scanners Provide Science Fiction-Like View of the Body


 Medicine
In hospitals and medical facilities of the not-too-distant future, medical imaging will be way beyond the realm of the traditional X-ray.  Already the latest generation of CT scanners is providing an unparalleled view inside our bodies, aiding diagnosis and treatment.

A New Antibiotic Without Detectable Resistance Developed


 Medicine
Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic that elim­i­nates pathogens without encoun­tering any detectable resistance—a finding that chal­lenges long-held scientific beliefs and holds great promise for treating chronic infections like tuber­cu­losis and those caused by resistant bacteria.

Progress in Development of Quantum Chips


 Quantum Computers
In a demonstration that opens the door to fully integrated, high-performance photonic processors for quantum computation, researchers have achieved a technical milestone in the manufacture of light detection arrays on silicon chips.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Intelligent Personal Robot Unveiled at CES


 Personal Robotics
A deep learning-powered robot capable of acting as a personal assistant, stylist, security guard, photographer and telepresence has been shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show.

6 Cutting-Edge Appliances that will Revolutionize Your Kitchen


 Gadgets
One of the areas of our lives where technology has been particularly useful is in the kitchen.  Here is a look at six of the most cutting-edge appliances available today.

What Do You Need To Know About Deep Learning?

What Do You Need To Know About Deep Learning?

 Artificial Intelligence
Certainly a main buzzword for technology and computer science today, 'deep learning' is having a major impact in many sectors.  Why is deep learning so important?

Drug For Overactive Bladder Found to Stimulate Brown Fat

Brown Fat

 Weight Loss
A drug approved to treat overactive bladder may boost brown fat's metabolic capabilities, making it a promising candidate for weight loss. Brown fat burns energy to generate heat, which can help maintain body weight and prevent obesity.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

3D Printers Used as Medical Technology? The Amazing Innovations 3D Printers can Offer Medicine

3D Printers Used as Medical Technology? The Amazing Innovations 3D Printers can offer Medicine

 3D Printing
Some of the most exciting and promising uses for 3D printing are in medicine. Here are a few examples of how the technology is impacting the medical field.

New MRI Imaging Technique Helps Uncover the Secrets of Bipolar Disoder

New MRI Imaging Technique Helps Uncover the Secrets of Bipolar Disoder

 Neuroscience
Using an MRI technique that is sensitive to certain byproducts of cell metabolism, for the first time for a psychiatric condition, researchers have discovered previously unrecognized differences in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

3D Printed Electronics Get A Step Closer to Full Commercialization


 3D Printing
Using Voxel8’s new 3D printer, you can co-print matrix materials such as thermoplastics and highly conductive silver materials enabling customized electronic devices like quadcopters, electromagnets and fully functional 3D electromechanical assemblies.

How Current Medical Technologies Are Changing Human Health

How Current Medical Technologies Are Changing Human Health

 Medicine
Scientists and doctors are continuing to push the medical field, improving the quality and longevity of our lives. Here are a few examples of recent advances in medicine.

Blocking Specific Protein Found to Allow Brain's Own Immune System To Prevent Neurodegeneration

Blocking Specific Protein Found to Allow Brain's Own Immune System To Prevent Neurodegeneration

 Alzheimer's Disease
Microglia cells in the brain chew up toxic substances and cell debris, calm inflammation and make nerve-cell-nurturing substances. New research shows that keeping them on the job may prevent neurodegeneration and Alzheimer's disease.