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"I guess they are starting to catch on... ;-)" Read more
by Jason Flowers on TN bans password shares for Netflix, sites

"This is really incredible technology to experience. If you haven't had a chance yet, take a test drive." Read more
by Jason Flowers on Microsoft Sets Guinness Sales Record with Kinect

"I remember discussing this as a general idea 7 or 8 years ago with Mark and Jeff... Are we there yet?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Exotic nanodevice could let computers ditch slowpoke electrons and run thousands of times faster

"Can I get one that looks like Anakin Skywalker's?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Human Trials Next for Darpa’s Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

"Flying Car Gets FAA Approval The Federal Aviation Administration has just removed a major hurdle from the path of a vehicle that may well be the first commercially viable flying car. The agency has agreed to classify the Terrafugia Transition as a Light Sport Aircraft, even though the vehicle is 120 pounds too heavy to qualify for that class. " Read more
by Jason Flowers on The reality of flying cars

"All of this, a 256GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard... hard to resist!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Alienware M11x gets overseas Core i3 / i5 / i7 and NVIDIA Optimus update, US version due tomorrow?

"Don't buy this hypothesis... They would very likely not have a lack for energy resources since they're traveling the stars. They solved that problem. Being that advanced, they'd also likely be able to synthesize any other resource at a molecular level. So I don't see resources as a motivation, unless humans are the resource (slaves). I could see them being nomads as he imagines, but not looking for resources. More likely just a habitual environment to live, in which case, the Hawking outcome might be the same." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

"Cool, but creepy…" Read more
by Mark Hodson on New tech sees dead people

"Does this mean we should keep searching for Bigfoot? I mean, how can you not know there is a 6 foot lizard running around!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

"Cool, but I still want a flying car!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on It's 2010 - finally my jet pack is here!

"Interesting the technologies used considering that Microsoft is a big investor in Facebook." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Technology Explained: How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts

"iTunes is great, but pricey; Netflix is better, but only offers 12K streaming downloads (I know… ‘only’); Perhaps Wal-Mart’s entry into this space will both lower the prices & provide more streaming content." Read more
by Mark Hodson on Walmart Jumps Into Online Movie Rentals, Buys Vudu

"I’ve often found InfoWorld’s commentaries to be anti-Microsoft and often unfounded. " Read more
by Mark Hodson on Fake Windows Expert Unmasked

"They say Spring 2010.. should be good. :-)" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"I wonder when the Wizarding World will be opening??" Read more
by Jason Flowers on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"Bertie Bott's every scented flower!!!" Read more
by Mark Hodson on Custom-scented flowers may be on the way

"I agree. I notice that they do not dispute the actual findings (that it runs VERY hot), but instead complain about the inferences. Those inferences are nothing more than the viewer’s commonsense and reasoning kicking in..." Read more
by Anonymous on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"Sounds like QLogic has weak case to me. It's conventional wisdom that excessive heat is bad for electronics. The industry spends billions on cooling. Making a case that reduced heat increases reliability is logical." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"That's just wrong..." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Microsoft Refused to Sell Xbox 360s to the Military for Training

"Cool, I want to play!" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Keep your 20-sided dice, I have D&D on the Surface

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Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

In a vast cosmic experiment equivalent to hitting "redial," astronomers in a dozen countries are aiming telescopes to listen in once again on some of the stars that were part of the world's first search for alien life 50 years ago.

SETI astronomers launch new campaign

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/3/2010 | 0 Comments

Lanxon writes "The Global Seed Vault opened in 2008 after engineers spent a year drilling and blasting through the sandstone, siltstone and claystone of the Norwegian Platåberget Mountain to create a system of subterranean chambers on the Advent Fjord's southern flank that could store 4.5 million seeds. It's a $9 million bet against climate change. But can it save us from the threat of worldwide famine? An article at Wired explores its current state and its future: '... it operates as a secure storage space for samples of other collections that are at risk. The samples remain at all times the property of the depositors, the only proviso being that the originals must be freely available to researchers and breeders under the terms of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources. There have been deposits from every continent: 3,710 species in total, from 29 crop institutes representing 226 countries. Over the past few years the need for a secure storage facility has become ever more urgent. A typhoon in the Philippines in 2006 caused a flood that left the national crop gene bank under two meters of water.'"

How the Global Seed Vault Aims To Fight Future Famine

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 10/5/2010 | 0 Comments

War inevitable if advanced life present, thanks to Bebo

Stargazing boffins say they have discovered evidence of a potentially habitable world orbiting a star just 20 light-years from Earth. They add that the circumstances of the discovery suggest that the galaxy may be "teeming with potentially habitable planets".…

HABITABLE ALIEN WORLD discovered 20 light-years away!

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 9/22/2010 | 0 Comments

Click here to read Loud Music Doesn't Affect Hearing as Much as Previously Thought

Apple's headphones have already passed the test, but what about other sources of loud music? Should we really be worried about going deaf? New research published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing suggests the whole topic is overblown.

Loud Music Doesn't Affect Hearing as Much as Previously Thought [Audio]

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 8/31/2010 | 0 Comments

Click here to read Butterfly Eggs Don't Look Like They're From This World

Butterflies sorta creep me out. First, they start out as another bug and then they cocoon themselves. Who does that? And just take a look at this butterfly egg, it's borderline alien looking.

Butterfly Eggs Don't Look Like They're From This World [Bugs]

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 8/18/2010 | 0 Comments

Lyric Semiconductor has unveiled a “probability processor” computer chip that performs calculations using probabilities, instead of binary logic. It could accelerate everything from online banking systems to the flash memory in smart phones and other gadgets.

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 8/14/2010 | 0 Comments

The science fiction of melding man and machine has played out for decades onscreen, from The Six Million Dollar Man to The Terminator.

But the bionic hybrid age may well be flickering to life – real life – in the Calgary lab where scientists who made history fusing snail brain cells to a computer microchip six years ago are poised to try the same feat with human cells.

Researchers at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute are to announce Tuesday that they have made a key advance in connecting brain cells to a newly designed silicon chip, crafted with the National Research Council of Canada, that allows them to “hear” the conversation between living tissue and an electronic device as never before.

“It used to be like seeing two people talking at a distance. … You didn’t know what they were saying or even what language they were speaking. But now it’s like putting a microphone beside them,” said Professor Naweed Syed, head of the university’s department of cell biology and anatomy, who has led the work on the so-called neurochip. more>>>

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 8/14/2010 | 0 Comments

Dubbed Blue Brain, the simulation shows some strange behavior. The artificial “cells” respond to stimuli and suddenly pulse and flash in spooky unison, a pattern that isn’t programmed but emerges spontaneously.

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/26/2010 | 0 Comments

Terminator2.morph Like something out of Terminator 2, researchers are developing techniques for warfare of the future to create materials that self-assemble or alter their shape, perform a function and then disassemble themselves. These capabilities offer the possibility for morphing aircraft and ground vehicles, uniforms that can alter themselves in any climate, and “soft” robots that flow like mercury through small openings to enter caves and bunker complexes. More >>>

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/23/2010 | 0 Comments

What If You Could Move Objects With Your Mind? Well, That Time Has Come.

The Washington Post takes a look at an upcoming Star Wars-themed toy that uses new technology to allow the user to levitate an object...with their mind.

You slip the wireless headset on. It looks like something a telemarketer would wear, except the earpieces are actually sensors, and what looks like a microphone is a brain wave detector.  A few feet away is a ping-pong ball in a clear tube called the Force Trainer. The idea is to use your thoughts alone to lift the ball. Your brain's electrical activity is translated into a signal understood by a little computer that controls a fan that blows the ball up the tube. Levitates it. As if by magic. It's mind over matter.  More >>>

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/22/2010 | 0 Comments

Antibody VRC01 is pictured in blue and green, binding to the HIV virus, shown in grey and red.

Will HIV eventually go the way of smallpox and polio? Earlier this month, scientists at the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced their discovery of three new HIV antibodies, the most powerful of which neutralizes 91% of all HIV strains. These are the strongest antibodies yet found, and they could hold the key to developing a vaccine to AIDS.

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/21/2010 | 0 Comments

The ReNaChip will allow for fully programmable deep brain stimulation

An international team of researchers led by Dr. Matti Mintz at the University of Tel Aviv is working on a biomimetic computer chip for brain stimulation that is programmable, responsive to neural activity, and capable of bridging broken connections in the brain. Called the Rehabilitation Nano Chip, or ReNaChip, the device could be used to replace diseased or damaged brain tissue, restore brain functions lost to aging, and even treat epilepsy. The chip is currently in animal testing, but should reach human applications within a few years.

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/19/2010 | 1 Comment

Pentagon-backed scientists are getting ready to test thought-controlled prosthetic arms on human subjects, by rewiring their brains to fully integrate the artificial limbs.

Already in recent years, we've seen very lifelike artificial arms, monkeys nibbling bananas with mind-controlled robotic limbs, and even humans whose muscle fibers have been wired to prosthetic devices. But this is the first time that human brains will be opened up, implanted with a neural interface, and then used to operate an artificial limb.

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Superconductors carry electric current with no energy loss. They could revolutionize our electrical grid, but they only work at impractically low temperatures. We just figured out a key reason why – and possibly got a lot closer to room-temperature superconductors. More »

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/15/2010 | 0 Comments

In the midst of the data and gadget revolutions, a new, crossbreed movement is emerging: around-the-clock health information tracking devices.

With healthcare growing more and more expensive, people are turning to alternative ways to take care of themselves and monitor their health. And with nifty little gadgets getting less expensive and more sophisticated by the day, health information tracking devices are part of the key to answering our healthcare needs.  We seem to be moving towards something dubbed Body 2.0: the “networked” body, the new wave of constantly tracked, databased health information.

One of the latest devices adding to the Body 2.0 development is FitBit, which came out in October 2009. More than just a revamped pedometer, this Flash-drive sized monitor clips on to your clothing and makes daily logs of calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled, and sleep quality. Earlier this month, it staked it’s claim in the networked body movement, almost literally, by linking up with Facebook and letting people share and compare health stats with friends.  More >>>

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