Nanoscientists have developed a technique that allows them to transform stem cells into bone cells on command. But could the process be used to treat deadly conditions such as heart disease and Parkinson's?
A new mathematical model may eventually help computers to think like people—and understand what we mean—not just what we say.Language is so much more than a string of words. To understand what someone means, you need context.
Consider the phrase, “Man on first.” It doesn’t make much sense unless you’re at a baseball game. Or imagine a sign outside a children’s boutique that reads, “Baby sale—one week only.” You easily infer from the situation that the store isn’t selling babies but advertising bargains on gear for them.
Nanotechnology leads to novel materials, new exposures and potentially unique health and environmental risks – or so the argument goes. But an increasing body of research is showing that relatively uniformly sized nanometer scale particles are part...
New technologies are about to make themselves at home under our skin—creating new life for the disabled and elderly, and ethical challenges for everyone else. The stories of Oscar Pistorius and Sarah Reinertsen.
Nowhere is the phrase "time is money" taken more seriously than in the world of high-frequency securities "flash" trading, where the goal is to profit by being first to react to price differences between markets. Trying to tap that market, telecommunications companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars laying submarine cables through the Arctic Ocean to shave milliseconds off the transit time between Tokyo and London. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that traders are turning to old-fashioned microwave relay towers to speed deals between New York and Chicago. The newspaper reports that 10 companies have filed applications with the Federal Communications Commission to build such links.
In a talk titled “Beyond Today”, Google’s CEO Larry Page infused Zeitgeist 2012 attendees with a healthy dose of optimism and a call to make ambitious bets, be better organized and work harder to accelerate technology and improve people’s lives. Donning a Google Glass prototype, he began his talk casually demoing the tech by saying, ”If you guys are going to take my picture, I’ll take your picture too.” Then with a voice command and the tap on the side of the frame, he shared it with everyone at Google. That simple action captured the flavor of his two-part talk, which highlighted Google’s current efforts and cast a vision for where Google is headed next, guided by a slogan he borrowed from a University of Michigan summer leadership course: “Have a healthy disregard for the impossible.”