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Arm chips 'to extend net's reach'- Paving the way to the Internet of things

Arm chips 'to extend net's reach'- Paving the way to the Internet of things | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
The UK chip designer says its latest microcontroller will help connect a wider range of household appliances to the internet.
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0.3mm thin 'organic radical battery' from NEC can be printed straight to IC cards

0.3mm thin 'organic radical battery' from NEC can be printed straight to IC cards | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
NEC has been developing its organic radical battery (ORB) technology for a while, and today it unveiled the latest iteration. The newest ORB is a 0.3mm (0.012 inch) flexible battery that's designed...
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Building the Six-Million-Dollar Man

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Is it possible to use machinery to build a real-life Six-Million-Dollar Man?
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Supermarket scanner recognizes objects, makes barcodes obsolete

Supermarket scanner recognizes objects, makes barcodes obsolete | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Supermarket scanner (credit: Toshiba)The latest supermarket scanner developed by Toshiba Tec may make conventional barcodes in supermarkets obsolete.
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Sign language program converts hand movements into text - Telegraph

Sign language program converts hand movements into text - Telegraph | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Sign language users could convert their hand movements directly into text
through a new computer programme being developed by British scientists.
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10 Awesome Online Classes You Can Take For Free

10 Awesome Online Classes You Can Take For Free | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Back in August, we told you about a free course on artificial intelligence being offered by Stanford University, and co-taught by two world-renowned AI experts.

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Q&A: Hacker Historian George Dyson Sits Down With Wired’s Kevin Kelly

Q&A: Hacker Historian George Dyson Sits Down With Wired’s Kevin Kelly | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
The two most powerful technologies of the 20th century—the nuclear bomb and the computer—were invented at the same time and by t...

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DIY Kit Overclocks Your Brain With Direct Current - Technology Review

DIY Kit Overclocks Your Brain With Direct Current - Technology Review | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Transcranial Direct Stimulation works, and you can try it at home.
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New type of extra-chromosomal DNA discovered

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(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of scientists from the University of Virginia and University of North Carolina in the US have discovered a previously unidentified type of small circular DNA molecule occurring outside the chromosomes in mouse and human cells.
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‘Prophets Of Science Fiction: George Lucas’ – Recap

‘Prophets Of Science Fiction: George Lucas’ – Recap | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
This week’s prophet strays from the traditional format that we’ve seen in the last 7 episodes in that this forecaster in science fiction didn’t write novels but wrote screenplays instead.
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Anthropocene: Why You Should Get Used to the Age of Man (and Woman) | Ecocentric | TIME.com

Anthropocene: Why You Should Get Used to the Age of Man (and Woman) | Ecocentric | TIME.com | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

The cover package of this week’s TIME—which should still be on newsstands—detailed the 10 ideas that are changing your life. What kind of ideas, you ask? Well there’s the living alone as the new norm—which I totally get, having mostly lived alone since graduating school, and almost always by choice. There’s the rise of the nones, those Americans who have spiritual inclinations but refuse to belong any specific religious denomination. (I get that, too, as a lapsed Catholic who just read The Posture of Meditation and ordered a yoga cushion off Amazon Prime.) There’s one about food that can last forever, while still tasting good. (For what it’s worth, I have Thai takeout chicken curry in my refrigerator that dates back to the summer.) And there’s black irony, which is different—but not that different—from black comedy.

 

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First-ever images of atoms moving in a molecule captured

First-ever images of atoms moving in a molecule captured | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Using a new ultrafast camera, researchers have recorded the first real-time image of two atoms vibrating in a molecule.
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Tevatron experiments report latest results in search for Higgs boson

Tevatron experiments report latest results in search for Higgs boson | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- New measurements announced today by scientists from the CDF and DZero collaborations at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory indicate that the elusive Higgs boson may nearly be cornered.

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Cyborg Snails Power Up

By Richard Van Noorden of Nature magazineThe dozen or so brown garden snails crawling around the plastic, moss-filled terrarium in Evgeny Katz's laboratory look normal, but they have a hidden superpower: they produce electricity.Into each...
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Future of voice recognition: Assistants that learn from you - Ars Technica

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Future of voice recognition: Assistants that learn from youArs TechnicaWe spoke with Nuance Communications, maker of Dragon software and one of the biggest names in voice recognition technologies, about why voice is becoming more popular and what...
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Intergalactic subway: All aboard the wormhole express - physics-math - 12 March 2012 - New Scientist

IT IS not every day that a piece of science fiction takes a step closer to nuts-and-bolts reality. But that is what seems to be happening to wormholes. Enter one of these tunnels through space-time, and a few short steps later you may emerge near Pluto or even in the Andromeda galaxy millions of light years away.

You probably won't be surprised to learn that no one has yet come close to constructing such a wormhole. One reason is that they are notoriously unstable. Even on paper, they have a tendency to snap shut in the blink of an eye unless they are propped open by an exotic form of matter with negative energy, whose existence is itself in doubt.

Now, all that has changed. A team of physicists from Germany and Greece has shown that building wormholes may be possible without any input from negative energy at all. "You don't even need normal matter with positive energy," says Burkhard Kleihaus of the University of Oldenburg in Germany. "Wormholes can be propped open with nothing."

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Michio Kaku: Captain Michio and the World of Tomorrow

Michio Kaku: Captain Michio and the World of Tomorrow | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
In the Weekend Interview, Brian Bolduc talks to physicist Michio Kaku, who says that humans are born with the curiosity of scientists but switch to investment banking.

By 2020, the word "computer" will have vanished from the English language, physicist Michio Kaku predicts. Every 18 months, computer power doubles, he notes, so in eight years, a microchip will cost only a penny. Instead of one chip inside a desktop, we'll have millions of chips in all our possessions: furniture, cars, appliances, clothes. Chips will become so ubiquitous that "we won't say the word 'computer,'" prophesies Mr. Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York. "We'll simply turn things on."

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Audio, Haptics and other changes in the way we interact with technology

Audio, Haptics and other changes in the way we interact with technology | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
SXSW kicks off on the 9th and I’m looking forward to seeing what particular hits, misses and hypes come up.

But beyond the usual “marketing tech” I think the most interesting areas at the ...

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Better neural control of prosthetics for amputees | KurzweilAI

Better neural control of prosthetics for amputees | KurzweilAI | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Sandia National Laboratories researchers are creating biocompatible interface scaffolds to improve amputees’ control over prosthetics, with direct help...
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When Death Becomes Optional - Futurist Thomas Frey

When Death Becomes Optional - Futurist Thomas Frey | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

The year is 2032. You have just celebrated your 80th birthday and you have some tough decisions ahead. You can either keep repairing your current body or move into a new one.

The growing of “blank” bodies has become all the rage, and by using your own genetic material, body farmers can even recreate your own face at age 20.

In just 20 years, this is an industry that has moved from the equivalent of Frankenstein’s laboratory to the new celebrity craze, with controversy following it every step of the way.

The combination of a few high profile “accidents” along the way, coupled with those in the religious community who claim that body farmers are playing God, and asking “where does our soul reside?” has given it thousands of top media headlines around the world.

Every person on the planet has a different opinion about this moral dilemma, or whether its safe or dangerous, or whether we should just get better at repairing our existing bodies.

As medical advances continue, and we devise an entirely new range of health-enhancing options, I propose we set a new standard, raising the bar to the highest possible level. I propose we put an end to human death.

 

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Extra gene keeps mice cancer-free and permanently skinny

Extra gene keeps mice cancer-free and permanently skinny | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
The gene PTEN is a tumor suppressor, making it one of the best genes to have in the fight against cancer.
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The Billionaire Who Is Planning His 125th Birthday

The Billionaire Who Is Planning His 125th Birthday | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
How many blueberries a day does it take to keep the grim reaper away? An 87-year-old’s quest.
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Connected cAR: Becoming the Cyborg Chauffeur » Cyborgology

Connected cAR: Becoming the Cyborg Chauffeur » Cyborgology | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
In early February, I attended a fascinating conference hosted by the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley. This is a first rate organization and the conference did not disappoint. Many executives were present from various telecom, ...

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Is It possible to Use More of Our Brains?Yes! Though perhaps not how you might imagine.: Scientific American

Is It possible to Use More of Our Brains?Yes! Though perhaps not how you might imagine.: Scientific American | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Barry Gordon, professor of neurology and cognitive science at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, replies...

 

Yes! Though perhaps not how you might imagine. You can't put more of your brain to work. Your whole brain is working all the time, even when you think you're just being lazy. What you can do is make it work more productively.

There are two proved strategies to make your neural systems more efficient. The first strategy is to focus, which is hard to do. It is quite difficult to force your brain to stay on task and to shut off extraneous thoughts. Yet by concentrating, your brain can muster the neural tools it needs to tackle a complex problem. In fact, intense focus may be one reason why so-called savants become so extraordinary at performing extensive calculations or remembering a slew of facts.

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You Have a Hive Mind: As goes a bee, so goes a neuron- Scientific American

You Have a Hive Mind: As goes a bee, so goes a neuron- Scientific American | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
There is a deep connection between the way your brain and a swarm of bees arrives at a decision...

 

Every decision you make is essentially a committee act. Members chime in, options are weighed, and eventually a single proposal for action is approved by consensus. The committee, of course, is the densely knit society of neurons in your head. And approved by consensus is really just a delicate way of saying that the opposition was silenced.

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