(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.
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.
(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.
What if artificial intelligence wasn’t evil, just misunderstood? This week’s Monday Music Video comes to us from John Pavlus, who spins a heartbreaking tale of love in a very unlikely place. Pavlus used the music of Jascha’s ‘Limited’ as a platform to ask the question: Did you ever think you could empathize with an ‘unfeeling’ machine? With a compilation of footage from science fiction films including 2001: ASpace Odyssey, Robocop, Tron, Moon and WarGames, he weaves a complicated and touching story that causes one to question the identity of the ‘real’ protagonist. According to Pavlus:
“The idea is that instead of trying (and failing) to design machines to be as smart as we are–to be our equals–we should settle for making them only as “smart” as is necessary to forge simple, positive, useful emotional connections with us, like pets…That way, nobody gets hurt”
If you gave an infinite number of futurists an infinite amount of time, would one of them eventually be correct about something? I wrote a book a few years ago about what I thought might happen over the next 50 years.
Winston Churchill once said that Russia was "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma". The same thing could perhaps be said of the recently unveiled Russia 2045 project. The project appears to have goals so ambitious that they make even Ray Kurzweil's predictions seem tame by comparison. The Russia 2045 project is privately funded and has provided few details regarding the technologies to be developed. In an interview with Sander Olson, Russia 2045 founder Dmitry Itskov discusses avatars, robotic bodies, and reverse-engineering the human brain.
TED Talks Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do.
Life may be the software that makes its own hardware, but where is the compiler? If we plan to start programming life itself, we are going to need a radically different and better tool kit than the one available to geneticists today. Omri lays out a concrete vision for how such a tool would work and for how it would be used to create the bio-products our future needs so badly.
Omri is the founder & CEO of Genome Compiler Corp, a Synthetic Biology venture. His background is in biochemical and structural studies of membrane protein complexes involved in bio-energetics.
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, ...
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.
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.
The rapid advancement of Google-style, statistical translation may help realize this long-time dream. Visit Discover Magazine to read this article and other exclusive science and technology news stories.
an exploration of emerging issues related to human interaction with affective robots, relational artifacts, and sociable robot companions ... As a researcher of all things social robotic, I probably would.
Opening the door to the development of thought-controlled prosthetic devices to help people with spinal cord injuries, amputations and other impairments, neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Champalimaud Center for the...
Technology has always strived to match the incredible sophistication of the human body. Now electronics and hi-tech materials are replacing whole limbs and organs in a merger of machine and man.
Later this year a team of researchers will try out the first bionic eye implant in the UK hoping to help a blind patient see for the first time. It is one of the extraordinary medical breakthroughs in the field, which are extending life by years and providing near-natural movement for those who have lost limbs.
Over the coming weeks, BBC News will explore the field of bionics in a series of features. We start with a selection of the latest scientific developments.
What I mean by a technoscience reality is the way that the world is put together and the type of science and technology that is implied or made explicit and the networked interface that this has on society, individuals and culture. This can be either coherent of incoherent, both of which should be seen in equal terms. [...]
Jülich, 1 March 2011 – The blind see, the lame walk, and the deaf hear: in the future, neural implants could replace destroyed sensory cells in the eye or ear – a dream come true for humanity. One of the greatest challenges yet to be addressed is designing the interface between medical technology and human tissue. In order to overcome the limitations of existing models, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and eleven other institutions involved in the NeuroCare project, which kicks off on 1 March 2012, will develop novel biointerfaces made of carbon.
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