Singularity News

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Practical Nanowire Devices

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Hawaii have developed an easy way to align nanowires and carbon nanotubes over areas 100 times larger than is possible using existing methods. The researchers are also able to fabricate the nanowires on a number of different surfaces. The advance potentially paves the way to mass production of electronics devices based on these promising nanostructures.

Technology Review: Practical Nanowire Devices

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Military Working on Cyborg Spy Moths

The creation of insects whose flesh grows around computer parts — known from science fiction as cyborgs — has been described as one of the most ambitious robotics projects ever conceived by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research and development arm of the U.S. Department of Defense. - Scientist: Military Working on Cyborg Spy Moths - Technology News | News On Technology

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

How to make a human cybrid

Two teams of British researchers are seeking permission to create 'cybrid' embryos that would be around 99.9 per cent human and 0.1 per cent animal to produce embryonic stem cells - the body’s building blocks that grow into all other types of cells.

Scientists allowed to experiment on hybrid embryos | Uk News | News | Telegraph

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Silicon Brains Invade Stanford

Kwabena Boahen is part of a small but growing community of scientists and engineers using a process they call 'neuromorphing' to build complicated electronic circuits meant to model the behavior of neural circuits. Their work takes advantage of anatomical diagrams of different parts of the brain generated through years of painstaking animal studies by neuroscientists around the world. The hope is that hardwired models of the brain will yield insights difficult to glean through existing experimental techniques.

Technology Review: Silicon Brains

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Beam It Down From the Web, Scotty

Beam It Down From the Web, Scotty - New York Times

"It’s not quite the transporter of “Star Trek,” but it is a step closer."

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Treating The Dead

A study at four hospitals, published last year by the University of California, showed a remarkable rate of success in treating sudden cardiac arrest with an approach that involved, among other things, a 'cardioplegic' blood infusion to keep the heart in a state of suspended animation. Patients were put on a heart-lung bypass machine to maintain circulation to the brain until the heart could be safely restarted. The study involved just 34 patients, but 80 percent of them were discharged from the hospital alive. In one study of traditional methods, the figure was about 15 percent.

Docs Change the Way They Think About Death
From Newsweek.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Pentagon to Merge Next-Gen Binoculars With Soldiers' Brains

Wired magazine reports on another example of tapping into the prefrontal cortex to monitor subconscious recognition of potential threats that have not bubbled up to the conscious mind.

DARPA, as usual, has some very interesting projects ongoing with your tax dollars :-)

Pentagon to Merge Next-Gen Binoculars With Soldiers' Brains -