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New micropumps for hand-held medical labs produce pressures 500 times higher than car tire

Would eliminate the need to send samples to central labs and wait for the result In an advance toward analyzing blood and urine instantly at a patient’s bedside instead of waiting for results from a central laboratory, scientists are reporting development of a new micropump capable of producing pressures almost 500 times higher than the … Continue reading

MIT Game Lab explores the potential of games and play

New laboratory opens its doors with a symposium, a festival and seven new games MIT has established new game research facilities in the Karl Taylor Compton Laboratories (Building 26), where MIT’s first computer game, Spacewar!, was developed 50 years ago. The MIT Game Lab inaugurated its premises with a symposium on Sept. 21, “Games in … Continue reading

Researchers Demonstrate Initial Steps toward Commercial Fabrication of Carbon Nanotubes as a Successor to Silicon

Novel processing method helps pave the way for carbon technology as a viable alternative to silicon in future computing IBM scientists have demonstrated a new approach to carbon nanotechnology that opens up the path for commercial fabrication of dramatically smaller, faster and more powerful computer chips. For the first time, more than ten thousand working … Continue reading

Educating Players: Are Games the Future of Education?

The key to learning, Negroponte’s fellow panelists agreed, is to engage children rather than simply talk at them. Smart phones, tablets and video game systems are often seen as distractions to school children in developed countries, which tend to adhere to a strict teacher-student educational model. At Technology Review‘s Emerging Technologies (EmTech) conference here on … Continue reading

Oak Ridge unveils Titan, the world’s most powerful supercomputer

The GPU technology is also likely to find its way into consumer graphics cards in the future The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has just introduced Titan, the world’s most powerful supercomputer. The size of a basketball court and using enough power to run a small town, the water-cooled circuits of … Continue reading

Hopping Robots Conserve Energy

“If we time things right, the robot can jump with a tenth of the power required to jump to the same height under other conditions,” A new study shows that jumping can be much more complicated than it might seem. In research that could extend the range of future rescue and exploration robots, scientists have … Continue reading

Killing the Computer to Save It

Until recently, security was a backwater in the world of computing. Many people cite Albert Einstein’s aphorism “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Only a handful, however, have had the opportunity to discuss the concept with the physicist over breakfast. One of those is Peter G. Neumann, now an 80-year-old … Continue reading

9-gigapixel image shows 84 million stars

This is incredible. Taken by the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) at the ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile, this 108,500×81,500-pixel image is an interesting case study for Olbers’ Paradox. Containing nearly 9 billion pixels — so large that if it were printed at the resolution of a standard book, it would measure … Continue reading

Paintballs may deflect an incoming asteroid

With 20 years’ notice, paint pellets could cause an asteroid to veer off course. In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A pale asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force … Continue reading

Can A Mutant Electric Half-Car, Half-Motorcycle Disrupt The Vehicle Market?

Will people embrace the futuristic design enough to make the startup a success? The Lit C-1 doesn’t look like any car you’ve ever seen, but it still can go 120 miles per hour and gets 200 miles on each charge. The first thing you see upon walking into Lit Motors’ three-story warehouse in San Francisco … Continue reading