DARPA hybrid cyborg insects

DARPA Hybrid Insect Micro Electromechanical Systems (HI-MEMS) program is making progress Olfactory training of bees has been used to locate mines and weapons of mass destruction. The Hybrid Insect Micro Electromechanical Systems (HI-MEMS) program is aimed at developing technology to provide control over insect locomotion, just as reins are needed for effective control over horse …

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Xbox Kinect and Sesame Street creating Interactive TV

Gamesradar – During its keynote at CES 2012, Microsoft unveiled yet another tool to thwart children’s attempts to go outside or read a book. It’s called Kinect Sesame Street TV, and it looks to bring the imaginative, classic world of Sesame Street to an interactive medium unlike the world has ever seen. During a demonstration, …

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Molecular motor controls molecular transformation

Reserachers demonstrate control of a chemical reaction by an artificial molecular machine. They constructed a light-driven molecular motor that catalyses different chemical reactions as the motor is stepped through its rotary cycle. Dynamic Control of Chiral Space in a Catalytic Asymmetric Reaction Using a Molecular Motor (5 pages) Enzymes and synthetic chiral catalysts have found …

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Carnival of Space 225

The Carnival of Space 225 is up at Noisy Astronomer Discovery News – Astronomers estimate that our galaxy is teeming with around 50 billion exoplanets, but the number of alien worlds confirmed to exist has just passed the 700 mark. Recent exoplanet discoveries include: * A newborn exoplanet spotted growing inside the protoplanetary disk of …

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A Top Tier Venture Capitalist is bullish on Entrpreneurs in China but the future elite entrepreneurs are still expected from the USA

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Jim Breyer made $5 billion for his firm Accel Partners and earned himself billionaire status by taking a risky bet on Facebook in 2004. Breyer says that over the next decade “you will see at least half of the top 10 or 20 Internet companies come from China. China remains a …

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CO2 Ice Deposits in the South Pole of Mars are 30 times larger than previous estimates

(A) Polar stereographic map of the south polar region of Mars, showing where reflection-free zones (RFZ) were mapped on 118 SHARAD ground tracks, overlain on a Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) shaded relief map. Analysis shows 30 times moer CO2 ice than prior estimates. Journal Science – Massive CO2 Ice Deposits Sequestered in the South …

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Moon Express is a silicon valley startup with plans to mine the moon

Moon Express Inc., or MoonEx, a Silicon Valley start-up is building robotic rovers capable of scouring the lunar surface for precious metals and rare metallic elements. The private company is building its hardware alongside scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center northwest of San Jose. It was co-founded by Naveen Jain, who made a fortune off …

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Brain cell regeneration helps repair learning and memory after injury

Newborn nerve cells may help heal the brain after a traumatic injury. In a study in mice, blocking the birth of new neurons hindered the mice’s ability to learn and remember a water maze after a brain injury, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas report in the March 30 Journal …

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A Hopefully Unbased Universal test of intelligent for nonbiological systems, animals and humans

A new intelligence test, which can be taken by any living creature is being developed that will enable comparison of intellect between humans and animals. Anytime Universal Intelligence web page Measuring universal intelligence: Towards an anytime intelligence test 73 page preprint version We had looked at Shane Leggs approach to Universal measures of intelligence using …

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