Scientists Say They’ve Found a Code Beyond Genetics in DNA

July 25, 2006

Researchers believe they have found a second code in DNA in addition to the genetic code. The second code, superimposed on the first, sets the placement of the nucleosomes, miniature protein spools around which the DNA is looped.

Site – http://www.nytimes.com


AI set to exceed human brain power

July 25, 2006

Mention Artificial Intelligence and most people are immediately transported into a distant future inspired by popular science fiction. Humankind either co-exists in blissful peace with subservient robots and conscious computers or faces a battle for survival against ultra-smart psychotic machines set on its destruction.

Site – http://www.cnn.com


Google exec challenges Berners-Lee

July 21, 2006

A Google executive challenged Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee on his ideas for a Semantic Web during a conference in Boston on artificial intelligence. On Tuesday, Berners-Lee, the father of the Web and the current director of the World Wide Web Consortium, gave the keynote on artificial intelligence and the Semantic Web at a conference sponsored by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Site – http://news.com.com


At the Centre of the Milky Way

July 21, 2006

You’re looking at the heart of your own galaxy with X-ray specs. This photograph was captured by NASA’s Chandra X-Ray observatory, and shows the three massive star clusters that surround the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. These star clusters have so many large, bright stars that the whole area blazes in the X-ray spectrum. This photo shows 1 million seconds of accumulated observing time by Chandra of these mysterious region of our galaxy.

Site – http://www.universetoday.com


Bush vetoes stem cell bill, to scientists’ dismay

July 21, 2006

President George W Bush has kept his promise to veto a bill supporting stem cell research, much to the dismay of scientists across the country and prominent members of his own Republican party. The bill, which would have loosened restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research, had just received approval from the Senate by a vote of 63 to 37 (see Senate passes stem cell Act, but Bush may veto it) on Tuesday.

Site – http://www.newscientist.com


Quantum Computer: Laser tweezers sort atoms

July 21, 2006

Physicists of the University of Bonn have taken one more important hurdle on the path to what is known as a quantum computer: by using ‘laser tweezers’ they have succeeded in sorting up to seven atoms and lining them up. The researchers filmed this process and report on their breakthrough in the next issue of the prestigious journal Nature (13th July 2006).

Site – http://www.physorg.com


Scientists to build ‘brain box’

July 21, 2006

A new type of computer that mimics the complex interactions in the human brain is being built by UK scientists. The £1m machine, nicknamed the “brain box”, will be constructed at the University of Manchester.

Site – http://news.bbc.co.uk