The Machine is Us/ing Us

April 30, 2007

Are we using the machine … or is the machine using us?

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Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 Team Delivers First DARPA Limb Prototype

April 27, 2007

An international team led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., has developed a prototype of the first fully integrated prosthetic arm that can be controlled naturally, provide sensory feedback and allows for eight degrees of freedom—a level of control far beyond the current state of the art for prosthetic limbs. Proto 1, developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program, is a complete limb system that also includes a virtual environment used for patient training, clinical configuration, and to record limb movements and control signals during clinical investigations.

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Fusion energy breakthrough at Sandia Labs

April 26, 2007

An electrical circuit that should carry enough power to produce the long-sought goal of controlled high-yield nuclear fusion and do it every 10 seconds has undergone extensive preliminary experiments and computer simulations at Sandia National Laboratories. The development may make it possible to provide humanity unlimited electrical energy from cheap, abundant seawater in the future.

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3-D Nano Images

April 24, 2007

To image a protein or other biomolecule in three dimensions, the researchers hope to bring the resolution of the MRI method down to less than one nanometer so that they can pinpoint the location of individual atoms in a protein. Scientists could then reconstruct the protein’s structure. “In our dream, we’d be taking MRI 3-D images of all the atoms in a molecule,” Rugar says.

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Congress and the Singularity

April 4, 2007

“Nanotechnology: The Future is Coming Sooner Than You Think” is the title of a report [PDF] published this month by Representative Jim Saxton (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, United States Congress. The paper, authored by Dr. Joseph Kennedy, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, says:

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