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Wolfram Alpha: A Radical New Formula for Web Search ?

https://i1.wp.com/www.thetechherald.com/media/images/200911/wolfram_1.jpg‘The product of four years of development, Alpha is an engine for answers. Its ambition is to delve into “all the knowledge in the world,” Wolfram says, to find and calculate information.

Though Alpha’s interface evokes Google ― whose co-founder Sergey Brin once spent a summer interning for Wolfram ― it’s more like the anti-Google.Type in a query for a statistic, a profile of a country or company, the average airspeed of a sparrow ― and instead of a series of results that may or may not provide the answer you’re looking for, you get a mini dossier on the subject compiled in real time that, ideally, nails the exact thing you want to know. It’s like having a squad of Cambridge mathematicians and CIA analysts inside your browser”….<More>

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Thinner and Healthier with a Pill-Part 2

In July I linked to  an article about chemicals that trick the body into losing weight and may even cure diabetes, looks like the science is gaining traction according to Scientific American “The drug works by triggering a protein called SIRT1 that normally kicks in during starvation and tells the body to burn fat and conserve energy, according to the study.

“We are activating the same enzymes that are activated when people go to the gym,” Peter Elliott, an exec at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, the Glaxo arm that developed the drug, told Reuters……ood news for a human version of the medicine being developed to treat diabetes”…. <More>

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NanoTechnology Whitening Toothpaste

Product PhotoRecently we blogged about OLED products hitting the market but another interesting technology is having more of a silent but larger impact:  Nanotechnology...

“The tinier the active substance used, the easier it gets into places where it is intended to develop its effect.’

The calcium peroxide used in miniature form even penetrates into the tiniest of gaps and the interdental spaces, ensuring effective bleaching. Thanks to nano technology, SWISSDENT is able to generate an ideal result for your teeth with a small amount of bleach (0.1%), also permitting an extremely gentle and soft use”….<More>

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Two New Drugs Promise Long Longer Healthier Living

https://i0.wp.com/deutsche-boerse.com/dbag/dispatch/en/binary/gdb_content_pool/imported_files/public_files/20_images/73_is_overview_slides/82_282x180/mda_xpect_282x180.jpg“The new drugs are called sirtuin activators, meaning that they activate an enzyme called sirtuin. The basic theory is that all or most species have an ancient strategy for riding out famines: switch resources from reproduction to tissue maintenance. A healthy diet but with 30 percent fewer calories than usual triggers this reaction in mice and is the one intervention that reliably increases their life span.

But most people cannot keep to a diet with a 30 percent cut in calories, so a drug that could activate the famine reflex might be highly desirable. Dr. Leonard Guarente, an M.I.T. biologist who founded the field of sirtuin biology, thinks the famine reflex is mediated through the sirtuin enzymes. Dr. Sinclair, his former student, discovered that sirtuins could be activated by drugs. The most potent activator that emerged from his screens was resveratrol, a natural substance found in red wine, though in amounts probably too low to be significant for health.

“The Sirtris drug being tested in diabetic patients is a special formulation of resveratrol that delivers a bloodstream dose five times as high as the chemical alone. This drug, called SRT501, has passed safety tests and, at least in small-scale trials, has reduced the patients’ glucose levels.

The other drug is a small synthetic chemical that is a thousand times as potent as resveratrol in activating sirtuin and can be given at a much smaller dose. Safety tests in people have just started, with no adverse effects so far….resveratrol has doubled muscular endurance, lowered the bad form of cholesterol, protected against various bad effects of a high-fat diet and suppressed colon cancer. New reports are confirming some of these benefits, but others are ambiguous or puzzling. “…. <More>

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DIY Software Creation

“Just over a year ago DabbleDB launched, allowing people to create quick database driven applications with very few programming skills. Since then we’ve seen Zoho Creator, WyaWorks and Coghead launch their own competing applications. Salesforce AppExchange is arguably also a competitor, as are a number of other build-your-own-apps like Yahoo Pipes, Teqlo and Microsoft Popfly.
This is a crowded space, and there’s a reason for it. These tools let non-developers create useful and otherwise expensive applications for busineses that can be accessed directly or via the intranet. They can also be tailored to an infinite degree, giving companies more flexibility with off the shelf stuff. Most of these tools also allow for simple web application building as well, from simple web forms to more complicated, interactive applications.

LongJump, which launches today, is the newest entrant”…. <More>

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Solar LCD Powered iPods?

“A recently published patent application discovered by MacRumors reveals that Apple is investigating the use of solar power in versions of their mobile devices — both handheld devices and portable computers…..Apple’s not the only one exploring this technology as an old (2001) Motorola patent describes the same technique”….. <More> 

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Regenerating Major Body Parts Salamander-Style

“One of the most encouraging signs that human limb regeneration is a feasible goal is the fact that our fingertips already have an intrinsic ability to regenerate. This observation was made first in young children more than 30 years ago, but since then similar findings have been reported in teenagers and even adults. Fostering regeneration in a fingertip amputation injury is apparently as simple as cleaning the wound and covering it with a simple dressing. If allowed to heal naturally, the fingertip restores its contour, fingerprint and sensation and undergoes a varying degree of lengthening. The success of this conservative treatment of fingertip amputation injuries has been documented in medical journals thousands of times”…. <More>

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Speak Your Mind-Controlling The Machine Voicelessly

“The video above shows the system placing the first public voiceless phone call on stage at a recent conference held by microchip manufacturer Texas Instruments.

“Michael Callahan, co-founder of Ambient Corporation, which developed the neckband, demonstrates the device, called the Audeo,” says New Scientist”…. <Article-More>

From The Devloper’s Website ”

The Audeo is being developed to create a human-computer interface for communication without the need of physical motor control or speech production. Using signal processing, unpronounced speech representing the thought of the mind can be translated from intercepted neurological signals”…. <Ambient Corporation>

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The Emerging Brain Fitness Software Market: Building Better Brains

Scientific, technological and demographic trends have converged to create an exciting new market in brain fitness, where software and online applications can assess and train cognitive abilities. That equates to a sharper mind and better memory retention contributing to healthier aging.  There is currently a $400m worldwide market with high growth ahead predicted.

This video is lively and informative:

· What results are scientists discovering from the use of Brain Fitness tools?
· Who will use brain tools and why?
· What is the market potential for new companies entering the brain fitness market?
· What kind of brain fitness applications are being developed?

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Windmill That Can Provide Fresh Water From Seawater Directly

The combination of windmills and desalination installations is already commercially available. These windmills produce electricity from wind power, the electricity is stored and subsequently used to drive the high-pressure pump for the reverse osmosis installation. The storage of electricity in particular is very expensive. Energy is also lost during conversion.

In the TU Delft installation, the high-pressure pump is driven directly by wind power. Water storage can be used to overcome calm periods. The storage of water is after all a great deal cheaper than that of electricity”…. <More>

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Video: Nokia Concept Morphing Phone

Here’s Some info about the Morph:

Nanotechnology on the palm of your hands – The mobile handset is said to have 10,000 transistors in a single fly hair made possible with Nanotechnology
Self-cleaning – made with dirt and water-proof material that just lets foreign substances to just slip away
Stratchable – the whole gadget can be shaped according to the user’s preference made possible with it’s nanoscale structure that lets it’s components to be stretched
Wearable – can be turned into a bracelet that can change it’s design according to the user’s preference “…. <More>

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Video: House of the Future Circa 1958

“In the early 1950’s, Monsanto Chemical Company, MIT and Disneyland collaborated their resources and creative brainpower to build “the house of 1986.” Using 30,000 pounds of plastic (The building’s structure, carpet, chairs, sinks, appliances and floors were all plastic. About $7,500 to $15,000 worth.), the Monsanto House of the Future* was opened to an excited public in June of 1957″…. <Via Metafiliter>

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Ubiquitous connectivity – WiFi ? WiMax ? or Cellular?

Question: “Ubiquitous connectivity – WiFi ? WiMax ? or Cellular?

What do you see as the next coming up technology for ubiquitous connectivity? WiFi or WiMax or 3G or EVDO ? Any other ? Will the emergence of this technology be region specific ? If so, which one is likely to be the one in Asia, US and Europe ?

Part of Answer # 1

“What do you see as the next coming up technology for ubiquitous connectivity? WiFi or WiMax or 3G or EVDO ? Any other ? Will the emergence of this technology be region specific ? If so, which one is likely to be the one in Asia, US and Europe ?

“The big question is – can WiMAX catch up w or replace Cellular adoption and maturity? Intel and Samsung would like to make it the big connect-anywhere feature for new UMPC’s, but I note that for instance Sprint just delayed its planned US rollout – so we have to wait and see.

Korean WiBro is a Govt supported service up and running, and I have heard that Indian operators will now look to WiMAX for gaining cheap RoW into cities and across slums areas instead of trenching-in fiber”….   Via Linked In Answers

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NanoTechnology In Your Mouth

#1 #1 Nano Seal Tooth Paste

Country of origin: Korea

What They Say:

“1. Nanoseal brightens the teeth without using hydrogen peroxide.

2. Nanoseal prevents plaque formation.

3. Nanoseal cleans and vitalizes inside the mouth.

4. Nanoseal prevents cavity and bad breath.”

””…. Full Listing Via NanotechProject Database

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GeneTree: Linkedin FaceBook Style Via Your DNA

A cool website Facebook Style with a DNA Social Networking Twist…..>>

“For a fee of £73, GeneTree will analyse a mouth swab and compare it with the 100,000 DNA samples and 6m ancestral records on its database.

“Suddenly, people are able to find and communicate with relatives they never knew they had from all over the world, and discover their deep ancestral roots.” …. <Article>

Instructions For Collecting Your DNA Sample for processing Via GeneTree

“Please follow these directions carefully:

1.Don’t eat or drink one hour before the sample collection (preferred, not mandatory).

2.Open the GenetiRinse container and pour mouthwash into your mouth. DO NOT SWALLOW.

3.Swish the mouthwash vigorously in your mouth for AT LEAST 45 seconds.

4.Spit the mouthwash slowly back into the container. Tightly replace the lid on the container.

5.Place container in plastic bag with white paper square and seal tightly.

6.Write your name and mark your gender in the proper box of the plastic bag.

7.Place paperwork (signed consent form and 4-generation pedigree*) into the pocket on the back of the bag.

8. Return the bag to the GeneTree box in which the materials arrived. Place the box in the mail within 24 hours of completing the DNA sample. Follow the instructions for re-sealing on the box.

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3G and Beyond & The Promises, Problems of WiMax

“Last week, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea demonstrated a wireless transmission platform fashionably named the NoLA (Nomadic Local Area Wireless Access). With a download speed of up to 3.6 gigabits per second, it is by far faster than 3G technologies mentioned above.

Theoretically, the NoLA network will enable one to download a DVD movie file in just a couple of seconds, which takes around one minute when using the vernacular 100-megabits line, ETRI said. Previously, the fastest data transmission rate available to users on the move was 1 gigabit per second, which was displayed by Samsung Electronics”….  <More>

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Bad/Good Sugars

“Unless you’ve got a Ph.D. in biochemistry, you’re probably exhausted from the endless debate surrounding sugar. And if your info has come largely from television, you’re hopelessly confused. Most Popular Articles in Health The best damn chest … The sour truth about … Cocktails and … Her cheating heart: … Push-up intensity: … Treading that fine white line demands some balance. If you eat too little, you don’t have the energy to work out; too much, and you get fat. It’s really a simple matter of figuring out what kinds of sugar to eat and when, in order to lose weight, build muscle and protect your health.

THE SCIENCE OF SWEET Okay, kids, sit down and listen closely “…. <More>

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Slideshow: Nanotechnology-The Big Future?

A great Slideshow and Article  entitled “

Myths and realities of nano futures

from” from BBC/Science Nanotech should not be confused with miniaturisation – although it will lead to smaller components in chips, for example.

“Nanotech exploits the novel properties seen in materials when their atoms and molecules are very carefully arranged.

These properties are not generally seen in large-scale solids of the same chemical composition”…. Slideshow

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Nanotechnology Products Available To Consumers

Who knew the iPod Nano actually used Nanotechnology? This Database by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnology is a start. The database which contains as of 10/2007 about 580 products aims to “give the public the best available look at the 500+ manufacturer-identified nanotechnology-based consumer products currently on the market.

Most products in this inventory satisfy three criteria:

They can be readily purchased by consumers, and

They are identified as nano-based by the manufacturer OR another source, and

The nano-based claims for the product appear reasonable”  <Database>

Also of interest Nanoshop-“

Welcome to the largest Nanotechnology Product Directory on the Internet”… Story Via NanoCafe

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Sharp announces new optical-sensing touchscreen display – better than iPhone multi-touch screen

“Sharp has announced a new touchscreen LCD  that not only rivals the iPhone’s multi-touch display (manufactured by Balda), but blows it out of the water. The new tech is based on optical sensors built right into the display, as opposed to the Balda-made screen’s capacitive technology. Sharp claims that this results in a display that is not only thinner (1 mm – making more room for advanced components and allowing for slimmer devices), but can actually double as an optical scanner”…. <More> 

Also See: “In this light, Sharp developed its proprietary System LCD technology to successfully embed an optical sensor used in devices like scanners in each pixel of the LCD panel. This technology eliminates the need for films, resulting in a thinner, beautifully clear screen display compared to conventional touch screens. In addition, tactile recognition based on simultaneously touching multiple points on the screen is now possible, a feature previously difficult to implement. For example, users can easily tap the screen with two fingers to enlarge or reduce a displayed map. Also, the scanner function can be used to scan in a business card placed on top of the screen, and further improvements to this function are expected to enable fingerprint authentication in the future”… <More>

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