Ageless Aging

Animals dubbed the “mighty mice” at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School have shown that their muscles heal quickly after an injury; and don’t show the normal signs of aging.

Their muscle mass can be 15 percent to 45 percent greater than that of normal mice.

And it’s because of a gene manipulation that, if it translates to humans, could keep muscles toned and strong well into old age, and slow the progression of diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

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Cell Phones Become Popular with Deaf People

The BBC reports, “Over the last few years, the mobile phone has emerged as a popular device for what at first may seem an unlikely user group: the deaf and other people who are hard of hearing.

Using the Short Messaging Service (SMS) functions on mobiles, people with hearing difficulties can communicate by typing messages into their phones.

By setting their mobile phones to vibrate, they can be alerted when a message comes in.”
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Cell Phone Shooting Gallery

There’s a taxi driver in Stockholm known by the Web alias of Taxi31 who spends all his time between passengers shooting people. In Copenhagen, ferocious street battles flare daily between dozens of young men.

The carnage occurs with cellular phones, not guns — courtesy of new technologies that allow cell phone users to locate each other to within several hundred meters.

Two small companies — It’s Alive of Sweden and Wireless Factory of Denmark — have carved out early positions in a new genre of location-based game-playing and entertainment that will likely expand soon from Europe to North America.
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Super Bionics Takes Shape

Progress in the control of machines using signals sent by human nerves will soon allow the development of bionic limbs that will transform the lives of people with amputated limbs according to William Craelius, the inventor of the world’s most advanced artificial hand.

Dr Craelius, a biomedical engineer at Rutgers University, New Jersey, designed the Dextra artificial hand — the first that allows a person to use nerves to control individual mechanical fingers.
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Mini-Pigs Grown to Farm Organs

In the second announcement of advances in porcine-to-people organ transplantation research in two days, scientists said they have genetically engineered and cloned miniature pigs in an effort to create suitable donors.

Proponents of the technology say advances could reduce the often-long waiting lists for organ transplants. Each day 15 people in the United States waiting for organs die, according to Transplant for Life.
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Inflatable Speakers

The Ellula Inflatable speakers are unique for two reasons, one being that they are fully inflatable, you need to blow them up to tune in and secondly, they can be collapsed completely for travelling.

Each set of speakers includes an amplifier and a power adapter with GB plug. The Inflatable Speakers can be used in connection with various pieces of equipment, including most Personal CD Players, Personal stereos, MP3 players and Mini Discs and are PC and Mac compatible. Excellent for the office at home or on the move as their compact size when deflated, means carrying them in your luggage is not too bulky, perfect for meetings and business trips.
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Modular Robot

The robot, dubbed PolyBot, is being built and experimented with at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), in California. Imagine a robot made up of a chain of simple hinge joints. It can shape itself into a loop and move by rolling like a self-propelled tank tread; then break open the loop to form a serpentine configuration and slither under or over obstacles; and then rearrange its modules to “morph” into a multilegged spider, able to stride over rocks and bumpy terrain.
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Microscopic Nanotubes Could Make Spaceships Lightweight, Superstrong

Super-strong carbon nanotubes may make space elevators feasible. NASA’s nanotube teams at the Johnson Space Center in Houston foresee the stuff playing a critical role in nearly every aspect of a ship – from speeding electronics to delivering drugs inside astronauts. But some of the first applications of the new technology of synthesizing carbon nanotubes may be as prosaic as building stronger and lighter wall panels for manned spacecraft and casings for automated probes.
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Google Programming Contest

“Google has just announced its first annual programming contest! The objective is to write a program that will do something “interesting” with the about 900,000 Web pages’ worth data that’s Google provides. In addition to writing the program, contestants also have to convince the judges why their program is interesting (or useful) and why it will scale (that is, handle a constantly increasing load of data that grows as the Web grows). The prize is US$10,000 in cash, a V.I.P. tour of the Google facility in Mountain View, California and possibly a chance to run their program on Google’s complete billion-Web-page store.”
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Turing Award – The Nobel Prize of Computing

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has presented the 2001 A.M. Turing Award, considered the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” to Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard of Norway for their role in the invention of object-oriented programming, the most widely used programming model today. Their work has led to a fundamental change in how software systems are designed and programmed, resulting in reusable, reliable, scalable applications that have streamlined the process of writing software code and facilitated software programming.
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