Category: Biotechnology ( New )

Robots That Perceive the World Like Humans

ScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2012) — Perceive first, act afterwards.The architecture of most of today’s robots is underpinned by this control strategy. The eSMCs project has set itself the aim of changing the paradigm and generating more dynamic computer models in which action is not a mere consequence of […]

The Internet of Things will transform our everyday: Objects in the home or office will “converse”, understand each other, and share information

Contact: Heikki Ailisto 358-207-222-233 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Internet of Things is the next ICT disruption Information technology and electronics are becoming entwined with our everyday lives in industry, the service sector, transport, logistics, health care, housing, education, and our leisure time, almost without our […]

Mother Nature, Version 2.0

Welcome to the world of synthetic biology, where micro-organisms can be programmed to invade and destroy cancer cells By    SCOTT GOTTLIEB It once seemed that the most profound feats stemming from DNA-based science would spring from our ability to read and detect genes, which we call the science […]

Should we decide which breed of humans to create?

by: JULIAN SAVULESCU From:         News  Limited Network October 09,  201212:58PM Does chance need a helping hand  when it comes to our children?  Source: Supplied Today it is possible to create designer babies – either by testing embryos,  using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or fetuses, using prenatal testing. Legislation […]

Technology for the body on the road to cyborgs?

October 8,  2012 Sarah Bakewell Speakers at a symposium on body-enhancement technology raised  the idea that we may converge with our technology to the point that a superhuman  entity emerges. The Terminator … an infamous cyborg. On September 2, 2010, Karen Throsby became the 1153rd person to swim […]

What number is halfway between 1 and 9? Is it 5 — or 3?

For Immediate Release:October 5, 2012 contact: Caroline McCall, MIT News Office email: phone: 617-253-1682   A new information-theoretical model of human sensory perception and memory sheds light on some peculiarities of the nervous system. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Ask adults from the industrialized world what number is halfway […]

How synthetic biology will change us

By Alan Boyle October 4, 2012, 7:05 pm Lisa Poole / AP file Harvard geneticist George Church shows off the DNA sequence of a colleague. In the future, genetically modified organisms could be making our medicines, our fuel, our housewares, our houses — and they could even […]

Photon reaches from beyond the grave in quantum trick: “The future photon, which is not born, is strongly influenced by a photon that is already dead.”

Photon reaches from beyond the grave in quantum trick 04 October 2012 by Anil Ananthaswamy Magazine issue 2885. For similar stories, visit the Quantum World Topic Guide EINSTEIN mockingly called it “spooky action at a distance”: the finding that quantum particles can influence each other regardless of how […]


Contact: Jim Ritter Media Relations (708) 216-2445 Anne Dillon Director, Media Relations (708) 216-8232 More Sharing ServicesShare   MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Medical Center has launched the first clinical trial in the Midwest of an experimental melanoma treatment that genetically engineers a patient’s immune system […]

Understanding the brain by controlling behavior

Contact: Peter Reuell 617-496-8070 Harvard University Using precisely-targeted lasers, researchers manipulate neurons in worms’ brains and take control of their behavior In the quest to understand how the brain turns sensory input into behavior, Harvard scientists have crossed a major threshold. Using precisely-targeted lasers, researchers have been […]

So that’s why children love burger and chips: Fast-food logos are ‘branded’ on their brains, claims study

Appetite and pleasure centres light up when  shown advertising images ‘Majority of foods marketed to children are  unhealthy’ says scientist By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:10:00 EST, 23  September 2012| UPDATED:11:05 EST, 23 September 2012   Parents have long suspected their children  are brainwashed by adverts on television when […]

Neural implants could spark better decisions

18:00 19 September 2012 by Douglas Heaven Magazine issue 2883. Ever wish you could make better choices? That could one day be possible thanks to an electronic brain implant that can enhance short-term memory and decision-making in primates. The implant can also restore these functions in an animal model […]

Can we engineer love and morality?

By RICHARD WEIKART      The Modesto Bee Published: Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012 –  1:00 am   Recently Oxford philosophy professor Julian Savulescu moved his campaign for “moral enhancement” out of the ivory tower and into the mainstream. This month Reader’s Digest is carrying his article, “It’s Our Duty to […]

Japanese invention could end tooth decay

By Agence France-Presse Sunday, September 16, 2012 18:29 EDT Topics: Shigeki Hontsu ♦ tooth decay ♦ tooth enamel Scientists in Japan have created a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to prevent decay or to make them appear whiter, the chief researcher said. The “tooth patch” […]

A fertility treatment which eliminates hereditary disease by engineering babies to carry healthy DNA from a third biological parent could be legalised next year.

‘Three-parent baby’ fertility technique could be made legal DNA sequence transparency Photo: ALAMY   By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent 12:01AM BST 17 Sep 2012 Members of the public are being asked whether families with a genetic risk of incurable conditions like muscular dystrophy should be allowed to use […]

Woolly mammoth remains may contain living cells

Hair, soft tissues and bone marrow found on Siberian expedition, raising hopes that extinct creature could be cloned Associated Press,    Tuesday 11 September 2012 13.15 EDT Frozen fragments of a woolly mammoth have been found by an international expedition of scientists in Siberia, Russia. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis A […]

A genetic blueprint of your unborn baby

08 September 2012 by Harriet A. Washington Sequencing the whole genome of a fetus could provide a medical early warning on a previously unknown scale – but it also brings dilemmas, says Harriet A. Washington BOY or girl? This you can easily discover, but wouldn’t you like to […]