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10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2010 1. Anthropomimetic Machines No matter how closely a robot resembles a human on the outside, if you crack it open, the jumble of wires is unlikely to bear much resemblance to our insides. A group of European researchers aims to bridge that gap--its robot prototype is anthropomimetic, meaning it mimics the human form. There's a skeleton made of thermoplastic polymer, actuators that correspond to each muscle and kiteline as tendons. 2. Yesterday's fuel cells, like those seen here on Spacelab, require a hydrogen infrastructure. Coal is dirty, and fuel cells run on hydrogen--that's the conventional wisdom. 3. For the past five years, scientists at the University of Alberta in Edmonton have been working on the Human Metabolome Project, a database of the 8000 naturally occurring metabolites (that is, small molecules involved in chemical reactions in the body), as well as 1450 drugs, 1900 food additives and 2900 toxins that turn up in blood and urine tests. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The Sanguine Sex - Magazine In the middle of a hot New York summer 60 years ago, my mother and her two roommates were invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island. The three girls, recent nursing-school graduates, worked together at Bellevue and were sharing the rent on their first apartment. When a fourth young nurse of their acquaintance overheard them talking about the trip, she asked if she and her young man, a resident at the hospital, could borrow the apartment while they were away. In those days, lovers had to seize on those kinds of opportunities to be alone together. The apartment key was given to the friend, no big deal, and my mother and her roommates left for the beach. They returned late Sunday evening, in a commotion of kicked-off shoes and set-down carryalls and switched-on lights. What happened next, I don’t know. About 15 years before my mother took her weekend trip to Fire Island, she was a little girl living in Brooklyn in a bad situation. I was told to undress and lie in the bathtub, which I did.

Google Opens Its Cloud to Crack the Genetic Code of Autism Peter Dazeley/Getty Images Google has spent the past decade-and-a-half perfecting the science of recognizing patterns in the chaos of information on the web. Now it’s applying that expertise to searching for clues to the genetic causes of autism in the vast sea of data contained in the human genome. On Tuesday, autism advocacy group Autism Speaks said it was partnering with Google to sequence the genomes of 10,000 people on the autism spectrum along with their family members. Google will host and index the data for qualified researchers to sift as they hunt for variations in DNA that could hint at autism’s genetic origins. “We believe that the clues to understanding autism lie in that genome,” Rob Ring, Autism Speaks’ chief science officer, told WIRED. The project will make use of Google Genomics, a tool launched by the company several months ago with little fanfare on Google’s Cloud Platform. The autism genomics project is hardly the first Google foray into health and medicine.

100 Amazing Futuristic Design Concepts We Wish Were Real Concept designers are also referred to as “visual futurists”. These concept designs may not be on the market yet, but they can still inspire you to create something just as futuristic and exciting online. The designs may be impractical in some cases, but the idea is to put the concept out to the world to see how it evolves and grows. Remember that these are all just conceptual, you can’t buy them yet! Some may be closer to being produced than others, particularly when they come from a large company like Braun or Samsung. With that said, here you have 100 amazing futuristic design concepts that will make you crave more. 1. This is an elegant concept created by designer D.K. 2. This concept design was inspired by the curves and tapering of the Macbook Air coupled with the look of an iPod Touch. 3. iPhone 4G Concept This fantasy iPhone mimics both the look of Mac OS/X and the aluminum case of a MacBook Pro. 4. Created by designer Norio Fujikawa. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 4D Watch

London Gets First Electrified Roads That Charge EV's Wirelessly It's no secret that toxic, heavy, and expensive batteries are the Achilles' heel of electric vehicles. But that's all about to change. Just yesterday we were talking about a super-lightweight car that draws its power from the road itself , but today we discover that it's not just a concept. The HaloIPT system will charge electric vehicles via Inductive Power Transfer (IPT). What this means is that your electric vehicle simply needs to be parked -- or even driven (more on that in a minute) -- over a charging pad and the battery begins charging automatically. The IPT system can also be used to charge eBikes and heavy goods vehicles. Inhabitat reports , The company is planning to electrify parts of England’s M25 motorway by using magnetic induction, a principle that was first discovered in the 1800s. Do you think major metropolitan areas (where EV's are most prevalent) can successfully integrate these inductive charging pads into new and existing roadways?

Semiotics Semiotics frequently is seen as having important anthropological dimensions; for example, Umberto Eco proposes that every cultural phenomenon may be studied as communication.[2] Some semioticians focus on the logical dimensions of the science, however. They examine areas belonging also to the life sciences – such as how organisms make predictions about, and adapt to, their semiotic niche in the world (see semiosis). In general, semiotic theories take signs or sign systems as their object of study: the communication of information in living organisms is covered in biosemiotics (including zoosemiotics). Syntactics is the branch of semiotics that deals with the formal properties of signs and symbols.[3] More precisely, syntactics deals with the "rules that govern how words are combined to form phrases and sentences".[4] Terminology[edit] Ferdinand de Saussure, however, founded his semiotics, which he called semiology, in the social sciences: History[edit] Formulations[edit] Branches[edit] Notes

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Wireless, the Biggest Tech Platform in History. Now What? Bio Paul Jacobs Paul Jacobs has served as CEO of Qualcomm since 2005 and was appointed chairman of the board in 2009. Under his leadership, the San Diego–based company has emerged as the leading provider of chipsets for mobile devices and is consistently ranked at the top of its industry on Fortune’s list of “Most Admired Companies.” Jacobs joined Qualcomm as a development engineer in 1990. Jon Rubinstein Jonathan J. He left his position as senior vice president of Apple's iPod division on April 14, 2006. Kara Swisher Kara Swisher is Co-Executive Editor of AllThingsD.com. To download this program become a Front Row member. ZOOM IN: Learn more with related books and additional materials. Encyclopædia Britannica Article cell(ular) phone Wireless telephone that permits telecommunication within a defined area that may include hundreds of square miles, using radio waves in the 800–900 megahertz (MHz) band. cell(ular) phone on britannica.com © 2010 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

UC Students Propose Alternative To Tuition Increases hide captionA student prepares to speak in opposition to proposed tuition increases at a University of California Board of Regents meeting in July 2011. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A student prepares to speak in opposition to proposed tuition increases at a University of California Board of Regents meeting in July 2011. Chris LoCascio, a junior at UC Riverside, feared that there was no end in sight for tuition increases at the University of California. What if, he says, "instead of charging students upfront for their education, students would attend the UC with no upfront costs whatsoever"? Under the Fix UC proposal, the bill would not come due until students graduate and start making money. "Under our proposal, students would pay 5 percent of their income for 20 years" following graduation, Locacio says. Fix UC recently presented the idea to the university regents. Not A New Idea It's an appealing idea to some, but not a brand new one. Erin Mahoney Attractive, Problematic Proposal

Willie Bus Concept Might Change City’s Landscape In The Future Don’t you just love the kind of freedom associated with concepts when they are thought up of without any of the restrictions of the real world? Want to make a concept of a smartphone? That’s easy, assuming you are using some sort of arc reactor equivalent technology that means your smartphone need not be charged throughout its entire lifetime. Well, a certain Tad Orlowski has come up with the Willie bus concept that he hopes will be able to change city landscapes in the future. And how will a humble bus be able to do that, you ask? Filed in Concepts >Transportation.

Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis It’s common for individuals who’ve been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder to reject the diagnosis, feeling overwhelmed at the thought of having an illness. Some even wait it out, struggling with several episodes before they pursue treatment. However, an “accurate diagnosis is a positive first step,” said Noreen Reilly-Harrington, Ph.D, clinical psychologist at the Harvard Bipolar Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and co-author of Managing Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach Workbook. Bipolar disorder changes the course of your life, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do great things, said Holly Swartz, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. With a combination of medication, psychotherapy and self-management strategies, individuals with bipolar disorder can lead productive, successful lives. Common Misconceptions Individuals cause their disorder.

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