Adapt or Die

Johns Hopkins scientists have revealed a new way that cells respond to the challenge of low oxygen.

Read more on Physorg.com.


How Real is Too Real?

“The Gadget Show,” which airs on Channel 5 in the UK, has created a video game simulator with a nine meter dome, five HD projectors, an omnidirectional treadmill, 800 LED lights, a Kinect 3D sensor and four paintball gun turrets.

Read more on The Singularity Hub.


No More CSI in the U.K.

The British government defends its decision to close the Forensic Science Service, which analyses crime scene evidence in England and Wales.

Read more on BBC News.


An Interview with a Neuroscientist

Famous neuroscientist Michael S. Gazzaniga talks with The New York Times about the ethical implications of brain research on society and, potentially, public policy.

Read more from The New York Times.


Growing Blood in Rice

Albumin, at least. Scientists from China, the U.S. and Canada have collaborated on a project to grow human serum albumin in rice.

Read more on the LA Times.


Cellular Automata as Massively Parallel Computers

Japanese technologists have built a computer based on a ring-like molecules that form novel connections and  circuits with its neighbors as it calculates.  Read more at Technology Review.  


Collective Knowledge = Collective Wealth

Research into the Economic Complexity Index (ECI) of 128 countries found a link between ECI and income per capita.  Read more about the ECI at Physorg.  Read about the intelligence enhancing dynamics of flocking birds here.  Read about battles between AI Ant Colonies here.


Autopilot Everything

The words “computer” and “calculator” used to be professions before they became names of machines.  What are some new jobs headed for extinction?:  Machine operator, pilot, and driver.

Read about the latest push to completely automate commercial airliners at BBC News.


Update: DARPA’s Flying Cars

The US Defense Department is funding research into flying Humvees for the military.  If this technology is successful it could enable civilian flying cars – and a complete redesign of human civilization.  Read more here.


Autonomous Cars More Energy Efficient.

Humans are the limiting factor on safe driving speed.  With automated driving software, cars can go faster and need less protection against accidents.  Lighter cars are more fuel efficient.  (They will also destroy the parking garage and parking lot industries.)  More at Technology Review.


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