Hello Skynet!

Slashdot: “Killer Military Robot Arms Race Underway?” (citing NetworkWorld): We are beginning to see the first steps towards an international robot arms race and it may not be long before robots become a standard terrorist weapon to replace the suicide bomber, according to professor Noel Sharkey, from the Royal United Services Institute Department of Computer… Continue reading Hello Skynet!

I want my solar-powered Zeppelin!

Solar Energy Cheaper than Coal? That new technique involves using a device very much like an ink-jet printer to lay down the components of a photovoltaic cell onto a thin sheet of aluminum. The cells are much thinner, lighter, and much less fragile than older silicon cells. The result is solar energy that is expected… Continue reading I want my solar-powered Zeppelin!

Another step towards an effective artificial heart

Man with no pulse considered a medical breakthrough PETER RAKOBOWCHUK Canadian Press MONTREAL — A 65-year-old Quebec man who received a new long-term mechanical heart last month is being described as the only living Canadian without a pulse. Dr. Renzo Cecere implanted the “Heartmate II” mechanical heart into Gerard Langevin in an three-hour operation Nov.… Continue reading Another step towards an effective artificial heart

“We can rebuild him. We have the technology.”

Doctors grow organs from patients’ own cells Seven living with bladders from new process […]Scientists grew new bladders from the patients’ own cells, which were then transplanted back into the patients’ bodies. Cool. Once again, the future is now… all I want to know is when they going to be able to make some lab-grown… Continue reading “We can rebuild him. We have the technology.”

My new toy…

I bought a new PocketPC/Phone device this weekend, and switched to Sprint: PPC 6700 from Sprint All-you-can-eat mobile IP access (email and web, mainly) is a very, very cool thing. I still need a memory card for it (it’s got about 40mb of free storage on it’s own… *sigh* I remember when that would have… Continue reading My new toy…

I don’t like Mondays…

Both true for me, and a good songto boot. (*) Congratulations to Peter and Jane, whose wedding I was at this past weekend. I’m not sure whether it’s appropriate to post a photo or two here, but I may. Also, for lack of a better place, here’s some interesting science news: The key to fresh… Continue reading I don’t like Mondays…

“A keyboard, how quaint”

Air Force testing new transparent armor by Laura Lundin Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs 10/17/2005 – WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) — Engineers here are testing a new kind of transparent armor — stronger and lighter than traditional materials — that could stop armor-piercing weapons from penetrating vehicle windows. The Air Force Research… Continue reading “A keyboard, how quaint”

The electronic nose at work…

E-nose to sniff out hospital superbugs 22 September 2005 From New Scientist Print Edition Paul Marks AN ELECTRONIC nose that sniffs out infections could help hospitals tackle outbreaks of the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA. Culture tests routinely used to identify MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) take two or three days to complete. This hampers attempts to manage… Continue reading The electronic nose at work…

Next stop, Judgement Day…

Humanoids With Attitude: Japan Embraces New Generation of Robots TOKYO — Ms. Saya, a perky receptionist in a smart canary-yellow suit, beamed a smile from behind the “May I Help You?” sign on her desk, offering greetings and answering questions posed by visitors at a local university. But when she failed to welcome a workman… Continue reading Next stop, Judgement Day…