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2012-03-29 22:02:06

A tiny prototype robot that functions like a living creature is being developed which one day could be safely used to pinpoint diseases within the human body. Called 'Cyberplasm', it will combine advanced microelectronics with latest research in biomimicry (technology inspired by nature). The aim is for Cyberplasm to have an electronic nervous system, 'eye' and 'nose' sensors derived from mammalian cells, as well as artificial muscles that use glucose as an energy source to propel it....

2011-12-07 14:28:38

Users of game designed by McGill researchers contributing to analysis of DNA sequences Thousands of video game players have helped significantly advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer´s, diabetes and cancer over the past year. They are the users of a web-based video game developed by Dr. Jérôme Waldispuhl of the McGill School of Computer Science and collaborator Mathieu Blanchette. Phylo is designed to allow casual game...

2011-11-15 20:47:47

Novices are more motivated by positive feedback than experts, who prefer a harsh critic, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "In our work, we asked: When is positive or negative feedback more effective for motivating behavior and changing attitudes as a function of a person's expertise level?" write authors Stacey Finkelstein (University of Chicago) and Ayelet Fishbach (University of Chicago). Consumers commonly receive positive and negative feedback on their...

Song Birds' Brains Store Music Chart For Duet
2011-11-04 05:28:53

Researchers have determined that the brains of a male and female song bird store a record of their complete duet. Neuroscientist Eric Fortune of Johns Hopkins University and colleagues went to the slopes of Antisana volcano in Ecuador to study the plain-tailed wren.  The two birds alternated singing back and forth, singing a duet that sounds as if a single bird sang it. The researchers found that both brains of each bird had a complete duet memorized, which is a performance that...

2011-10-15 05:00:00

Our era in Ruffo Caselliâs Cybernetic Existentialism. A sponsorhip opportunity for corporate partners. New York, NY (PRWEB) October 15, 2011 A retrospective of Italian artist Ruffo Caselli, the painter of microchips, is now available in the United States for a traveling exhibit and welcomes corporate sponsors with suitable locations. At 79, Florence born Ruffo Caselli never owned a computer, a blackberry, an IPod, not even an answering machine, but his canvasses painted with...


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2010-11-24 14:54:48

A black box can referred to as almost anything from a transistor to an algorithm to a human mind. The black box is a device, system, or object which can be view in terms of its input, output, and transfer characteristics without any knowledge of its internal workings. The opposite is a system where the inner components or logic are available for inspection which is sometimes known as a white box, a glass box, or a clear box. The term "black box" came into the English language around 1945....

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Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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