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Test-tube Baby Whales? Cow-Whale Hybrids?

Japan's annual hunt for hundreds of whales under the guise of "scientific research" has long been castigated as a sham. Now, a new analysis of published research papers has exposed a long-running litany of frivolous, esoteric, even bizarre experimentation including "attempts at cross-breeding cows with whales".

Bionic Eye Could Restore Sight to the Blind

For the past 20 years, researchers working for the Boston Retinal Implant Project have been developing a bionic eye implant that could restore sight for individuals who have age-related blindness.

Intel Plants Flag In Ultra-Mobile Market with Atom Processors

Intel has announced a new line of processors specifically aimed towards Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) that they call Atom. Are they gambling here or are they standing on firm ground?

Wasabi Fire Alarm Alerts the Deaf with the Power of Scent

Wasabi, or Japanese Horseradish, has a particularly pungent taste and scent. Now researchers in Japan are using wasabi's overpowering odor in a new type of smoke detector / fire alarm that wakes the deaf through scent instead of sound.

No More Needles? Microwave Circuit Measures Blood Sugar Without Needles

Rather than pricking a finger to do blood tests, professors at Baylor University are working on a small painless sensor that emits electromagnetic waves to test blood sugar.

Oh, I Do The Cooking And My Robot Does The Dishes

Very soon, a robot will not only be doing your dishes, but cleaning your whole kitchen! The ReadyBot, shown here, is the first working prototype of a kitchen cleaner that, with adequate resources provided, could be on the market in just two years. It walks, picks up dishes, puts them in the dishwasher, and cleans the mess on the counter. In the next version, the robot will be doing these chores better and faster, and it may even be cleaning the kitchen floor.

Computers Based on Flies’ Brains?

Researchers have discovered that the common blow-fly has a brain that fires neurons in a way that could be replicated by highly efficient next-generation computers.

IP Video Surveillance Space Has Just Gotten A Bit Smarter

The IP video surveillance space just got a little bit smarter with the rollout of the VideoIQ iCVR, which is being billled as the world's first high-performance, day-and-night network camera.

 

Scientists Identify New Potential Cancer Drug

Scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are able to accomplish what cancer researchers have been trying to for years -- finding a potent cancer drug which doesn't kill normal cells as it does tumor cells.

Computer Chips Could Heat Your Home

In some parts of the world, more than 60% of a home's energy bill goes toward heating. In an effort to reduce some of that expense - and solve a problem of their own at the same time - researchers at IBM in Switzerland are hoping to put computers to the rescue.