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A 20-year-old from the UK has recently proven that one of the simplest types of computers can solve every known computational problem, given enough time. Alex Smith, who is studying electrical engineering at the University of Birmingham, will receive mathematician Stephen Wolfram's $25,000 prize in a ceremony held in the home town of the famous computer scientist Alan Turing. read more »
Scientists from Chili have discovered that blocking a region of the brain called the insular cortex causes rats that are addicted to amphetamines to stop craving the drug. This understanding could lead to the development of new therapies to help treat drug addiction. read more »
The annual Space Elevator Games were held this past Monday in Farmington, Utah. Student teams designed 100-meter-tall space elevators in the competition, and the winning team's robot came close to winning NASA's half-million-dollar prize. read more »
Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.
Here's her article:
* * * * * read more »With Halloween fast approaching, I decided to scout the annals of the patent offices for inventions intended for the deepest, darkest, scariest recesses of mankind.
It's been more than 50 years since Jonas Salk created the first polio vaccine; thanks to his discovery, and Albert Sabin's a few years later, just a handful of polio cases are reported each year. But fifty years is a long time to wait for another watershed vaccine, so I checked my crystal ball to see what inventions were in progress in the biomedical field.
And what I saw was the eradication of... No, this can't be... Eradication of the flu! Not only the flu, but all strains of flu... and colds! And the vaccine is not too far off. read more »
"If a self-improving AI is thrown together in a slapdash fashion, we could be in for big trouble," warns AI theorist and transhumanist Eliezer Yudkowsky read more »
In the spirit of Halloween, it seems only appropriate that the topic of conversation should turn to bones and skeletons. read more »
Do you wag your tail when greeting someone you like? Bark when you want a treat? Roll over on command?
Then you're a pretty happy dog, and your owner just might be a happy human.... Now it's time to find out if your human also shares your sense of humor.... read more »