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Molecular simulations using PlayStation 3

While wandering around looking at the outreach activities at ESOF2008, I came across this interesting booth for the PS3GRID project, by members of the Multiscale Lab, which is located in the University of Pompeu Fabra’s Computational Biochemistry and Biophysics Laboratory at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park. Run by volunteers, the project involves building computer simulations…

Nintendo Wii as it might look in 2010

Technology pundits speculate that mind control is the future of gaming. They envision that the movements of computer game characters will be controlled not with joysticks but with non-invasive brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) which monitor the brain’s electrical activity and transmit the signals to the games console. Although scientists are concerned about the non-therapeutic use of…

Brain wave music now a reality

This cartoon, found at Paleo-Future, accompanied a short article from the August 28th, 1949 edition of the San Antonio Light: CHICAGO, Aug. 27 – (AP) – Some day composers won’t write music, and musicians won’t play it – yet fans will enjoy it in never-before-heard perfection. The composer or artist will simply project it by…

Designed and built by IBM, at a cost of some $130 million, Roadrunner is the world’s fastest supercomputer. It contains 12,960 IBM PowerXCell 8i central processing units, 6,480 AMD dual-core processors, and occupies nearly 6,000 square feet at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Roadrunner will primarily be used to simulate the behaviour…

Artificial MIND

Click to enlarge From the August 1962 issue of Science and Mechanics: Artificial MIND–Next from Science COMPUTER experts keep reassuring us that Man and his mind will never be replaced by their electronic marvels. But a small, doughnut-shaped electronic neuron has been announced that artificially duplicates part of the human nervous system. And it carries…

DARPA’s neuro-optical binoculars

Several years ago, the mad scientists at DARPA (the research and development wing of the Pentagon) conceived of a pair of binoculars that would enhance soldiers’ ability to detect enemies. Danger Room informs us that DARPA has just awarded the giant defence contractor Northrop Grumman a $7.6 million contract to develop the device. Here’s a…

The technological rapture

This month’s issue of IEEE Spectrum Online magazine contains an excellent special report on the singularity, the hypothetical point in time at which technology will be sufficiently advanced so as to enable the human race to transcend their biology and take their evolution into their own hands. Some transhumanists envision a future characterized by cyborg-like…

3D animation of brain tumour growth

This email from the owner of the website explains: Gliocast is a set of software tools for visualizing fiber tracts. The emphasis is on the 3D display technologies. Gliocast includes a rudimentary model for tumor growth, but more physically realistic models can be substituted for it. Fiber tract imagery provided by the Banks Laboratory at…

Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh report that they have successfully trained monkeys to feed themselves using a robotic arm controlled by a brain-computer interface (BCI).  The study has been covered extensively in the media, and I’ve written quite a lot about these devices in the past, so, rather than elaborate on it here, I’ll…

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