Sep 302010

Solving the Afghanistan Puzzle | Hoover Institution

“A new research program is using the Hoover Archives to study the original Russian-language records of the Soviet Union’s long involvement in Afghanistan, including the ten years of intense military conflict there. Dubbed Mining Afghan Lessons from Soviet Era (MALSE), the program explores ways in which the United States and coalition forces serving in Afghanistan might benefit from the Soviet experience, as reflected in primary sources.”

Jan 212010
Lecture 7 – Deafness: Emerging Strategies for a Cure (Stefan Heller)

Stefan Heller is trying to create inexpensive ear drops that can cure deafness.

In this short talk, Heller describes how his team of researchers at Stanford University is transplanting stem cells into the ear to "regenerate" damaged hearing cells.

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Jan 192010
Lecture 6 – Visualizing Desire (Brian Knutson)

Stanford University’s Brian Knutson is unraveling the mysteries of human desire with state-of-the-art medical imaging.

Knutson’s research sheds new light on how individuals make complex financial decisions, and offers new ways for alleviating schizophrenia.

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Jan 172010
Lecture 5 – Googling the Brain on a Chip (Kwabena Boahen)

Kwabena Boahen is using the human brain as the blueprint for designing radically more powerful and energy-efficient computers.

In this short demo, Boahen describes how his Brains in Silicon lab at Stanford University has created computer chips with "synapses" and "neurons" — and how these chips might revolutionize computing.

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Jan 152010
Lecture 4 – Controlling the Brain with Light (Karl Deisseroth)

Karl Deisseroth is pioneering bold new treatments for depression and other psychiatric diseases. By sending pulses of light into the brain, Deisseroth can control neural activity with remarkable precision.

In this short talk, Deisseroth gives an thoughtful and awe-inspiring overview of his Stanford University lab’s groundbreaking research in "optogenetics".

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Jan 132010
Lecture 3 – Brain-Computer Interfaces

Krishna Shenoy is creating "brain-computer interfaces" that will enable paralyzed patients to control prosthetic arms and computer cursors.

In this short talk, Shenoy describes how his team of Stanford researchers has built a system that achieves typing at 15 words-per-minute, just by "thinking about it".

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Nov 172009

Source: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

“The United States must change the way it produces and uses energy by shifting away from its dependence on imported oil and coal-fired electricity and by increasing the efficiency with which energy is extracted/captured, converted, and utilized if it is to meet the urgent challenges facing the energy system, of which climate change and energy security are the most pressing.  This will require the improvement of current technologies, and the development of new transformative ones, particularly if the transition to a new energy paradigm is going to be timely and cost-effective. [Click link, above for full story.]

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Nov 172009

Source:  ZD Net – Zack Whittaker

"With experience of hindsight, with a number of events which social networking from ordinary members of the public (”citizen journalism”) from the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the Hudson river plane crash and the death of Michael Jackson; Twitter especially has been a key point of communication.

"Twitter is instant and is accessible from anywhere with mobile signal. However the big issue with the London bombings is that the explosions were underground, some closer to Tube stations than others, but most had no signal while they were down there. Yet videos and texts were still sent to be delivered as soon as a trailing signal came into focus when they reached the surface."


Nov 032009


The Futurist: Coming Soon: A Smarter Internet

"Less Web searching, more Web finding."

The founders of a new U.S. start-up called SemanticV have come up with a new weapon in the war against information overload: a search engine that actually learns the meaning of words for which it’s searching…. For example, the word tank could refer to a piece of military equipment or a storage container for oil. Plug the word tank into the Google query box and you’ll get a wide variety of results. If you’re not sure what type of tank you want to find, you won’t be able to add any relevant tags to narrow your search. The less you know about the subject you’re looking up, the more laborious and inefficient the research process becomes as you’re forced to spend more time going through bad leads."

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