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Remember SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Life) from college?  Students on college campuses, and people from home, all across the country interconnected through the World Wide Web searched for alien life through the magic of distributed computing. Well, Folding@Home (FAH) is another distributed computing application, but for molecular simulation - specifically, protein folding - and it will be available for the Playstation 3.  Using the potential of the Cell processor will allow for capabilities only possible before from supercomputers.  Additionally, technologies in the new RSX graphics processor in the PS3 allow for real time graphical representation of the folding process.

 

Read More | Folding@Home at Stanford

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We know many people who are wary of discarding their old hard drives, especially after the drives have died without offering the option to reformat. We know people who have opened them up and scratched up the platters manually, and others who just have a drawer full a bunch of drives. At Gear Live’s , Pablos of the Shmoo Group asked everyone to bring their old hard drives so that we could give them a proper burial. The result? An 8,000-degree hard drive meltdown, thanks to a little thermite.


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Make your own kind of electricityIf only there were a way to harness the electricity of the people just walking down the street ...

Researchers in Japan are working on that one, and they might have hit on the answer. Specifically, it’s scientists at the East Japan Railway Company, and they’re testing the development of a ticket gate that would generate electricity from each person who walks through. That’s potentially thousands or even tens of thousands of people each day, and even a small amount of electricity generated by each of these people would be enough to power the station for perhaps the entire day.

The technology involved is piezoelectricity, the same kind of energy used in quartz clocks and computers, which use frequency multipliers to reach the megahertz range. The scientists actually have a device in place, at the railway company’s head office in Shibuya; and they are testing it for a week or so. The machine embedded in the gate generates a small amount of electricity each time someone walks through. Assuming that tests are successful and the company can justify the installation cost in eventual savings, piezo-powered gates will begin appearing in train stations sometime later this year.

Read More | Orgismo via TreeHugger


Not a periscope, but ...Now this is a powerful device. The ZScanner 700 looks heavy-duty, and it certainly is. It will also take a toll on your finances.

The handheld unit can make a three-dimensional polygon mesh of anything in just a few minutes. The ZScanner 700 comes with a set of reflective markers, which you attach to your target. Hook up the scanner to your laptop and sit back and watch. Using lasers and dual cameras, the scanner will zip a scan of the object to your computer. Once you have the image, you can do everything you’d expect to be able to, including rotating, burning and dodging, reducing resolution, and all kinds of other fun tricks. It’s all 3D, and it’s one continuous scan.

Designed primarily for the medical community, ths ZScanner 700 would also fit well in the hands of a heavy-duty graphic designer.

You’ll pay a pretty penny for this one, though. Pricing starts at $39,000 USD.

Read More | Zcorp via Medgadget


Hybrid ScooterSo we have hybrid cars now. Why not hybrid scooters? That’s the question that a Dutch student asked and then answered himself in designing the Fhybrid, which runs ons an electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery that can get its juice from a tank of hydrogen. The student, Crijn Bouman of Delft University of Technology, actually has a prototype, which you can see him riding in the photo at right.

The scooter is front-wheel drive, so that when you brake, the machine can take that energy and plug it back into the battery. The current distance capability is 124 miles. That’s a lot of trips back and forth to the market.

Oh, yes, Bouman’s top speed is 40 mph.

As of now, the scooter is just a prototype, wich a simulated fuel cell to recharge the battery. Hydrogen production is still costly to depend on as a viable fuel source. But a guy can dream, can’t he?

Read More | LiveScience

Airport Screening StationJust when you thought you were caught up on airport security comes a report out of the U.K. of a sniffing dog so small you can’t see him with your own eyes. Actually, it’s not a dog at all. It’s more like a gadget. Okay, it’s a nano sensor that is being developed by a team of scientists at the University of Wales. They’re just calling it a “nanodog” because of what it does: It “sniffs” for explosives at a level that a live dog can’t match, one part per trillion. That renders useless even the most clever bomb-hiding methods and devices.

Read More | icWales via Engadget


Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a Texas Hold ‘Em playing poker program, and they plan to enter it in the American Association for Artificial Intelligence Computer Poker Competition in July.  Unlike most poker algorithms, this program, called GS1, bases its strategy on hand analysis rather than taking its cues from human-inspired poker heuristics.

Texas Hold ‘Em Poker is believed to be a better test of artificial intelligence than chess, in which computer players have become nearly unbeatable.  In Hold ‘Em, the player must make decisions based upon guesses or assumptions about the hidden cards in others’ hands, whereas the entire board is a known quantity in a chess match.  For this reason, a computer program that can win reasonably often at Hold ‘Em would be displaying a different type of intelligence than one that consistently wins at chess.  The intelligence gained would be much more appropriate for analysis of real-world situations, in which unknown factors can play a large part.

Read More | Science Daily

DescriptionCan technology really help reduce stress? A company called Quantum Intech, through its Heartmath subsidiary, is out today with a device they claim does just that. Meet the emWave Personal Stress Reliever.

The idea behind the emWave Personal Stress Reliever is to help shift its user into a high performance state called coherence, which Quantum Intech says “helps the heart, brain, and nervous, hormonal, and immune systems work with more harmony and efficiency.” The device works by detecting a pulse from a thumb or ear via a sensor. This pulse is converted to “real-time displays of coherence levels through two colorful light panels”.

The emWave reportedly includes “techniques to help the user increase coherence levels and sharpen their ability to transform stress on-demand.” The cost of this little wonder device? $199.99. That should be enough to stress you out right there.

Read More | emWave Product Page

Sparky BorgAt Gear Live’s Seattle Mind Camp event, we spent 3 hours transforming Sparky into a Borg. When it was all said and done, he was so happy, he did the Dance of Joy. Or something like that. Check it out, and let us know what you think. We will be putting up a video look at what it took to transform Sparky into this dancing abomination.

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Gear Live Bleeding EdgeIn this episode we destroy a Zip Drive, teach you how to make a cheap tripod, and much more:

THE WIRE
Google Calendar
Domain Roundtable Conference
HD DVD Launches

HACK ATTACK
DIY Bottlecap Tripod

BREAKIN’ STUFF
Destruction of a Zip Drive

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