Sunday, June 18, 2006

Monday Sci-Tech Links

Researchers have developed a new “liquid armor” that “flows normally under low-energy conditions, but when agitated or hit with an impact it stiffens and behaves like a solid”. Now that's just cool.

Apparently, green tea might explain why Asians - who generally smoke like freakin' chimneys - have lower cancer rates than all those healthy-livin' po-faced westerners.

Hopefully this anti-aging molecule won't prove to be another faked-up boondoggle for Korean researchers.

Speaking of stem cells, a recent paper in Nature suggests biologists are close to being able to reprogram adult cells to go embryonic ... that should nicely sidestep the embryo wars.

Japanese researchers at MTT use quantum dots to measure individual electrons, creating a precursor of the world's most sensitive ammeter.

Google is building a ginourmous data center ... so big it requires to four-story cooling towers. I figure they'll be the first to develop strong AI (but that they won't tell anybody until the beast is mature.)


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