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Aug 9, 2017

Biocomputers Made From Cells Can Now Handle More Complex Logic

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Researchers have developed much more advanced RNA biocomputers that can handle more computations and complex logic. Ribocomputing is coming of age.

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Aug 8, 2017

Here Are Some New Ideas for Fighting Botnets

Posted by in categories: computing, government

It’s a tricky problem, so solutions have to be carefully thought out.

Federal agencies face a thorny path as they try to step up the government’s fight against armies of infected computers and connected devices known as botnets, responses to a government information request reveal.

Industry, academic and think tank commenters all agreed more should be done to combat the zombie computer armies that digital ne’er-do-wells frequently hire to force adversaries offline.

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Aug 7, 2017

Brain Computer Interface — Neural Lace

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Aug 7, 2017

Microchipping Humans: First They Traded Freedom for Security, Now It’s Privacy for Convenience

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RFID microchipping is in the news again, this time as employees volunteer for implants — but the chips’ convenience lures before the impact on rights…

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Aug 3, 2017

This company held a “chip party” to implant their employees with microchips

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Aug 2, 2017

A living programmable biocomputing device based on RNA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, engineering, nanotechnology, sustainability

“Ribocomputing devices” ( yellow) developed by a team at the Wyss Institute can now be used by synthetic biologists to sense and interpret multiple signals in cells and logically instruct their ribosomes (blue and green) to produce different proteins. (credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University)

Synthetic biologists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and associates have developed a living programmable “ribocomputing” device based on networks of precisely designed, self-assembling synthetic RNAs (ribonucleic acid). The RNAs can sense multiple biosignals and make logical decisions to control protein production with high precision.

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Aug 2, 2017

IBM Announces Record Breaking New Data Storage Device

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IBM and Sony have successfully developed a magnetic tape storage cartridge capable of containing more than 300 terabytes of data. This device, which comes in the smallest format there is, could revolutionize data storage even in cloud platforms.

Magnetic tape drives have been around for more than six decades now. It’s commercial use has been mostly for storing data, such as tax documents and health care records, from mainframe computers. From the first 2-megabyte tape drives in the 1950s, today’s versions are now capable of storing up to 15 terabytes. IBM has been pushing it further.

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Aug 2, 2017

IBM scientists have captured 330TB of uncompressed data into a tiny cartridge

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In a new world record, scientists at IBM have captured 330 terabytes of uncompressed data, or the equivalent of 330 million books, into a cartridge that can fit into the palm of your hand. The record of 201 gigabits per square inch on prototype sputtered magnetic tape is more than 20 times the areal density currently used in commercial tape drives. Areal recording density is the amount of information that can be stored on a given area of surface.

Tape drives were invented over 60 years ago and were traditionally used for archiving tax documents and health care records. IBM’s first tape unit used reels of half-inch-wide tape that could only hold about 2 megabytes.

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Aug 2, 2017

World’s lamest cyborg? My microchip isn’t cool now – but it could be the future

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Olivia Solon felt more key fob than Robocop after getting implanted with a microchip to make contactless purchases. But the future could hold much more.

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Aug 1, 2017

Professor George Church – Turning Back Time to End Age-related Diseases

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing, genetics, life extension, neuroscience

Many of you will likely already know who Professor George Church is and that he is an important and senior member of the research community engaged in treating the aging processes to prevent or reverse age-related diseases, not to mention all kinds of other applications for genetic engineering. For those who are not familiar with him a short bio follows.

George Church is a professor at Harvard & MIT, the co-author of over 425 papers, 95 patent publications and the book Regenesis. He developed the methods used for the first genome sequence back in 1994 and he was instrumental in reducing the costs since then using next generation sequencing and nanopores plus barcoding, DNA assembly from chips, genome editing, writing and re-coding.

He co-initiated the Genome projects in 1984 and 2005 to create and interpret the world’s only open-access personal precision medicine datasets. He was also involved in launching the BRAIN Initiative in 2011.

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