This advance could finally make graphene-based semiconductor chips feasible

March 31, 2017
Atomic force microscopy image of as-deposited (left) and laser-annealed (right) rGO (bottom) thin films. The entire "pulsed laser annealing" process is done at room temperature and atmospheric pressure using high-power nanosecond laser pulses to "melt" the rGO material; it is completed in about 200 nanoseconds. (credit: Anagh Bhaumik and Jagdish Narayan/Journal of Applied Physics)Researchers at North Carolina State University (NC State) have developed a layered material that can be used to develop transistors based on graphene — a long-sought goal in the electronics industry. Graphene has attractive properties, such as extremely high conductivity, meaning it conducts the flow of electrical current really well (compared to copper, for example), …more…

Scientists grow beating heart tissue on spinach leaves

March 31, 2017
(credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute)How crossing plant and animal kingdoms may lead to radical new tissue-engineering breakthroughs

A research team headed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) scientists* has solved a major tissue engineering problem holding back the regeneration of damaged human tissues and organs: how to grow small, delicate blood vessels, which are beyond the capabilities of 3D printing.** The researchers used plant leaves as scaffolds (structures) in an attempt to create the … more…


Vanity Fair | Elon Musk’s billion dollar crusade to stop the AI apocalypse

March 31, 2017
Vanity Fair - A4Ray Kurzweil interview on artificial intelligence futures

publication: Vanity Fair column: Hive story title: Elon Musk’s billion dollar crusade to stop the AI apocalpyse story author: by Maureen Dowd date: April 2017 issue story excerpts from interview with Ray Kurzweil: 1. |  Spiraling capabilities of self-improving artificial intelligence Google has gobbled up almost every robotics & machine learning company.It bought Deep•Mind for $650 … more…

The New York Times • Book Review | How we’ll end up merging with our technology

March 30, 2017
New York Times - Book Review - T4Ray Kurzweil reviews two popular books

Dear readers, Ray Kurzweil wrote a book review for The New York Times • Book Review section. His review is titled “How we we’ll end up merging with our technology.” He reviews two new books on computing and the future of society. Please click to read the full review here exploring these two popular books in science & …more…