Darwiniana

History, Evolution, and The Darwin Debate

Darwiniana header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'technology'

Energy from waves off Hawaii

August 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Generating Energy from Ocean Waters Off Hawaii ScienceDaily (Aug. 4, 2010) — Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa say that the Leeward side of Hawaiian Islands may be ideal for future ocean-based renewable energy plants that would use seawater from the oceans’ depths to drive massive heat engines and produce steady amounts of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

New solar process

August 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

New Solar Energy Conversion Process Could Double Solar Efficiency of Solar Cells ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2010) — A new process that simultaneously combines the light and heat of solar radiation to generate electricity could offer more than double the efficiency of existing solar cell technology, say the Stanford engineers who discovered it and proved that […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Awe and the machine

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Awe and the Machine Today we are less likely to feel awe in the presence of our machines than we are to experience what historian Jacques Barzun called “machine-made helplessness.” The problem is that one machines made us feel intelligent, now they can make us feel unintelligent.

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Translation devices

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Breaking the Language Barrier: Language Translation Devices for US Troops Tested ScienceDaily (July 30, 2010) — At dusk, a car stops at a checkpoint in Afghanistan. It is a tense moment for all. Because an interpreter is not available, U.S. Marines use hand gestures to ask the driver to step out of the car and […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Cheap solar

July 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Graphene Organic Photovoltaics: Flexible Material Only a Few Atoms Thick May Offer Cheap Solar Power ScienceDaily (July 24, 2010) — A University of Southern California team has produced flexible transparent carbon atom films that the researchers say have great potential for a new breed of solar cells.

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Plants to biofuels

July 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Drilling Down to the Nanometer Depths of Leaves for Biofuels ScienceDaily (July 21, 2010) — By imaging the cell walls of a zinnia leaf down to the nanometer scale, energy researchers have a better idea about how to turn plants into biofuels.

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Fibers and sound

July 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Fibers That Can Hear and Sing: Fibers Created That Detect and Produce Sound ScienceDaily (July 12, 2010) — For centuries, “man-made fibers” meant the raw stuff of clothes and ropes; in the information age, it’s come to mean the filaments of glass that carry data in communications networks. But to Yoel Fink, an Associate professor […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Microrobots

July 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Thermal-Powered, Insect-Like Robot Crawls Into Microrobot Contenders’ Ring ScienceDaily (July 6, 2010) — Robotic cars attracted attention last decade with a 100-mile driverless race across the desert competing for a $1 million prize put up by the U.S. government.

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Robofish

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Introducing Robofish: Leading the Crowd in Studying Group DynamicsScienceDaily (June 29, 2010) — University of Leeds scientists have created the first convincing robotic fish that shoals will accept as one of their own. The innovation opens up new possibilities for studying fish behaviour and group dynamics, which provides useful information to support freshwater and marine […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Quantum memory

June 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Most Efficient Quantum Memory for Light Developed ScienceDaily (June 28, 2010) — An Australian National University-led team has developed the most efficient quantum memory for light in the world, taking us closer to a future of super-fast computers and communication secured by the laws of physics.

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

First locomotive

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments

June 24, 1812: Coal-Powered Locomotive Hauls Coal

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Quantum computer

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments

‘Quantum Computer’ a Stage Closer With Silicon Breakthrough ScienceDaily (June 23, 2010) — The remarkable ability of an electron to exist in two places at once has been controlled in the most common electronic material — silicon — for the first time. The research findings — published in Nature by a UK-Dutch team from the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Self-assembling nanodevices

June 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Researchers Create Self-Assembling Nanodevices That Move and Change Shape on Demand ScienceDaily (June 21, 2010) — By emulating nature’s design principles, a team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has created nanodevices made of DNA that self-assemble and can be programmed to move and change shape […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Quantum dots and solar

June 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Could Result from Quantum Dot Research ScienceDaily (June 18, 2010) — Conventional solar cell efficiency could be increased from the current limit of 30 percent to more than 60 percent, suggests new research on semiconductor nanocrystals, or quantum dots, led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu at The University of Texas at Austin.

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Frankencell not ‘created life’

June 14th, 2010 · No Comments

Not Quite Artificial Life, But We’re Getting Closer: Reactions to Venter’s Synthetic Cell it appears generally that Dr. Venter’s discovery is not going to incite the bioethical pushback it potentially could have, for most scientists surveyed in the Nature article have recognized that it appears generally that Dr. Venter’s discovery is not going to incite […]

[Read more →]

Tags: biology · technology

Silicon to graphene

June 14th, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon With Graphene on Nanocircuitry ScienceDaily (June 14, 2010) — Scientists have made a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene, widely regarded as the most promising candidate to replace silicon as the building block of transistors. They have devised a simple and quick one-step process based on thermochemical nanolithography (TCNL) for […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Robot walks on water

June 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Robot Walks on Water Mimicking Insects to Avoid Sinking Using Surface Tension July 1, 2006 — A new robot made of ultralight carbon-fiber can stand or slowly walk on water. The principle it uses is borrowed from insects — surface tension tends to prevent the water’s surface from breaking, and the robot’s legs from sinking […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Single molecule devices

June 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Single-Molecule Devices Can Serve as Powerful New Science Tools ScienceDaily (June 10, 2010) — With controlled stretching of molecules, Cornell researchers have demonstrated that single-molecule devices can serve as powerful new tools for fundamental science experiments. Their work has resulted in detailed tests of long-existing theories on how electrons interact at the nanoscale.

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Advances in desalinization

June 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Hold the Salt: Engineers Develop Revolutionary New Desalination Membrane ScienceDaily (June 7, 2010) — Researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have unveiled a new class of reverse-osmosis membranes for desalination that resist the clogging which typically occurs when seawater, brackish water and waste water are purified.

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Big Bucks flow Venter’s way

June 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Life Technologies Invests In Craig Venter The financial boondoggle over the synthetic cell gets underway. Note that this was not science, but technological exploitation of reductionist principles. If these people were really scientists they would consider the issues of Darwinism as bad science, and create an intelligent approach to this dangerous path of ‘frankencell’ technology. […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

Microbe power

June 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Microbe Power as a Green Means to Hydrogen Production ScienceDaily (June 1, 2010) — Scientists have been hard at work harnessing the power of microbes as an attractive source of clean energy. Now, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University researcher Dr. Prathap Parameswaran and his colleagues have investigated a means for enhancing the efficiency of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: biology · technology

So which is it, Mr. Venter?

June 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Who’s Afraid of Synthetic Biology? Don’t let fears about frankenmicrobes halt promising research. At each stage we get this kind of ‘fall in line please’ rubbish from those who must promote the techno-capitalism into which biology has degenerated. Since I have never opposed ‘progress’, I should point out that my contempt of Venter (and Dawkins) […]

[Read more →]

Tags: biology · Evolution · technology

War against all natural life?

May 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Craig Venter’s Synthetic Cell; First Shot Of Biological War Upon All Natural Life? May 21, 2010 10:02 AM The biologist who mapped the human genome, Dr. Craig Venter, has announced he has now created a synthetic cell aka synthetic life. The new Ventor project transferred D.N.A. built from chemicals into a cell and mitosis (cell […]

[Read more →]

Tags: technology

I seem to be the only person on the planet who can review The Extended Synthesis

May 27th, 2010 · No Comments

The sarcastic/critical commentary of the (Frankenstein/Frankencell) Venter/synthetic-cell project here is not the rejection of science, technology rather, (I usually find sci advances exciting, but not this time), but springs from the fact that this project is totally overhyped, and massively covered in the media, while the humble efforts to critique the paradigm behind it, of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Evolution · technology