Category Archives: SCIENCE-TECH

BRAIN Mapping project: How secrets of Human brain will be unlocked

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President Obama will unveil a $100 million initiative to research the human brain.

</h2>In an attempt to understand the functioning of Human Brain, President Obama will unveil a $100 million initiative named as BRAIN (Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) on Tuesday. This project will help to find new ways to prevent many mental disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy.<h2>

President Obama promised included BRAIN project in his State of the Union address in February.

The project is “a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and advance the President’s vision for creating jobs and building a thriving middle class by investing in research and development,” said a White House statement.

 

“Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy — every dollar.If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas” Obama said on Feb. 12. “Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s.”

 

The National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation will work on this project.

Home on android : Facebook powered mobile with HTC will be launched on April 4,2013

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Facebook has organized an event called “Come See Our New Home on Android ” at Menlo Park HQ in California.

Facebook is launching its own phone on Thursday (April4,2013). Compnay has organized an event called “Come See Our New Home on Android ” at  Menlo Park HQ in  California.It is rumored that Facebook is launching the phone with HTC.

Regarding the features of the phone there are many speculations. According to The Guardian Facebook Phone will be similar to a black iPhone but with a bigger 4.3 inch display. There will be a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.6 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, and a 16 gigabytes of storage.

Information from various sources is indicating that this phone will promote Facebook services like Instagram ,Instant messaging tool, photography tool and Home screen that will showcase the owner’s feed. So we can say this phone is going to be a ‘Facebook powered phone’ that will  promote Facebook on mobile . 680 million people access Facebook on mobiles.So Facebook can not ignore mobile arena.

As reported earlier at DimensionToday Facebook want’s to tap the potential of mobile arena and this is the reason why facebook is leaving no stone unturned to promote facebook on mobile. Facebook is just making itself more mobile friendly. This move by facebook can be seen as ‘Facebook hardware integration’ that will make facebook more user friendly on mobile.

Facebook owner Zuckerberg  said in January 2013 “You have a good version of all the Facebook features you know and want on your phone. So now the next thing we’re going to do is get really good at building new mobile-first experiences. That’s going to be a big theme for us this year.”

HTC is the obvious choice for Facebook as HTC provided ‘Facebook’ button in HTC ChaCha and Salsa phone to access facebook directly.

How carbon dioxide will be used to create biofuel using a microorganism.

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Scientists at the University of Georgia have achieved a breakthrough that can transform the carbon dioxide useful industrial products.

Scientists at the University of Georgia have achieved a breakthrough that can transform the carbon dioxide useful industrial products. Scientists have created a microorganism that can convert carbon dioxide into biofuel.

This microorganism plays the role of the plant.Functions performed by a plant in photosynthesis process will be played by the microbe known as Pyrococcus furiosus. Pyrococcus furiosus is found in super-heated ocean waters near geothermal vents.Scientists manipulated the genetical material of microbe .

 

This unique microbe known as Pyrococcus furiosus, or “rushing fireball  can be used to fight Global warming and pollution control as Carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming.

This discovery can pave the way to create biofuels directly from the carbon dioxide in the air.

Michael Adams, member of UGA’s Bioenergy Systems Research Institute, explained the mechanism “Basically, what we have done is create a microorganism that does with carbon dioxide exactly what plants do-absorb it and generate something useful”

“Basically, what we have done is create a microorganism that does with carbon dioxide exactly what plants do-absorb it and generate something useful,” said Michael Adams, member of UGA’s Bioenergy Systems Research Institute, Georgia Power professor of biotechnology and Distinguished Research Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

“What this discovery means is that we can remove plants as the middleman .We can take carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into useful products like fuels and chemicals without having to go through the inefficient process of growing plants and extracting sugars from biomass.”

This discovery can produce fuels and solves the problem of global warming. This microbe can be used to fight Global warming and climate change and pollution control.

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Amazon acquired book lovers social networking site Goodreads

Summary of News : Amazon.com ‘s acquisition of Goodreads  will help Amazon to expand its ebook empire.

This deal will be a catalyst for online reading and digital publishing as Goodreads now have adequate resources to expand itself.

This deal will give an advantage to Amazon’s ebook reader Kindle.Kindle will have access to 16 million members of good reads.

Amazon.com has acquired Goodreads, a site for voracious readers having 16 million members and 530 million  books.

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Amazon.com ‘s acquisition of Goodreads will help Amazon to expand its ebook empire.
This deal will be a catalyst for online reading and digital publishing as Goodreads now have adequate resources to expand itself.

Amazon Vice President, Kindle Content has confirmed this. “Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading. Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world.

In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft. Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike”

Good reads was started by Otis Chandler and  Elizabeth in  2007.Goodreads is world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.Goodreads has 16 million members and 530 million  books.

Goodreads CEO and co-founder Otis Chandler has said in a statement “Books – and the stories and ideas captured inside them – are part of our social fabric.People love to talk about ideas and share their passion for the stories they read. I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to partner with Amazon and Kindle.

We’re now going to be able to move faster in bringing the Goodreads experience to millions of readers around the world.

We’re looking forward to inspiring greater literary discussion and helping more readers find great books, whether they read in print or digitally.”

This deal is going to strengthen Amazon’s ebook reader Kindle as with this acquitions amazon will get access to 16 million book loving users and 30,000 books club from good reads.

Good reads and Amzon has not disclosed how much amount has been paid to good reads and what are the terms of this deal.

Bill gates foundation will give USD $100,00 for next generation condom development

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Bill gates foundation will give USD 100,00 for next generation condom development

Condom is the most widely used  method of contraception and can prevent pregnancy and STDs, including HIV/ AIDS.But there are many drawbacks associated with condoms that discourage to use condoms like  decreased pleasure, problems with erection, embarrassment and mistrust and Latex allergy.

Due to these drawbacks they are not fulfilling their objective.There is a need to reinvent them. ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’ will help to reinvent condoms.

Anyone who will give a genuine idea to reinvent “the next generation of condom.” will be given USD $100,000 by Microsoft Cofounder Bill Gates’ foundation ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’.

Depending on the potential of the project this grant can be increased up to USD$1 million.

Winners will be chosen by The Gates foundation and an independent group of reviewers.

This grant is being offered through ‘Grand Challenges in Global Health Program’. Grand Challenges in Global Health Program’ initiative was started in year 2008 and till now funded more than 800 grants in 52 countries.

According to Bill and Melinda gates foundation “To overcome persistent health and development problems, we need new, game-changing ideas. Inspiration can come from anywhere and we are hopeful that this new round of Grand Challenges Explorations will uncover innovative approaches to improve lives around the world.”

Proposals are being accepted at www.grandchallenges.org through May 7, 2013.

The current rate of global production is 15 billion units/year. Approximately 750 million users use condoms.So Condom market is a growing market.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation describes Next Generation Condom further

“We are looking for a Next Generation Condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use. Additional concepts that might increase uptake include attributes that increase ease-of-use for male and female condoms, for example better packaging or designs that are easier to properly apply. In addition, attributes that address and overcome cultural barriers are also desired.  Proposals must (i) have a testable hypothesis, (ii) include an associated plan for how the idea would be tested or validated, and (iii) yield interpretable and unambiguous data in Phase I, in order to be considered for Phase II funding. ”

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Why Facebook mobile is important for social media giant strategy

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Recent advancements in mobile arena have created a lot of opportunities. Android is the example how Google created its places in this realm. No one wants to be left behind in mobile arena. Like erstwhile browser war, Operating system war now many similar wars can be seen in Mobile arena like Apple-Samsung war.

Google and Microsoft cold war is also given rise to a new trend in Mobile domain.

Social Media King Facebook is also aware of this and making efforts in this direction desperately. Mobile is so important for Facebook future strategy that recently Facebook’s turns offs its  website internally so that Facebook’s employee can use it on mobile.

Basic intention is surely to test Facebook on mobile from layman user’s perspective.This has been revealed by Facebook product manager Josh Williams at SXSW.

Surely Mobile war is going to shape up Social Media also. Keeping Face book’s proximity with Microsoft is going to make this war exciting. Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, Mobile photo sharing site is also a move in this direction.

Tip: URL to open Facebook on mobile is m.facebook.com. You can login face book using this URL.