“By linking to the fungal network they can help out their neighbours by sharing nutrients and information – or sabotage unwelcome plants by spreading toxic chemicals through the network.”
“Weathercloud is road weather intelligence.” This one resonates in Colorado, land of microclimates.
An awareness module, with a business model and creepy undertones, but still.
“To replace barcodes, RFID tags will need to cost a penny or less. But Cho says this should be achievable if all the layers on a tag can be deposited with a roll-to-roll process”
I especially like the part about sensors harvesting power from “the ambient radio power from television , FM radio and WiFi networks. Props to Tesla…”
“The Knesset on Monday adopted a bill establishing a biometric database in Israel, which will eventually lead to the replacement of regular identification with electronic IDs. Forty Mks supported the bill, 11 opposed it, and three abstained.”
“Researchers have devised a way to write memories onto the brains of flies, revealing which brain cells are involved in making bad memories…They modified the neurons by adding a sort of trigger, or receptor, to each one. This receptor was activated by a chemical called ATP.”
“All cell phones will come packed with an RFID chip by next summer — giving your phone the possibility of also becoming the keys to your car or house. That was the prediction of Ericsson’s vice-president of systems architecture, Håkan Djuphammar, speaking at the company’s Business Innovation Forum in Stockholm on Tuesday.”
New York Times Book Review noted yesterday the impetus of Iraq and Afghanistan troops coming home with limbs lost to IEDs to drive brain interfaces to artificial limbs.
“The Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 (RP 2009) team developed the first fully integrated prosthetic arm that can be controlled naturally, provide sensory feedback and allows for eight degrees of freedom—a level of control far beyond the current state of the art for prosthetic limbs. Through RICs Neural Engineering Center for Bionic Medicine, several researchers completed limb system includes a virtual environment used for patient training, clinical configuration and to record limb movements and control signals during clinical investigations.”