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Bonnie Bassler, the Director of Graduate Studies and Professor for Princeton University, talks about the language and social behavior of bacteria. Through her research, she has discovered ways of speaking to bacteria chemically to alter their behavior. Traditional anti-biotics work by killing bacteria. With Bonnie's discovery, it is now possible to work with these bacteria to make them do things they wouldn't normally do.

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Engineers at the Honda Research Institute (HRI) of Japan have developed the world's first Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology. It couples the use of electroencephalography (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), to enable control of a robot by human thought alone. That's right, no physical movements of any kind are required.

Read more from the full publication by HRI.
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Evernote is a tool to capture, synchronize, and find all the stuff that you come across with your digital technology. Whether it's a small selection of a news article, a ticket to a recent concert, or a business card you want to remember for later. The greatest feature of Evernote is the ability to search text within images. You read right. You can even take a picture of a handwritten note, and Evernote will be able to pick it out, and allow you to search for it. See this short clip to see it in action:

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The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I've been using iTunes for a while now, and until lately I haven't wanted to use it for more than just updating my iPod. Recently though, Apple has added a number of additions that are making me like it more and more.

iTunes DJ

The last update to iTunes, I believe 8.1, included a couple new features that everyone should check out. If you don't already know about the Genius playlist, you really need to play with it. It is Pandora for your home library. Pick a song, and a playlist is made automatically filled with similar music. Genius also scans your library and will find recommendations for new music based on what you have. The first new update is the replacement of the "Party Shuffle" playlist generator with the new and improved "iTunes DJ". The iTunes DJ allows you to select a song, or set of songs, and iTunes will magically create a playlist of songs that are similar. The coolest part is you can have others with iPods or iPhones to request songs to the iTunes DJ. Here's what Apple had to say about it:
Requesting and voting on songs
While you’re playing an iTunes DJ mix, you can use the Remote application on your iPhone or iPod touch to request songs. You can also allow guests to request songs to play, and to vote for songs. Songs that are voted for play sooner.

iTunes Widgets

The next couple of features you should know about, are not new to iTunes, but are new to me, and have to do with sharing your tastes. Apple released a set of "widgets" that allow you to extend your publishing capabilities by adding a little flare of flash to your website. The first of the two widgets is called My iTunes. It is a " simple, self-updating add-on for your web page, social networking profile, or blog. Use My iTunes to share your top reviews, favorite artists, and new music, movies, and TV shows from the iTunes Store with anyone who visits your site." The second widget is iMix. iMix allows you to create playlists, both with your library, and songs you may not already have, but like, from the iTunes store. You can then display your iMix on your blog, social networking profile, or website just by clicking “Publish to the Web” on any iMix page. iTunes builds the code for you, and creates a feed of your iMix.

iTunes U

Download Free Educational Content

Find lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and podcasts and download them for free. iTunes U is available to everyone, whether you’re a student or not.

Browse Distinguished Institutions

Explore over 75,000 educational audio and video files from top universities, famous museums, PBS stations, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn on the Go

iTunes U audio and video files are called tracks. Download tracks one at a time. Or subscribe to an ongoing course or series so your tracks download as soon as they’re available. iTunes creates a folder with the provider’s name and places your tracks inside. Connect your iPod or iPhone to sync your tracks for on-the-go education. Or watch video lectures on your TV with Apple TV.
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I always find american foreign policy changes both intriguing, and amusing. Back in 2007, a group of Republican and Democratic members of Congress were convened by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Concluding that America's image and influence had declined in recent years, they realized that maybe fear-mongering tactics detriment globalization efforts. They decided that,"... the United States had to change from exporting fear to inspiring optimism and hope."

Wait a tic... what were Obama's slogans again? Oh that's right: "Hope" and "Yes we can". I guess the guys at CSIS got what they wanted.

Read the full article here >>
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Associate professor in MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences, and founder and director of the Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces group, Pattie Mae, showcases the latest high-tech personal device that literally "senses" objects in it's environment. Both capable of recognizing objects, as well as providing additional details about what it sees. Crazy. The device is primarily developed by a Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab, Pranav Mistry.

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New York Time's technology columnist and Emmy Award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News displays a couple cool things you can do with your cell phone these days. Google Voice (via former Grand Central), looks very promising. I'm on their mailing list. So should you. You also should NEVER pay for 411 services again. Google provides a free 800 number: (800) 466-4411. They will connect you for free.

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Opportunity is at your command. All you need to do is direct a focus. It is like a magnifying glass: Channel what you want to bring into your life, and focus it to burn off what you don't.