X-Message-Number: 15590
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 09:40:03 +0000
From: "Joseph Kehoe" <>
Subject: snippets (off-topic)


The first crack may have appeared in the theory that has ruled particle physics 
for 30 years -
a whole new array of particles could result

A particle known as the muon is ever-so-slightly more magnetic than predicted, 
physicists have reported.

This apparently tiny discrepancy could knock a large hole in the current best 
theory of fundamental particles,
the Standard Model.

Some slightly off-topic news (nano,AI,Cyborg) skip now if it is of no interest 
to you.

Some nano that may actually come to market in the next 2-3 years.


Nanotechnology researchers at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 
(HKUST) are creating

some microscopic, ultra-thin, super-narrow and otherwise shrimpy things that may
have big implications
for information technology.

Among the diminutive discoveries coming out of the physics department alone at 
HKUST are tubes

just a few molecules wide, a microwave-absorbing sheet thinner than paper and a 
clutch that can stop

and start a micro-motor without the need for tiny gears. These breakthroughs 
could make flat-panel displays

cheaper, cell phones safer and microdrives more reliable, the researchers said 
in an interview Friday.

Agents that evolve language - it is obviously fairly basic but it shows in 
principle that it can be done.

Genetic Alg. and N Nets may turn out to be those advances that we pay no 
attention to now
but in 30 years everyone will be asking how we missed their significance.


University Park, PA --- An NEC Institute/Penn State study shows that computer 
programs, known as

autonomous agents, not only can evolve their own language and talk with one 
another, but also can use

communication to improve their performance in solving the classic predator-prey 

Allowing direct cell to silicon communication.

Electrical signals from human cells are coupled to silicon chips

Living tissue has been hooked up to electronic circuitry by scientists in 

The technique could lead to implants that communicate with the body and hybrid 
sensors made
from biological material and silicon.

Joseph Kehoe, MSc
Raven Internet Technologies Ltd.
ph: +353 503 52450

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