Computer scientists in the US are developing a system which would allow people to "teleport" a solid 3D recreation of themselves over the internet.
Professors Todd Mowry and Seth Goldstein of Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania think that, within a human generation, we might be able to replicate three-dimensional objects out of a mass of material made up of small synthetic "atoms".
Cameras would capture the movement of an object or person and then this data would be fed to the atoms, which would then assemble themselves to make up an exact likeness of the object.
A small planet just seven or eight times as massive as the Earth has been found circling a nearby star. Astronomers say it is the most Earth-like world we have ever seen beyond our solar system.
"For the first time, we are beginning to find our planetary kin among the stars," says Geoff Marcy of the University of California at Berkeley, US. His team announced the discovery at a news conference in Arlington, Virginia, US, on Monday.
L33tdawg: Apologies to all the Redhat folks that clicked on this expecting it to be an article about the other Kudzu, the Red Hat Linux hardware probing library and configuration tool :)
An extract from a plant known in the US as "the vine that ate the South" may help reduce alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers, a small-scale study suggests.
Brian Roberts first tried on his newfangled contact lenses about an hour before the Orioles' last spring training game in Florida. He ripped three hits on a day his teammates groused about the difficulties of seeing the ball in the bright sun shining from a cloudless sky.
A new class of drug may increase alertness without any of the jitteriness of over-stimulation, suggest the results of a small clinical trial released this week.
A compound dubbed CX717, a member of the new class called ampakines, significantly improved performance on tests of memory, attention, alertness, reaction time and problem solving in healthy men deprived of sleep.
The study was carried out by Julia Boyle at the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey, UK, and her colleagues on behalf of Cortex Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Irvine, California, US.