Nanoscale tech: Nanopore DNA sequencing status

DNA sequencing by passing a DNA strand through a “nanopore” to detect electrical changes as the strand of DNA is passed through it could speed up DNA sequencing more than 200 times. US physicists at the University of California, San Diego have made a detailed computer simulation of over 100,000 interacting atoms and shown theoretically …

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society: Privacy is history get over it

General eavesdropping on phone and internet All phone and internet traffic getting data mined. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, …

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Nanoscale tech: Nanotopography alone can cause Stem cell differentiation

Stem cells can be prompted to develop into bone, instead of muscle or cartilage tissue, if they are grown on a substrate etched with nanoscopic patterns – and no added chemicals – researchers have found. The discovery could lead to longer-lasting artificial implants that are nano-engineered to encourage suitable tissue to develop around them, experts …

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Other tech: Firm converts software to custom hardware, 10 to 50 times faster performance

Embedded applications are sped up. By converting only those portions of software that can truly benefit from hardware acceleration, the technology can provide a 10x to 50x speedup over a pure software implementation. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com …

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other tech: Self driving cars in traffic, the next goal for the Stanford team behind Stanley

The goal at Stanford is to be able, within the next two years, to drive from downtown San Francisco to downtown Los Angeles with 100 percent autonomy–without any human intervention whatsoever. Stanford’s Thrun predicts that full autonomy–not just convoy lanes on the freeway–is at least 30 years away. But between then and now will come …

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Other tech; Lithium ion batteries can also help morph vehicles

Lithium ion batteries can be used for more efficient and larger shape changes than piezoelectrics. Lithium ion batteries expand and contract under tremendous stresses, a must for devices that will be changing the shape of, say, a stiff helicopter rotor that’s also exposed to aerodynamic forces. The electrically activated batteries can operate at low voltages …

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Society: Climate researchers not able to speak freely

The White House is pressuring climate researchers so that climate researchers are not able to speak freely about global warming and climate change Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive …

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Project that will try to screen for diseases with biomarkers

Researchers from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre (USA), the University of Washington (USA) and the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (USA) are forming an international project that aims to investigate and test a set of unique, Australian-owned nanotechnologies that will accelerate advances in …

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Society: Aids in Africa was overstated

Aids in East and West Africa was overstated. Data from Urban pernatal clinics was skewed higher because the city populations (especially those going to the prenatal clinics) were getting higher rate of infection Aids and healthcare in Africa are still serious problems, particularly in South Africa. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and …

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