other tech: Polyester fabric neutralizes Taser stun gun

Thor Shield is a polyester fabric bonded to a conducted material that effectively loops the electricity coming from a nonlethal electricity weapon back to the weapon. 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 …

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other tech: RNAi therapy controls genes in monkeys

A disease-causing gene was silenced in monkeys through RNA interference (RNAi) therapy delivered into the bloodstream, scientists reported online yesterday (March 26) in Nature. This is the first study to show that systemic administration of RNAi works in non-human primates, and the findings affirm the promise of this new type of therapy, scientists say. In …

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Some general references on size and scale

How big is.. a cell or a mite. It gives a visual idea of the scale of things. Another tutorial on size and scale with a glossary Visual Scale from very small to very big Orders of magnitude Guide on Wikipedia Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with …

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towards nanomedicine : microdosing

Details of the innovative test — which uses micro doses of carbon-14-labeled vitamin B12 produced by a modified strain of Salmonella bacteria and a $2 million accelerator mass spectrometer to measure vitamin levels 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: Robot suit will be used to climb mountain

HAL, which stands for “hybrid assistive limb,” is a kind of wearable robot or motorized exoskeleton. Tsukuba University engineering professor Yoshiyuki Sankai developed HAL to help its operator perform tasks that a normal human would not be strong enough to perform otherwise, according to the web page of Mr. Sankai’s venture company Cyberdyne. A link …

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other tech: Rebuilt Bladders in Seven Patients, regenerative medicine advance

The first complex organ, the bladder, has been rebuilt in seven patients from living tissue cultivated in the lab. Over the past decade, researchers began fashioning better scaffold-like platforms that hold growing cells and dissolve inside the body. The study of stem cells, which can mature into all the body’s other tissues, has also supercharged …

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space tech: European Sapce Agency Near Earth Object deflection mission

ESA’s Near-Earth Object deflecting mission Don Quijote, three teams of European industries are now carrying out studies on how to prevent disasterous impacts from space Don Quijote is a NEO deflection test mission based entirely on conventional spacecraft technologies. It would comprise two spacecraft – one of them (Hidalgo) impacting an asteroid at a very …

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Probes to control chemistry – molecule by molecule

In their proof-of-principle experiment, Wong’s group attached titanium dioxide nanoparticles to the end of a conventional AFM probe and used it to photocatalytically oxidize selected sites on a thin film of photoreactive dye — a model for understanding photocatalysis in solar cells In the experiment, oxidized and unaffected areas of the dye were often separated …

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