Gene Therapy supercharges immune system success versus cancer

From Forbes: Working with 17 patients with advanced, metastatic melanoma skin cancers, Rosenberg’s team first removed a small sample of normal T-cells from each patient. Next, the researchers genetically engineered the cells to carry a specific cell-surface receptor, one that would help them recognize melanoma cells. These “re-armed” cells were then introduced back into the …

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Spintronics at room temperature

MIT research scientist Jagadeesh Moodera and his team have developed a material that works for spintronics at room temperature and is easy to create. The material is indium oxide, which is similar to the material used to conduct charge in an ATM’s touch screen, with a small amount of chromium added to make it magnetic. …

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Speculation: Room temperature superconductors : milestone to complete master of energy and matter

By getting superconducting theory right (or making enough progress from theory and better experiment), we could guide material design of room temperature superconductors, higher current density material, better electronics, better power grid, possible magnetically ground launched space craft. Room-temperature superconductors would be an important milestone on the path to complete mastery (within the actual limits …

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Superconducting coil good enough for 36.5 MW ship engine

American Superconductor Corp. reported it has achieved levels of magnetic, electrical, thermal and mechanical performance required for commercial electromagnetic coils utilizing its proprietary second generation (2G) high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire. Tests showed that 348 superconductors with today’s performance levels can already be utilized to produce a 36.5-MW (almost 50,000 hp) high-temperature semiconductor ship propulsion …

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Beginning of the end of silicon?

I think : The hybridization of nanotubes and semiconductors will accelerate and there will be some significant new niche products that take advantage of the higher current density of nanotubes. It will take longer and their will be more resistance to the shift from silicon than the researcher believes. Researchers at Cambridge University have made …

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Nanotube ink: Desktop printing of carbon nanotube patterns

Using an off-the-shelf inkjet printer, a team of scientists has developed a simple technique for printing patterns of carbon nanotubes on paper and plastic surfaces. The method, which is described in the August 2006 issue of the journal Small, could lead to a new process for manufacturing a wide range of nanotube-based devices, from flexible …

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other tech: future hard drives

Eventually, manufacturers will combine heat-assisted and patterned media to produce drives that will be capable of storing 50 to 100 terabits of data per square inch. That’s 280 to 560 times more dense than the 178.8 gigabit-per-square-inch drive coming from Toshiba later this year. Seagate Technologies, the world’s largest drive maker, wants to first adopt …

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other tech: Baldness protein code found

A research team in Manchester claims to have discovered a protein “code” that instructs cells to sprout hair. By sending the code to more cells than usual, the scientists at the University of Manchester say they were able to breed mice with more fur — a feat that could potentially be replicated in humans. Brian …

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Superior Hydrogen storing polymer found

A series of computer simulations has identified a polymer material with a very large capacity for storing hydrogen that could be exploited in fuel cells. Jisoon Ihm and colleagues at Seoul National University in South Korea have discovered that polyacetylene with titanium atoms attached to the polymer chain can hold 63 kilograms of hydrogen per …

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Contribute to the direct to Diamondoid pathway

At the bottom of the long nanofactory collaboration page is a request for funds. The nanofactory collaboration is the leading theoretical and soon to be experimental effort for the direct to diamondoid molecular nanotechnology effort. The economic value of the donated time and equipment currently being invested by all Collaboration participants on focused efforts is …

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