After the Lunar Industrial Village— Drexlerian Sails plus Globus AsterAnt Strategy equals Solar Empire

By Joseph Friedlander Let us suppose that we have an electrical launch facility on the Moon to export mass to the L4-L5 points in co-orbit with the Moon around the Earth. My caption– the Sun is in the middle of the picture, the Earth is at the 3 o’clock position relative to the Sun, the …

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Personal Genome Machines and growing gene sequencing by 25 times into a $100 billion a year industry

The Personal Genome Machine (PGM), the silicon-based device is the smallest and cheapest DNA decoder ever to hit the market. It can read 10 million letters of genetic code, with a high degree of accuracy, in just two hours. Unlike existing DNA scanners the size of mainframes and servers, it fits on a tabletop and …

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Critical clinical trials could reveal the true potential of stem cells in 2011

There will be many important clinical trials of stem cells in 2011. They will test therapies to treat paralysis and blindness could reveal the therapeutic potential of human embryonic stem cells Human embryonic stem cells (HESCs) are unique in their ability to form all 200 tissues of the human body. In principle, cells derived from …

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Microfluidic device rapidly orients hundreds of embryos for high-throughput experiment

This is a photograph of a penny next to the microfluidic device designed by Hang Lu, an associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, to automatically orient hundreds of embryos to prepare them for research. Researchers have developed a microfluidic device that automatically orients hundreds of fruit fly and other …

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China has over 450 million internet users and will have 718 million in 2013

China said the number of Internet users in what is already the world’s largest online market had jumped to 450 million — more than a third of the country’s 1.3-billion-strong population. This is up from the beginning of 2010 when it was 384 million. More than half of China’s 1.3 billion people will go online …

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Researchers have found a parallel computing algorithm that could offer quantum computer-speed performance

Researchers used an algorithm to evaluate potential speed in classical computation. Called the matrix multiplicative weights update method, it was developed from research in two mathematical fields of study, combinatorial optimization and learning theory. The researchers showed that “for a certain class of semi-definite programs you can get not the exact answer but a very …

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Additive Manufacturing gets lower costs and more capabilities

Objet, EOS, Z Corp. and 3D Systems introduce new technology at Euromold that reduces costs and boosts capability for additive manufacturing equipment. Objet Geometries of Rehovot, Israel introduced a new family of desktop 3-D printers (Objet24 and Objet30), starting at $19,900. The company also demonstrated advanced materials featuring clear transparency, high-temperature resistance and ABS-like quality. …

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Another successful prediction – up to 3584 cores in the Dell Poweredge C410X

Prediction Thousand+ CPU workstations- mainstream chip vendors 2009-2012 1000 CPUs (cores) from a mainstream vendor S2050 1U, GPU Computing System 4 × 448 (1792 cores) Specificiations at Nvidia Form Factor 1U # of Tesla GPUs 4 448 cores per Fermi chip The Dell C410X allows eight Nvidia Fermi cards to be out into one server …

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Siluria Technologies making progress to catalyze the conversion of natural gas into ethylene

Siluria Technologies is working on an energy efficient and cleaner process to convert natural gas into ethylene Siluria has not yet demonstrated its method beyond the laboratory, but the company hopes to open a pilot plant in 2012 or 2013. Ethylene is the largest global commodity chemical, with 140 million tons used annually in an …

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Saudi Aramco discusses oil technology to access trillions of barrels of oil and Brazil plans underwater cities to access deep water oil

1. Although the current global oil reserves in place are estimated at 14 trillion barrels, only about 1.2 trillion can be recovered, said Khaled Al Buraik, executive director of the government-controlled Saudi Aramco. However, in the near future new oil technology will enable 2 trillion barrels to be accessed. “Advanced technology in hydrocarbon production could …

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Airbus forecasts that 25,000 new planes will be needed by 2029

Around 25,000 new passenger planes will be needed over the next 20 years, aircraft company Airbus has forecast. These planes will have a value of around £1,880 billion, with 10,000 of the new planes replacing older and “less-green” aircraft. The other 15,000 will be to accommodate passenger growth, said Airbus whose planes’ wings are built …

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