Drug IL-1Ra halves brain damage from stroke

Scientists led by the President of The University of Manchester have demonstrated a drug which can dramatically limit the amount of brain damage in stroke patients. They have been testing the effectiveness of the drug Anakinra (IL-1Ra), which is already used for rheumatoid arthritis in experimental studies of stroke. This new study builds on previous …

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Energy News – Waterless LPG Natural Gas Fracking and Tanzania Uranium

1. Business Insider – A planned shale gas drilling project in New York state has drawn global attention for its aim to make use of a waterless form of hydraulic fracking – a new technique designed to reduce the pollution associated with controversial natural gas drilling processes. The project (in the Marcellus Shale) is focused …

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Navy Scientists Demonstrate Breakthrough in Tunnel Barrier Technology

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory have demonstrated, for the first time, the use of graphene as a tunnel barrier — an electrically insulating barrier between two conducting materials through which electrons tunnel quantum mechanically. They report fabrication of magnetic tunnel junctions using graphene, a single atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a …

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Hayworth’s brain-preservation and mind-uploading protocol

Kurzweilai – Neuroscientist Kenneth Hayworth wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin — before he dies of natural causes. Hayworth’s brain-preservation and mind-uploading protocol Before becoming “very sick or very old,” he’ll opt for an “early ‘retirement’ to the future,” he …

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Japan using nuclear saves about $1 trillion versus Fossil fuels

Forbes – James Conca compares the cost for Japan of using fossil fuels in place of Nuclear or restarting all remaining nuclear power and uprating to make up for the loss of Fukushima. Over the next two decades, the cost of replacing nuclear with fossil fuel generation in Japan will be about $1.2 trillion, most …

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Kidney Cancer Vaccine Successful in Clinical Trials

Researchers at the University of Tübingen and immatics biotechnologies GmbH – a start-up by Tübingen scientists – have published the results of two clinical studies using the kidney-cancer vaccine IMA901 in the latest edition of Nature Medicine. IMA901 is used to treat patients with cancer of the kidneys. It is composed of ten synthetic tumor-associated …

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Self-Assembly of Quantum Dots with World’s Highest Density 730 billion per square centimeter

The NIMS Photonic Materials Unit is developing an advanced self-assembly technique for semiconductor quantum dots called droplet epitaxy, which is an original NIMS technology, and recently succeeded in the development of a new self-assembly technique for quantum dots with the world’s highest surface density, greatly exceeding the previously reported value. Quantum dots have attracted heightened …

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Silicon Chip utilizing Casimir Forces by Geometric Configuration

Technology Review – Jie Zou et al at the University of Florida have carved a single device out of silicon that is capable of measuring the Casimir force between a pair of parallel silicon beams, the first on-chip device capable of doing this. There are other forces at play here too, such as residual electrostatic …

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Nanosys quantum dots display layer will be in consumer electronics starting in 2013

Technology Review – A layer of nanomaterial that gives a liquid-crystal display the rich range of colors usually possible only with more expensive technologies will be commercialized later this year by the materials giant 3M and Nanosys, a private company in Palo Alto, California. Nanosys representatives say they are in talks with major display manufacturers …

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Carnival of nuclear energy 115

The Carnival of nuclear energy 115 is up at AtomicPowerReview. NEI Nuclear notes – In April 2011, the Worldwatch Institute predicted a rocky future for nuclear energy, but the most recent report from the OECD shows the predicted slowdown never occurred. Idaho Samizdat – The Department of Energy is reviewing proposals from B and W …

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