New Triannual review of NNI is more open to molecular manufacturing

From Foresight, the full NNI study is online. The main relavent part for molecular manufacturing is what they call, “the technical feasibility of site specific chemistry which is on pages 72 and 73 of the report. They say there is experimental evidence that is lacking , but that the technical arguments make use of accepted …

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Lucent claims 100-Gbit Ethernet over 2,000 km

Lucent Technologies Inc.’s Bell Labs said it transmitted ten channels of 107-Gbit/s Ethernet traffic over 2,000 km of fiber using components commonly applied in long-haul 40-Gbit/s transmission.

Nanoethics Researchers Awarded $250,000 from U.S. National Science Foundation

The Nanoethics Group today announced that its core members have been awarded two grants, totaling approximately $250,000, by the U.S. National Science Foundation to study ethical issues related to human enhancement and nanotechnology. The grants will fund collaborative research between Dartmouth College and Western Michigan University for the next three years. The principal investigators of …

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Honda unveils clean diesel system and latest fuel cell system

Honda, the car maker that floored the world in the 1970s with the first gasoline engine to meet U.S. clean air guidelines without a catalytic converter, said it has developed a new and simple diesel power train that is as clean as gasoline-fueled cars. The technology marks a big step towards meeting the world’s strictest …

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Physics milestone: Key behavior of B-sub-s meson particle detemined

Fermilab has met the exacting standard to claim discovery of astonishingly rapid transitions between matter and antimatter: 3 trillion oscillations per second for the B-sub-s meson particle This is immediately significant for two major reasons: reinforcing the validity of the Standard Model, which governs physicists’ understanding of the fundamental particles and forces; and narrowing down …

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Nanowire Computing Made Practical

From the MIT Technology Review: Researchers have made efficient nanowire logic circuits that could be mass produced, slashing the size of transistors. One of the leading candidates for a technology that could make computers smaller and more powerful is based on transistors made from semiconducting nanowires. But until now, circuits made with such transistors have …

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From Dwave Gordie Rose via reader Jonathan Pugh

From the comments of the dwave blog Jonathan – September 21, 2006—————————–Can you give an estimate of:1) release date2) qubits utilized on release date Geordie – September 23, 2006—————————-Jonathan: 1) first public demo of the technology some time in Q4/2006 2) the demo will either use a 16- or a 64-qubit chip – which we …

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From zero to a billion electron volts in 3.3 centimeters

Super powerful and compact accelerators are coming. In a precedent-shattering demonstration of the potential of laser-wakefield acceleration, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working with colleagues at the University of Oxford, have accelerated electron beams to energies exceeding a billion electron volts (1 GeV) in a distance of just 3.3 centimeters. …

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Crnano has several important articles

Chris Phoenix, who proposed the desktop nanofactory concept, has wrote several important articles on crnano. Charting various dimensions of improving capabilities to determine pathways to diamondoid molecular nanotechnology. Partial list of dimensions:Precision: Today, a number of lithography tools have a precision of about a nanometer–several atoms wide. The goal is single-atom precision. Flexibility of molecular …

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Hope For Significant New Diabetes Treatment In Stanford Discovery

A surprising finding is how central calcineurin turns out to be in the health and happiness of the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. Drugs based on this research could potentially expand the numbers of the few beta cells that remain in diabetics and make those cells perform better. “That would have a major impact on the …

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More about Observing Molecules

A longer article that reviews the current state and development history of observing single molecules In 1993, Block and his colleagues were the first to observe the movement of an individual molecule of kinesin, a tiny protein that carries chromosomes, neurotransmitters and other vital cargo along minute tracks called microtubules in living cells. Using a …

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