Human Regeneration work

There is a nationwide team that won a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Defense Department to study tissue re-growth. Their vision is for new drugs that will be able to turn on dormant growth genes, enabling amputees to re-grow their limbs. It may be years before this is introduced. Here is a past surveys …

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Material changes from sticky to slippier using UV light

Changing a surface from sticky to slippery could now be as easy as flipping a molecular light switch. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created an “optically switchable” material that alters its surface characteristics when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. The new material, which is described in the June 19 issue of the journal Angewandte …

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other tech: Faster wireless, 2.5 gbps +

The power and cost hurdles that are holding up this faster communication will go away as we approach molecular manufacturing capabilities. Enhancing the MIMO technique with more antennas should also be boosted with pre-nano (more clever and careful design of chips are giving big boosts in power efficiency) and full nano capabilities. NTT DoCoMo in …

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other tech: Implantable Dust-Sized Sensors to Monitor Health

Realtime constant monitoring of all aspects of your health is in the future. In could also be part of an active public health defence. Realtime detection of public health threat with active response. Tiny, multipurpose sensors, based on flash memory, could detect everything from blood pressure to toxic compounds. The sensors, invented by Edwin Kan, …

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Other tech: Active camouflage

Active camouflage or adaptive camouflage, is a group of camouflage technologies which allow an object to blend into its surroundings by use of panels or coatings capable of altering their appearance, color, luminance and reflective properties Current systems began with a United States Air Force program which placed low-intensity blue lights on aircraft. As night …

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Slingatron and magnetic launchers

The US army has some small funding for a Slingatron. Initial studies have demonstrated the fundamental feasibility of the Slingatron concept. This program will explore the concept’s bounding limits and seek to develop uses for the technology within those limits. Included in this program will be studies of the key technologies that will allow the …

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Other tech: concealed weapons

Simple concealed weapons are discussed at defencetech.org A sharpened credit card shaped knife made of G10 laminate This and other items from Anthony Taylor, who is from a company which makes weapons which can be hidden in plain sight. You see it, but do not know it is a weapon.

Secret plasma aerodynamics offers efficiency, already in use

Plasma aerodynamics offers tantalizing promises of improving aircraft performance. By producing a thin layer of charged particles around an aircraft you can change the behavior of the boundary layer, significantly reducing friction. The charged layer also absorbs radar, improving stealth. As noted here and here, it is already been in use for decades by the …

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