Detection Of DNA On Nanotubes Offers New Sensing, Sequencing Technologies

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who recently reported that DNA-wrapped carbon nanotubes could serve as sensors in living cells now say the tiny tubes can be used to target specific DNA sequences. Potential applications for the new sensors range from rapid detection of hazardous biological agents to simpler and more efficient forensic …

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Other tech: Living taste cells made outside of the body

Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have succeeded in growing mature taste receptor cells outside the body and for the first time have been able to successfully keep the cells alive for a prolonged period of time (10-14 days). The establishment of a viable long-term model opens a range of new opportunities to increase …

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other tech: Disposable Catheters, with MEMS sensors

A unique low cost disposable solid-state catheter that can measure swallowing pressure has been developed by a University of South Australia research team using intelligent manufacturing processes that eliminate the infection risks posed by existing catheters. Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the catheter is one of the new products …

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pre-nano: Mini robotics

Funded under the European Commission’s FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) initiative of the IST programme, MICRON set out to build a total of five to ten micro robots, just cubic centimetres in size. one fully functional robot that the project did achieve could be tested in three different scenarios. “The first was a medical or …

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New Nanorex atomically precise designs

Nanorex is showing several new atomically precise designs Nanorex Inc. is the leading provider of computational modeling tools made specifically for the design and analysis of productive nanosystems. Nanorex’s first product, nanoENGINEER-1™, is a 3D nanomechanical CAD program. nanoENGINEER-1, the most powerful nanomechanical engineering software on the planet, is an Open Source (GPL) project sponsored …

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More space elevator development plans

In March 2006, LiftPort hopes to set up a HALE system in Utah’s Mars DesertResearch Station and maintain it for three weeks. Then, later in thespring, Laine says he wants to test a 2-mile (3.2-km) tether withrobots scaling to at least half way up. Laine aims to produce a functioning space elevator by 2018 – …

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update on work towards a space elevator

A robotic lifter, measuring 5-foot-6 (170 centimeters) in length, grabbed onto the ribbon and pulled itself up to altitudes of more than 1,500 feet (460 meters), besting the previous record by 500 feet. Laine is gearing up for a test of a different type. In cooperation with the Mars Desert Research Station and a team …

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other tech: Evanescent wave lithography enables optical imaging to smallest-ever level

Yongfa Fan, a doctoral student in RIT’s microsystems engineering Ph.D. program, accomplished imaging rendered to 26 nanometers a size previously possible only via extreme ultraviolet wavelength, Smith says. By capturing images that are beyond the limits of classical physics, the breakthrough has allowed resolution to smaller than one-twentieth the wavelength of visible light, he adds. …

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Georgia Institute of Tech has ATM that is 100 times faster

Georgia Tech researchers have created a highly sensitive atomic forcemicroscopy (AFM) technology capable of high-speed imaging 100 timesfaster than current AFM. This technology could prove invaluable formany types of nano-research, in particular for measuringmicroelectronic devices and observing fast biological interactions onthe molecular scale, even translating into movies of molecularinteractions in real time. It can scan …

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Space objects, speed, deterrence

Advanced Nanotechnology and conventional future space technologies will be providing vast new capabilities in space over the coming decades. I think a not too high threshhold of space capability is needed to maintain MAD (mutually assured destruction) level deterrence. You send out some 100-1000 ton launcher vehicles. They go and hide on the non-earth facing …

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Space, speed and non-nuclear bunker busters

Using near future space based systems like magbeam and eventually nanotechnology (2G acceleration ion solar electric. 3,000t of current batteries or 150t of fuel could accelerate 10t payload to 20 km/s(72000 km/hr). This is the kinetic energy of 10tons at 20km/s is 4 terajoules.(1000tons of TNT equivalent) One megaton is equivalent to 4.18 x 10**15 …

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