More precise and safe gene therapy is highly promising

A way to carry out genetic surgery [more precise gene therapy] has been devised by a British Nobel prizewinner that is already under test on diabetic patients and being readied for use to treat Aids, blocked blood vessels and chronic pain. Safety and precision problems and concerns have been holding back wider use of gene …

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Reviewing my predictions on the future and recent Gartner predictions

Here is another update to my March 2006 technology predictions. Prediction: Real-time biomarker tracking and monitoring 2008-2012 Progress: Cheap less than $100 USB gene testerOld mockup of the cheap gene tester. The device is now much smaller than size of a shoe-box (USB stick size) with the optics and supporting electronics filling the space around …

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World Bank updates purchasing power parity calculations

The World Bank has updated 1986 pricing data for China to 2005 pricing data and reduced by 40% the purchasing power parity size of China’s economy. Under the old calculation, China had a GDP of $8.8 trillion, about 15% of global GDP of $59 trillion. According to the new calculation, China’s economy shrank by 40% …

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New method to manipulate light a million times more efficiently

Using a special hollow-core photonic crystal fibre, a team at the University of Bath, UK, has opened the door to what could prove to be a new sub-branch of photonics, the science of light guidance and trapping. The team, led by Dr Fetah Benabid, reports on the discovery, which relates to the emerging attotechnology, the …

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Towards Mitochondrial Repair

From the SENS3 conference via the Methuselah Foundation blog, several researchers presented their recent work aimed at advancing this and other potentially useful approaches to mitochondrial damage. Mitochondrial damage is one of seven kinds of damage resulting from aging which if the damage was prevented or greatly reduced or repaired could result in lifespans increasing …

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Mice experiments offer possible Alzheimer’s treatment

The Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco has found that slashing the tau protein, which regulates the internal brain skeleton, can prevent seizures, memory loss and defects related to Alzheimer’s disease. The finding could lead to complementary treatments for the most common form of dementia, researchers found. “It appears that reducing tau has …

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H2CAR is unaffordable

Engineer-Poet analyzes the H2CAR proposal and shows why it is a misleading diversion from real solutions H2CAR is completely unaffordable. In the H2CAR paper, figures such as 239 billion kg/year of hydrogen from 58,000 km2 of solar PV panels are tossed off rather casually. These numbers bear deeper analysis than they receive. For instance, 58,000 …

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