IMBots – Inorganic Macrocell Robots

Ben Goertzel at HPlus Magazine talks about his idea for robots made of quarter centimeter to one centimeters pieces that he calls Inorganic Macrocell Robots or IMBots The idea seems very doable with the current millimeter scale claytronics which are themselves precursors to Micron based claytronics and precursors to utility fog. Utility fog needs early …

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My 2011 Singularity University Presentation on the Latest Developments in Nanotechnology

Embedded after the jump is my 2011 Singularity University presentation. Latest Developments and Current Capabilities in Nanotechnology. I went over the following areas – 2D and 3D Nanoscale patterning and manufacturing – Quantum dots – Self Assembly – Memristors – Sensors and electronics in living cells – Carbon nanotubes and graphene – Advice on nanotechnology …

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Tissue Regeneration with Extracellular Matrices and BioDome Regenerative Sleeve

Left- Biological scaffolds made of extracellular matrices, Center – mound of ECM powder or pixie dust that regenerate finger tips, Right – pixie dust in a test tube Stephen Badylak is a leading researcher on tissue regeneration. Here is a link to his publications. It appears that they are having success with inducing the regeneration …

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Boeing makes the case for megawatt solar electric propulsion development

Solar Electric Propulsion : Evolving Capability Supporting Multiple Users & Missions” Tom Kessler , Boeing at the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Working Group (8 page presentation) Solar electric propulsion in the megawatt class is better than capabilities that we have now. There are other capabilities like electric solar sails and nuclear fusion for space propulsion …

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IMF forecasts China will pass the USA in PPP by 2016

IMF forecasts China will pass the USA in Purchasing power parity GDP in 2016. The latest IMF forecast report is here (World Economic Outlook April 2011, 242 pages) Under PPP, the Chinese economy will expand from $11.2 trillion this year to $19 trillion in 2016. Meanwhile the size of the U.S. economy will rise from …

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Nanofibrous hollow microspheres self-assembled from star-shaped polymers as injectable cell carriers for knee repair

For the first time, scientists have made star-shaped, biodegradable polymers that can self-assemble into hollow, nanofiber spheres, and when the spheres are injected with cells into wounds, these spheres biodegrade, but the cells live on to form new tissue. Nature Materials – To repair complexly shaped tissue defects, an injectable cell carrier is desirable to …

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Update on Follistatin, Myostatin, and selective androgen receptor modulators

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio have gained funding to carry out a clinical trial injecting a virus carrying a gene called follistatin which stimulates muscle growth Jerry Mendell M.D. and Brian Kaspar PhD have been awarded a US$600,000 grant by the US charity Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. The money will be used to …

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Update of the Mundane Singularity: Tech Singularity Without Molecular Nanotechnology and Artificial General Intelligence Triggers

This weekend is when the Singularity Summit is being held in San Jose. Let us revisit the idea of technological singularity and the mundane singularity. Later this today there will be coverage of the Singularity Summit talks. Ray Kurzweil, defines the singularity as a period of extremely rapid technological progress. Robin Hanson, economist, proposes that …

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