Carbon nanotubes Costs, Strength and Building things

When people think about building things with carbon nanotubes or with carbon nanotube enhanced materials they need to know that there is not much production of carbon nanotubes. There is less than 1000 tons/year of carbon nanotubes being produced and most of that is in a form that is like an unsorted powder. The material …

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Blue Brain Videos and Update on Brain Emulation

It took less than two years for the Blue Brain supercomputer to accurately simulate a neocortical column, which is a tiny slice of brain containing approximately 10,000 neurons, with about 30 million synaptic connections between them. The Blue Brain team is now developing a model of a complete rat brain—that should be done in 2010—Markram …

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Energy Subsidies and Amory Lovins Misdirection on Private versus Government Money

Correcting Amory Lovins Grist Aricle: Stewart Brand’s nuclear enthusiasm falls short on facts and logic Amory Lovins tries to indicate that nuclear power is unique in getting governments paying for its development. * Per KWH nuclear gets less support than renewable energy Energy Information Agency calculation of per KWH support: Source – subsidy and support …

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Two Stage Configuration Winterberg Fusion Rocket Could Go 20% of lightspeed

Adam Crowl, crowlspace, points out that with the 6.3% of light speed exhaust velocity from Winterbergs deuterium fusion rocket design means a 120,000 ton starship attached to 12,000,000 tons of deuterium can do a delta-vee of ~0.2 c (20% of lightspeed). This would be using the two stage configuration of the Project Daedelus (which was …

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Uzi Vishkin, Who Has a New Computer Programming Paradigm, Interview by Sander Olson

Here is the Uzi Vishkin interview. Dr. Vishkin is a Professor in the Department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland: Dr. Vishkin has developed a new computer paradigm that has the potential to speed up many computer operations by 10x or even 100x. The new software developed by Dr. Vishkin, called …

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Nickel Lithium Batteries from Japan and Lithium Air Batteries from IBM

1. Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have developed a prototype of a battery that can simultaneously offer the high cell voltage of Li-ion cells and the large cell capacity of Ni-MH cells: a rechargeable nickel (cathode) / lithium metal (anode) battery using a hybrid aqueous and organic electrolyte …

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Lancet Researchers Say Aging Process is Modifiable

Physorg reports that the Lancet in an article to be published Friday in the medical journal Lancet (prestigious medical journal), the researchers write that the process of aging may be “modifiable.” The Lancet is saying there is no fixed ceiling on human longevity. Lancet Abstract: Ageing populations: the challenges ahead If the pace of increase …

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South Korean company Nesscap Claim Ultracapacitors with 10 times the Power and Lifetime of Batteries

Nesscap Inc., a South Korean-based ultracapacitor manufacturing and power storage solutions company, announced today that it has closed a bridge financing round in the amount of $9 million. Nesscap ultracapacitor information * High energy density (2.7V 5000F Prismatic : 5.8Wh/kg, 7.1Wh/l) Which is not that special. Experimental electric double-layer capacitors from the MIT LEES project …

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SENS4 : Antiaging conference coverage

Ouroboros has coverage of the SENS4: Antiaging conference. The SENS site has all of the conference abstracts UPDATE: SENS4, Session 6: Eliminating recalcitrant intracellular molecules: other Claude Wischik spoke about preventing aggregation of tau protein, which is implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical trials of their aggregation-inhibiting drug Rember are promising. Andrei Seluanov talked about naked …

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Electric Cars: Mitsubishi (Now), Nissan 2010, BYD 2010, Toyota 2012, Honda by 2015

According to the director of EV [electric Vehicles] solutions at the California based company Aerovironment, full EVs currently in the development stages and expected to be ready for production within the next three years outnumber the plug-in hybrids and EREV [extended range electric vehicle] expected to reach the market within the same time frame.Aerovironment director …

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