Creation of unusually intelligent mice by altering a single gene

Researchers have created unusually intelligent mice by altering a single gene and as a result the mice were also less likely to feel anxiety or recall fear. The study, led by the University of Leeds and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, is published today in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. It sheds light on the molecular underpinnings …

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Japan wants elder care robots instead of foreign workers

According to Transparency Market Research, the medical robotic systems market will reach $13.6bn in 2018 (from $5.5bn in 2011), with the lion’s share going to surgical robots while the rest is used for other forms of health robotics such as prosthetics, robot nurses and micro-robots that deliver pills to specific parts of the body. Japan …

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Lithium-carbon battery could be cost effective, safe and have five to eight times the energy density of lithium ion batteries

Journal Nature Scientific Reports – Rechargeable Batteries with High Energy Storage Activated by In-situ Induced Fluorination of Carbon Nanotube Cathode The advantages of using carbon are that it is cost-effective and safe to use, and the energy output is five to eight times higher than lithium-ion batteries currently on the market. The new battery technology …

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50 meters of new integrated optical waveguides will enable vastly superior tactical gyroscopes and other devices

DARPA’s integrated Photonic Delay (iPhoD) program created a new class of photonic waveguides with losses approaching that of optical fiber. The new waveguides are built onto microchips and include up to 50 meters of coiled material that is used to delay light. Conventional fiber optic coils of the same length would be about the size …

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Starship Congress Day 1 part 1 video, schedule and abstracts

Day 1 – Interstellar Now (Next 20 Years) | Thursday August 15th, 2013 The Icarus Interstellar Starship Congress aims to bring together the interstellar community to foster discussion and generate tangible action. Our ambition is to move humanity toward becoming an interstellar civilization, with a broad campaign of exploration and migration to begin by the …

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Young blood reverses age-related cognitive impairments

Last year, Saul Villeda, then at Stanford University in California, and colleagues showed they could boost the growth of new cells in the brains of old mice by giving them a blood infusion from young mice. New work presented at Neuroscience 2012 showed that old mice that had received young blood plasma performed better in …

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Singularity Summit – Our Viral Future #SS12

Carl Zimmer who Writes the blog TheLoon, and science fiction and for major magazines talks about Our Viral Future He talks about Ramses V (pharaoh) Died of Smallpox, earliest identified case, determined by examining the mummy Virus – Medawar Virus a piece of bad news wrapped up in a protein Vaccinate with cow pox and …

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Engineers at the University of Southampton have built a supercomputer from 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego

A team, led by Professor Simon Cox, consisted of Richard Boardman, Andy Everett, Steven Johnston, Gereon Kaiping, Neil O’Brien, Mark Scott and Oz Parchment, along with Professor Cox’s son James Cox (aged 6) who provided specialist support on Lego and system testing created a 64 Raspberry Pi supercomputer. The machine, named “Iridis-Pi” after the University’s …

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Brayton Cycle Supercritical turbine

Sandia National Laboratories is seeking an industry partner to market a turbine system that could substantially improve energy efficiency in small modular nuclear reactors. The system uses carbon dioxide in a closed-loop “Brayton-cycle” turbine to crank up electric conversion from heat, said Gary Rochau, manager of the advanced nuclear concepts group at Sandia’s Nuclear Energy …

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Niger and Nigeria Plan GDP Growth Plan from More Oil Production

1. Nigeria plans to increase oil production capacity to 4 million barrels a day by 2020 and expand its crude reserves to 40 billion barrels. Africa’s largest oil producer also aims “in the years ahead” to boost output of liquefied natural gas by an additional 20 million metric tons a year from the current level …

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