DNA construction kit for nanoengines

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software There is fresh buzz in nanomechanics. Scientists at the University of Bonn have succeeded for the first time in making, out of DNA double stands, an interlocked molecule (rotaxane) with freely moveable components. As the researchers wrote in the latest edition of the science journal “Nature …

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Automation Census – How Many Robots, Vending Machines, Self Service Kiosks, ATMs

There were 8.6 million robots at the end of 2008. There are probably about 11 million robots now (start of Q2 2010). Automation goes beyond robots and below I discuss vending machines, self service kiosks, ATMS and more. The total worldwide stock of operational industrial robots at the end of 2008 was in the range …

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Progress to a Vaccine Against Malignant Mesothelioma

Researchers have demonstrated the safety of a potential vaccine against mesothelioma, a rare cancer associated primarily with asbestos exposure. (31 page pdf) The vaccine, which infuses uses a patient’s own dendritic cells (DC) with antigen from the patient’s tumor, was able to induce a T-cell response against mesothelioma tumors. The U.S. and other developed countries …

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Stuck Spirit Rover Analyzes Mars Water Cycle and Improving Evidence of Fossilized Mars Bacteria

1. In 1996, NASA researchers reported that a meteorite contained evidence that life once existed on Mars. But others argued that the evidence was most likely caused by inorganic processes that could be recreated artificially. A second group of NASA researchers (containing some scientists from the first study) has reexamined the 1996 findings using a …

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It Appears SENS Antiaging project Has Won the 3Banana SharetoWin Contest

It is not officially announced but it appears that SENS (antiaging project) has won the 3banana contest Thanks to all of those who provided comments that were counted. Final count appears to be 2530 comments for SENS and 2349 for Las Angeles Habitation House and less for about 50 other non-profits. The SENS 3banana page. …

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How Independent Could a Seastead or a Colony in the Solar System Be ?

Jamais Cascio, Open the Future, claims that ending politics is a delusion and provides the following example. In the early days of the dot-com era, this attitude resulted in the absence of digital tech industry voices in Washington, DC, allowing the incumbent telecom and entertainment industries free rein to write laws and buy politicians without …

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Skin cells from Human Stem Cells and Baby Mice Cloned from Mice Skin Stem Cells

1. — Dental and tissue engineering researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts have harnessed the pluripotency of human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to generate complex, multilayer tissues that mimic human skin and the oral mucosa (the moist tissue that lines the inside of …

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Monoclonal Antibodies Can Provide Durable Immunity to Against Avian Flu and Other Flu

Researchers have discovered human antibodies that neutralize not only H5N1 bird flu but other strains of influenza as well and say they hope to develop them into lifesaving treatments. Flu at wikipedia. Flu kills about 250,000 people every year. This can increase to 1-2 million during a pandemic. The spanish flu killed over 50 million …

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Carnival of Space Week 74

Carnival of Space Week 74 is up at Kentucky Space. This site contributed an article about the Hyperion uranium hydride nuclear power reactor and how its light weight would make it suitable for power lunar facilities. Centauri Dreams talks about laser pushed solar sails. The lasers powered by using tethers in Jupiter’s magnetosphere for the …

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Free Piston Engines Versus High Efficiency Diesel Engines like Ecomotors

Free piston engines could achieve efficiencies of 50% which is almost double a regular gas combustion engine. However, new super efficient diesel engines could be even better, plus diesels would be more familiar to the market place. Some small companies are working on free piston engines and there are researchers around the world at Sandia …

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