President Ma of Taiwan new changes

On July 4th, regular direct weekend flights began between Taiwan and five Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Nanjing. For six decades, the political standoff between Taiwan, a self-governed democracy, and Beijing, which maintains the island is one of its provinces, has meant no regular flights between Taiwan and mainland China. Travel-weary tech …

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Breakthrough diagnosis for drug resistant Tuberculosis which kills 1.5 million per year

“We are capable now of making a diagnosis of MDR-TB within hours,” Mario Raviglione, director of the WHO’s Stop TB department said. He used the acronym for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, an infection that cannot be cured with a standard course of antibiotics. The The DNA tests cost an avearge of $5 per test, and training …

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Electrostatic-based DNA Microarray Technique Could Revolutionize Medical Diagnostics

A team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has invented a technique in which DNA or RNA assays — the key to genetic profiling and disease detection — can be read and evaluated without the need of elaborate chemical labeling or sophisticated instrumentation. Based on electrostatic repulsion …

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three-dimensional nanoscale structures of magnetic metals could make new classes of MEMS devices

Click on the picture for a larger image. Working in the trenches: Transmission electron microscopy image of a thin cross section of 160 nanometer trenches shows deposited nickel completely filling the features without voids. (Color added for clarity.) Materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a process to build …

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True three dimensional display.

72 inch diagonal Holovizio720RC display European Union funded Holografika is offering superior 3D displays that provide the full 3D information to the viewer. (Most other 3D displays provide partial information). The Holovizio product is not just using 2D images and visual tricks, it is providing a real 3d image. Benefits:– The pictures don’t “jump” between …

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Focus Fusion and X-scan and the Company behind them

Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP) is the company that is trying to develop focus fusion LPP is developing a portable, economical, extremely intense hard X-ray source using a dense plasma focus (DPF). DPF is the same core technology that is to be used for focus fusion. Such a source, transportable by truck, will allow economical non-destructive …

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Scale, cost and impact of a public transportation overhaul

Many environmentalists love to point to public transportation as the blessed technology and policy which would reduce oil consumption and dependence. I agree that increasing public transportation can be helpful, but how helpful and how long would it take to have what level of impact ? In the big energy picture, the USA uses 40% …

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United States and Russia moving forward on a civilian nuclear agreement

Russia and the United States have signed a civilian nuclear agreement which still has to pass the US House, Senate and the Russian parliament. In other nuclear news, there is progress on unblocking supply chain bottlenecks for building more nuclear reactors. The U.S. is especially interested in developments in areas including fast-neutron reactors and recycling …

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IEC fusion visitor report

The latest word from the IEC fusion effort. Basically progress is being made by a dedicated team, but results will be rigorously confirmed before they are published. A visitor to the lab reports: The effort is very professional, the crew is made of experienced people who get their hands dirty, and progress is occurring at …

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