Early word on new cancer treatement from SENS conference

From the methuselah foundation blog: at the SENS3 conference in Sept 2007, Dr. Cui presented the next logical step in his research: work demonstrating the existence of, and characterizing, high-potency cancer-killing granulocytes in humans. This same cancer killing cells provides mice with immunity to cancer The Granulocytes do exist in humans but to varying effectiveness. …

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Laser based Quantum computers can run Shor’s Algorithm

Two groups have made laser based Quantum computers able to run Shor’s algorithm, which would let them break financial encryption. It would take about two qubits per bit of encryption. 1024 bit encryption would need 2048 qubits to break. There are algorithms for encryption which would be resistant to Shor’s algorithm on quantum computers. So …

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Follow up on quantum computers and AGI

Here is an analysis of a case where a 2007 supercomputer running a 1977 algorithm would be outperformed by a 1977 personal computer running a 2007 algorithm This is also discussed here This relates to the question of getting to better and better intelligence just by speeding up the hardware. Brian WangBrian Wang is a …

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Resource demands of all hybrid and electric cars

A discussion at resource investor about the resource demands of scaling up so that all cars are hybrids and electric cars Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and …

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McKinsey Global Institute analyzes the US dollar and yuan

The US current account deficit was a record $857 billion in 2006 A 45% depreciation of the dollar against the yuan would not result in balanced U.S. bilateral trade with China. The cost advantage of most Chinese exports is simply too great to be eliminated by currency movements alone. Moreover, many of the goods that …

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Nanosensors for oil reservoirs

Nanowerk reports that the Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC), is to develop subsurface nanosensors that can be injected into oil and gas well bores. By virtue of their very small size, these sensors would migrate out of the well bores and into the pores of the surrounding geological structure to collect data about the physical characteristics …

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Electric bicycles and scooters

Electrical bikes and scooters are making a significant impact on transportation The biggest impact is in China where 450 million bicycle riders are converting to electric bicycles. 12-18% are converted to electric bicycles (Over 60 million by the end of this year). Higher performance electric bicycles can achieve speeds of 36-42 mph ($2000). Electric scooters …

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Quantum computer RAM blueprints

Three physicists in Italy and the US have proposed a method for retrieving quantum information from memory that should make total quantum recall more reliable. A quantum computer uses not bits but qubits, which can be a blend of 0 and 1 – a quantum superposition of the two states. Therefore, in quantum RAM, the …

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Rocket powered mechanical arm, ten times power of commercial arms

We are getting closer to cyborgs that are as strong and as fast as people. The prototype rocket powered mechanical arm can lift (curl) about 20 to 25 pounds – three to four times more than current commercial arms – and can do so three to four times faster. “That means it has about 10 …

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