Producing Trillions of Copies of artificial DNA Nanotechnology Structures using Living Cell Factories

Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University researcher Hao Yan is making DNA based nanostructures inside a living cell. “Cells are really good at making copies of double stranded DNA and we have used the cell like a copier machine to produce many, many copies of complex DNA nanostructures.” DNA nanotechnologists have made some very exciting …

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Speculation 2015: Third and Fourth Helping Robotic Hands

Extra wearable robotic arms would be helpful. Above is a statue of Vishnu. If Rodney Brooks’ Heartland Robotics goal of low cost worker robots and robot arms were merged with the new bionic arm work at John’s Hopkins, then able bodied people could wear or use robotic arms that would function as an extra helping …

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The Future of Carbon fiber in Cars

Year Carbon Fiber (CF) Market2007 35,000 tons2008 40,000 tons2009 46,000 tons 2010 52,000 tons2011 60,000 tons2012 69,000 tons2015 88,000 tons 70-80% of the CF market is for industrial purposes (10-15% growth in industrial), but the market for aircraft parts is growing the fastest (15-24% growth). The overall market is projected to grow at 10-15% per …

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Progress on India’s Thorium Nuclear Reactor and South Africa’s Pebble Bed

Progress on South Africa’s Pebble Bed ReactorCanada’s SNC Lavalin has gotten a C$253 million contract to help build the second phase of a demonstration Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) for completion by 2014 in Koeberg, South Africa. The small advanced reactor, a South African national project, would produce 165 MWe and could be built in …

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Death and Taxes

U.S. life expectancy has been steadily rising, usually by about two to three months from year to year. This year’s jump of fourth months to 78.1 years is“an unusually rapid improvement,” Preston said. The preliminary number of deaths in the United States in 2006 was 2,425,900, a 22,117 decrease from the 2005 total. With a …

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Thermoelectric 40% improvement in a cheap material

Researchers at Boston College and MIT have used nanotechnology to achieve a major increase in thermoelectric efficiency, a milestone that paves the way for a new generation of products – from semiconductors and air conditioners to car exhaust systems and solar power technology – that run cleaner. UPDATE:Info from the Technology Review on how this …

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15 proteins in urine are biomarkers for spotting coronary artery disease (CAD)

A set of 15 proteins found in urine can distinguish healthy individuals from those who have coronary artery disease (CAD), a new study has found. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of cardiovascular disease, occurring in about 5 to 9% (depending on sex and race) of people aged 20 and older. In 2001, …

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