Four Times Current Efficiency for Converting Waste Heat to Electricity

In experiments involving a different new technology, thermal diodes, Peter Hagelstein (MIT) worked with Yan Kucherov, now a consultant for the Naval Research Laboratory, and coworkers to demonstrate efficiency as high as 40 percent of the Carnot Limit. Moreover, the calculations show that this new kind of system could ultimately reach as much as 90 …

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Immortality Inc

Reason.com Ronald Bailey covered the Manhattan Beach Project. Over the weekend Maximum Life Foundation president David Kekich gathered a group of scientists, entrepreneurs, and visionaries to meet for three days with the goal of developing a scientific and business strategy to make extreme human life extension a real possibility within a couple of decades. How …

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Photorealistic Images of Carpet Cloaks

Photorealistic images of carpet cloaks (9 page pdf) Using home-built dedicated ray-tracing software, we simulate photorealistic images of sceneries in three dimensions including dielectric carpet cloaks – i.e., continuously varying refractive-index distributions that allow for invisibility cloaking of a bump in a metallic carpet. Results for the ideal and for a simplified cloak are shown. …

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Virus Like Particle Vaccine Trials and Other Paths for Faster Vaccine Development

Viruses and Vaccines are in a race. Two new flu vaccine candidates beginning clinical trials this month, the “virus-like particle,” or VLP, vaccine may be about to fulfill a long-heralded potential as a flu vaccine that arrives more quickly. From MIT Technology Review and Forbes. VLP vaccines can be made quickly. “From the time you …

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Get the H1N1 Vaccine When It is Available For You

With normal flu 90% of the 30,000 people who die in a year in the USA are 65 years or older, but with H1N1 90% of those who are dieing are YOUNGER than 65 years of age New Scientist covers the relative risks of the H1N1 Vaccine and the H1N1 Flu * The risk of …

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Energetics Technologies and Other New Cold Fusion Research Will Be on CBS 60 Minutes April 19, 2009

One of three segments on 60 Minutes will be on cold fusion. COLD FUSION IS HOT AGAIN – Presented in 1989 as a revolutionary new source of energy, cold fusion was quickly dismissed as junk science. But today, the buzz among scientists is that these experiments produce a real physical effect that could lead to …

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Choice of High or Low End Roving Teleconference Robots

$30,000 will buy a high end life-sized video conferencing system on wheels, giving users a feeling of tele-presence. It sports two 5 Mpixels eyes, full voice telephony to speak and hear and a laser pointer as a finger. Users can control the sleek five-foot, 35 pound robot remotely from any web browser using nothing more …

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