Research advances nanowire technology For Jumbo Displays Like the 120 Foot High NASDAQ Sign in Times Square

Researchers at Northeastern created a network of nanowires that can be scaled up more efficiently and cost-effectively to create displays such as the NASDAQ sign in New York City’s Times Square. The seven-story NASDAQ sign is at the NASDAQ MarketSite at 4 Times Square on 43rd Street. The Nasdaq sign was unveiled in January 2000 …

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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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Montreal Canadians Hockey Team or Religion ?

A self published book analyzes the question are the Montreal Canadiens a hockey team or a religion? The author is Olivier Baurer who is a professor of religious studies at the University of Montreal H/T to Physorg In English, the Montreal Canadiens are referred to as the Habs, but in French the legendary hockey team …

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IEEE Spectrum Technology Winner and Loser Pick Advice – Bet the Trifecta to Lose and the Favorite to Win

IEEE article has another article where they pick some of technology’s winners and losers. I have left comments on some of their other articles asking them to more clearly define what a win for a winner would look like and what a loss for loser would look like. Also, there picks this year basically break …

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Carbon Productivity and Rate of Progress

Research by the McKinsey Global Institute and McKinsey’s Climate Change Special Initiative carbon productivity must reach $7,300 by 2050—a tenfold increase over today. A tenfold increase in carbon productivity sounds daunting, but it is a type of challenge that humankind has met before. U.S. labor productivity increased tenfold over a 125-year period from 1830 to …

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Ten Times Improvement in Affordable Jet Engine Capability by 2017

GE90 engine is an example of improving engine affordability and with better performance Phase 2 and 3 of the Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) program are being funded. The VAATE program is structured in three phases to achieve 4X performance/cost by 2009, 6X performance/cost by 2013 and 10X performance/cost by 2017. The Adaptive Versatile …

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Update on Making a Real Bolo SuperTank

Previously this site had speculated on using current and in development technology to create a Bolo supertank from science fiction. From Roland Piquepaille’s Technology Trends : Caterpillar engineers and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up to develop an autonomous 700 ton mining truck. The super-large mining truck was a baseline from which …

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Room Temperature Interchange of Strongly Bound Atoms Using Mechanical Force

From Foresight Institutes Nanodot report of new Japanese research. Robert Freitas (author of Nanomedicine) commented on the new Japanese work: This paper reports purely mechanical-based covalent bond-making and bond-breaking (true mechanosynthesis) involving atom by atom substitution of silicon (Si) atoms for tin (Sn) atoms in an Sn monolayer surface on a Si(111) surface; also demonstrates …

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First Technical Preview of Dwave 128 qubit Quantum Computer

Dwave Systems will have a new 128 qubit quantum computer in about two weeks. This was first discussed four days ago on this site along with a review of the background on the Dwave adiabatic quantum computer. In the systems Dwave builds, the maximum number of connections per qubit is constrained by noise. In order …

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