Carbon nanotube pricing May 2007

Currently carbon nanotubes are sold on the world market for $100,000 to $800,000 per kilogram. However, Cheap tubes has reduced prices significantly in May 2007. They have 90% by weight SWNT CNT for $42,000 – 50,000 per kg. They have MWNT for as little as $350/kg. One ton orders have a 90 day lead time. …

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Ex-China drug regulator to be executed

China’s former top drug regulator was sentenced to death Tuesday for taking bribes to approve untested medicines, as the country’s main quality control agency announced its first recall system targeting unsafe food products. Clearly this shows that China is serious about cleaning up corruption and food and drug quality. It may shrink the pool of …

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Ultra Short Pulse Lasers

Business Week has an interesting article about the applications and potential of ultra-short pulse lasers (USP) USP lasers switch on and off at impossibly high rates–as quickly as once every femtosecond, or a billionth of a millionth of a second. Those concentrated blasts can obliterate any material by literally knocking electrons out of an atom’s …

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Norway plans Thorium nuclear reactors

Norwegian companies, Bergen Energi, have applied for licenses to build a Thorium-based nuclear power plant. Hat tip to Nuclear notes 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 trends …

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Carbon Nanotube Aeroegel Made with Optimizable Strength, Shape and Conductivity

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created low-density aerogels made from carbon nanotubes, CNTs, that are capable of supporting 8,000 times their own weight. The new material also combines the strength and ultra-light, heat-insulating properties of aerogels with the electrical conductivity of nanotubes. Aerogels are novel, semi-transparent, low-density materials created by replacing the liquid …

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Lasers and magnetic launch for cheap launches within ten years

digg_url= ‘http://digg.com/space/Lasers_and_magnetic_launch_for_cheap_launches_within_ten_years’; digg_skin =’compact’;reddit_url=’http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/05/lasers-and-magnetic-launch-for-cheap.html’reddit_url=’http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/05/lasers-and-magnetic-launch-for-cheap.html’ The $3000-10,000/kg cost of getting things into space has been crippling what is possible in space. Any low cost system will also need to have a high volume purpose. I discuss the best system that would still involve chemical propulsion and laser and magnetic launch systems. The focus is on laser …

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China’s economy

A pdf discussing China’s statistics Here is a pdf from Carlsten Holz that examines different China economic growth projections The World Trade Organization data shows that China surpassed the USA in terms of trade in 2006. China’s global trade exceeded $1.758 trillion at the end of 2006.[12]. It first broke the 1 trillion mark ($1.15 …

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Stable, high capacity rechargeable lithium batteries created

Double charge (greater than 250 mAh/g) stable rechargable lithium ion batteries created The technology is based on a new material for the positive electrode that is comprised of a unique nano-crystalline, layered-composite structure. In addition, by focusing on manganese-rich systems, instead of the more expensive cobalt and nickel versions of lithium batteries, overall battery cost …

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The brain scan that can read people’s intentions

A team of world-leading neuroscientists has developed a powerful technique that allows them to look deep inside a person’s brain and read their intentions before they act. The team used high-resolution brain scans to identify patterns of activity before translating them into meaningful thoughts, revealing what a person planned to do in the near future. …

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