Stem Cell Companies pursue Regenerative Medicine

North County Times – 35 companies and researchers spoke at last week’s stem cell conference in La Jolla. Nearly all of them shared the goal of using stem cells and the body’s own regenerative ability to treat diseases and injuries. But their approaches to regenerative medicine vary greatly. Many are tackling diseases such as diabetes, …

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Oil Production for States and Countries and the World

1. The EIA has Texas crude oil production (including natural gas liquids) at 57 million barrels for June 2012. This is 1.9 million barrels per day Texas is at the highest production in 22 years. 2. Iraq oil exports averaged 2.565 million barrels per day in August. Iraq oil production currently averaged around 3.2 million …

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High Speed rail is way safer than driving in China

A commercial van slammed into a truck Monday in northwest China, killing nine people and bringing the overall death toll to 56 in three big accidents on the country’s notoriously dangerous roads over the past two days. On Sunday, 36 people were burned to death when a double-decker bus rammed into a tanker loaded with …

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Nanocrystalline Cellulose from Celluforce

NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC) is the primary structural building block of trees and other plants, and can be economically extracted from the wood fibres of Canada’s vast forests – an abundant and renewable resource. This high-value nanomaterial will be used to manufacture a wide range of uniquely enhanced products. It will enable development of new products, …

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Human Brain Project Awaiting February 2013 EU decision on 1 billion euro funding

The Blue Brain Project (BBP) and the Human Brain Project (HBP) are unique projects that overlap in some clear ways. This is not to say that the HBP will be a mere extension of the BBP but rather that the proposed HBP will be a large-scale project offering a solid opportunity to coordinate the work …

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Remotely Activated Protein-Producing Nanoparticles

Fightaging – There was recent progress towards placing drug producing microfactories in the body. These are programmable, artificial bacteria-like entities that can be set up to manufacture specific drug compounds in response to their local environment, or to signals from outside the body such as light or ingested chemicals Nanoletters – The development of responsive …

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Foxconn builds Shangai Headquarters for operating and research hub

Focus Taiwan – Foxconn Technology Group, the main manufacturer for Apple Inc., is determined to grasp opportunities in the China market by setting up a one-stop business service for customers. Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Group in Taiwan, broke ground Thursday on its China headquarters in Shanghai, as part of the group’s bid to …

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Iowa State engineer discovers spider silk conducts heat as well as metals

Spider silk has some interesting properties: it’s very strong, very stretchy, only 4 microns thick (human hair is about 60 microns) and, according to some speculation, could be a good conductor of heat. But nobody had actually tested spider silk for its thermal conductivity. Wang and his research team found was that spider silks – …

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ICube unifies CPU and GPU into one core with four threads per core

ICube is a fabless semiconductor company developing semiconductor System-On-Chip (SOC) solutions based on our Harmony Unified Processor Technology, genuinely integrating two different processor types: a central processing unit (CPU) and a graphics processing unit (GPU), into one unified core. Founded by Silicon Valley veterans (Simon Moy, CTO was Principal Engineer at NVIDIA and Fred Chow, …

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Nanoscale biological coating halts bleeding nearly instantaneously could prevent battlefield deaths

MIT engineers have developed a nanoscale biological coating that can halt bleeding nearly instantaneously, an advance that could dramatically improve survival rates for soldiers injured in battle. The researchers, led by Paula Hammond and funded by MIT’s Institute of Soldier Nanotechnologies and a Denmark-based company, Ferrosan Medical Devices A/S, created a spray coating that includes …

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Dwave Systems announces 512 Qubit Adiabatic Quantum Computer before end of 2012

The D-Wave One Quantum Computer: Technology and Applications (30 pages) Dwave System’s CTO Geordie Rose gave a presentation at SC11. Previously Dwave had sold a 128 qubit system and services for $10 million It appears from the chart Dwave will have a 256 qubit by mid-2012 and a 512 qubit by the end of 2012. …

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