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computer architectureUnited States Could Roll Back Its Oil Production Peak Back to 1998 in 2010

US Oil production hit 168 million barrels in October, 2009 The highest month since May of 2005. If the monthly production can be increased to 174 million barrels in one month that will be the most since May of 2003. …

artificial intelligenceWhole Human Genomes Sequenced for $5000 Each When Bought in Volume

Complete Genomics of Mountain View, CA, announced that it had fully sequenced 14 individual genomes, almost doubling the number of people who have had nearly every C, T, A, and G in their bodies decoded and published. Although last year …

agricultureDuodecimom ? Tunisian Woman Expecting 12 Babies: Updated Fraud

From the UK Guardian, a Tunisian woman is due to give birth to 12 babies, which could be a world record. UPDATED: This has turned out to be a complete fraud. Tunisian authorities did tests and the woman is not …

AMDThe Mercury Laser Moves Toward Practical Laser Fusion

The diode-pumped Mercury laser will deliver 100 J pulses at 10 Hz under automatic control, advancing the development of high-repetition-rate inertial laser fusion. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is on target to demonstrate “breakeven”–creating as …

AMDCaterpillar Inc. Funds Viterbi ‘Print-a-House’ Contour Crafting Technology

Caterpillar, the world’s largest manufacturer of construction equipment, is starting to support research on the “Contour Crafting” automated construction system that its creator believes will one day be able to build full-scale houses in hours. This is concrete-jet instead of …

AMDMyostatin inhibitors can triple pectoral size but remember to also use gene therapy to increase tendon strength 70%

A naturally myostatin blocked boy. Antisense RNA has been used to activate myostatin inhibition in mice Mice lacking the myostatin gene have 25–30% increased muscle mass. Individual muscles, such as the pectoralis and quadriceps, of myostatin mutant mice are two- …

ASICSPossible cloning of primate embryos

For the first time, scientists have created dozens of cloned embryos from adult primates. The scientists who carried out the latest primate work are believed to have tried to implant about 100 cloned embryos into the wombs of around …

FPGAsVASIMR update

VASIMR engine was run for 2 minutes before overheating The company is targeting using the new plasma engine technology to move satellites in low earth orbit in 2010.

FPGAsIncreasing nuclear power in the past and in the future

I am all for more wind power. We should build more of it and all other power except coal. I was correcting the statement of some people on the oildrum.com and other sites who say that only 4 reactors per …

airplanesDiscovery of first gene that specifically links calorie restriction to longevity

Loss of only one of the genes, a gene encoding the protein PHA-4, negated the lifespan-enhancing effect of calorie-restriction in worms. And, when researchers undertook the opposite experiment—by overexpressing pha-4 in worms—the longevity effect was enhanced. “PHA-4 acts completely independent …