Non-electric Uses for Nuclear Fusion

Non electric uses for nuclear fusion were presented in a 2003 report to the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC). There are at least 5 unique products that we can “sell” from fusion reactions before the fusion community enters the main market for fusion energy (the generation of electricity): A.) high energy neutrons (2-14 MeV) …

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Bakken and Three Forks-Sanish Oil Update

North Dakota Production is over 177,000 barrels per day in August, 2008. Barrels per well increasing from 1000 last year to 1400 this year. This does not include about 50,000 bopd from Montana or the Saskatechwan bakken oil. The Three Forks Sanish Formation which is the geological layer below the Bakken Oil formation shows promise …

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Nanodiamond drug delivery system could revolutionize cancer treatment

Nanodiamonds, a revolutionary class of nanomaterials, are 2 nanometers in diameter in single-particle form, and can be manipulated to form clusters with diameters in the 50-100nm range. This makes them ideal for drug delivery by shielding and slow releasing drugs trapped within the cluster of Diamond aggregates. Dean Ho, Northwestern University, has created a thin …

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MUC1 Protein Mediates the Growth of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells, Stem Cell Treatment and Cancer Breakthrough

The cleaved form, MUC1*, is expressed on undifferentiated human embryonic stem cells while the full-length, uncleaved protein (MUC1-FL) is expressed on differentiated stem cells. These studies represent a big step forward for human stem cell research and the future of stem cell transplantation. Previously Minerva Biotechnology reported that the MUC1 protein exists in the same …

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Carbon Nanotube Sheets produced at seven meters per minute

As reported in the journal Science: UTD/CSIRO team recently demonstrated that synthetically made carbon nanotubes can be commercially manufactured into transparent sheets that are stronger than steel sheets of the same weight. Starting from chemically grown, self-assembled structures in which nanotubes are aligned like trees in a forest, the sheets are produced at up to …

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Various forecasts of China’s Economic Growth

Several economists have projected future economic growth for China Albert Keidel at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington says that when Japan was at China’s current level of GDP of just over $2,000 per capita, and headed for $10,000, it sustained growth rates of 8-10 percent. So did South Korea and Taiwan. Keidel …

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TVA may restart construction of Bellefonte 1 and 2, two unfinished nuclear reactors

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is requesting that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reinstates the construction permits for two unfinished reactors at its Bellefonte site in Alabama. It continues to pursue regulatory approval for two further units at the site. Bellefonte 1 (1213 MWe, 88% complete) and 2 (1213 MWe, 50% complete) are pressurized …

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Melanie Swan : Human augmentation via bacterial biome

An excellent idea featured at Melanie Swan’s blog: there are 1,000 trillion bacteria that are part of each human (10x the number of human cells) could be an ideal augmentation substrate. There are at least three ways for achieving human-electronic interfaces; physical implants, wearables and a third as yet unconsidered possibility, exploiting the human bacterial …

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The Future of Carbon fiber in Cars

Year Carbon Fiber (CF) Market2007 35,000 tons2008 40,000 tons2009 46,000 tons 2010 52,000 tons2011 60,000 tons2012 69,000 tons2015 88,000 tons 70-80% of the CF market is for industrial purposes (10-15% growth in industrial), but the market for aircraft parts is growing the fastest (15-24% growth). The overall market is projected to grow at 10-15% per …

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First Integrated Nanowire Sensor Circuitry

Randomly oriented nanowires, on the growth substrate at left, are having a “bad hair day.” But after contact printing, the nanowires on the receiver substrate are highly aligned. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have created the world’s first all-integrated sensor circuit based …

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Two genes found that make Schizophrenia 15 times more likely

Genetics is believed to be a main cause for 70% of schizophrenia. If gene therapy can fix the genetic factors then schizophrenia could be reduced by 70%. This would save tens of billions of dollars each year in the USA and hundreds of billions of dollars around the world. It would reduce homelessness by up …

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