American superconductor developing 10 MW wind generators

American Superconductor in a joint venture to develop 10 MW wind generators. National Institute of Science and Technology is funding development of technologies for 10 Megawatt-Class, Direct Drive Offshore Wind Generators Powered by High Temperature Superconducting Wire digg_url= ‘http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/10/american-superconductor-developing-10.html’ =’compact’;reddit_url=’http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/10/american-superconductor-developing-10.html’reddit_url=advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/10/thermoelectronics-for-cars-trucks.html Direct drive wind generator systems utilizing HTS wire instead of copper wire for the generator’s …

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Dwave system Quantum Computer Update

Dwave Systems will be demoing their latest and greatest adiabatic quantum computer system at SC/07 in Reno November 12th. Dwave has not released the number of qubits in the new system, but indicate that they are on track with their technology roadmap. At the same conference, Nanotero will be exhibiting their NRAM memory Hopefully they …

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Synthetic vascular system progess towards growth of engineered tissue for transplants

One day soon, laboratories may grow synthetically engineered tissues such as muscle or cartilage needed for transplants. In a major step forward, Cornell engineers describe in the journal Nature Materials a microvascular system they have developed that can nourish growing tissues. The researchers have engineered tiny channels within a water-based gel that mimic a vascular …

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Thermoelectronics for cars, trucks, submarines, refridgerators and more

Michigan State University researchers believe, using thermoelectric generation technology, a 5% improvement in bsfc for and on highway truck is a reasonable 5 year goal 10% improvement possible with new Thermoelectric materials. They currently have a 40 watt thermoelectric generator for gathering waste heat from a truck exhaust. They can get an engine about 1-3.5% …

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Craig Venter, billionaire geneticist, supports cognitive enhancement

Craig Venter indicates his support of the goal of cognitive enhancement, a core transhumanist objective, while discussing the movie Blade Runner Blade Runner was a landmark film that was prescient in anticipating globalization, genetic engineering, and biometric security. It also had influence in architecture and in movies and anime. It presented a plausible future environment. …

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Google phone would be free with ads and probably out in the second half of 2008

Businessweek reports that wireless industry consultants and marketing executives with knowledge of Google’s plans say it has been showing prototypes of a new phone to handset manufacturers and network operators for a couple of months Industry sources don’t expect one before the second half of 2008. Combine Google’s financial heft with its ultra-sophisticated ability to …

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Quantum computing photon qubit communication advances

Two major steps toward putting quantum computers into real practice — sending a photon signal on demand from a qubit onto wires and transmitting the signal to a second, distant qubit — have been brought about by a team of scientists at Yale. They report that superconducting qubits, or artificial atoms, have been able to …

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Efficient Wireless power transmission

WiPower uses induction (magnetic coupling) to transfer power from the base station to the receiving devices. They are claiming 68% efficiency in the transfer of power and believe that they can achieve 80% efficiency. A regular power cord is 58% efficient. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with …

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Nanoparticle drug delivery, part 1

I am going to be starting an ongoing series of articles on some of the near term nanotechnology. I am spinning it off in its own blog. Here is the nanoparticle drug delivery site The Drug delivery is a multi-billion dollar business. Some calculate it as a 9.8 billion business. Led by the strong growth …

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Femtoseconds changes in reflexivity useful for optical switching

In a recent experiment short laser pulses, falling on an organic salt target, momentarily changed the material from an insulator (a bad reflector of light) to a semi-metal (good reflector of light). The change in reflectivity this large—more than 100%-has never been achieved before in a photonic material; photo-induced changes are usually more like a …

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Where is mechanosynthesis? In progress but underfunded.

IEEE Spectrum asks where is my mechanosynthesis? Richard Smalley proposed a carbon nanotube energy grid back in 1995 digg_url= ‘http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/09/where-is-mechanosynthesis-in-progress.html’; digg_skin =’compact’;reddit_url=’http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/09/where-is-mechanosynthesis-in-progress.html’reddit_url=advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/09/where-is-mechanosynthesis-in-progress.html Where is this carbon nanotube energy grid ?Where is there even one test of commercial carbon nanotube quantum wiring ?They received at least $11 million to work specifically on this project. Billions have …

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