Suberbot cube robots proof of nano building block concepts

Molecular manufacturing has a building block architecture conceptRecent Superbot work shows that modular building blocks can be highly functional. Wei-Min Shen of the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute recently reported to NASA significant progress in developing “SuperBot,” identical modular units that plug into each other to create robots that can stand, crawl, wiggle …

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Nanotech to help the poor?

How will NNI style nanotech or later nanotech be used to help the poor ? “Nanotechnology has the potential to generate enormous health benefits for the more than five billion people living in the developing world,” according to Dr. Peter A. Singer, senior scientist at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health and Professor of Medicine …

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Business site Resource Investor is pro-Thorium

Business site Resource Investor says: Is it time for thorium to make its re-entry on the global stage? The answer is yes, and therein lays an opportunity. ResourceInvestor.com is a free service to investors, financial professionals, and other stakeholders who participate in the mining, drilling and piping sectors. Some 200,000 readers gather on the site …

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10 nanometer semiconductors from Korea, 100GB Flash?

In research findings published in Nature Nanotechnology, of Choi Hee-cheul and Kim Hyun-tak describe what they call the first semiconductor that has broken the 10 nm barrier. Carbon nanotube guided formation of silicon oxide nanotrenches is the name of the article. Here we show that carbon nanotubes can act as the carbon source to reduce …

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Maglev assisted launch

The future goal of maglev launch assist would be to build a space vehicle and maglev sled—together weighing 100 tons—and accelerate them to a velocity of 255 m/s (918 km/hr). The main cost-saving areas would come from reduced fuel consumption and the reduced mass of the spaceship. This idea could be combined with hypersonic skyhooks, …

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Trying to clean up coal

the US department of Energy provides background on particulate control research (for making coal cleaner although the goals would still leave coal the deadliest energy source. Coal kills 1 million per year from air pollution) To date, most particulate control technologies have been installed to prevent so-called “coarse” particulates from escaping into the atmosphere. Coarse …

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Climate, pollution, nuclear

The Gregory Benford proposal sounds like the cheapest and safest method for climate modification. Of course society should to actually stop making the problems worse as described in Jamais article. But a problem is that most plans from environmentalist fail to recognize the scope of the problems or involve everyone suddenly becoming virtuous. Some propose …

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Climate reengineering

The new age of climate re-engineering and the $25 million bounty from Richard Branson is discussed at open the future. It is noted that the re-engineering efforts would have the best chance of succeeding if we adjust technology and behavior to stop making the problems worse. Gregory Benford’s proposal for climate re-engineering is discussed at …

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David Deutsch talks about Dwave, Quantum Computers and nanotechnology

Wired magazine has an interview with David Deutsch, the father of Quantum computers I agree with almost everything that he says about Dwave, Quantum computers and nanotechnology. I have pulled what are my highlights from the interview. On quantum computing gaining mind share with the Dwave announcement.He replied: the field [quantum computing] doesn’t need acceptability. …

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Material suitable for 30 tesla magnet found

Bismuth compound has been identified as material for the new wires needed to one day build the most powerful superconducting magnet in the world, a 30 Tesla magnet. Using MR techniques at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Fla., Halperin and his team studied Bi-2212, one of the “darlings” of superconductivity. To measure …

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