Memristor, Memcapacitor and Meminductor Research Update

In mid-2009, research was showing that memristors and memcapacitors are similar to synapses and can be made into neural networks There is an updated version of the paper Experimental demonstration of associative memory with memristive neural networks Abstract—Synapses are essential elements for computation and information storage in both real and artificial neural systems. An artificial …

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Epigenetic therapy

Epigenetics research takes aim at cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, other illnesses. Two mice. One weighs 20 grams and has brown fur. The other is a hefty 60 grams with yellow fur and is prone to diabetes and cancer. They’re identical twins, with identical DNA. Their varying traits are controlled by a mediator between nature and nurture …

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Stem Cells Help Bone Healing

A novel technology involving use of stem cells, developed by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, has been applied to provide better and rapid healing for patients suffering from complicated bone fractures. The technology, involving isolation of the stem cells from bone marrow, was developed by Dr. Zulma Gazit, Dr. Gadi Pelled, Prof. Dan Gazit and …

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LaserMotive has successfully qualified for the $900,000 Space Elevator Prize

Picture caption: An earlier picture of the laser motive climber. Mostly solar cells that absorb the laser light that power a motor that climbs the cable. On the right is a screenshot of Lasermotive’s climber from the ustream video 3:00:39 PM PST:LaserMotive Climber is climbing! Live at http://ustre.am/4mZA3:10:58 PST:First climb was 4 minutes, 2 seconds …

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Artificial General Intelligence, Automation and Economics

J Storrs Hall points out employment test for Artificial General Intelligence that was suggested by Nils Nilsson AI programs must be able to perform the jobs ordinarily performed by humans. Progress toward human-level AI could then be measured by the fraction of these jobs that can be acceptably performed by machines. The list of jobs …

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Five Year Project To Make Nanostructured Boron Doped Superconducting Wires

Wires made up of yarns spun from millions of carbon nanotube bundles may help make superconductivity practical. Researchers from UT Dallas, Clemson University and Yale University are using science on the nanoscale to address one of the most elusive challenges in physics—the discovery of room temperature superconductivity. With that as the ultimate goal, the team …

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Future X-ray Sources Will Enable New Science

Science and Technology of Future Light Sources (91 pages) by Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory X-rays with energies above 10 keV offer capabilities extending beyond the nanoworld shown aboce due to their ability to penetrate into optically opaque or thick objects. This opens the door …

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Supersensors and Labs on a Chip Advances

1. Tel Aviv University’s “super sensor” sniffs out disease and pollution. Coupling biological materials with an electrode-based device, Prof. Judith Rishpon of TAU’s Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology is able to quickly and precisely detect pathogens and pollution in the environment – and infinitesimally small amounts of disease biomarkers in our blood. About the …

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Commercial Shipping Uses 9% of world oil and is Major Air Pollution Source

Air pollution from commercial shipping kills 60,000 people per year. Converting all commercial ships to run on nuclear power would be economic even without considering carbon taxes or fees. In 2000, there were 6800 container ships in the world. At the cold war peak the Soviets had or had almost built about 400 nuclear powered …

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Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC/Bussard) Fusion

A–Plasma Wiffleball 8 Testing Funded The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake intends to procure on sole-sourced basis, a Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract for research, analysis, development, and testing to validate the basic physics of the plasma fusion (polywell) concept as well as requirements to provide the Navy with data for potential …

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