Eric Drexler Talks about Self Assembly at Metamodern and Chris Phoenix does the same at CRNano

Eric Drexler talks about the current state of self assembly and future possibilities in three recent articles. 1. Eric has been exploring some recent developments in chemical synthesis and self-assembly that suggest attractive possibilities for engineering robust self-assembling molecular systems. Boronate esters are involved in two ways. 2. Self-assembling nanostructures: Building the building blocks Eric …

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Winterberg concepts for Stablizing Shear Flow for a Dense Z Pinch to Make it Useful for Nuclear Fusion

On shear flow stabilization concepts for the dense z – pinch by Winterberg (17 page pdf) Different ways to achieve the stabilization of a linear z-pinch by a superimposed shear flow are analyzed. They are: 1) Axial shear flow proposed by Arber and Howell with the pinch discharge in its center, and experimentally tested by …

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J Storrs Hall is on BlogTalk Radio tonight

J Storrs Hall, president of Foresight joins FFR to continue their special series leading up Foresight 2010. The conference, January 16-17 in Palo Alto, California, provides a unique opportunity to explore the convergence of nanotechnology and artificial intelligence and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Foresight Institute. 10:00 Eastern/9:00 Central/8:00 Mountain/7:00 …

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Lego Matrix Video

Below are videos of the first Matrix movie bullet dodging realized in Lego. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Anti-aging …

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Exoskeletons, Power Loaders and Morphing Robots

1. Activelink, a subsidiary of Panasonic, is working on power enhancing partial exoskeletons This includes dual arm loaders (like in the Aliens 2 Movie), which will help someone lift 100 kilograms or more. They will not be ready for commercial use before 2015. Activelink also has powerwalker amplifiers, which are similar to springwalkers, power stilts …

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Genetically engineered gut bacteria trigger intestinal cells to make insulin in mice

MIT Technology Review reports that friendly gut microbes that have been engineered to make a specific protein can help regulate blood sugar in diabetic mice, according to preliminary research presented this week at the American Chemical Society conference in Washington, D.C. While the research is still in the very early stages, the microbes, which could …

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Life Extending Gene Therapy Progress and Rundown of Life Extension Demonstrated In Mice that Could Apply to Humans

A new study from the University of Missouri may shed light on how to increase the level and quality of activity in the elderly. In the study, published in this week’s edition of Public Library of Science – One, MU researchers found that gene therapy with a proven “longevity” gene energized mice during exercise, and …

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Maximizing Economic Growth and Aid to the Poor

Growth is Good There is an essay “Who’s afraid of economic growth?” which makes an excellent case in favor of economic growth and why those who are trying to stop or constrain it are wrong. Behind today’s trendy arguments about environmentalism, ethical living and happiness, there lurks a deep disdain for material progress. From an …

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