Carbon Nanotube Factories

Plastics Today – Bayer MaterialScience has opened a large carbon nanotube (CNT) pilot facility in Leverkusen, boasting annual capacity of 200 tonnes The announcement from Bayer comes the same week that Belgian competitor Nanocyl said it was installing a new reactor for nanotube production that would boost its production capacity to 400 tonnes/year. That new …

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A New Direction in AI Research

Monica Anderson of Syntience Why are so many things that are so easy for humans so difficult for computers ? Computers use models Science use models people don’t So AGI should not Split things into reasoning and understanding Reasoning -conscious, logic based deliberation Understanding – subconscious intuition Conscious reasoning has been overemphasized. People receive 10 …

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Tata Supermini Loadrunner Van for Less than $2000

The Tata Magic Iris has a five-seater miniature load-runner van for less than $2000. * powered by a 611cc engine (0.6-litre)* the diesel engine is capable of just 8.2kW or power (11 horsepower); in comparison, most ride-on mowers pump out at least 10.5kW. * Max speed of 55 km/h * 10-litre fuel tank* due on …

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Geron Stem Cells to Treat Brain Cancer, Stem Cell Facelift and Gene Therapy Updates

1. Stem cell facelift are available in India and are somewhat like Botox but use stem cells instead of poison Stem cell facelift is carried out under local anaesthesia and fat is harvested from the patient’s body manually using a syringe, usually from the lower abdomen where there is a plentiful supply. The fat is …

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Micropillars With Quantum Dots for Firing Single Targeted Photons

Tiny towers, a hundred times thinner than a human hair, with special properties: such nanostructures are produced by the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Würzburg. (Image: Monika Emmerling / Adriana Wolf) [from Nanowerk] What is special about the Würzburg quantum dot towers is that “with them it is possible to ‘fire off’ …

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NASA Expected to Reveal Moon Mineral Mapper Shows A Lot of Water on the Moon

Water on the moon should be used to supply fuel for fuel depots in space to enable colonization and lower cost access to space. Reliable sources report that there will be a press conference at NASA HQ at 2:00 pm this Thursday featuring lunar scientist Carle Pieters from Brown University. UPDATE: NASA and Science Journal …

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New Direction for Tissue Engineering

Microstructure of passive and active F-actin solutions and networksvisualized by electron microscopy (A–C) and fluorescence microscopy (A–CInsets, E, and F). (A) Passive solutions are isotropic, homogeneous, and unbundled.(B) Active solutions ([myosin]/[actin] 0.02 and 5 mMATP) are still homogeneous(Inset), but the myosin locally aligns and bundles the actin filaments. (C)Active networks ([FLNa]/[actin] 0.005, [myosin]/[actin] …

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Buckywire

Synthesis of a fullerene-based one-dimensional nanopolymerthrough topochemical transformation of the parent nanowire (30 page pdf) Large-scale practical applications of fullerene (C60) in nanodevices could be significantly facilitated if the commercially-available micrometer-scale raw C60 powder were further processed into a one-dimensional (1D) nanowire-related polymer displaying covalent bonding as molecular interlinks and resembling traditional important conjugated polymers. …

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Onchip Photonics Advance Toward Scalable Quantum Computers

A team of physicists and engineers at Bristol University has demonstrated exquisite control of single particles of light — photons — on a silicon chip to make a major advance towards long-sought-after quantum technologies, including super-powerful quantum computers and ultra-precise measurements. The most exciting thing about this work is its potential for scalability. The small …

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