Japan and Germany Will Have Larger Carbon Nanotube Factories

Showa Denko KK (SDK) has developed VGCFTM-X, a new grade of SDK carbon nanotube with an optimized design for resin composite applications. The company will begin construction of a 400-ton-a-year VGCFTM-X plant at its Oita Complex in March, 2009. The plant, due to start up in 2010, will have a leading cost-competitive position since it …

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Teraflop to Petaflop GPGPUs and artificial neurons for artificial vision and smell

Nvidia introduced the Cuda development tool in June 2007 to allow scientists to tap into the GPU’s power. More than 50,000 users have downloaded the software By 2012, three of the top five supercomputers in the world will have graphics processors using parallel computing applications to crunch numbers at a clip that’s not possible on …

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Quantum effects for better computer memory, clocks and microscopes

Over the last decade, Seth Lloyd and his colleagues and postdocs at MIT have been looking at how quantum mechanics can make things better. What Lloyd refers to as the “funky effects” of quantum theory, such as squeezing and entanglement, could ultimately be harnessed to make measurements of time and distance more precise and computers …

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China’s accelerating nuclear power build

China is looking at increasing the number of nuclear plants built by 2020. Cao Shudong, director of system engineering with the China Atomic Energy Agency, said that although the country’s 40,000-MW nuclear capacity target only covers projects located on the eastern and southern coast, ‘from the point of view of economic development, interior provinces and …

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Myostatin inhibitor trials on humans

As noted by the facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) society, myostatin inhibitor clinical trials have begun on humans. The first trials on humans actually started in Feb, 2005. UPDATE: MYO-029 development has been dropped as it is safe but not effective. Boosting follistatin seems to be the better pathway to proceed for more effective results ith …

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Nanoscale Research Letters will have open access July 2006

Springer and the Nano Research Society have announced a new partnership to publish Nanoscale Research Letters (NRL), which will be the first nanotechnology journal from a major commercial publisher to publish articles with open access. Look for it at springerlink July 2006 Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger …

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