A Bad Week For Those Who Deny Molecular Nanotechnology or Accelerating Technology or the Tech Singularity

This weeks news makes it a tough week to deny technology acceleration or an eventual technological Singularity. It is looking far more certain that a very powerful three dimensional DNA/RNA/Protein Nanotechnological capability is emerging and that nanotechnology will be integrated with carbon nanotubes and nanoparticle metal and can be used to bootstrap precise control and …

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Carnegie Mellon University has Wallcrawling Tankbot

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Robotics has “Enhanced Adhesion by Gecko-Inspired Hierarchical Fibrillar Adhesives” for makgin wall crawling robots The CMU work will be presented at 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 12 – 17, 2009, Kobe, Japan. Tankbot is a simple, energy efficient, lightweight (60 g), and robust climbing robot. It uses …

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Carnival of Space 98

Universe Today has the carnival of space week 98. This site provide the interview of Tom Shelley, VP of Space Adventures. The interview was done by Sander Olson Centauri Dreams had the interview they had with Friedwardt Winterberg on Starship Design. 21st Century waves looks at the recent World Future Society predictions for 2010-2030 with …

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Metamaterials for higher resolution ultrasound, sonar invisibility/camouflage and wide-band optics outside the Visible range

Schematic showing the experimental setup. The sample with PI/NI interface is composed of an array of different designed Helmholtz resonators machined from analuminum plate. Unit cells of each half part and the corresponding inductor–capacitor circuit analogy are shown in the insets. Metamaterials are progressing to enable invisibility to sonar and creating superlenses for ultrasound. Superlenses …

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Augmented Intelligence versus Democratization of the Capacity to Tackle the Big Problems

A large increase in the capability of computers to augment our intelligence and productivity is coming but the societal impact will be dwarfed by the increasing democratization of the capability of many more people to have meaningful opportunities to tackle the big problems. Intelligence and Productivity Enhancement with Computers 1. Besides the basic connection, there …

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Near perfect solar coating and a record 10% efficient dye solar cell

A new antireflective coating developed by researchers at Rensselaer could help to overcome two major hurdles blocking the progress and wider use of solar power. The nanoengineered coating, pictured here, boosts the amount of sunlight captured by solar panels and allows those panels to absorb the entire spectrum of sunlight from any angle, regardless of …

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Self-assembling polymer arrays improve data storage potential

In a collaborative effort between academic and industry, chemical and biological engineering professors Nealey and Juan de Pablo and other colleagues from the UW-Madison NSEC partnered with researchers from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies to test a promising new twist on the traditional computer memory and storage methods. In the Aug. 15 issue of the journal …

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Uprating wind turbine blades and more efficient ceiling fans

WhalePower, based in Toronto, Ontario, is testing this wind-turbine blade at a wind-testing facility in Prince Edward Island. The bumps, or “tubercles,” on the blade’s leading edge reduce noise, increase its stability, and enable it to capture more energy from the wind.Credit: WhalePower I have talked frequently about nuclear power uprating (changes in fuel design …

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