How individualized medicine might be approved with existing regulations

Dr. Eric Hoffman envisions that some parts of the approval process may be developed for DNA-like molecular medicine as a ‘class’ of drugs, rather than individual testing of hundreds of different sequences. Dr. Hoffman is a world-renowned human geneticist, who is the Director of the Research Center for Genetic Medicine, a James Clark Professor of …

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Technologies, developments and projects to watch for 2008

1. Dwave systems’ adiabatic quantum computers could reach 512 to 1000 qubits and performance superior to classical computers in 2008 Successful development of quantum computers would accelerate the development of molecular nanotechnology with superior molecular simulation and modeling. CTO Geordie Rose revealing his 16 qubit machine in Feb, 2007. A 28 qubit machine was revealed …

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Desktop supercomputers

SiCortex and Scalable Servers Corporation have each packaged something like a server cluster into a single box, to produce what each hopes will be a commercially viable desktop supercomputer. On the outside, the machines in question look like big desktop PCs. On the inside, they are rather different. Instead of one or two microprocessors (the …

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Millimeter Korean bloodstream robot

A robot, smaller than one millimeter, has been built by Korean scientists to travel through blood vessels Once inside a blocked artery, it is able to release drugs to dissolve blood clots, which are often the cause of heart attacks. The robot has three short front legs and three longer back legs which are attached …

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Glass fiber and Aluminum hybrid could save maintenance costs and reduce aircraft weight

The U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa, materials-technology company GTM Advanced Structures and scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have patented a fiber metal laminate (FML) called CentrAl reinforced aluminum, or CentrAl, for use in aircraft manufacture. CentrAl provides some 25 percent more tensile strength than high-strength aluminum alloys, is extremely resistant to metal …

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The 2010 Blimp plane

Hat Tip to Al Fin, for spotting a very interesting blimp plane hybrid The Luxury blimp plane hybrid, Aeroscraft ML866 While 70% of the aerodynamic lift comes from helium, the remaining 30% is derived from its innovative “wing” shape. As well as being able to hover the aircraft will be capable of speeds up to …

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Superstrength polymers using layer by layer assembly

Superstrong transparent plastic has been made using superior layering technique. Before this process load transfer has been quite ineffective at loadings more than 5-10%. After that the mechanical properties of regular composites actually start degrading with increasing portion of inorganic filler. Kotov’s findings indicate that organization of the composite and tuning of molecular interactions between …

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IBM on track to make room temperature graphene field-effect transistors devices

Using conventional e-beam lithography, IBM has successfully fabricated graphene FETs with very narrow nanoribbon channels. FETs are field-effect transistors. So far, the bandgaps opened were relatively small, compared with the excellent properties of nanotubes. This IBM attributes to the imperfections in its method of cutting the nanoribbons. However, by supercooling the device the researchers were …

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Possibilities and rumors of US War with Iran 2007/2008

Time magazine is reporting that various people in the CIA and in the US bureaucracy think that an attack against Iran nuclear facilities and the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could happen within 6 months Update: More discussions of the possibility for war with Iran I had made a wildcard prediction of the possibility of …

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Personal Air vehicle, Dayjet air taxi and ecodriving coach

Nasa crowns a Personal Air Vehicle prize winner Pipistral Virus is a 50mpg two seater plane that costs $70,000. Dayjet, air taxi service, is nearing a soft launch Eclipse 500 By Aug 21, 2007, Dayjet will have 11 jets. They are close to launching the first per-seat, on-demand air-taxi operation. before DayJet can fly passengers, …

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