Joe Flanigan tried to buy the Stargate franchise

I always liked the television Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis. I missed this information from 2014. Joe Flanigan (who played John Sheppard on the Stargate Atlantis show) had investors and they tried to lease rights to the Stargate Franchise. There was an verbal agreement on terms but it could not be concluded because of the …

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Tesla utility scale storage Powerpack 2 has twice the energy density and lower cost than previous Powerpack

This September Tesla Motors began shipping version 2 of our Powerpack system. With a new energy module and power electronics, Powerpack 2 provides twice the energy density and a more seamless integration into multiple levels of the grid. Powerpack 2 is also now matched with a new inverter, designed by Tesla and manufactured at the …

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Increasing the accuracy of genome editing

The Chinese gene editing of human embyros does not appear to have been using the latest techniques for maximum accuracy. CRISPR-Cas9 is a powerful new tool for editing the genome. For researchers around the world, the CRISPR-Cas9 technique is an exciting innovation because it is faster and cheaper than previous methods. Now, using a molecular …

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New Scientist doubtful of genetic superintelligence but does not consider the effect of skewing toward more intelligence on a population

Replacing faulty genes in early human embryos and germ cells is within our grasp. Changing DNA in the nucleus would be inheritable. Ultimately, they could be used to make a genetically modified baby. New Scientist thinks we could probably modify people to make them resistant to all kinds of infections and diseases, and stronger and …

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Lithium ion sulfur with polymer membrane safe enough for future car batteries with improved 750 to 2700 Wh/kg energy density but still need longer life cycle

Greencarcongress reports researchers added a polysulfide to the polymer membranes during their synthesis with the aim to reduce the cathode dissolution during operation. To improve the room-temperature ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolyte, they plasticized the LiS8 added membrane. The resulting LixSn-C/GPS-Li2S8/S-C lithium-ion sulfur cell is characterized by a high safety level, due to the …

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3D Printed Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diodes

As part of a project demonstrating new 3-D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. Michael McAlpine, the lead researcher, cautioned that the lens is not designed for actual use — for one, it requires an external power supply. …

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Currency forecast by quarter through 2015

Scotia Bank of Canada has a 14 page currency forecast which looks at most major and minor currencies into 2015 by quarter. Here is a copy of the Scotiabank 2012 currency forecast The US Dollar (USD) is in high demand, outperforming most major peer currencies around the world. Convergence of solid macroeconomic developments and bullish …

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A Little Known Fact About The Rosetta Comet Rendezvous and Landing Mission

A guest post by Joseph Friedlander The current Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is remarkable for this reason: It is the first probe using gravity assists to a target that itself has undergone gravity assists, in this case from Jupiter.  Ten years before discovery in 1969, the 1959 Jovian encounter reduced cometary perihelion (closest …

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FDA Grants “Breakthrough Therapy” Status for Gene Therapy to reduce Systolic Heart Failure

Celladon Corporation (Nasdaq:CLDN), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel therapies for patients with heart failure and other diseases characterized by SERCA enzyme deficiencies, announced that its lead product candidate, MYDICAR®, has been granted breakthrough therapy designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for reducing hospitalizations for heart failure in NYHA class III or …

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NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts project has a conceptual solution to asteroid threats

Watch live streaming video from niac2014 at livestream.com NASA NIAC project has determined a conceptual solution to asteroid impacts. Use an interceptor which separates into two parts. First part 10 meter ahead makes a crater. The nuclear bomb part follows but is 20 times more effective by blowing up in the crater. The fragmentation would …

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DARPA will have create robots to scavenge and reuse parts from other satellites

DARPA has a project to reuse satellite antennas, apertures, and other components from decommissioned satellites. They seek to use still-good components from dead satellites parked in high-Earth orbit for building new satellites robotically while in orbit to reduce the costs of replacing failed satellites. Phoenix seeks to demonstrate around-the-clock, globally persistent communication capability for warfighters …

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