Carbon nanotubes Costs, Strength and Building things

When people think about building things with carbon nanotubes or with carbon nanotube enhanced materials they need to know that there is not much production of carbon nanotubes. There is less than 1000 tons/year of carbon nanotubes being produced and most of that is in a form that is like an unsorted powder. The material …

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Blue Brain Videos and Update on Brain Emulation

It took less than two years for the Blue Brain supercomputer to accurately simulate a neocortical column, which is a tiny slice of brain containing approximately 10,000 neurons, with about 30 million synaptic connections between them. The Blue Brain team is now developing a model of a complete rat brain—that should be done in 2010—Markram …

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South Korean company Nesscap Claim Ultracapacitors with 10 times the Power and Lifetime of Batteries

Nesscap Inc., a South Korean-based ultracapacitor manufacturing and power storage solutions company, announced today that it has closed a bridge financing round in the amount of $9 million. Nesscap ultracapacitor information * High energy density (2.7V 5000F Prismatic : 5.8Wh/kg, 7.1Wh/l) Which is not that special. Experimental electric double-layer capacitors from the MIT LEES project …

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Wireless Standards : 802.11n Ratified and 802.11ca (6 GHz and Below) and 802.11ad (60Ghz) in Development

IEEE ratified 802.11n wireless standard. 802.11ac (6 GHz and below) and 802.11ad (60 GHz) standards are in development. Both of which aim for speeds of 1 Gbps and faster. 60 Ghz technology has been covered here before Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per …

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Uranium from Coal Ash and Seawater

The economics of the Uranium from coal ash process are helped by also getting Germanium from the coal ash A uranium extraction facility would help clean up potential or existing environmental hazards, create a new supply of domestic uranium, and create value as cement and concrete filler material. Sparton would benefit from management fees and …

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Electric Cars: Mitsubishi (Now), Nissan 2010, BYD 2010, Toyota 2012, Honda by 2015

According to the director of EV [electric Vehicles] solutions at the California based company Aerovironment, full EVs currently in the development stages and expected to be ready for production within the next three years outnumber the plug-in hybrids and EREV [extended range electric vehicle] expected to reach the market within the same time frame.Aerovironment director …

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DARPA Strategic Plan Report 2009

Network World has coverage of a 57 page DARPA project report. Some of the highlights: DARPA’s Structural Amorphous Metals (SAM) program is building a new class of bulk materials with amorphous or “glassy” microstructures that have previously unobtainable combinations of hardness, strength, damage tolerance and corrosion resistance. Calcium-based SAM alloys are being developed for ultralight …

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Major Breakthroughs Towards Cellulostic Biofuel: Updated

UPDATE: MIT Technology Review provides coverage fo the Mascoma Cellulostic biofuel advances and provides an estimate of the cost improvement. Mascoma, a cellulosic biofuels company based in Lebanon, NH, reports significant advances in its goal of simplifying the cellulosic ethanol process by skipping the use of costly enzymes, which could potentially reduce cellulosic ethanol’s production …

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Friedwardt Winterberg on Starship Design

Centauri Dreams has a new interview with Friedwardt Winterberg on Starship Design. Note FYI: A reader told me that when they tried to reach this article via a Google news alert they were redirected to a spyware site. Going directly to this article was not a problem. Nextbigfuture has covered the micro-fusion for space propulsion …

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Momentum Towards Making Mother Nature a Genetically Engineered and Geoengineered Bitch

This is a brief overview of the current trends toward larger scale genetic engineering of agricultural crops and animals and geoengineering and mega-engineering adaptation to offset or adapt to environmental changes. Primarily these are observations at which solutions are getting significant increases in research and development resources and are getting or are close to being …

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