Dubai’s current and future wonders: biggest skyscrapers, man made islands but also palaces and mansions developed by Tiger Woods and Dubailand

There will be snow boarding in a Dubailand dome which is part of a massive larger development shown in architectural drawing. DUBAILAND will cover an area of 3 billion square feet and a population of 2.5 million people, which includes tourists, workers and residents, once fully operational. The development will have multiple theme parks, culture …

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Carbon nanotube based drug could be 5000 times more effective for acute radiation treatment

A carbon nanotube based drug has had preliminary tests showing it is more than 5,000 times more effective at reducing the effects of acute radiation injury than the most effective drugs currently available. There were already results that gene therapy can increase resistance to radiation. “More than half of those who suffer acute radiation injury …

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Nanochip, an Intel backed startup, plans to make 100 Gigabyte persistent memory chips by 2010

Nanochip will use an array of MEMS probes (similar to the IBM millipede project) to stores 100 gigabytes (GB) of memory on one chip. The latest flash memory chips have 64 gigabits or 8 gigabytes of storage in the lab. Samsung expects production of 64-Gb flash devices to begin in 2009. Samsung aims to have …

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0.5 Angstrom transmission electron microscope

TEAM 0.5 (Transmission electron achromatic microscope), the world’s most powerful transmission electron microscope — capable of producing images with half‑angstrom resolution (half a ten-billionth of a meter), less than the diameter of a single hydrogen atom — has been installed at the Department of Energy’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at Lawrence Berkeley National …

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Lithium ion batteries and ultra capacitors enable 150 mpg plug in hybrid SUV and 250 mpg sedans

AFS Trinity has what it calls Extreme Hybrid (XH) technology which employs a proprietary dual energy storage system that combines Lithium-Ion batteries and ultra capacitors with control electronics. They showed their 150 mpg hybrid at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.       150 mpg plug in hybrid SUV from AFS …

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Carnival of Space Week 36

Space Carnival week 36 is up at Steinn Sigurdsson blog Dynamics of Cats My contribution was that new high energy density superconductors are getting us significantly closer to being able to enable all magnetic ground launch into space. Slenian boondocks talks about an air launched single stage to orbit concept. Although I think if you …

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Bussard’s inertial electrostatic confinement fusion WB-7 prototype activated

EMC2 Fusion has built an upgraded model of Bussard’s last experimental plasma containment device, which was known as WB-6. “We got first plasma yesterday,” Nebel said – but he and his colleagues in Santa Fe, N.M., still have a long way to get the WB-7 experiment up to the power levels Bussard was working with. …

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SENS covered in mainstream Economist magazine

The mainstream Economist magazine has extensive coverage of aging and life extension with a primary focus on the SENS strategy for life extension. The Economist article believes that SENS is a credible and plausible approach and thinks it has a chance of significant success. They also cover the Methuselah Mouse prize Brian WangBrian Wang is …

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