Tough gel stretches to 21 times its length, recoils, and heals itself and could be a replacement for cartilage

A team of experts in mechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering at Harvard have created an extremely stretchy and tough gel that may pave the way to replacing damaged cartilage in human joints. Called a hydrogel, because its main ingredient is water, the new material is a hybrid of two weak gels that combine to …

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China Prepares the Chang E2 Lunar Probe

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software China’s second lunar probe, the Chang’e-2, will fly much faster than its predecessor and reach lunar orbit within a shorter period of time. China is set to launch the Chang’e-2 lunar probe at the end of the year. The country launched its first lunar probe, Chang’e-1, …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 18

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software The 18th Carnival of Nuclear energy is up at the ANS Nuclear Cafe Nextbigfuture provided an article about the General Atomic EM2 reactor which was presented at the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) meeting held in late August. Nuclear and defense supplier General Atomics announced in February, …

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All-optical switching on a silicon chip at telecom wavelengths

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Nanoletters – Ultrafast All-Optical Switching in a Silicon-Nanocrystal-Based Silicon Slot Waveguide at Telecom Wavelengths We demonstrate experimentally all-optical switching on a silicon chip at telecom wavelengths. The switching device comprises a compact ring resonator formed by horizontal silicon slot waveguides filled with highly nonlinear silicon nanocrystals …

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Google Chrome Frame Plugin Makes IE8 9.6 times Faster for Javascript

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer zips through JavaScript nearly 10 times faster than usual when Google’s new Chrome Frame plug-in is partnered with the browser, benchmark tests show. According to tests run by Computerworld, Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) with the plug-in was 9.6 times faster than IE8 on its own. Computerworld ran the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark suite …

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Startup Pixel Qi Will Soon Release Low-cost, Color E-paper / LCD Combination

Pixel Qi is a fabless ASIC company that specializes in screens. The screen is just a big ASIC chip – we work closely with the large LCD factories. The trick – we use their standard processes and materials and can produce new screens with radical new performance in about a year. Rather than just a …

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Interview with Peter Antoinette, President and CEO of Nanocomp Technologies

This site has been following Nanocomp Technologies which makes sheets of carbon nanotubes. Nanocomp Technologies had 3X6 foot sheets back in early 2008. Then in early 2009, they announced that they had 4X8 foot sheets. So close to double the square footage of the 16 square foot sheets at 32. In a single process, they …

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Pennwest Using Horizontal Multi-Stage Frac Drilling Outside of Bakken Oil Formation

A presentation by Penn West, a Senior Canadian Oil Company, on its oil drilling plans. [34 pages] They are making a significant allocation to enhanced oil recovery. Horizontal multi-stage fracturing can be 44% of the cost of conventional oil drilling approaches for certain oil formations. Horizontal multi-stage fracturing should draw billions of barrels of oil …

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Is the current US / World situation more like Mexico’s crisis of 1994-1998 ?

People have mostly been comparing the current crisis to the Japanese financial crisis and decade of economic stagnation. However there have been other foreign financial crisis that may be a closer parallel. All of the foreign financial crisis provide examples of what should be avoided. A series of direct support programs in Mexico to homeowners …

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Optical lithography can go to 12 nanometers at least

From the EEtimes, MIT researchers have solved issues with scanning beam interference lithography and have tested at 25 nanometers and believe they can get to 12 nanometers at least. This is a big deal because it will ensure that Moore’s law to continue to improve computers for another 15 years or more. Current lithography is …

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Status of electric bikes and scooters

Folding electric bike made in China. the Wisper works 805FE Bicycle industry reports that electric bike sales in 2007 reached 21 million units, a 10 percent uptick from the previous year but below the heady growth rates of recent years as a shakeout forced hundreds of e-bike factories to close. China exported about 350,000 e-bikes, …

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