FuelGems Enables Significantly Cleaner and More Efficient Gasoline

FuelGems uses carbon-based nanoparticles as a fuel additive to make gasoline and diesel engines more efficient and cleaner-burning. Nextbigfuture interviewed FuelGems CEO Kirill Gichunts. Kirill was a managing Partner of a VC accelerator fund and he has grown 15 start-ups and achieved exits. The additive enables engines to be cleaner-burning which significantly reduces emissions. They …

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Nanotech platform Carries mRNA Directly to Target Cells

A new study explores a biological approach to directing nanocarriers loaded with protein “game changers” to specific cells. The groundbreaking method may prove useful in treating myriad malignancies, inflammatory diseases and rare genetic disorders. Lipid nanoparticles (LNP) were used to deliver modified messenger RNA to treat inflammatory bowel diseases and other diseases. Prof. Dan Peer, …

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Nanoparticles can triple the rate of evaporation for solar desalination

Tellurium nanoparticles can triple the evaporation rate of solar desalination and can raise the temperature of water from 29° to 85°C within 100 seconds. If the production of Tellurium nanoparticles can be scaled up to commercial scale the energy needed for desalination can be reduced by 10 times. There are already several industrial-scale solar desalination …

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Volumetric Display achieves quality moving 3D images that are better than holograms

Nature – Physicists create Star Wars-style 3D projections — just don’t call them holograms Smalley’s team has taken a different approach — using a technique known as volumetric display — to create moving 3D images that viewers can see from any angle. Some physicists say that the technology comes closer than any other to recreating …

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Nanoparticle gel could make mass-market low-cost Holography, LIDAR

Why aren’t holograms or related optical devices part of our everyday lives yet? The technologies can be created by using magnetic fields to alter the path of light, but the materials that can do that are expensive, brittle and opaque. Some only work in temperatures as cold as the vacuum of space. Minjeong Cha, MSE …

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Paper-Based Supercapacitor Will Get Boost in Energy Density

Using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique, researchers from the U.S. and Korea have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help power wearable devices. The device uses metallic nanoparticles to coat cellulose fibers in the paper, creating supercapacitor electrodes with high energy and power densities – and the best performance so far …

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3D printing of high quality alloys will enable lighter and stronger metals for planes and more

HRL Labs has made a breakthrough with a technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum alloys—including types Al7075 and Al6061—that opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant alloys. These alloys are very desirable for aircraft and automobile parts and have been among thousands that were not amenable to additive manufacturing—3D printing—a difficulty that has …

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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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Implantable neural dust powered by ultrasound within a body

First in vivo tests demonstrate ultrasound can be used to wirelessly power and communicate with millimeter-scale devices surgically placed in muscles and nerves Therapeutic modulation of the activity of the body’s peripheral nervous system (PNS) holds a world of potential for mitigating and treating disease and other health conditions—if researchers can figure out a feasible …

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Ultra-flat circuits will have unique properties

The old rules don’t necessarily apply when building electronic components out of two-dimensional materials, according to scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson analyzed hybrids that put 2-D materials like graphene and boron nitride side by side to see what happens at the border. They found that the electronic characteristics …

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Gene therapy seems able to convert severe hemophilia into mild hemophilia

Dutch firm UniQure presented results from an early study of AMT-060, a gene therapy it’s developing for patients with hemophilia B. To be clear, these are numbers from just the first handful of patients in UniQure’s study, treated with a low dose of the gene therapy. And they’re early—the patient treated the longest is now …

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