Get the H1N1 Vaccine When It is Available For You

With normal flu 90% of the 30,000 people who die in a year in the USA are 65 years or older, but with H1N1 90% of those who are dieing are YOUNGER than 65 years of age New Scientist covers the relative risks of the H1N1 Vaccine and the H1N1 Flu * The risk of …

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Nanocrystals Suitable for InkJet Printing Developed that Retain Efficient Electrical Conductance

Semiconductor nanocrystals that can be readily mass-produced and retain efficient electrical conductance, which can be used for device manufacturing via inkjet printing and other solution-based processes. This makes them an attractive alternative to the large semiconductor crystals typically used in commercial solar cells and computer chips which are expensive and can make large-scale applications such …

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Scientists Identify a Key Protein That May Explain The Anti-Aging and Anti-Cancer Benefits of Dietary Restriction

High nutrients activate HIF-1 through the TOR-S6K pathway, which leads to increased ER stress and shortened lifespan. Other regulators such as PHA-4, SKN-1, AAK-2, DAF-16 and HSF-1 may function in parallel to HIF-1 to modulate DR-induced longevity phenotypes. A protein that plays a key role in tumor formation, oxygen metabolism and inflammation is involved in …

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What is DARPA Doing Now ?

1. DARPA has funded Rice University to develop platform-aware compilation environment”. Enable compilers which are the everywhere to be faster without needing highly skilled people spending a lot of time tuning each one. If they succeed all computers would become faster. “When a compiler translates human-written code into executable code, it makes myriad choices that …

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Battles in Bullet Time: Bionic bullet dodging vs Real Time Guided Sniper Rounds vs Robotic Counter Sniper Fire

There is a patent for a electronically enabled bullet dodging capability. If a sniper is firing from 2500 meters then there is 4 seconds to move out of the way if the bullet can be detected as it emerges from the muzzle. (H/T to Firearm blog The knee reflex takes about 20 milliseconds to fire. …

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$825 Billion Proposed Stimulus Bill, $400 million for high-risk, high-payoff Energy

Via Greencarcongress: Democrats in the US House of Representatives unveiled their $825-billion recovery package, a combination of $550 billion in spending and $275 billion in tax cuts. * $46.75 billion is to be directly applied to the transportation sector, including on-road, rail, air and maritime segments. – Of the direct transportation money, $30 billion (64%) …

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Commenting on Mark Jacobsons Energy Source Rankings

Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, has written a review of solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy security which examines all energy sources. The Jacobson analysis is very biased in favor of wind and against nuclear and biofuels. Nuclear power is burdened with CO2 from “burning cities in …

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Telescoping Carbon Nanotubes Can Make Flash Memory Replacment

Researchers at The University of Nottingham have used carbon nanotubes to make fast non-volatiles memory. (H/T Sander Olsen) If one nanotube sits inside another — slightly larger — one, the inner tube will ‘float’ within the outer, responding to electrostatic, van der Waals and capillary forces. Passing power through the nanotubes allows the inner tube …

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Carnivals of Space 76 and 77

Carnival of Space 76 is at at as(si)tronomi. The Carnival of Space 77 is up at tomorrow is hereHighlightsAstroengine talks about five things to pack for one way mission to Mars Centauri Dreams talks about why extraterrestrials might make interstellar beacons Out of the cradle talks about asteroids and orbital debris This site had sent …

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Scientists close to bringing a small shell of non-living fat to life

Jack Szostak, a molecular biologist at Harvard Medical School, is building simple cell models that can almost be called life. Szostak described preliminary new success in getting protocells with genetic information inside them to replicate.Wired magazine had an article on this work other sources below are Jack Szostak’s site and his research paper linked and …

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China’s Small/Medium Businesses, Biotech Companies and Physics

China’s Small and Medium Size Enterprises Are to Employment and Economy Chinese enterprises, especially small and medium ones, are facing a harder time because of the combined effects of the global slowdown, tight domestic credit, rising costs and an appreciating yuan. About 67,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) went bankrupt throughout China in the first …

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