Pairing Quantum Dots with Fullerenes for Nanoscale Photovoltaics (replacing myself because blogger.com is too slow to fix)

Left: Photoinduced electron transfer occurring in quantum dot-bridge-fullerene hererodimers and observed with single molecule microscopy. Right: Control of electron transfer (ET) rate by variation of interparticle distance (R, upper panel) and quantum dot size (D, lower panel). Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have assembled nanoscale pairings of particles that show promise as miniaturized power sources. Composed …

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Virgin Galactic Flies Free

Virgin Galactic on Sunday said that it had successfully completed the first piloted free flight of the VSS Enterprise, the experimental space ship previously known as SpaceShipTwo. If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator, or Reddit, or StumbleUpon. Thanks Featured articles Ocean Floor Gold and Copper    Ocean Floor Mining …

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This Could be the Breakout Year for SpaceX and New Space

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software SpaceX aiming to launch three additional test flights of the Falcon-Dragon system by the end of this year, culminating in a berthing demonstration at the space station. That would open the way for robotic cargo deliveries that could earn SpaceX $1.6 billion through 2016. The list …

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Increasing Civilization Robustness – preventing shorting out the grid, resist fire and damage

There is a 208 page EMP (electromagnetic Pulse)Commission report which discusses the interconnections between critical infrastructure and specific steps to increase robustness and recoverability The Department of Homeland Security has responsibility in the USA to get these kinds of plans implemented. There is an office of infrastructure protection. The plans and documents that are on …

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Japan Riken Makes Progress Towards Quantum Simulators

Figure 1: Schematic diagrams of three types of quantum simulators: atoms (red) held in place by an optical field (green; top left); ions (yellow) aligned using an electromagnetic field (top right); and superconducting circuits (bottom). Iulia Buluta and Franco Nori of the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute present an overview of how quantum simulators may become …

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Peter Voss Interview by Sander Olson

Here is an interview with Peter Voss by Sander Olson. Mr. Voss is an artificial general intelligence researcher who is confident that AGI can be created within the next decade given sufficient funding. He has created a company, called Adaptive AI, Inc., which produces call-center software but which has the express purpose of developing and …

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First Artificial Hand that Can Feel

BBC News reports, a team of scientists from Italy and Sweden has developed what is believed to be the first artificial hand that has feeling. (H/T Sander Olson) Video is after the jump. Metro UK has more information The Smarthand uses a complex system of four motors and 40 sensors that enables patients to perform …

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Nanoworms for finding and treating cancer tumors

Segmented “nanoworms” composed of magnetic iron oxide and coated with a polymer are able to find and attach to tumors. Scientists at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and MIT have developed nanometer-sized “nanoworms” that can cruise through the bloodstream without significant interference from the body’s immune defense system and—like tiny anti-cancer missiles—home in on …

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