SENS4 : Antiaging conference coverage

Ouroboros has coverage of the SENS4: Antiaging conference. The SENS site has all of the conference abstracts UPDATE: SENS4, Session 6: Eliminating recalcitrant intracellular molecules: other Claude Wischik spoke about preventing aggregation of tau protein, which is implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical trials of their aggregation-inhibiting drug Rember are promising. Andrei Seluanov talked about naked …

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Sandia Designing Factory Mass Producable Right Sized Reactor

Tom Sanders, Vice President/President Elect American Nuclear Society, is promoting “Global Energy Needs: Defining a Role for a “Right Sized Reactor” [32 page pdf] There is some conflicting information in the 32 page presentation and a Sandia press release. The presentation (May, 2009) talks about a variety of reactor technologies include light water, gas cooled, …

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Sometimes Fewer Dollars are Better for Healthcare

New Scientist explains how come sometimes less is more for healthcare. Research at the Dartmouth School of Medicine in New Hampshire shows how high-spending regions of the country are driving the spiralling costs. Insurers and the government pay set fees for each medical intervention performed. In some regions, doctors in institutions that are competing to …

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Research links Nitrates Levels Contribute as Cause of Alzheimers, Diabetes and Parkinson and 5 Cups of Coffee Can Protect Against Alzheimers

1. A new study by researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have found a substantial link between increased levels of nitrates in our environment and food with increased deaths from diseases, including Alzheimer’s, diabetes mellitus and Parkinson’s. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The researchers graphed and analyzed mortality rates, and compared …

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Lasers Can Create Temporal Lens of Attosecond Electron Pulses for Molecular Movies

A team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has figured out a possible way to observe and record the behavior of matter at the molecular level. That ability could open the door to a wide range of applications in ultrafast electron microscopy used in a large array of scientific, medical and technological fields. The “lenses” in …

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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita Predictions on Iran

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita predictions from February 2009 on Iran. The above is a 20 minute TED presentation. – Prediction based on self-interest – Need to look at all of the influencers on the key decision maker – 5 people is 120 interactions, 10 people is 3.6 million interactions – CIA notes that the computer …

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Idaho National Labs Makes Key Progress for Enabling Fourth Generation Nuclear Reactors

Key milestones have been passed after three years of planning, machining, wiring and welding, in the progress of the Advanced Graphite Capsule project. This six-phase project will test over 2,000 different samples of graphite in INL’s Advanced Test Reactor facility over a roughly 10-year period that will last until 2020. Today, nuclear experts envision two …

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NIST Discovers How Strain at Grain Boundaries Suppresses High-Temperature Superconductivity

Electron microscope image of two superconducting thin films that meet at a 6 degree tilt boundary (the dark line running through the image). The numerous smaller lines that intersect the grain boundary at 90 degrees are the individual crystalline layers. The connection between the two films shows distortions in the superconducting layers, which severely limits …

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MIT Find Way to Slow Concrete Creep: Structures Using This Can Last 16,000 Years

The image shows the imprint left by a nanoindenter in a particle of cement paste. The round blob at the top center is actually an extremely fine piece of dust on the surface. Photo / Chris Bobko MIT researchers say that concrete creep (the technical term for the time-dependent deformation that occurs in concrete when …

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Nvidias Next GPGPU to Have 3 Teraflop Performance

Previously we had an article about cloud computing, distributed computing and the importance of GPGPU acceleration. HPCwire reports that Nvidia’s next-generation GPU design, the G300, may turn out to be the biggest architectural leap the graphics chip maker has ever attempted. If the early rumors are true, NVIDIA has decided move the architecture a step …

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Superconducting Computer Chip Breakthrough

Artist view of the implantation of gallium ions (animated in blue) into germanium wafers followed by a reconstruction of the lattice using short-term flash-lamp annealing and, finally, of the observation of superconductivity at low temperatures. Other than in normal conductors, superconductivity is caused by the formation of electron pairs with anti-parallel momentum and spin (animated …

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