Neuroscience and Neurotech for cognitive enhancement and behavior modification

Emerging cognitive neuroscience and related technologies written by the National Research Council. Chapter 5: Potential intelligence and military applications Paraphrasing from the executive summary: This area of neuroscience and cognitive enhancement is advancing too quickly for this group to fully track and anticipate disruptive leaps in capability. Chapter 3: Emerging areas of neuroscience and neurotechnology …

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Heartland Robotics : Low Cost Industrial Robots Revolution

Rodney Brooks, co-founder and CTO of iRobot, is leaving his iRobot post to found his own robotics company, Heartland Robotics. Heartland Robotics, based in Cambridge, Mass., will focus on the manufacture of industrial worker robots. “I want to effect a powerful evolution in the world’s labor markets, and my current focus is to develop low-cost …

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Bellafont reactors follow up

Excellent analysis of the possible restart of Bellefont nuclear reactors by Dan Yurman at Idaho Samizdat . A quick back-of-the-envelope estimate suggests that the cost to complete the two units could be $3.6 billion at a minimum. This could save 2 billion versus the construction of new reactors. If there is carbon taxes or costs …

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NXP Semiconductor 150 mbps LTE modem and Clearwires 6Mbps Wimax network

NXP Launches The World’s Fastest Cellular Modem, the PNX6910, which is capable of achieving data transfer rates of 150 Mbits downlink and 50 Mbits uplink, and supports multi-mode LTE/HSPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM capability. The world’s fastest cellular modem from NXP – Nexperia Cellular System Solution PNX6910 will be available to early access customers in the second quarter of …

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Permanent nanoscale bubbles created

Engineers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have whipped up, for the first time, permanent nanoscale bubbles—bubbles that endure for more than a year—from batches of foam made from a mixture of glucose syrup, sucrose stearate, and water. Future applications of these microbubbles could significantly extend the lifetimes of common gas-liquid products …

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Carbon nanotubes on plastic 312 megahertz instead of kilohertz for current plastic circuits

Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Brewer Science, Inc. have used carbon nanotubes as the basis for a high-speed (312 megahertz) thin-film transistors printed onto sheets of flexible plastic. Their method may allow large-area electronic circuits to be printed onto almost any flexible substrate at low cost and in mass quantities. (Most Intel …

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McKinsey plan and analysis for offsetting climate change has pro-nuclear aspect

The McKinsey plan (107 page report) for lowering climate change gases in the United States1. Energy efficiency in buildings and appliances (710-870 megatons of carbon)2. More fuel efficient vehicles (340-660 megatons of carbon)3. Industrial efficiency (620-770 megatons)4. Bigger carbon sinks (like more forest) (440-580 megatons)5. Less carbon intensive power generation (800-1570 megatons)This last one is …

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What is needed to achieve broad clinical success for tissue engineering

A 12 page pdf on what tissue engineering experts feel is needed to achieve broad clinical success for tissue engineering by 2021. A worldwide body of 24 leaders in tissue engineering was queried systematically to determine the best paths toward that goal. Using a modified Hoshin process, we identified 14 critical activity categories and then …

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Former ‘No Nukes’ Protester: Gwyneth Cravens now supports nuclear power

Her conclusion? Every day spent burning coal for power translates into damaged lungs and ecosystem destruction. The only realistic — and safe — alternative is nuclear. I agree. Solar, geothermal and wind will help but currently nuclear fission is the best solution for high volume clean power. A family in four in France, where they …

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IBM makes a major advancement in the field of on-chip silicon nanophotonics

Using light instead of wires to send information between the computer cores of a computer chip can be 100 times faster and use 10 times less power than wires. The new IBM technology aims to enable a power-efficient method to connect hundreds or thousands of cores together on a tiny chip by eliminating the wires …

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