Food Security around the World

Food security is an increasingly critical global issue, affected by a complex and inter-related set of variables that influence the availability and access to food in each country. The political and economic stability of countries with a large proportion of the population living on less than US$1-a-day are particularly affected by food price inflation and …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 87

Carnival of Nuclear Energy 87 is up at the ANS Nuclear Cafe Atomic Insights – Rod Adams writes that David Owen’s book, “The Conundrum” comes to the conclusion that there is no way for people to sustain a high energy consumption life-style. He ignores the incredible store of energy inside of uranium and thorium. Nuke …

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Graphene Nanomesh and Ultracold Welding of Gold Nanowires

1. Nature Nanotechnology – Graphene nanomesh transistors support 100 times the current of individual nanoribbons Graphene has significant potential for application in electronics but cannot be used for effective field-effect transistors operating at room temperature because it is a semimetal with a zero bandgap. Processing graphene sheets into nanoribbons with widths of less than 10 …

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IBM Targeting 100 Dollar Genome Sequencing

IBM is developing nanopore DNA sequencing to ultimately bringing the cost to as low as $100 or less to sequence a genome. MIT Technology Review has details. Several research groups are developing their own approach to nanopore sequencing. All involve the movement of DNA molecules through a tiny pore one base at a time; as …

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Lysosome AntiAging Science in NY Times, Lysosome Science Already One of the Seven Key Areas in SENS

Self-Destructive Behavior in Cells May Hold Key to a Longer Life is an article in the New York Times covering Lysosome science. the Lysosens project was one of the first funded projects of SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) The NY Times is validating what SENS is doing. Donate to support SENS and accelerate the …

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Singularity Summit Weekend : Collection of Liveblogging

This site has previewed the schedule and several key talks that will be presented at the Singularity Summit in New York Michael Annisimov, Accelerating Future, is at the Singularity Summit and indicates that there are over 800 attendees. Popular Science magazine has live blogging of the Singularity Summit Sentient Developments has Benjamin Peterson liveblogging. Lisa …

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Cities 2.0

The world has an opportunity to develop new more productive and efficient cities that are built entirely new because of the billions moving to cities. The current move from rural to urban is increasing per capita GDP by four to eight times in places like China. The productivity gains could be even greater if a …

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Megawatt Class VASIMR Plasma Rocket Cluster by 2013

In an Interview in Seed Magazine, Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz discusses the future of the VASIMR plasma rocket. Once we’ve demonstrated a 200-kilowatt prototype engine operating at full power on the ground, the next step is testing an identical version in space. We’re already testing the prototype unit in our vacuum chamber here in Houston, and …

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Winterbergs Advanced Deuterium Fusion Rocket Propulsion For Manned Deep Space Missions

Winterberg’s design to obtain a high thrust with a high specific impulse, uses propulsion by deuterium micro-bombs, and it is shown that the ignition of deuterium micro-bombs is possible by intense GeV proton beams, generated in space by using the entire spacecraft as a magnetically insulated billion volt capacitor. The design could have exhaust that …

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Lancet Researchers Say Aging Process is Modifiable

Physorg reports that the Lancet in an article to be published Friday in the medical journal Lancet (prestigious medical journal), the researchers write that the process of aging may be “modifiable.” The Lancet is saying there is no fixed ceiling on human longevity. Lancet Abstract: Ageing populations: the challenges ahead If the pace of increase …

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Burj al Meel Mile High Tower Proceeding to Award Design Contract

Kingdom Holding Company is still planning a mile high tower as is reviewing design bids despite the recent worldwide financial crisis. It is a currently estimated USD 13,300,000,000 project (13.3 billion dollar). Burj Al-Meel is a proposed supertall skyscraper to be located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud’s Kingdom holding company is …

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