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futureFood Security around the World

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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 …

computersCarnival of Nuclear Energy 87

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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 …

futureGraphene Nanomesh and Ultracold Welding of Gold Nanowires

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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 …

futureIBM Targeting 100 Dollar Genome Sequencing

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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 …

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

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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 …

futureSingularity Summit Weekend : Collection of Liveblogging

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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 …

futureCities 2.0

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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 …

nuclearMegawatt Class VASIMR Plasma Rocket Cluster by 2013

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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 …

futureWinterbergs Advanced Deuterium Fusion Rocket Propulsion For Manned Deep Space Missions

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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 …

astronomyLancet Researchers Say Aging Process is Modifiable

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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 …