South Korean company Nesscap Claim Ultracapacitors with 10 times the Power and Lifetime of Batteries

Nesscap Inc., a South Korean-based ultracapacitor manufacturing and power storage solutions company, announced today that it has closed a bridge financing round in the amount of $9 million. Nesscap ultracapacitor information * High energy density (2.7V 5000F Prismatic : 5.8Wh/kg, 7.1Wh/l) Which is not that special. Experimental electric double-layer capacitors from the MIT LEES project …

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Spectrum-splitting solar modules and Roadmap to 50% efficient Solar Cells

Energy Focus Inc. (Nasdaq: EFOI), a global leader in energy efficient lighting, has entered into a $3.1M, two-year contract with the DuPont-University of Delaware Very High Efficiency Solar Cell (VHESC) Consortium as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded effort to deliver advanced solar research to enable high efficiency, low cost photovoltaics. DARPA …

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Largest Semantic Map of English Language and AI decipher complex multigene relationships

Artificial intelligence is helping to accelerate and deepen our understanding of genetics and getting better at understanding our language. Cognition Technologies, a next-generation Semantic Natural Language Processing (NLP) company, has announced the release of the largest commercially available Semantic Map of the English language. The scope of Cognition’s Semantic Map is more than double the …

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Status of electric bikes and scooters

Folding electric bike made in China. the Wisper works 805FE Bicycle industry reports that electric bike sales in 2007 reached 21 million units, a 10 percent uptick from the previous year but below the heady growth rates of recent years as a shakeout forced hundreds of e-bike factories to close. China exported about 350,000 e-bikes, …

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Carnegie Endowment makes conservative prediction of China overtaking the US Economy in 2035

Here is 16 page briefing from the Carnegie Endowment by Albert Kiedel on the economic rise of China UPDATE: The British Telegraph has an interesting series of articles on life in China now The very conservative projection described in the table above already underestimates China’s economy. It has China at $4 trillion on an exchange …

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GNA: Glycerol nucleic acid, synthetic version of DNA a new nanotechnology building block

The first self-assembled nanostructures composed entirely of glycerol nucleic acid (GNA, —a synthetic analog of DNA)have been made by Biodesign Institute scientist John Chaput and his research team. The only chemical difference between DNA and a synthetic cousin, GNA, is in the sugar molecule. GNA uses a three-carbon sugar called glycerol rather than the five-carbon …

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Nanodiamonds 100 times cheaper, track cells in the body and deliver drugs and genes

Taiwanese scientists have found a way to slash the cost of making the diamond chips by around 100 times. Nanodiamond’s fluorescent properties could be used to track cells moving through the body. And, last year, researchers showed they could safely deliver chemotherapy drugs. Cheaper alternatives to nanodiamonds, such as fluorescent dyes or small chunks of …

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Fusion and expected power generation trends

Vincent Page, technology officer at GE, wrote a good paper in 2005 about the economics and timeline towards moving to fusion power He had three fusion concepts in a chart which I will extend Time to Small Cost to Achieve Large scale chanceConcept Description Scale net energy Net Energy after small success Funded?Bussard IEC Fusion …

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Millimeter Korean bloodstream robot

A robot, smaller than one millimeter, has been built by Korean scientists to travel through blood vessels Once inside a blocked artery, it is able to release drugs to dissolve blood clots, which are often the cause of heart attacks. The robot has three short front legs and three longer back legs which are attached …

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Keeping Moore’s law going: Intel High-K solution

Six web pages feature at IEEE Spectrum, that describes the technical achievement of High-K insulation for computer chips. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, …

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