Nvidia’s Next Generation Fermi GPU Unveiled

HPCWire reports: Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled a seriously revamped graphics processor architecture representing the biggest step forward for general-purpose GPU computing since the introduction of CUDA in 2006. The new architecture, codenamed “Fermi,” incorporates a number of new features aimed at technical computing, including support for Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory and greatly enhanced …

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Near Term Prospects for Increased Longevity

NY Times: “In five or six or seven years,” said Christoph Westphal, Sirtris co-founder [Sirtis was bought by GlaxoSmithKline for $720 million], “there will be drugs that prolong longevity.” [H/T Michael Annisimov, Accelerating Future] SRT-501, the company’s special formulation of resveratrol, is being tested against two cancers, multiple myeloma and colon cancer that has spread …

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Drug discovery Improvement and Nanotargeted radiotherapy

1. Cancer and cell biology experts at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have developed a new mass spectrometry-based tool they say provides more precise, cost-effective data collection for drug discovery efforts. It generates fewer false positives and can use 20 times less reagant. Preliminary studies have shown that the new mass spectrometry tool—known as MALDI-QqQMS …

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Using Technology to Enable the Good Enough Revolution and Paths to Abundance

Wired describes the “Good Enough Revolution” Wired makes the following points about the “Good Enough Revolution”. Eventually all markets reach a point where products more gain more “value” by having core features and making those features extremely easy to use, convenient and cheap instead of adding more features. * In 2001, 181 million disposable cameras …

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Energy Information Administration Report: Double US Nuclear Power by 2030 to Meet Affordable Climate Goals

An 81 page pdf report from the energy Information Adminstration analysing the current Waxman Energy/climate bill The EIA projected that to keep the costs of implementing the bill low for consumers — about $339 extra per household in 2030 according to their basic scenario — nuclear energy use would rise from 8 quadrillion BTUs a …

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How Independent Could a Seastead or a Colony in the Solar System Be ?

Jamais Cascio, Open the Future, claims that ending politics is a delusion and provides the following example. In the early days of the dot-com era, this attitude resulted in the absence of digital tech industry voices in Washington, DC, allowing the incumbent telecom and entertainment industries free rein to write laws and buy politicians without …

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Per Peterson on Pebble Bed Reactors Status

Status and Progress for the Pebble-Bed Advanced HighTemperature Reactor (AHTR) by Per Peterson Mar 2009 [53 page pdf] Overview of intermediate and long term nuclear energy options* Modular PB-AHTR design 900 MWth / 410 MWe Core power density 20 – 30 MW/m3 Core inlet/outlet temps 600°C/704°C Uses available ASME Section III Materials * Modular PB-AHTR …

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International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2009

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2009) in Kobe, Japan, is presenting many interesting robots. [H/T Sander Olson] A rapid pole climbing robot from the University of Pennsylvania. Robot-Assisted Rapid Prototyping for Ice Structures Video of ice sculpting robot at this link McGill University researchers are currently developing experimental robotic systems for building …

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Sentience Driving Software Can Reduce Fuel Usage 5-24% Starting in 2012

Sentience driving software can control a car or trucks acceleration and braking and enable 5-24% fuel savings and could be installed in vehicles starting in 2012. It is also a transition path to completely robotic driving. For about $30 to install ion each car or truck the system would save an average of 14% of …

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Details on the Self Assembled Memory, Refinement can Boost Density to 100 terabits per Square Inch

An overhead view (bottom) shows cylindrical block-coploymer structures, consisting of a central polymer (blue) linked to a surrounding polymer (red). An atomic-force microscope image (center), shows the densely packed cylinders, dark in the center, with the varying height of the surface beneath them visible as alternating lighter and darker stripes. The side view diagram (top) …

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