If Biotech Cannot Make Enough Money from Curing Disease Then Move on to Antiaging

Goldman Sachs analysts asked “Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” analysts ask in an April 10 report entitled “The Genome Revolution.” Goldman was addressing the question of gene therapies that provide complete cures with one treatment. “The potential to deliver ‘one shot cures’ is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered …

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Thailand has its 18th attempted or actual coups since 1932

The people of Thailand are all too familiar with coup d’etats. There have been at least 18 actual and attempted military takeovers since Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932. The last one was in 2006 when the military sent tanks onto the streets before ousting then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the brother of Yingluck, …

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DARPA Excalibur High-Energy Lasers headed to multi-100 kilowatts, 10 times more compact, longer effective range and over 35% power efficiencies

High-energy lasers (HEL) have the potential to benefit a variety of military missions, particularly as weapons or as high-bandwidth communications devices. However, the massive size, weight and power requirements (SWaP) of legacy laser systems limit their use on many military platforms. Even if SWaP limitations can be overcome, turbulence manifested as density fluctuations in the …

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Brian Wang on Fast Forward Radio Tomorrow

Brian Wang will be on Fast Forward Radio (the Speculist blog on Blog Talk Radio) I will be speaking with Rand Simberg, Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon about Moon colonies and Newt Gingrich’s proposed permanent moon base. The talk will start at 8pm PST February 1pm and will be recorded. My Recent articles on moon …

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KIT Researchers Transfer the Concept of an Optical Invisibility Cloak to Sound Waves

Progress of metamaterials in nanotechnologies has made the invisibility cloak, a subject of mythology and science fiction, become reality: Light waves can be guided around an object to be hidden, in such a way that this object appears to be non-existent. This concept applied to electromagnetic light waves may also be transferred to other types …

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Caltech-Led Team of Astronomers Finds 18 New Planets

The discovery is the largest collection of confirmed planets around stars more massive than the sun aside from the discoveries made by the Kepler mission. The Kepler space telescope has so far identified more than 1,200 possible planets, but the majority of those have not yet been confirmed. The researchers say that the findings also …

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Optomec Can Now Print Touch Screen Displays

Optomec has a new Aerosol Jet Display Lab system Optomec is an additive manufacturing leader for high performance applications. * The Aerosol Jet Solar Print Engine in their back end manufacturing line is capable of processing 2400 wafers/hour. (Solar Cells with 20% Efficiency) * researchers have developed the ability to fully print thin-film transistors (TFTs) …

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Electro Thermal Dynamic Stripping Oil Recovery Could Unlock 400 Billion More Barrels of Oil in Alberta at $26/Barrel

A field test was performed from Sept 2006 to August 2007 and the recovery and performance exceeded expectations. The recovery factor was over 75%, energy used per barrel was 23% less than anticipated and peak production rates were better than expected. ET Energy’s Electro Thermal technology could be used to pump out 600 billion barrels …

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BMW Gina car: a real time shape shifting fabric and wire frame fully drivable concept car

In the video, it can be seen that the front headlights can wink open and closed. The rear lights can shine through the material. The front body can also be seen to reshape by shifting the wires in the frame. The aerodynamics could be modified in real time as needed. The advantage of such a …

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Nanotechnology roundup: Graphene production and Copying Electric eel cells for implantable batteries

1. Two independent teams have shown that it is possible to produce stable suspensions of single-layer graphene from graphite crystals using chemical techniques. 2. A numerical model of a cell from the electric eel shows that artificial cells can be built to have higher power output densities and greater energy conversion efficiencies than natural cells, …

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