More technical details on Dwave System’s Quantum Computing

D-Wave Senior Scientist and condensed matter physicist Mohammad Amin gave a highly technical presentation at MIT. (54 slides in this power point presentation) Dwave recently demonstrated a 28 qubit computer. They are predicting that they will have 512 qubit and 1024 qubit quantum computer systems in 2008. If Dwave is successful then in 2009 it …

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Robert Bussard has died of cancer

From Centauri Dreams, comes the sad word that Robert Bussard has died of cancer. I had been covering the recent work of Robert Bussard on inertial electrostatic fusion. This project had been funded again by the US Navy Power and control also noted Robert Bussards passing and summarize his work which will continue The Polywell …

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China learning how to invest

China’s state investment company announced on Sunday it would take a $3 billion stake *just under 10%) in Blackstone Group LP Blackstone is one of the leading global private investment firms. China will learn how to structure and value private equity deals, as well as gaining a network of well connected people. “The Blackstone deal …

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Discovery of first gene that specifically links calorie restriction to longevity

Loss of only one of the genes, a gene encoding the protein PHA-4, negated the lifespan-enhancing effect of calorie-restriction in worms. And, when researchers undertook the opposite experiment—by overexpressing pha-4 in worms—the longevity effect was enhanced. “PHA-4 acts completely independent of insulin/IGF-1 signaling and turns out to be essential for CR-mediated longevity,” says Panowski. “We …

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New material Nanobuds are buckyballs fused to Nanotubes

(left) Two transmission electron microscope images of a single-walled carbon nanotube with fullerenes attached to its surface (right) A fullerene/SWNT hybrid structure – a NanoBud. Credit: Esko Kauppinen, et al. Researchers have created a hybrid carbon nanomaterial that merges single-walled carbon nanotubes and spherical carbon-atom cages called fullerenes. The new structures, dubbed NanoBuds because they …

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Self-assembling macromolecules created

Institute Director S. Richard Turner and doctoral candidate Min Mao reported the synthesis of a new family of charged, rod-like block copolymers. The tiny rods can be either positive or negative, or can have alternating positive and negative charges along the backbone. The rods self-assemble and the aggregated structures are remarkable stable in saline solution, …

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Medical robot breakthrough: Software controlled movement in living animal

The power of pre-molecular nanotechnology systems is shown in this work. APolytechnique team has succeeded in injecting, propelling andcontrolling by means of software programs an initial prototype of anuntethered device (a ferromagnetic 1.5- millimetre-diameter sphere)within the carotid artery of a living animal placed inside a clinicalmagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. They have succeeded forthe first …

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