Discovery Channels view of 2057

Discovery channel has a series on the future of 2057 They are way to conservative on what they are projecting. The chat transcript with series host futurist Michio Kaku shows that he is not up to date on the latest technologies. He thinks that the most powerful quantum computer calculation is 3*5=15. This was the …

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How Insect size robots will fight

Wired summarizes destructive methods usable by micro robots and micro UAVs Israel is developing a robot the size of a hornet to attack terrorists. And although the prototype will not fly for three years, killer Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs, are much closer than that. British Special Forces already use 6-inch MAV aircraft called WASPs …

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World Health Organization estimates 3 million killed by outdoor air pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 3 million people are killed worldwide by outdoor air pollution annually from vehicles and industrial emissions, and 1.6 million indoors through using solid fuel. Most are in poor countries. One study says 7-20% of cancers are attributable to poor air and pollution in homes and workplaces. Wikipedia discusses air …

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Quantum biology

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute describe a mechanism to explain how an intein — a type of protein found in single-celled organisms and bacteria — cuts itself out of the host protein and reconnects the two remaining strands. The intein breaks a protein sequence at two points: first the N-terminal, and then the C-terminal. This …

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Breakthrough Diabetes one injection cures mice for four months

From Biosingularity, and Canada’s National post, word of breakthrough near cure for diabetes In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body’s nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians. The …

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Maybe Advanced Coal energy for China

MIT technology review discusses prospects for advanced coal energy plants in China Pollution is the leading cause of death in China, killing more than a million people a year. And the primary cause of pollution is also the source of the energy propelling Shanghai’s magnetically levitating train: coal. China’s is building on average one coal-fired …

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