COPD death risk halved using

People suffering with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may find that combining two currently available medications halves their risk of death within two years as well and improves their overall health status and quality of life. The conclusion is drawn from the first human trial to compare treatment of COPD with a combination of salmeterol …

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Electric Vehicle news roundup

For $500 you can now reserve your Aptera electric or super-hybrid vehicle. Deliveries should start October, 2008 The first Aptera prototype, the Mk-0, was a parallel hybrid Diesel and achieved an average of 230 MPG at a steady state of 55 MPH. This was pure Diesel/mechanical drive with no electric assist. The All Electric Aptera …

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Printing electronics with inkjets

MIt Technology Review provides more information on the work of Kovio of Sunnyvale. Current contactless smart cards of the type used by frequent travelers on major transit systems can cost as much as $5 a piece to produce. But Kovio’s technology could soon lead to nonmagnetic smart cards that cost a nickel. Eventually, the technology …

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Neutron scatter Camera detects nuclear bombs at a distance

Neutron cameras “can detect, unambiguously, at a greater distance, and through more shielding,” said Jim Lund, manager of the Rad/Nuc Detection Systems group at Sandia National Laboratories in Alameda, Calif. The neutron scatter camera has an advantage over traditional neutron detection because it can differentiate low energy neutrons from high energy neutrons. While some gamma …

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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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Future Robosapien variant with infrared location

the makers of Robosapien is partnering with a company that will help them to add location awareness to new robot products starting in 2009 How the robotic location is done using infrared “Evolution’s technologies are revolutionizing the way we interact with robots and consumers will be truly amazed when they see what these products can …

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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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New Superlens design could be easier to make

A new kind of “superlens”, capable of focusing light to a spot far smaller than its own wavelength, could be far easier to build than other proposed designs, researchers say. It could allow viewing and etching of points and lines at 0.4 to 1 nanometer. This would help accelerate the improvement of conventional computer power …

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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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