H1N1 Swine Flu Deaths and Vaccination

CNN reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new H1N1 statistics. Nearly 3,900 people, including about 540 children, are believed to have died from the H1N1 flu in the first six months of the epidemic. In a normal flu season the number of deaths for children is about 100. Average US …

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Second Day of the Space Elevator Beaming Contest

No new successful runs in day 2. Day 2 has been completed. We have lasermotive as the only team with successful prize level 1 runs in the 2 meter/second to 5 meter/second range. They had day one speed of 3.73 meters/second. Thu, Nov 05 20096:43:48 AM PST:Good morning. First up today: USST. That will complete …

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Living Yeast Cells Coated with Silica

Korean researchers have coated yeast cells with silica. This could lead to functionalized cells with electrical and computational properties or other properties. Corante describes the korean research and its implications They start out by coating the cells with some charged polymers that are known to serve as a good substrate for silication, and then expose …

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Idaho National Labs is Using Plasma to Mass Produce Nanoparticles and better Armor and Trying to Use Plasma to More Efficiently Make Gas and Diesel

Mike Wall wrote on research at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to harness plasma, the fourth state of matter. Peter Kong, technical lead for plasma processing at INL, has built a career of putting plasma to work. He’s using it to mass-produce nanoparticles, a project that in August received $1 million in federal stimulus funding. He’s …

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Uzi Vishkin, Who Has a New Computer Programming Paradigm, Interview by Sander Olson

Here is the Uzi Vishkin interview. Dr. Vishkin is a Professor in the Department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland: Dr. Vishkin has developed a new computer paradigm that has the potential to speed up many computer operations by 10x or even 100x. The new software developed by Dr. Vishkin, called …

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