Metamaterial Antennas 25 Times Smaller in Each Dimension

This Z antenna tested at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is smaller than a standard antenna with comparable properties. Its high efficiency is derived from the “Z element” inside the square that acts as a metamaterial, greatly boosting the signal sent over the air. The square is 30 millimeters on a side. NIST …

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Cameco Large Cigar Lake Uranium Mine Could Start Development April 2010 and other Uranium News

Cameco says Cigar Lake uranium project ready for development as early as April, 2010 Cameco has already pumped most of the water out of the northern Saskatchewan mine, which has been flooded for three years. Goheen said refurbishment of shaft one, the main shaft, is three-quarters complete and the water level is down to the …

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Supreme Court Frees the Political Spending of Corporations

The Wall Street Journal and other sources are reporting on a Supreme court Ruling with far reaching implications on the US political process. A divided Supreme Court struck down decades-old limits on corporate political expenditures, potentially reshaping the 2010 election landscape by permitting businesses and unions to spend freely on commercials for or against candidates. …

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Ray Kurzweil Responds to the Issue of Accuracy of His Predictions

Ray Kurzweil responds to Michael Anissimov and I got a copy of the letter as well. The complete letter is below. After the letter is a discussion of Ray’s technology predictions and the work needed for accurate, precise and unambiguous predictions. Here is Michael Anissimov’s original article Here is a link to Chapter 9 of …

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Gene Therapy and Stem Cell News – Molecular Security System, China Rising Star in Regenerative Medicine

1. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a molecular security system in human cells that deactivates and degrades foreign DNA. This discovery could open the door to major improvements in genetic engineering and gene therapy technologies. Led by Reuben Harris, associate professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics in the College of Biological …

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Radically enhanced molecular recognition

Nature Chemistry – Radically enhanced molecular recognition The construction and operation of interlocked molecular machines often rely on the mutual recognition of different building blocks through a range of non-covalent interactions. Researchers have now shown that the versatility of bipyridinium systems can be increased by taking advantage of the complexes formed between their radical cations; …

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Micro UAV Assassination Robot Completed

Shown in the Wasp Micro UAV. The assassinationbot is believed to be an armed version of the Wasp Micro UAV Wired’s Danger Room reports that the Air Force Research Laboratory has completed developing a Micro-Air Vehicle (MAV) with innovative seeker/tracking sensor algorithms that can engage maneuvering high-value targets. Special Forces already make extensive use of …

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Winterberg on Ultradense Deuterium

Ultradense Deuterium (21 page pdf) by Winterberg An attempt is made to explain the recently reported occurrence of ultradense deuterium as an isothermal transition of Rydberg matter into a high density phase by quantum mechanical exchange forces. It is conjectured that the transition is made possible by the formation of vortices in a Cooper pair …

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Rethinking Air Travel and Air Security and Could Air Taxis Finally Takeoff

Airlines reported lengthy delays on international flights to the U.S. over the weekend amid heightened security after Friday’s alleged terrorism incident on a trans-Atlantic flight, but domestic passengers were largely unaffected by the new measures. AMR Corp.’s American Airlines said passengers and their luggage were being subjected to an extra round of screening at many …

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Nuclear Winter and City Firestorms

Robin Hanson at Overcoming Bias looks at nuclear winter again Robin looks at the Scientific American article that attempts to make the case that a regional nuclear war in India and Pakistan would be sufficient to trigger a nuclear winter Nuclear bombs dropped on cities and industrial areas in a fight between India and Pakistan …

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