Detecting, preventing and more effectively treating Alzheimers

PET scans could detect Alzheimer’s as early as 10 years before people show symptoms of the disease, allowing them to begin treatment earlier. If the disease is detected ten years in advance it provides a lot of time for treatment and lifestyle change to slow or possibly prevent the occurence of the disease. Plus more …

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Less than ten years to develop offshore oil if regulations modified

Investors Daily has an editorial by Monica Showalter which proposes that offshore drilling in the United States could develop oil far faster than ten years if regulations were adjusted. California’s 10 billion barrels in offshore oil could be brought to market in as little as a year “if the moratorium were lifted,” according to a …

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Myostatin blocking still under hot pursuit

Acceleron, a Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech firm, and other companies are still pursuing myostatin blocking, which can be four times more effective at building muscle versus high doses of steroids Se-Jin Lee, the molecular biologist at Johns Hopkins University who discovered myostatin in mice in 1992, says it’s “disappointing” that MYO-029 is dead, but he still …

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Cheap titanium, virtual telescope, property rights in space

Titanium could become a lot cheaper and more commongly used. A non-melt consolidation process being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and industry partners could reduce the amount of energy required and the cost to make titanium parts from powders by up to 50 percent, making it feasible to use titanium alloys for brake rotors, …

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Carbon nanotubes might increases risk of cancer, mesothelioma

Carbon nanotubes appear to have a similar cancer causing effect as asbestos in mice Within days of being injected into mice, the nanotubes — which are increasingly used in electronic components, sporting goods and dozens of other products — triggered a kind of cellular reaction that over a period of years typically leads to mesothelioma, …

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Updates on Uranium hydride reactor and Bussard fusion

Hyperion power generation has a new frequently asked question page. I had detailed coverage of the Hyperion Power generation uranium hydride reactor from their patent submission. I also had considered applying the device for space power. Power output of the device: Approximately 70 megawatts (MW) of heat (thermal energy) and 25 megawatts (MW) of electrical …

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Robotic Surgery today

Da Vinci surgical robots, which sell for nearly $1.4 million and weigh half a ton are seeing sales growth of 60% per year Intuitive said the 78 units sold in the fourth quarter of 2007 lifted the worldwide installed base to 795. Beyond prostate surgeries, the robots are now being employed for hysterectomies, fibroid removal …

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