New technique produces one hundred-fold increase in efficiency in reprogramming human cells

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have today announced a new technique to reprogramme human cells, such as skin cells, into stem cells. Their process increases the efficiency of cell reprogramming by one hundred-fold and generates cells of a higher quality at a faster rate. Until now cells have been reprogrammed using four specific …

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Scientists Identify New Microbe-Produced Advanced Biofuel as an Alternative to Diesel Fuel

Researchers with the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified a potential new advanced biofuel that could replace today’s standard fuel for diesel engines but would be clean, green, renewable and produced in the United States. Using the tools of synthetic biology, a JBEI research team engineered strains of two microbes, …

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UN study says $76 trillion needs to be invested in Green Technologies over the next 40 years to avoid ‘Planetary Catastrophe’

Humanity is close to breaching the sustainability of Earth, and needs a technological revolution greater – and faster – than the industrial revolution to avoid “a major planetary catastrophe,” according to a new United Nations report. The report – The World Economic and Social Survey 2011: The Great Green Technological Transformation (251 pages). The survey …

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Jim Von Ehr – From Lab to Market : Commercializing Nanotechnology

James R. Von Ehr, II, President/Founder of Zyvex Labs 9:45-10:15am “New Synthetic Methods for Development of Nanoscale Materials” Liveblogging notes of Foresight 2011 talk by Jim Von Ehr of Zyvex Zyvex Labs Zyvex Technology Zyvex Asia Zyvex Performance Materials ZyCraft Zyvex Group From Lab to Market : Commercializing Nanotechnology Zyvex started in 1997 to develop …

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Economist predicts that China will be a democracy by 2017

Charles Robertson, chief economist of Renaissance Capital, predicts that China will be a democracy by 2017 China could be a democracy by 2017 assuming the economy grows and annual incomes rise to $15,550 a head. A groundbreaking report analyses 150 countries and 60 years of history, and concludes that rising levels of wealth are entrenching …

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A low-cost Chinese smartphone is helping launch wave of app innovation in East Africa

Smart phones surged in popularity in February after Safaricom, Kenya’s dominant telecom, began offering the cheapest smart phone yet on the market—an Android model called Ideos from the Chinese maker Huawei, which has been making inroads in the developing world. In Kenya, the price, approximately $80, was low enough to win more than 350,000 buyers …

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EADS showcases VoltAir superconducting electric motor propulsion system concept for 2030

Flying High with batteries – EADS Innovation Works, the corporate research and technology network of EADS, is showcasing an allelectric propulsion system concept at Le Bourget. The VoltAir technology concept platform supports the vision of a zero-emission air vehicle which could become a reality 20 years from today. VoltAir is one of the projects that …

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‘DNAsomes’ can deliver multiple drugs or genetic therapy

DNAsomes begin with short chains of synthetic DNA designed to be complementary over part of their length so they will join into microscopic Y-shapes. A lipid molecule is attached, and fluorescent dyes can be attached for tracking. Drugs or RNA are chemically bonded to the Y-shaped unit, then many units assembled into a sphere, about …

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China’s highways buildout to 2020

The worst traffic jam in human history” happened on the Beijing-Tibet Highway in August 2010. It trapped some drivers for more than 20 days and stretched more than 60 miles (97 kilometers). The cause of the auto standstill was thousands of trucks transporting coal from Inner Mongolia’s coal fields to power plants in Beijing’s suburbs …

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Professor projects China to Pass the USA in market exchange rates in 2016-2021

John Ross is a visiting Professor at Antai College of Economics and Management, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai and he provides a lengthy and comprehensive analysis of when China will pass the US in market exchange rates. The central date for China’s GDP to overtake the US at market exchange rates is 2019 – a study …

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A Nanoscale Rope, and Another Step Toward Complex Nanomaterials That Assemble Themselves

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a nanoscale rope that braids itself, as seen in this atomic force microscopy image of the structure at a resolution of one-millionth of a meter. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have coaxed polymers to braid themselves into wispy nanoscale ropes that approach …

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