President Ma of Taiwan new changes

On July 4th, regular direct weekend flights began between Taiwan and five Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Nanjing. For six decades, the political standoff between Taiwan, a self-governed democracy, and Beijing, which maintains the island is one of its provinces, has meant no regular flights between Taiwan and mainland China. Travel-weary tech …

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Artificial DNA Made Exclusively of Nonnatural bases made in Japan

Chemical structures and synthesis of artificial DNA. (a) Chemical structures of two types of natural and nonnatural base pairs. (b) Synthetic strategy for the artificial DNA Japan makes artificial DNA H/T nanowerk and Alfin This is separate from the GNA that was created glycerol nucleic acid (GNA, —a synthetic analog of DNA). It was made …

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Breakthrough diagnosis for drug resistant Tuberculosis which kills 1.5 million per year

“We are capable now of making a diagnosis of MDR-TB within hours,” Mario Raviglione, director of the WHO’s Stop TB department said. He used the acronym for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, an infection that cannot be cured with a standard course of antibiotics. The The DNA tests cost an avearge of $5 per test, and training …

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World’s First Commercial High Temperature Nuclear Reactor starts construction in China in 2009

There were two other larger HTR plants. One in the USA and one in Germany but both are now shut down. China actually has serious plans to follow up with a lot more plants. Perhaps a thousand of these reactors or more Until 2020-2025, these small mass produced reactors will be secondary to a massive …

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Electrostatic-based DNA Microarray Technique Could Revolutionize Medical Diagnostics

A team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has invented a technique in which DNA or RNA assays — the key to genetic profiling and disease detection — can be read and evaluated without the need of elaborate chemical labeling or sophisticated instrumentation. Based on electrostatic repulsion …

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three-dimensional nanoscale structures of magnetic metals could make new classes of MEMS devices

Click on the picture for a larger image. Working in the trenches: Transmission electron microscopy image of a thin cross section of 160 nanometer trenches shows deposited nickel completely filling the features without voids. (Color added for clarity.) Materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a process to build …

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Approximate visible light cloak simulated and practical device within reach

Silicon photonic crystal has holes of the right sizes and waveguides In computer simulations, the researchers have demonstrated an approximate cloaking effect created by concentric rings of silicon photonic crystals. The mathematical proof brings scientists a step closer to a practical solution for optical cloaking. “This is much more than a theoretical exercise,” said Harley …

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Gas centrifuge versus laser uranium enrichment

General Electric has licenced and is commercializing a laser uranium enrichment process. The Silex laser uranium enrichment process has been indicated to be an order of magnitude more efficient than existing production techniques but again, the exact figure is classified. Australian scientists Michael Goldsworth and Horst Struve developed the process, and from 1996 to 2002 …

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