Discovery Could Lead to an Exercise Pill

MIT Techology Review – A newly identified hormone acts like a workout, and transforms bad fat into good. Researchers have discovered a natural hormone that acts like exercise on muscle tissue—burning calories, improving insulin processing, and perhaps boosting strength. The scientists hope it could eventually be used as a treatment for obesity, diabetes, and, potentially, …

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The Next Big Step Toward Atom-Specific Dynamical Chemistry

Berkeley Labs Belkacem’s research focuses on creating better ways to track the evolution of energy and charge on the molecular level. For this purpose, one of the sharpest tools in his chemist’s kit goes by the jawbreaking name “nonlinear multidimensional spectroscopy.” For an outstanding example of the vital questions nonlinear multidimensional electronic spectroscopy can answer, …

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Researcher predicts AIs with dog-level intelligence within a decade

During the past several years an increasing number of AI researchers, including Ben Goertzel and Itamar Arel, as well as Josh Hall and Peter Voss have all predicted that human-level AIs could emerge within the next decade. While not quite so sanguine, Sandia National labs researcher Brandon Rohrer believes that creating an AI with a …

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Kazakhstan and Russian Uranium Plans and Kudankulam delayed by protests

1. Asia Times online has a lengthy feature on Rosatom’s (AtomRedMetZoloto) Uranium Holding Co, or ARMZ, plans to dominate worldwide uranium production. Rosatom is the Russian uranium company. Russia treats its nuclear industry as a national resource, and it is aware that the uranium cupboard – at least as it pertains to HEU (highly enriched …

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Costs of Automobile Air Emissions in U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Automobile air emissions are a well-recognized problem and have been subject to considerable regulation. An increasing concern for greenhouse gas emissions draws additional considerations to the externalities of personal vehicle travel. This paper provides estimates of the costs for automobile air emissions for 86 U.S. metropolitan areas based on county-specific external air emission morbidity, mortality, …

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Higgs and Mach Effect

James Woodward view on Higgs We now know that at cosmic scale space is flat, so critical cosmic matter density obtains. That means that phi [the total scalar gravitational potential] equals c^2. So, in Einstein’s second law c^2 can be replaced by phi, and now m * phi = E. It takes no genius to …

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Robots could transform the agriculture industry

Agriculture is a field where robotics holds particular promise. Agricultural work is often simple but grueling, and the agriculture and horticulture industries are finding it difficult to meet their labor requirements. A startup robotics company called Harvest Automation is developing robots designed specifically for agricultural work. In an interview with Sander Olson, roboticist and Harvest …

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Shkadov thruster and Stellar Engines for moving stars

A statite (a portmanteau of static and satellite) is a hypothetical type of artificial satellite that employs a solar sail to continuously modify its orbit in ways that gravity alone would not allow. Typically, a statite would use the solar sail to “hover” in a location that would not otherwise be available as a stable …

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China: The New Techonomic Power

This session at Techonomy 2011 features Ned Hooper of Cisco, Doreen Lorenzo of frog, and Guo Xiao of ThoughtWorks. Gary Rieschel of Qiming Venture Partners moderates. Watch live streaming video from techonomy at livestream.com If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks Brian WangBrian Wang is a …

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China connects another new nuclear reactor and Progress on the pebble bed reactor and other new reactors

1. Unit 4 of China National Nuclear Corporation’s (CNNC’s) Qinshan Phase II nuclear power plant was connected to the grid on 25 November – the second Chinese reactor to be connected this year. It is expected to enter commercial operation early in 2012. The reactor, a CNP-600, is a two loop domestic design rated at …

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