Possibilities and rumors of US War with Iran 2007/2008

Time magazine is reporting that various people in the CIA and in the US bureaucracy think that an attack against Iran nuclear facilities and the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could happen within 6 months Update: More discussions of the possibility for war with Iran I had made a wildcard prediction of the possibility of …

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Silicon spintronics closer for cheap continuation of Moore’s law

From EEtimes, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists will next month describe a technique that would allow spintronics to be inserted into the standard silicon CMOS processes using ferromagnetic materials similar to those already used for magnetic random access memory. Our demonstration showed a 30 percent polarization of the injected electrons, which is not bad considering …

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Artificial Intelligence and Singularity publicity milestone

Kurzweil AI points out a New York play about Eliezer Yudowski. It is called “Yudkowski Returns: The Rise And Fall And Rise Again of Dr. Eliezer Yudkowski,”. The play is reviewed positively here Eliezer Yudkowsky is a leading artificial intelligence researcher who is trying to develop Friendly AI. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought …

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Update DNA sequencing costs

The NY Times reports that the cost of sequencing he human genome is down below $100,000 and that 1% of the genome that is considered the most relevant can be sequenced for $1000 By the end of the summer [2007], Dr. Church’s research project promises to deliver sequences to its first 10 volunteers. Unlike Dr. …

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Artificial and adjustable nanofluid channels

Nanowerk has a spotlight on artificial adjustable nanofluid channels Flow of fluorescein molecules through an array of five tunable elastomeric nanochannels and their accumulation at an air-filled microscale compartment. Running horizontally at the top is an air-filled microchannel. The nanochannels are triangular and are 80 nanometers high from base to top corner and 600 nm …

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Discovery of first gene that specifically links calorie restriction to longevity

Loss of only one of the genes, a gene encoding the protein PHA-4, negated the lifespan-enhancing effect of calorie-restriction in worms. And, when researchers undertook the opposite experiment—by overexpressing pha-4 in worms—the longevity effect was enhanced. “PHA-4 acts completely independent of insulin/IGF-1 signaling and turns out to be essential for CR-mediated longevity,” says Panowski. “We …

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Update on Pan Starrs- Asteroid detector

Four 71-inch mirrors gathering light for Pan-STARRS would each be hooked up to what would be the four largest digital cameras ever built. The system would be able to survey the entire sky once a week, and would be able to detect asteroids as small as 1,000 feet across. They face opposition from environmentalists who …

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Breakthrough Diabetes one injection cures mice for four months

From Biosingularity, and Canada’s National post, word of breakthrough near cure for diabetes In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body’s nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians. The …

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