Myostatin inhibitors funded for muscle regeneration of war injuries

A $1.2 million grant from the Office of Naval Research to Dr. Hamrick,bone biologist in the Medical College of Georgia Schools of Graduate Studies and Medicine, is enabling laboratory studies of two experimental myostatin inhibitors: a decoy receptor and a binding protein, both developed by MetaMorphix, Inc. of Beltsville, Md. Both inhibitors have been shown …

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New Apple iPhone 2.0 Available July 11, 2008 starting at $199

The New Apple iPhone 2.0 able to use faster 3G communication was announced today. It will be available for $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. iPhone 2.0 will be availabe July 11, 2008. Competing SmartphonesThe Economist magazine notes that while the Apple iPhone has 20% of the smartphone market in …

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New Metamaterial a “Perfect” Absorber of Light

A team of scientists from Boston College and Duke University has developed a highly-engineered metamaterial capable of absorbing all of thelight that strikes it – to a scientific standard of perfection – they report in Physical Review Letters. The team designed and engineered a metamaterial that uses tiny geometric surfacefeatures to successfully capture the electric …

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Carnival of Space Week 55

Carnival of Space week 55 is up at Catholic Sensibility My contribution was my multipart article on the imminent halving of Titanium costs, the Worldwide Telescope and property rights in space Centauri Dreams talks about Omega Centauri Astroengine talks about geodesic domes, the Eden Project and the possible use of domes on Mars Colony worlds …

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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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Star Trek is capitalistic not fascist

Michael Anissimov at Accelerating Future has an article where he promotes the World Transhumanist Association discussion topic: Is Star Trek a Fascist Society? I have seen the 726 episodes across 6 TV series and 10 (and soon 11) movies and many of the books, two Vegas rides, etc… Their continuing mission (not always successful) is …

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Singularity lite: one to two levels of faster technological change

The technological singularity is a hypothesized point in the future variously characterized by the technological creation of self-improving intelligence, unprecedentedly rapid technological progress, or some combination of the two. I would want to focus on the aspect of “unprecendentedly rapid technological progress“. I feel that a proxy for measuring “technological progress” can be the rate …

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Carbon nanotube based drug could be 5000 times more effective for acute radiation treatment

A carbon nanotube based drug has had preliminary tests showing it is more than 5,000 times more effective at reducing the effects of acute radiation injury than the most effective drugs currently available. There were already results that gene therapy can increase resistance to radiation. “More than half of those who suffer acute radiation injury …

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0.5 Angstrom transmission electron microscope

TEAM 0.5 (Transmission electron achromatic microscope), the world’s most powerful transmission electron microscope — capable of producing images with half‑angstrom resolution (half a ten-billionth of a meter), less than the diameter of a single hydrogen atom — has been installed at the Department of Energy’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at Lawrence Berkeley National …

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