A Bad Week For Those Who Deny Molecular Nanotechnology or Accelerating Technology or the Tech Singularity

This weeks news makes it a tough week to deny technology acceleration or an eventual technological Singularity. It is looking far more certain that a very powerful three dimensional DNA/RNA/Protein Nanotechnological capability is emerging and that nanotechnology will be integrated with carbon nanotubes and nanoparticle metal and can be used to bootstrap precise control and …

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MIT Mini Helicon Plasma Space Propulsion

Mini-Helicon plasma thrusters are the first three parts of a Vasimr plasma propulsion unit. The Mini-Helicon is the first rocket to run on nitrogen, the most abundant gas in our atmosphere. Nitrogen is cheaper than Xenon and other gases used in other electric propulsion. The new system, called the Mini-Helicon Plasma Thruster, is much smaller …

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MIT Writes Positively About Scaling Carbon Capture and Storage and Nuclear Power to Address CO2 Problem

Between 11,000 and 23,000 miles of dedicated CO2 pipeline would need to be laid in the United States before 2050, according to PNNL’s estimates, in addition to the 3,900 miles already in place (which carry mostly naturally occurring CO2 used to stimulate production from aging oil wells). The MIT Future of Coal 2007 report estimated …

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Iraqis: 43% say Iraq is going well while 17% of americans say USA on right track

An Ipsos poll indicates that 17% of Americans feel that the United States is on the right track An opinion poll in February, found that 43% of Iraqis felt that things were going well in Iraq So more than twice the percentage of Iraqis are polling positively about their country versus the percentage of Americans …

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Seeds of a new manufacturing revolution

A transformation in the pace of economic growth can be achieved even without nanofactories. These pre-nanofactory methods would transition well to a world with nanofactories when they do arrive. A coordinated effort by research, companies and government could be made to plan and develop Rapid Automated Manufacturing by 2030. There could be an increase in …

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EEstor ultracapacitor system expected for mid-2008

Lockheed has signed an exclusive international license to use EEStor’s power system for military and homeland-security applications–everything from advanced remote sensors and missile systems to mobile power packs and electric vehicles. Zenn motors is now expecting delivery of the energy-storage unit in mid-2008. It will be a mass-produced commercial product. Brian WangBrian Wang is a …

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Cigarette size plasma jet powered UAVs

There is interesting progress being made to develop a nanoair vehicle that weighs less than 10 grams and is shorter than 3 inches. A promising design is using electricity and plasma jets. Plasma micro thruster powered UAV the size of a cigarette “It’s a new propulsion technology to be used by micro and nano-unmanned aerial …

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Molecular map for aging created for Mice

Previous studies have studied gene expression changes during aging in just one tissue. The new work stands out because it is much larger and more complete, including aging data for 16 different tissues and containing over 5.5 million expression measurements. One noteworthy result is that some tissues (such as the thymus, eyes and lung) show …

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