United Launch Alliance Successful Launched a Delta IV Heavy

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Delta IV Heavy on January 19, 2019. It was their 132nd successful launch. The launch was NROL-71. The rocket was probably carrying a large spy satellite for the US National Reconnaisance Office (NRO). The Heavy configuration of the Delta IV can put 28,370kg into Low Earth Orbit or …

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New Cas9 mouse model will be easier to CRISPR gene-edit and enable faster progress against diseases like cancer

Researchers from the Broad Institute and MIT have created a new mouse model to simplify application of the CRISPR-Cas9 system for genome-editing experiments in living animals. The researchers successfully used the new “Cas9 mouse” model to edit multiple genes in a variety of cell types, and to model lung adenocarcinoma, one of the most lethal …

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Better Cement mixture would make it twice as strong and allow less to be used and reduce carbon emissions by 60 percent

“Cement is the most-used material on the planet,” Pellenq says, noting that its present usage is estimated to be three times that of steel. “There’s no other solution to sheltering mankind in a durable way — turning liquid into stone in 10 hours, easily, at room temperature. That’s the magic of cement.” In conventional cements, …

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Inductrack III for superefficient leviation and movement of shipping containers

Inductrack III configurations are suited for use in transporting heavy freight loads. Inductrack III addresses a problem associated with the cantilevered track of the Inductrack II configuration. The use of a cantilevered track could present mechanical design problems in attempting to achieve a strong enough track system such that it would be capable of supporting …

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Drug could expose HIV reservoirs and enable elimination

Currently, there is no treatment to remove HIV from the cells; a group of researchers from Aarhus University Hospital and Aarhus University in Denmark has found exceptional ability to reactivate HIV in a substance otherwise being developed for cancer treatmentWhen HIV activated the cells habouring the virus become visible and vulnerable to the body’s immune …

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Carnival of Nuclear 132

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 132 is up at Hiroshima Syndrome Nextbigfuture – Russia is speeding up nuclear investment to get 50% of power from nuclear by 2050 and 100% by 2100. Laser Enrichment could take uranium tails (leftovers from inferior enrichment) and extract the remaining 40% of the uranium. If you liked this article, …

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Superstrong 10-20 centimeter long Carbon Nanotubes for Mechanical Energy Storage that is 8 times better than lithium batteries

NPG Asia Materials – Ultralong, defect-free carbon nanotubes could store mechanical energy at high energy densities for use in nano-devices. Besides the energy storage the researchers are making 10 to 20 centimeter long carbon nanotubes that have no defects and have a strength of 200 GPa. Wei Fei and colleagues from Tsinghua University in Beijing …

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Five arrested under Terrorism Act near UK Sellafield nuclaer reprocessing facilities

Five men were arrested under the UK’s Terrorism Act near the Sellafield site on 2 May, said Cumbria Police. Sellafield (formerly known as Windscale) is a nuclear processing and former electricity generating site, close to the village of Seascale on the coast of the Irish Sea in Cumbria, England. Facilities at the site include the …

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Repulsive casimir force from metamaterials

Repulsive Casimir forces with finite-thickness slabs We use the extended Lifshitz theory to study the behaviors of the Casimir forces between finite-thickness effective medium slabs. We first study the interaction between a semi-infinite Drude metal and a finite-thickness magnetic slab with or without substrate. For no substrate, the large distance d dependence of the force …

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DNA origami based nanomachine for future microsurgery and neuro-imaging sensors and direct cellular interaction

Shrink-wrapped nanomachinesMaking a device that operates at a scale 1000 times smaller than a human hair requires many molecular parts. A combination of DNA, silver, gold and fat molecules called liposomes are just some of the parts that will power and control a nanodevice designed to work like a remote controlled pacemaker to deliver an …

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