Big Breakthrough: Honeycomb Nanotubes transfer carbon nanotube strength to the macroscale

Physorg reports, the stretchiness of these 20-nm-long carbon nanotubes enables them to do what straight nanotubes find difficult: namely, transfer tensile forces and possess high ductility, or malleability. Scientists Min Wang, Xinming Qiu, and Xiong Zhang from Tsinghua University in Beijing recently investigated the mechanical properties of super honeycomb structures, which are made of periodically …

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New York times discusses better uses for 1.2 trillion dollars

Better uses for the conservative estimate of the Iraq War 1.2 trillion Currently the war is not buying much. A shift should be made to a lower cost approach. Just engage enough to prevent safe havens for terrorists. Redeploy to borders. Occasional sweeps through different cities. Reduce the objectives. Shore up allies Kuwait, Israel, Turkey, …

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Levels of abstraction for a matter compiler

Chris Phoenix has several very good comments about the UK Ideas factory projects. Here is one on the matter compiler Level 1: Reaction trajectories, potential energy surfaces.2: Covalent structures: ball-and-stick diagrams.3: Surface and volume structures. (Overlaps with 2 and 4.)4: Lowest functional parts: gears, levers, wires…5: Gearboxes, logic gates6: Machines, circuits7: Machine systems (e.g. assembly …

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ANSOM Microscope Achieves Sub 10nm Resolution

ANSOM — apertureless near-field scanning optical microscope is able to resolve less than 10 nm. Prior versions could only get to about 20nm. The Stephen Quake group, California Institute of Technology, developed a new phase filtering method. The fluorescence near-field microscope can distinguish single molecules. The microscope’s phase filtering method can also be applied to …

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Room temperature organic containing magnets

Organic containing metals have tuneable properties, and now they work above room temperature Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Anti-aging …

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Railguns and lasers

An 8 megajoule railgun is working This could lead to higher velocity and longer range weapons. Key to practicality is power generation and storage like superconducting engines or nuclear power. A powerful pulse generator is used for this railgun. The prototype fired at Dahlgren is only an 8-megajoule electromagnetic device, but the one to be …

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Third proposed UK ideas factory project

There is a need for a high level instruction language and a computer compiler that translates commands in this language into instructions for the ‘nano-assembler’. Translate build instructions to specific pick and place actions for a SPM or other accurate pick and place tool. An ambition to assemble molecules and materials under atomically precise control …

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Skewed risk perceptions: How you say it matters

A WHO discussion of skewed risk perceptions Positive or negative framing? Striking changes in preference can result from framing the risk in either positive or negative terms, such as lives saved or lives lost, rates of survival or mortality, improving good health or reducing risks of disease Relative or absolute risks? Although relative risks are …

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World Health Organization estimates 3 million killed by outdoor air pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 3 million people are killed worldwide by outdoor air pollution annually from vehicles and industrial emissions, and 1.6 million indoors through using solid fuel. Most are in poor countries. One study says 7-20% of cancers are attributable to poor air and pollution in homes and workplaces. Wikipedia discusses air …

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Environmental causes of avoidable forms of cancer

The National Cancer association has listed the percentage of avoidable cancers with different environmental causes. Proportion of cancer deaths caused by different avoidable cancers Causes Percent 1981(US)* Percent 1998(UK)** Tobacco 25-40 29-31 Diet 10-70 20-50Medicines 0.3-1.5 Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. …

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