Nanotech to help the poor?

How will NNI style nanotech or later nanotech be used to help the poor ? “Nanotechnology has the potential to generate enormous health benefits for the more than five billion people living in the developing world,” according to Dr. Peter A. Singer, senior scientist at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health and Professor of Medicine …

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The most important quantum computer algorithm

This paper is the Abrahms-Lloyd algorithm which is at the heart of most quantum simulations algorithms Being able to implement this would massively speed up molecular modeling for the development of molecular manufacturing. Geordie Rose, CTO of Dwave indicates, In contrast to factoring, quantum simulation is both extremely commercially valuable (a large fraction of the …

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Dwave Demo recap

The official recap of the Dwave demo is at the dwave blog Dwave has had over 100 respondents with ideas for applications to date, about one third of which are from Fortune 1000 companies. So if they achieve the speedup and targets that they plan to achieve they should have very solid business success. Brian …

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Storage system breakthrough for alternative fuels

Using corncob waste as a starting material, researchers have created carbon briquettes with complex nanopores capable of storing natural gas at an unprecedented density of 180 times their own volume and at one seventh the pressure of conventional natural gas tanks. The breakthrough, announced today in Kansas City, Mo., is a significant step forward in …

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Business site Resource Investor is pro-Thorium

Business site Resource Investor says: Is it time for thorium to make its re-entry on the global stage? The answer is yes, and therein lays an opportunity. ResourceInvestor.com is a free service to investors, financial professionals, and other stakeholders who participate in the mining, drilling and piping sectors. Some 200,000 readers gather on the site …

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VASIMR progress

Ad Astra rocket is making progress towards a VASIMR rocket The variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket (VASIMR) is a hypothetical form of spacecraft propulsion that uses radio waves and magnetic fields to accelerate a propellant. Current VASIMR designs should be capable of producing specific impulses ranging from 10,000-300,000 m/s (1,000-30,000 seconds) – the low end …

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Climate, pollution, nuclear

The Gregory Benford proposal sounds like the cheapest and safest method for climate modification. Of course society should to actually stop making the problems worse as described in Jamais article. But a problem is that most plans from environmentalist fail to recognize the scope of the problems or involve everyone suddenly becoming virtuous. Some propose …

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Climate reengineering

The new age of climate re-engineering and the $25 million bounty from Richard Branson is discussed at open the future. It is noted that the re-engineering efforts would have the best chance of succeeding if we adjust technology and behavior to stop making the problems worse. Gregory Benford’s proposal for climate re-engineering is discussed at …

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