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cellphoneSpace Elevator Games Beaming Competition is Today and Goes Through Friday

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Today is the first day of the 2009 Space Elevator Games – Climber / Power-Beaming competition UPDATE:3:00PMFirst climb was 4 minutes, 2 seconds – officially. Laser Motive qualified for the $900K prize. Live at http://ustre.am/4mZA If neither the University of …

crayCurious Case of Brooke Greenberg :Ageless 16 year old Toddler

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Scientists wonder if Brooke Greenberg, now 16, will help point the way to new discoveries about the genetics of aging. Pictured from left to right on Brooke’s 12th birthday are sister Caitlin, 15; Brooke; sister Emily, 18; mom Melanie Greenberg; …

futureControllable DNA binding on Nanoparticles

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The novel DNA ‘sticky ends’ can form intra-particle loops and hairpins (e.g. schemes II & III), giving more control over the particles’ interactions than conventional sticky ends that can only form inter-particle bridges (scheme Ia). Researchers at New York Univ. …

chinaGene for Hair Loss (Baldness) Found in Mice

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Disruption of the Sox21 gene causes hair loss (baldness in mice) This gene would be target for gene therapy to treat baldness in humans. 9 pages of supplemental research information

AMDEmerging Technological Black Swans

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The Black Swan theory (in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s version) refers to a large-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare event beyond the realm of normal expectations. Taleb regards many scientific discoveries as “black swans” — undirected and unpredicted. He gives the rise of …

exaflop36.5 Megawatt superconducting motor Successfully Tested at Full Power

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-American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC), a leading energy technologies company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced today at the Surface Navy Association’s 21st National Symposium the successful completion of full-power testing of the world’s first 36.5 megawatt (49,000 horsepower) …

artificial intelligencePlenty of Money for Energy and Nuclear Power

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President-elect Barack Obama has put forth a goal to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. by 80% by 2050, using $150 billion over 10 years to create a “clean-energy” future. Cambridge Energy Research Associates has estimated that the potential for …

futureSingapore heart stem cell transplant could replace heart bypass surgery

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Singapore’s National Heart Centre should start human clinical trials for stem cells for treating heart disease in one or two years. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. This follows recent news of using stem cells …

AMDTVA may restart construction of Bellefonte 1 and 2, two unfinished nuclear reactors

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The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is requesting that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reinstates the construction permits for two unfinished reactors at its Bellefonte site in Alabama. It continues to pursue regulatory approval for two further units at the …

ibmInterstellar space travel prediction needs comparable advances in all areas

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There has been recent discussion of a possible way to travel faster than light using dark energy, but that to move a 1000 cubic meter object it would take 10**45 joules (convert Jupiter into energy). However, it makes no sense …