Accurate genetic test for TB a step to eliminating killer disease

Technology Review – GeneXpert resembles a high-end espresso maker. The device is simple to use. A technician squirts a sputum ­sample from a patient into what looks like a printer cartridge and then clicks that into the machine, which performs a reaction that amplifies specific bits of M. tuberculosis DNA if they are present. Fluorescent …

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6.5 billion mobile subscribers by 2018

A number of speakers on a panel at the Techonomy 2012 conference talked about how the world will change when everyone is online. Douglas L. Gilstrap, senior vice president and head of strategy for leading Internet infrastructure provider Ericsson, said that there are now 650 million subscribers to traditional wired phone service, but that by …

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Singularity summit – how good at we at predicting AGI #SS12

stewart armstrong talked about how we are predicting AGI (he worked with Kaj Sotala) Bottom line – we are bad at predicting AGI. (artificial general intelligence) He just says we should expand error bars. instead of 2040 say 2017 to 2113. I think we need to work better at defining what we mean by AGI. …

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National Ignition Facility Funding is at Risk

NY Times – the National Ignition Facility, uses 192 lasers to fire light beams at tiny targets, smaller than peppercorns, filled with hydrogen atoms. After spending more than $5 billion to build and operate a giant laser installation the size of a football stadium, the Energy Department has not achieved its goal of igniting a …

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Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Raising Another Investment Round

Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc. (LPP) is a research and development corporation whose primary goal is the scientific demonstration and commercialization of a compact nuclear fusion generator that will provide cheap, clean, safe and abundant energy for the world. The LPP approach uses a device called a dense plasma focus (DPF) to burn aneutronic fusion fuels …

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UK Reactor Update – China likely to build and not France

Guardian UK – China is poised to make a dramatic intervention in Britain’s energy future by offering to invest billions of pounds in building a series of new nuclear power stations. Greenpeace complains that Chinese nuclear players have state backing, which could help solve the issue of financing colossally expensive new nuclear power stations in …

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Cella Energy Researching Commercially Viable Microbeads for Revolutionary Hydrogen Storage

Hydrogen storage start-up Cella Energy’s US subsidiary has signed a contract with NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the further research, development and potential production of its micro-bead, polymer-encapsulated chemical hydride technology. Although suitable for proof-of-concept work and potentially for initial demonstrator projects, the current microbeads are not commercially viable, Cella says. They are expensive …

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Virgin Galactic will Launch Small Satellites including Planetary Resources Telescopes

Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, announced today an agreement with Virgin Galactic, LLC that will enable multiple launch opportunities for its series of spacecraft, including the Arkyd-100 low-Earth orbit (LEO) space telescopes. Continuous, low-cost launch services for small spacecraft to LEO assists in accelerating Planetary Resources’ vision to make valuable space resources from …

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Renting petaflop cloud supercomputing by the hour

Google demonstrated 600,000 cores running a genomics application. Google says that Compute Engine has access to 770,000 cores — a figure that will surely grow over time. These cores are made available as Linux virtual machines (VMs), with 1, 2, 4, or 8 cores each. Each core apparently has access to 3.75GB of RAM each …

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