New treatments and blood tests to detect Alzheimers’

A Stanford team have developed a potentially pathbreaking blood test that, according to preliminary studies, is able to identify patients with Alzheimer’s disease – an ailment that has been notoriously difficult to diagnose. Another group has determined that the prevention of pyro-glutamate A” aggregation is an important mechanism and therapeutic target for treating Alzheimers’. Brian …

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Suggestions for optimizing IQ test performance

Suggestions on how to optimize performance on an IQ test Let the “experts” argue about whether you can boost IQ or not, in any absolute sense. If you slept well, exercised, then sat up straight and breathed deeply as you took the test, don’t you think you would score a few points higher on an …

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Internet2 increased to 100 gigabits per second

Until recently, the Internet2 had a theoretical limit of 10 gigabits per second, which is thousands of times faster than standard home broadband connections. By sending data using 10 different colors, or wavelengths, of light over a single cable, operators are boosting the network’s capacity to 100 Gbps. Internet2 already is planning future expansion. By …

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Eric Drexler on the Productive Nanosystems TechnologyRoadmap

Drexler is the one who started the idea of molecular manufacturing back in the mid-1980’s. The general focus of the Roadmap is on atomically precise technologies, not productive nanosystems. It provides merit criteria and metrics for research today. When selecting between proposals, look for atomic precision. Look for size, range of materials, other criteria that …

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Keeping Moore’s law going: Intel High-K solution

Six web pages feature at IEEE Spectrum, that describes the technical achievement of High-K insulation for computer chips. 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, …

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Efficient Wireless power transmission

WiPower uses induction (magnetic coupling) to transfer power from the base station to the receiving devices. They are claiming 68% efficiency in the transfer of power and believe that they can achieve 80% efficiency. A regular power cord is 58% efficient. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with …

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Possible quantum computer limits

A discussion of possible limitations on the power of quantum and classical computers It is a useful discussion of NP hard problems. My reaction to it is that even if his conjecture that we cannot globally solve NP hard problems is correct there is still commercial viability in improving and expanding the cases where we …

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Resource demands of all hybrid and electric cars

A discussion at resource investor about the resource demands of scaling up so that all cars are hybrids and electric cars 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 …

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McKinsey Global Institute analyzes the US dollar and yuan

The US current account deficit was a record $857 billion in 2006 A 45% depreciation of the dollar against the yuan would not result in balanced U.S. bilateral trade with China. The cost advantage of most Chinese exports is simply too great to be eliminated by currency movements alone. Moreover, many of the goods that …

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Nanosensors for oil reservoirs

Nanowerk reports that the Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC), is to develop subsurface nanosensors that can be injected into oil and gas well bores. By virtue of their very small size, these sensors would migrate out of the well bores and into the pores of the surrounding geological structure to collect data about the physical characteristics …

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