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cancerScientists discover a way to kill off tumors in cancer treatment breakthrough

Scientists from the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast and Almac Discovery Ltd have developed a new treatment for cancer which rather than attacking tumours directly, prevents the growth of new blood vessels in tumours, starving them of oxygen …

bootstrapping nanotechnologyEUV Lithography Could Be Commercial 2012-2014

ASML Holding NV (Netherlands) tipped a roadmap for the introduction of its first extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography machines at the IMEC Technology Forum. Martin van den Brink, executive vice president for products and technology said “EUV is the cost effective …

bootstrapping nanotechnologyFrench process to extract uranium from reactor ash

Areva and the University of Idaho have signed an agreement to develop technology for recovering uranium from incinerator ash at Areva’s uranium fuel plant in Richland, Washington state. The process also reduces the amount of ash classified as radioactive waste. …

nanotechnologySirtris, Sirtuin calorie restriction replication Life extension drug company, bought for $720 million

GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Europe’s biggest drugmaker, agreed to buy Sirtris Pharmaceuticals Inc. for about $720 million, adding an experimental treatment derived from red wine that’s thought to slow the effects of aging. Glaxo will pay $22.50 a share in cash for …

molecular nanotechnologyUS 9th Appeals Court tosses federal fuel-economy standards

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday threw out the government’s new fuel economy standards for many sport-utility vehicles, minivans and pickup trucks in a victory for environmentalists. The decision stemmed from a lawsuit filed by 11 states and environmental groups …

fundingCarnival of Space week 29

Carnival of Space 29 is up. I contributed my article on the latest in rail guns which can be used as better big gun for navy ships or eventually for space launches. Hobbyspace reports on improvements to the Spacex rocket. …

atomically precise manufacturingInteresting theory of everything

A very interesting and relatively simple theory of everything (including gravity) The theory should be testable with new particle colliders. E8 polytope All fields of the standard model and gravity are unifed as an E8 principal bundleconnection. A non-compact real …

molecular nanotechnologyFinex steel process better for environment and lower cost

Posco, south korean steel company, is preparing to expand abroad and overtake Nippon Steel of Japan as the world’s third-biggest steelmaker, its groundbreaking Finex technology is central to its plans. The South Korean company is a leader in revolutionising the …

DNA nanotechnologyA case in technological acceleration: faster communication makes higher resolution telescope

Higher speed communication between parts of a telescope and to scientists enables larger telescopes because “more pixels generate more data, and you have to have way to move more data around.” The boost in speed makes information processing faster among …

bootstrapping nanotechnologyWhat are the overall lessons from the 2007 Technology prize competitions

We have just completed the main technology prize competition season for 2007. The DARPA robotic driving competition had winners for the second year in a row. The winning Carnegie Mellon robot car, Boss The lunar lander challenge was close to …