Scientists 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 and nutrients, thereby preventing their growth. Targeting tumour blood vessels is not a new concept, …

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EUV 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 successor of 193-nm lithography below 20-nm.” and that ASML believes it can extend EUV down …

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French 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. Chien Wai, a chemistry professor at the University of Idaho, has developed a process that …

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Sirtris, 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 Sirtris, the London-based drugmaker said in an e-mailed statement. The offer is 84 percent more …

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US 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 that argued federal regulators ignored the effects of carbon dioxide emissions when calculating fuel economy …

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Carnival 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. Merlin 1C in its Falcon 9 first stage configuration has a thrust at sea level …

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Interesting 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 form of the E8 Lie algebra has G2 and F4 subalgebras which break down to …

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Finex 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 steel- making process, becoming the first to commercialise next-generation Finex technology, which is both cleaner …

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A 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 the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) four science instruments as they “talk” to each other …

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What 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 a winner again, but again it was only one serious competitor Armidillo Aerospace. Lunar lander …

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