Graphene chips are close to significant commercialization

A research team from the University of Texas and German nanotechnology company Aixtron have worked out a way to make wafer-scale graphene measuring between 100 and 300mm. The research offers the prospect of integrating carbon-based graphene, which is just one atom thick, with silicon on a semi-industrial scale. Until now, graphene has proved difficult to …

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SENS Rejuvenation Biotechnology- Economic Impact of an Aging Population on the Healthcare System

The second to last panel discussion features David Brindley as Moderator, Catalina Hoffman and Peter Nakada.  I find it interesting, how the early years and the last years of life mimic each other. For many of the aging population, it is difficult to care for themselves to the degree they were able to in the …

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Spacex success has made enemies of the allies of big government contractors

[Slate – Phil Plait] SpaceX, as you may know, is making good on its promise to make access to space cheaper and more reliable. Their Falcon 9 rocket is putting payloads into orbit for less money than the big government contractors charge. As one might expect, government officials who have such contractors in their own …

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Startup with optical solver supercomputer targets 17 exaFLOPS by 2020

A startup company called Optalysis is trying to invent a fully-optical computer that would be aimed at many of the same tasks for which GPUs are currently used. Amazingly, Optalysis is claiming that they can create an optical solver supercomputer astonishing 17 exaFLOPS machine by 2020. To date they have successfully built a Proof of …

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Inequality in Asia and policies to reduce inequality

China has higher levels of income inequality than the United States. Inequality would be reduced with policies that increase access to education, healthcare and better access to finance. Other policies include reforming the Hukou system. If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks Brian WangBrian Wang is …

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Who wants to go to the Rejuvenation Biotech conference on behalf of Nextbigfuture Thursday Aug 21 and Friday 22

My schedule is messing up where I can only go to the 014 Rejuvenation Biotech conference at the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency on Thursday Aug 21 and Friday Aug 22. I will be able to go Saturday. It is all day both days. To go on behalf of Nextbigfuture. You will ideally liveblog the event. …

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Supercapacitor battery hybrid can last for 1000 times more charges than a lithium ion battery and are strong enough to be doors and chassis of electric cars or the case of a smartphone

Hybrid super-capacitor / battery material could be built into the structure of all types of construction projects — from the siding and drywall of homes to the chassis of airplanes and electrc cars and the cases of smartphones. Researchers from Vanderbilt University’s Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory are now designing materials that combine the best …

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Near Term Solar Sailing at NASA FISO

There was updated presentation on near term solar sails at FISO (Future in Space Operations) Telecon at the University of Texas at Austin by Bruce Campbell. Nextbigfuture also reviews the Spiderfab robotic assembly in orbit capability which could enable 1 kilometer diameter solar sails for dramatically superior space capabilities. A rudimentary interstellar solar sail is …

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Children’s Health professionals recommend more pregnant and nursing women take 150 micrograms of iodine supplements

Currently, only 15 to 20 percent of pregnant and nursing women are taking supplements containing iodine, Paulson, Children’s National Health System and chairman of the AAP’s council on environmental health. They recommend women augment the iodine they get in foods with a supplement containing 150 micrograms of the element. Dr. Luigi Garibaldi said he hoped …

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Tech Startups and $150 billion in capital are fleeing Russia this year

A wave of small and large businesses pulling out or reducing their presence in Russia. Western sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Crimea and Russian efforts to insulate the country against economic warfare make doing business in Russia too risky for a globally oriented company. Andre Eggert, a managing partner at Berlin tech law firm LACORE …

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