Gene therapy advance for safer, cheaper and more efficient procedure and Extinct Tiger gene revived

Replacing one amino acid on the surface of a virus that shepherds corrective genes into cells could be the breakthrough scientists have needed to make gene therapy 30 times more efficient. Gene therapy will be a more viable option for treating genetic diseases such as hemophilia. The discovery could be the solution to a problem …

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Olympic Athlete Technology

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius [bladerunner] has won a landmark appeal over a ban on his artificial legs. There will be a technology battle between the Biorubber Swim-SCS Fabric against the Speedo LZR Racer. Japanese swimmers have been alarmed by the LZR Racer since its debut in February, with the suit accounting for 18 of …

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Iron and arsenic superconductors could be path to room temperature superconductors

Previously nextbigfuture has discussed the new family of superconducting materials based on iron and arsenic compounds The Christian Science Monitor indicates some experts say they’ve seen hints suggesting that these new materials should post impressive magnetic-field numbers soon. The iron in these new superconductors could allow some applications such as wires and electronics and more …

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Solar power breakthroughs SUNRGI 7 cents per kwh 2009 and Israel Solar Power 100 times lower cost

SUNRGI’s “concentrated photovoltaic” system relies on lenses to magnify sunlight 2,000 times, letting it produce as much electricity as standard panels with a far smaller system. They say they’ll start producing solar panels by mid-2009 that will generate electricity for about 7 cents a kilowatt hour, including installation. Update: Very cool: Dilbert blog [Scott Adams] …

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Future Lithography : or is Moore’s Law still the law? Yes it is

Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has decided that extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography will not be production-worthy by 2011 when Intel plans to begin manufacturing 22 nm microprocessors, said Mark Bohr, director of process architecture and integration at Intel’s logic technology development group. Intel plans to do 22 nm in 2011. EUV will not be ready …

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Terabit Ethernet around 2015

Bob Metcalfe (ethernet coinventor) gave a keynote speech, “Toward Terabit Ethernet.” Metcalfe had told his audience not only that optical networks would soon deliver 40- and 100-gigabit-­per-­second Ethernet–standards bodies are now hammering out the technical specifications–but also that 1,000-gigabyte-per-second Ethernet, which Metcalfe dubbed “terabit Ethernet,” would emerge around 2015. The move from 100 gigabit ethernet …

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Europe works on road safety with long term goal of uncrashable cars

The largest road safety research project ever launched in Europe will usher in a series of powerful road-safety systems for European cars. But, in the long term, its basic, experimental research could lead to a car that is virtually uncrashable. The technology would be pushed to make crashes increasingly unlikely and mitigate crashes when they …

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China and Iran are following Mr Miyagi’s advice with new anti-ship missile

As Mr Miyagi said in Karate Kid.. If do right, no can defence The U.S. Navy can’t stop China’s most sophisticated anti-ship missile (purchased from Russia) — and won’t even start testing a defense until 2014. I don’t think it is an issue between China and the USA because I do not believe they will …

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Russia and France nuclear plans

Russia released a plan to build 42 nuclear power plants by 2020. Previously the target was about 35 nuclear reactors. Seven reactors are under construction and 31 are operating. FURTHER READINGThe basic requirements [target goals] for fuel have been set as: fuel operational lifetime extended to 6 years, improved burn-up of 70 GWd/tU, and improved …

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