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NASA has a lot of nanotechnology research for which they are looking for business partners for commercial development.For example, carbon nanotube=based membranes known as buckypaper may be used as filter media for analytical mission instruments or implantable device support for astronaut health monitoring. (Source: http://nextbigfuture.com/2009/07/nasa-nanotechnology-in-particular.html)
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Genome pioneer Craig Venter has teamed up with Exxon Mobil to turn living algae into hydrocarbons, for processing into gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327186.000-craig-venter-programming-algae-to-pump-out-oil.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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Healthcare is moving online, encouraged by an international coalition of medical and technology companies. Medical devices from weighing scales to asthma inhalers could soon carry the technology to connect directly to the web, shuttling data between doctors and their patients. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17513-innovation-is-the-future-of-healthcare-online.html)
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A new genome engineering process called multiplex automated genome engineering or MAGE that tweaks dozens of genes to create billions of unique strains in a few days is being developed by Harvard researchers. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17514-evolution-machine-speeds-up-search-for-better-bugs.html)
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Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society's workload. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/science/26robot.html?_r=1)
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A process that could make 20,000 gallons of biofuel per acre per year, replacing all fossil fuels used for transportation, has been developed by Joule Biotechnologies. Joule Biotechnologies grows genetically engineered microorganisms in specially designed photobioreactors. The microorganisms use energy from the sun to convert carbon dioxide and water into ethanol or hydrocarbon fuels. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/business/23073/)
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(University of California - Riverside) Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, report the first direct observation and controlled creation via simple thermal manipulation of one- and two-dimensional ripples in graphene sheets. The result has important implications for controlling thermally induced stress in graphene electronics and represents the first step towards strain-based graphene engineering. The thermal contraction of graphe... More
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Microsoft Research's new Project Tuva website puts some of physicist Richard Feynman's most famous physics lectures online as videos and transcripts, and invites viewers to explore the subject via associated multimedia links. A note-taking area on the left side of the screen allows you to type your own observations about the lectures, which are then saved locally on your PC. (Source: http://www.xconomy.com/national/2009/07/24/project-tuva-or-bu... More
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(DOE/US Department of Energy) Energy Department-funded researchers have won 46 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. These awards highlight some of the technology transfer successes made by the DOE national laboratories. This year, researchers from 12 of the 17 DOE National Laboratories as well as the Nevada Test Site received awards in areas such... More
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Advances in complex networks theory and modeling along with access to new data will enable humans to achieve true predictive power in areas never before imagined, Indiana University's Alessandro Vespignani believes.We will one day predict with unprecedented foresight, specificity and scale such things as the economic and social effects of billions of new Internet users in China and India, or the exact location and number of airline flights to canc... More
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One of Google's developers has been working on a "20% project" to create a 3D effect for videos. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news167575864.html)
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The human body, especially the face, emits visible light that varies during the day and is 1,000 times less intense than the levels to which our naked eyes are sensitive, Tohoku Institute of Technology researchers have found. This light is linked with the body's metabolism, so sensitive cameras could spot weak emissions associated with medical conditions. (Source: http://www.livescience.com/health/090722-body-glow.html)
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Columbia University engineers have devised gears and cogs that make themselves, formed from polymer discs that buckle into shape after a change in temperature. The key is to adjust the polymer's properties so that it shrinks preferentially in a preferred wrinkle direction, generating all kinds of teeth patterns. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17507-mismatched-materials-produce-selfassembling-gears.html)
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The "Cygnus Bubble," a planetary nebula -- formed when an aging star weighing up to eight times the mass of the sun ejects its outer layers as clouds of luminous gas, has been discovered by Mount Wilson Observatory astronomers. (Travis A. Rector/U of Alaska Anchorage/Heidi Schweiker/NOAO) (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327185.100)
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Korean researchers have created nanoscale lenses with superhigh resolution, using a novel self-assembly method, that can be used for ultraviolet lithography for chips, for imaging objects too tiny for conventional lenses, and for capturing individual photons from a light-emitting nanostructure called a quantum dot.(Nature) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/23040/)
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Wave is like a giant Web page onto which users can drag and drop any kind of object, including instant messaging and IRC clients, e-mail, and wikis, as well as gadgets like maps and video. All conversations, work product and applications are stored on remote servers -- presumably forever. I want it. Meanwhile, there's etherpad.com for text. - Ed. (Source: http://industry.bnet.com/technology/10002763/google-wave-like-real-time-e-mail-on-crack/)
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MIT students are working on an an all-electric car with a top speed of about 161 kph, a family sedan capacity, a range of about 320 kilometers and the ability to recharge in about 10 minutes, to be completed by next year. (Source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/072209-mit-electric-car-may-rival.html)
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The US Air Force is developing an multibeam airborne version of its Active Denial System, which uses high-frequency microwaves to heat the skin, creating a painful sensation without burning that strongly motivates the target to flee. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327185.600-microwave-weapon-will-rain-pain-from-the-sky.html)
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Around 40 per cent of people diagnosed as being in a vegetative state are in fact "minimally conscious," a new comparison of methods for detecting consciousness by the Coma Science Group at the University of Liege in Belgium suggests. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17493)
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The nuclear weapon is carefully lifted out of a large container and moved onto the floor. Two engineers use an electric screwdriver to open up a side compartment and remove the "physics package" containing the sensitive parts of the bomb.... (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8154029.stm)
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A detailed functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, says Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, who has already simulated elements of a rat brain. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8164060.stm)
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(University of Oregon) Applying biological molecules from cell membranes to the surfaces of artificial materials is opening peepholes on the very basics of cell-to-cell interaction. Two recently published papers suggest that putting lipids and other cell membrane components on manufactured surfaces could lead to new classes of self-assembling materials for use in precision optics, nanotechnology, electronics and pharmaceuticals.
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(University of Michigan) Music, rather than electromechanical valves, can drive experimental samples through a lab-on-a-chip in a new system developed at the University of Michigan. This development could significantly simplify the process of conducting experiments in microfluidic devices.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on July 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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The brain can establish a stable, neural map of a motor task to make control of an artificial limb more intuitive, University of California, Berkeley researchers have found, offering hope that physically disabled people can one day master control of artificial limbs with greater ease.(John Blanchard)Signals from the brain's motor cortex were translated by a decoder into deliberate movements of a computer cursor. The task involved moving the cursor... More
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A new quantum key distribution prototype that can distribute quantum keys over a distance of 250 km in the lab (previous record: 200 km) may lead to distributing quantum keys over intercity distances of 300 km in the near future, researchers from Corning and the University of Geneva suggest. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news167390366.html)
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