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The first synthetic cell that's been made; Scientists reported they had created an artificial genome - Reuters (article link)

- "This is the first synthetic cell that's been made,"
- "an important advance in our ability to re-engineer organisms"
- "This is the first self-replicating species that we have had on the planet whose parent is a computer."

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World's largest solar-powered boat is preparing to navigate the globe - CNN (article link)

- 30 meters long, "Turanor" has enough solar panels to cover two tennis courts
- Voyage of 50,000 km, projected to take 160 days -- through Pacific Ocean, Suez Canal
- Skipper Raphael Domjan: "We have the technology right now to change how we do things"

Read more: World's largest solar-powered boat is preparing to navigate the globe - CNN (article link)

MIT coats paper with a solar cell as part of research aimed at energy breakthroughs - CNN (article link)

- Cells are about 1.5 percent to 2 percent efficient at converting sunlight to electricity
- Coating paper with organic semiconductor material could pave way for lower weight of solar panels
- Printed solar cells are in the research phase and are years from being commercialized

Read more: MIT coats paper with a solar cell as part of research aimed at energy breakthroughs - CNN (article...

Solar power heats up job market in New Mexico - CNN (video)

New Mexico battles the tough economy by developing its brightest natural resource

Read more: Solar power heats up job market in New Mexico - CNN (video)

DNA Nanotechnology microscopic robots can follow instructions, assemble simple products, and mimicking the machinery of living cells - WSJ (article link)

- A research group built a molecular factory in which mobile DNA robots assembled gold particles in eight different ways.
- Another researech group programmed a DNA robot that could start, stop, turn and move.
- Scientists might be able to build autonomous medical robots able to cruise the human bloodstream.

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Solar models, U.K. every building powers its self and Spain's PS10 Solar Tower. - CNN (video)

- Spain first commercial solar tower 11mw of electricity and perhaps more in the future.
- U.K. model every building powers its self, 10 square meters generates on avg about 850kw hours/year.
- Works very well with light, sunshine is not needed, and if the buildings were full covered it would generate more power than currently used.

Read more: Solar models, U.K. every building powers its self and Spain's PS10 Solar Tower. - CNN (video)

Neuromarketing; Market researchers want to tune in to the brain waves of consumers. - NewScientist (video)

- Brain imaging called EEG is used to detect attention, emotions, and memory.
- Algorithms then workout which scenes are most affective.

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Psychological Harassment Research, flashing computer screen sample - YouTube (video)

A flashing computer screen sample from research on psychological harassment from NBC 04-28-2010.
- You can appreciate the flashes better in full screen mode.

"The same psychological manipulation tactics and desires are combined with advances in technology from flashing computer screens to sound distortions and harassment with the goal to discredit victims and drive them to homelessness."

Read more: Psychological Harassment Research, flashing computer screen sample - YouTube (video)

Psychological Harassment Research; a sound distortion Sample #157 - YouTube (video)

A sound distortion sample in a grocery store and part of a research on sound distortions and psychological harassment.

"The same psychological manipulation tactics and desires are combined with advances in technology from flashing computer screens to sound distortions and harassment with the goal to discredit victims and drive them to homelessness."

Read more: Psychological Harassment Research; a sound distortion Sample #157 - YouTube (video)

Flexible and transparent Solar cells could revolutionize the business of generating electricity from sunlight - NewScientist (video)

- Tests have shown that these ultra thin solar cells are almost as efficient as conventional ones and use much less material.
- Since they are transparent they can be applied to windows or other surfaces and can be much more affordable.

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Global Warming, Earth Quakes, Volcanos: Iceland Katla Volcano 100 Times More Powerful than Eyjafjallajokull - (video)

- Scientist talk about the Eyjafjallajokull and Katla volcanos and the iceland volcano patterns.
- Katla has a good probability and pattern of erupting next and 100 times more powerful than Eyjafjallajokull.

Read more: Global Warming, Earth Quakes, Volcanos: Iceland Katla Volcano 100 Times More Powerful than...

Sound Technology; sharp or piercing beeps in public places – iReport (video)

Sound technology can be used for psychological harassment or criminal psychological harassment.
- European stores were in the news papers not that long ago for using high frequency sounds for psychological harassment.
- Sharp and piercing beeps can, like flashing lights, be annoying or have more of an effect on someone who is sleep deprived or has high levels of cortisol.

Read more: Sound Technology; sharp or piercing beeps in public places – iReport (video)

Nanotechnology is arguably the greatest existential risk that humanity is likely to confront in this century' - Dr Nick Bostrom Oxford University - (video)

Nanotechnology is the next step in technology evolution and it could be used to solve serious problems or create new ones. A big risk or danger is the deliberate design of weapon or control systems for which there is no defense.
- "In my view the advanced form of nanotechnology is arguably the greatest existential risk that humanity is likely to confront in this century" - Dr Nick Bostrom (Oxford University)
- "There’s the potential to do great good with them but there’s also the possibility that we wreck destruction" – Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense ret.)
- "I have a feeling based on a human history that we’ll actually just turn this into a biological weapon of mass destruction." – Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense ret.)

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Female astronauts bond "we do what we do because we feel very passionate about it" - CNN (video)

- The bond they share makes it easier to focus on why they are there.
- "we do what we do because we feel very passionate about it. We don't do it because we are women; we do it because we really want to be part of exploring the Universe."

Read more: Female astronauts bond "we do what we do because we feel very passionate about it" - CNN (video)

China pulls ahead of Taiwan, second only to USA in Nanotech patent applications - NanoTech-Transfer Report #072

This month China's Tsinghua University reaches a total of 275 nano patents applied for from USPTO, outpacing Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute's 274 applications.

http://www.nanotech-now.com

Pacific Biosciences Speeds DNA Sequencing - WSJ (video)

Pacific Biosciences is working on a DNA sequencing process that it says will allow a person's genome to be sequenced in under an hour for less than $100 making a future of personally tailored genetic medicine more feasible.

Read more: Pacific Biosciences Speeds DNA Sequencing - WSJ (video)

Scientists Take a Page From Origami and Fold DNA - WSJ (video)

Bioengineers learn to fold DNA into complex shapes, which researchers hope will one day revolutionize manufacturing, medicine and computing. WSJ's Robert Lee Hotz reports on how scientists are manipulating DNA's chemical rules.

Read more: Scientists Take a Page From Origami and Fold DNA - WSJ (video)

Nanotech robots deliver gene therapy through blood - Reuters (article link)

(Reuters) - U.S. researchers have developed tiny nanoparticle robots that can travel through a patient's blood and into tumors where they deliver a therapy that turns off an important cancer gene.
- Researchers used nanotechnology -- the science of really small objects -- to create tiny polymer robots covered with a protein called transferrin that seek out a receptor or molecular doorway on many different types of tumors.
- Once the particles find the cancer cell and get inside, they break down, releasing small interfering RNAs or siRNAs that block a gene that makes a cancer growth protein called ribonucleotide reductase.

Read more: Nanotech robots deliver gene therapy through blood - Reuters (article link)

Geologist Quake "lurking" off U.S. coast: West Canada, U.S., and California should prepare as if they expect an earth quake in the near future - CNN (video)

There have been recent earth quakes in Haiti, Turkey, Chile, Hawaii, Tokyo, and more recently in Indonesia.

These earth quakes are probably due to global warming and California, BC, and Alaska are on the waiting list, possibly next, for a potential earth quake of a magnitude of 8-9.

Read more: Geologist Quake "lurking" off U.S. coast: West Canada, U.S., and California should prepare as if...

MIT researchers devised a process for generating electricity using nanotechnology - CNN (article link)

Researchers used tiny wires, known as carbon nanotubes, to create a powerful wave of energy. After coating these tiny wires with a layer of fuel, the researchers generated a so-called thermopower wave.
- "This could lead to batteries that are up to 10 times smaller and still have the same power output."
- Unlike normal batteries, the nanotubes never lose their stored energy if left to sit.
- Most batteries on the market now are made from highly toxic heavy metals, which are very bad for the environment.
- Batteries made from this new thermopower technology would be completely nontoxic.

Read more: MIT researchers devised a process for generating electricity using nanotechnology - CNN (article...