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  • Microneedles For Painless Delivery Of Vaccines And Nanomedicines

    Chemical & Engineering News: Nano SCENE
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    ACS Meeting News: Within minutes, researchers fabricate tiny biodegradable hypodermics with encapsulated enzymes and nanoparticles
  • Recent cases of 'accessible' high-tech: Open source chips & Origami robots

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    Stephanie C
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    From "An origami robot transforming from flat to 3D. Photo courtesy of Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute." Nanotech promises more commonplace access to advanced technology as material and fabrication costs fall and traditional barriers to innovation are removed. Examples are already being seen globally: more access to laptops and cell phones in developing countries, desktop 3D printers, a surge in establishment of shared-use research facilities, etc. A couple recent cases getting attention on include the latest release of RISC-based open source chip from UC Berkeley,…
  • Artificial cells act like the real thing

    Nanotechnology News
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Weizmann Institute scientists have created an artificial, network-like cell system that is capable of reproducing the dynamic behavior of protein synthesis. This achievement is not only likely to help gain a deeper understanding of basic biological processes, but it may, in the future, pave the way toward controlling the synthesis of both naturally-occurring and synthetic proteins for a host of uses.
  • New analytical technology reveals nanomechanical surface traits

    Nanowerk Nanotechnology Research News
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    A new research platform uses a laser to measure the nanomechanical properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and heating, an approach likely to yield insights to improve designs for microelectronics and batteries.
  • Competition for Graphene: Berkeley Lab Researchers Demonstrate Ultrafast Charge Transfer in New Family of 2D Semiconductors

    Nanotechnology Now Recent News
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materi...
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  • Symphony of nanoplasmonic and optical resonators produces laser-like light emission

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design, paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications.
  • Introducing the multi-tasking nanoparticle

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) have been developed that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. Built on an easy-to-make polymer, these particles can be used as contrast agents to light up tumors for MRI and PET scans or deliver chemo and other therapies to destroy tumors. In addition, the particles are biocompatible and have shown no toxicity.
  • Laser pulse turns glass into a metal: New effect could be used for ultra-fast logical switches

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    For tiny fractions of a second, quartz glass can take on metallic properties, when it is illuminated be a laser pulse. This has been shown by new calculations. The effect could be used to build logical switches which are much faster than today's microelectronics.
  • Sweet! Glycocongugates are more than the sum of their sugars

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Conventional wisdom says that the scaffold in an important class of biological molecules called 'glycoconjugates' is essentially inert. Work by a chemist suggests otherwise. The discovery opens up new avenues for research, in particular the development of more and better pharmaceuticals. Glycoconjugates are found naturally in the body, but they are also an important class of drugs that includes anything from cancer treatments to vaccines.
  • Creation of a highly efficient technique to develop low-friction materials

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Scientists have created an unprecedented highly efficient method for developing friction materials with a desired frictional property. The completely new technique enables highly efficient materials development that only requires one trial experiment, eliminating the need to conduct related experiments multiple times.
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  • Seeing and touching a single synthetic molecular machine

    Jim Lewis
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Schematic illustration for single-molecule motion capturing and manipulation of 1-nm sized synthetic molecular machine by optical microscopy using a bead probe. A large bead attached to the rotor part of the synthetic molecular bearing (double decker porphyrin) traces its motion. credit Tomohiro Ikeda Molecular machines are a central component of efforts to develop atomically precise manufacturing. Optical microscopy and optical trap manipulation of single molecules, made possible by attachment of micrometer-scale beads, have facilitated greater understanding of the workings of biomolecular…
  • Recent cases of 'accessible' high-tech: Open source chips & Origami robots

    Stephanie C
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    From "An origami robot transforming from flat to 3D. Photo courtesy of Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute." Nanotech promises more commonplace access to advanced technology as material and fabrication costs fall and traditional barriers to innovation are removed. Examples are already being seen globally: more access to laptops and cell phones in developing countries, desktop 3D printers, a surge in establishment of shared-use research facilities, etc. A couple recent cases getting attention on include the latest release of RISC-based open source chip from UC Berkeley,…
  • Surprisingly real value from virtual reality

    Stephanie C
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Looks can be deceiving -- these gamers may be engaged in highly cooperative, albeit remote, team objectives. Credit: Reuters Speaking of big computation, cyberspace isn’t yet as potent as Neal Stephenson portrayed in Snow Crash and subsequent books, but it’s getting there. A new article in the Wall Street Journal online titled Can World of Warcraft Game Skills Help Land a Job? states that some job seekers are adding gaming skills to their resumes to indicate their ability to work productively in large, remote teams: Gamers’ ability to accomplish complex tasks across virtual teams…
  • Big computation brings your ideas into 3D

    Stephanie C
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Hyve3D credit: University of Montreal What 3D printers are doing to facilitate fabrication, 3D drawing programs are surpassing to facilitate design. As described at, two systems referred to as “powerful” and “spectacular” are being highlighted at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver this week: True2Form (out of University of British Columbia) brings 2D sketches into 3D (excerpt from SD reprint): …”In line-drawings, designers and artists use descriptive curves and informative viewpoints to convey the full shape of an object,” says…
  • Tunable Assembly of Nanoparticles for (Photovoltaic) Devices

    Stephanie C
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    credit: Venkataraman et al., University of Massachusetts Amherst Photovoltaics are an interesting case where atomic precision is not necessary to achieve potentially dramatic global impacts. Even an “ok efficiency” device that is easy to manufacture with reduced environmental hazard could have significant beneficial effects on energy resources and on device fabrication processes (which could, in turn, contribute to developments toward APM). The struggle to balance ease of manufacture and device efficiency is a major driver behind current research efforts.  Two recent publications out of…
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    Nanotechnology News

  • Graphene rubber bands could stretch limits of current healthcare, new research finds

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    New research published today in the journal ACS Nano identifies a new type of sensor that can monitor body movements and could help revolutionise healthcare.
  • Bacterial nanowires: Not what we thought they were

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Scientists have discovered that bacterial nanowires (which conduct electricity, allowing certain bacteria to breathe) are actually extensions of the bacteria's outer membrane -- not pili, as originally thought.
  • Artificial cells act like the real thing

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Weizmann Institute scientists have created an artificial, network-like cell system that is capable of reproducing the dynamic behavior of protein synthesis. This achievement is not only likely to help gain a deeper understanding of basic biological processes, but it may, in the future, pave the way toward controlling the synthesis of both naturally-occurring and synthetic proteins for a host of uses.
  • On the edge of graphene

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory have discovered that the conductivity at the edges of graphene devices is different to that of the central material.
  • New test reveals purity of graphene

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new test using terahertz waves can check graphene for atmospheric and other contaminants that affect its electronic performance.
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    Nano News Net

  • What You Should Know About Using Garcinia Cambogia Extract

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Garcinia Cambogia is a type of plant that can be found in Africa and southeast Asia. It has been around for quite some time, but in recent years it has gained quite a reputation for its uses as a miracle weight loss supplement. Garcinia Cambogia Extract has been endorsed by celebrities like Dr. Oz, Britney Spears, and Oprah, fueling the consumer craze for this product. The reason that this product is so effective as a weight loss aid is that garcinia cambogia actually works in two different ways at the same time. Firstly, it lessens your appetite, allowing you to feel full while eating less.
  • Goji Extract Do You Are It Daily

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:18 am
    It is well known that Goji berries have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory structures. Milk thistle supplements are used in liver cleansing the part of detoxing your body. Here is an explained the best milk thistle supplements inside the marketplace. You can buy any people supplements in cyberspace or neighborhood health food store. Another benefit this kind of extract has is it may dr oz weight loss garcinia help to alter the body’s temperature, which means it will be good idea to give this to a person who was sick and suffering after a fever and/or chills. Furthermore, it contains an…
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    International Council on Nanotechnology, Rice University - News Digest & Items of Interest

  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Will Hold Nanotechnology Regulation Symposium (NOECT Blog)

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will host a nanotechnology regulation symposium on October 28, 2014. APVMA intends the symposium to provide industry and regulators with an opportunity for dialogue on the future regulation of nanopesticides and veterinary nanomedicines.
  • Introducing the multi-tasking nanoparticle (ScienceDaily)

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A group of colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. The particles are biocompatible and have shown no toxicity. The study was published online in Nature Communications.
  • New food packaging could be toxic and should be regulated, says Friends of the Earth (The Sydney Morning Herald)

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New packaging technology created to improve the shelf life of food is potentially toxic and should be regulated, an environmental group has warned. Nanomaterials used in packaging could leach into food and harm consumers, said Friends of the Earth campaigner Jeremy Tager. But food companies say such packaging, which is becoming available to them, has several benefits such as alerting shoppers to decay.
  • How Nanotechnology Is Gaining Momentum In Manufacturing (Forbes)

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The impact of nanotechnology on society has been compared to the invention of electricity or plastic—it is transformative to nearly everything we use today. As with any new technology, there are risks that need to be considered along with the rewards. Studies on risks continue and the scientific community calls for handling nanomaterials very carefully, but regulations have not been imposed on nanotechnology due to the fears of stifling innovation.
  • Friends of the Earth launches Emerging Technology Project (Friends of the Earth - Australia)

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Friends of the Earth's Nanotechnology Project has now become the Emerging Tech Project. In addition to continuing work on nanotechnology, we will begin working on other emerging technologies such as synthetic biology and geoengineering. This change means that there will now be an environmental NGO in Australia actively working on these issues. It recognises that many of these technologies are converging in disturbing and risky ways. And it enables us to look more broadly at the structural, political and commercial drivers that these technologies have in common.
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  • NANoREG - Second Newsletter published

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Dear colleagues, It is our great pleasure to send to you the second NANoREG Newsletter. Please follow this link Within this publication, you find information about the First edition of the NANoREG Guidance document, NANoREG’s Data logging and Templates for scientific results, Workshop on policy and regulation, Outstanding results from NANoREG’s scientific workpackages, International cooperation, and Upcoming NANoREG events. We hope, you appreciate the information given in this newsletter and kindly invite you to send feedback on its content to the NANoREG service desk‎…
  • Phd Position In Machine Elements For Research On Wear Of Nano-Structured Bainitic Steels

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Applications are invited for a PhD position at Luleå University of Technology, Division of Machine Elements for research on an EU funded project ‘Wear of nano-structured bainitic steels- correlation of microstructures and wear performance in different situations’. This is a collaborative research project between the Divisions of Machine Elements and Engineering Materials at LTU. These two Divisions are internationally known for their frontier research in the field of tribology and engineering materials. Both these Divisions are equipped with excellent research facilities for conducting…
  • Phd Scholarship Within Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (Sers) And Microfluidics - Technical University of Denmark - Denmark

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    A multidisciplinary research project including 5 Ph.D. students is being established at the Department of Micro and Nanotechnology (DTU Nanotech) at the Technical University of Denmark aiming to develop and use a combination of sample handling and sensing on a simple DVD-based platform. Later in the project we will address high-throughput application within diagnostics and environmental monitoring in collaboration with Danish industry. Responsibilities and tasksThe Ph.D. project will be associated with the Nanoprobes group at the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology at the Technical…
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate - UNC-Chapel Hill - United States

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Classification Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate   Working Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate   Campus: UNC-Chapel Hill   Region: Piedmont/Triangle   Job Summary: The UNC Department of Ophthalmology is nationally recognized for a full range of ophthalmic subspecialties as well as offering comprehensive ophthalmology. Many of our faculty members are recognized in the publication Best Doctors in America. Special areas of interest include: oculo-plastic surgery, ocular oncology, macular degeneration, retinal and vitreous surgery, neuro-ophthalmology including brain tumors, optic…
  • Research Associate (2 positions) - Nano-Optics and Nano-Chemistry - University of Cambridge - United Kingdom

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    PDRA position in Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics NanoPhotonics Centre: Nano-Optics and Nano-Chemistry Applications are invited for up to two experimental postdoctoral positions available from October 2014 for 24 months within a UK- and EU-funded centre exploring nanostructured materials for photonics- and bio-applications. Working in several teams with over 40 researchers across 4 departments, you will be developing nano-optics studies of nanoparticles and nanostructures to explore and control chemical processes operating at the nanoscale. Candidates will hold a strong physics or…
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  • Nothing is forever – and chemical industry trade secret claims shouldn’t be an exception

    Richard Denison
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  A coalition of health, labor, environmental and environmental justice groups (including EDF), represented by Earthjustice, filed a petition today with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that requests EPA establish a limit on how long information on chemicals submitted and claimed confidential by the chemical industry under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) can be protected from disclosure. The petition asks EPA to close a loophole in its current regulations that by default grants indefinite protection for…
  • Twice in 2 weeks: National Academy of Sciences again strongly affirms federal government’s science, agrees formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen

    Richard Denison
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  Just last week I blogged that a panel of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) had fully backed the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) listing of styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Today a separate NAS panel strongly endorsed NTP’s listing of formaldehyde as a “known human carcinogen” in its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC).  As with styrene, this second NAS panel both peer-reviewed the RoC listing and conducted its own independent review of the formaldehyde literature – and in…
  • National Academy of Sciences strongly affirms science showing styrene is a human carcinogen

    Richard Denison
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  It’s been a ridiculously long road to get here, because of the delay tactics of the chemical industry.  But yesterday a panel of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) fully backed the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) listing of styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” We have blogged earlier about this saga.  In June 2011, after years of delay, the NTP released its Congressionally mandated 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), in which it upgraded formaldehyde to the status of “known to be…
  • New bill puts BPA back in the spotlight

    Sarah Vogel
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By Sarah VogelSarah Vogel, Ph.D. is Director of EDF's Health Program. The hotly debated chemical BPA is back in the policy spotlight. This week Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) joined Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) to announce the Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act.  The bill would ban the use of BPA or bisphenol A from food packaging and mandates extensive consideration of the hazardous properties of any BPA alternative, so as to avoid substituting chemicals that may pose just as many health risks (as increasingly it appears to be with the case of the common BPA…
  • EPA releases final risk assessment for TCE: One down, 84,999 to go*

    Richard Denison
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D. is a Health Scientist. EPA achieved a rather significant milestone today in releasing a final risk assessment for the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE).  This document is for the first of a group of 83 “work plan chemicals” EPA identified in 2012 as needing risk assessments and, where warranted, risk management. Why do we call it a milestone?  It is the first final risk assessment issued by EPA using its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in – wait for it – 28 years.
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  • Recovering ancient voices from clay pots

    Eric Drexler
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    MIT reports recovering voices from high-frame-rate video of a potato-chip bag, extracting information from vibrational displacements as small as 1/100 of a pixel. This reminds me of an idea floated decades ago by the fictional character Daedelus in a now-defunct column in Nature: Recover ancient voices from pots by reading the tiny ripples left by vibration of the potters’ fingers. The potter’s voice, in particular, should leave a substantial trace. Putting some numbers to this: Clay particles are typically in the micron to sub-micron range. Clay speed w.r.t. a potter’s finger is ~1…
  • Vital national interests will change. Perceptions may not.

    Eric Drexler
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    As a century-or-so update to To War for Trade? — 3 August 1914 (UK), I note more recent US defense policy: Quadrennial Defense Review – May 1997 Section III: Defense Strategy When the interests at stake are vital…we should do whatever it takes to defend them, including, when necessary, the unilateral use of military power. U.S. vital national interests include, but are not limited to: protecting the sovereignty, territory, and population of the United States…. ensuring uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies, and strategic resources…. In the foreseeable…
  • To War for Trade? — 3 August 1914

    Eric Drexler
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Edward Grey, to Parliament re. the wisdom of joining in what later became known as World War I: “…let us assume that consequences which are not yet foreseen and which, perfectly legitimately consulting her own interests — make Italy depart from her attitude of neutrality at a time when we are forced in defence of vital British interest ourselves to fight — what then will be the position in the Mediterranean? It might be that at some critical moment those consequences would be forced upon us because our trade routes in the Mediterranean might be vital to this country?”…
  • Gmail interface horror

    Eric Drexler
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Accidentally sending an unfinished, unedited email can be a really big mistake, so one wouldn’t want to make this mistake really, really easy… Here is the button-filled corner of the “Reply” edit window in Gmail. Note the a measurement added in red: Is there any imaginable excuse for placing the Send button just 10 pixels away from the Formatting options button? A button that gets clicked while you’re still editing? Is it because someone thought it looked pretty? Calling Google… Hello?
  • Keynote at TVC 2014

    Eric Drexler
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Sorry for the late mention, but last week I gave a talk at the Technology Ventures Conference at the University of Cambridge. The organizers promise to post a video. The conference was a lot of fun. I don’t know where else I’d have an opportunity to discuss nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, Haskell, and medicine all in the same day. The theme of the conference was “Moonshot Thinking”, which let me place nanotechnology in the context of space systems engineering and the modes of thought and problem formulation that I learned in the AeroAstro department at MIT. The great gap in…
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    Soft Machines

  • Transhumanism has never been modern

    Richard Jones
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Transhumanists are surely futurists, if they are nothing else. Excited by the latest developments in nanotechnology, robotics and computer science, they fearlessly look ahead, projecting consequences from technology that are more transformative, more far-reaching, than the pedestrian imaginations of the mainstream. And yet, their ideas, their motivations, do not come from nowhere. They have deep roots, perhaps surprising roots, and following those intellectual trails can give us some important insights into the nature of transhumanism now. From antecedents in the views of the early 20th…
  • Rebuilding the UK’s innovation economy

    Richard Jones
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    The UK’s innovation system is currently under-performing; the amount of resource devoted to private sector R&D has been too low compared to competitors for many years, and the situation shows no sign of improving. My last post discussed the changes in the UK economy that have led us to this situation, which contributes to the deep-seated problems of the UK economy of very poor productivity performance and persistent current account deficits. What can we do to improve things? Here I suggest three steps. 1. Stop making things worse. Firstly, we should recognise the damage that has been…
  • Business R&D is the weak link in the UK’s innovation system

    Richard Jones
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    What’s wrong with the UK’s innovation system is not that we don’t have a strong science base, or even that there isn’t the will to connect the science base to the companies and entrepreneurs who might want to use its outputs. The problem is that our economy isn’t assigning enough resource to pulling through the fruits of the science base into technological innovations, the innovation that will create new products and services, bring economic growth, and help solve some of the biggest social problems we face. The primary symptom of the problem is the UK’s very poor…
  • Surely there’s more to science than money?

    Richard Jones
    15 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    How can we justify spending taxpayers’ money on science when there is so much pressure to cut public spending, and so many other popular things to spend the money on, like the National Health Service? People close to the policy-making process tend to stress that if you want to persuade HM Treasury of the need to fund science, there’s only one argument they will listen to – that science spending will lead to more economic growth. Yet the economic instrumentalism of this argument grates for many people. Surely it must be possible to justify the elevated pursuit of knowledge in less…
  • Spin-outs and venture capital won’t fill the pharma R&D gap

    Richard Jones
    31 May 2014 | 6:53 am
    Now that Pfizer has, for the moment, been rebuffed in its attempt to take over AstraZeneca, it’s worth reflecting on the broader issues this story raised about the pharmaceutical industry in particular and technological innovation more generally. The political attention focused on the question of industrial R&D capacity was very welcome; this was the subject of my last post – Why R&D matters. Less has been said about the broader problems of innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, which I discussed in an earlier post – Decelerating change in the pharmaceutical…
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  • New Cray GPU supercomputer will provide a petaflop of power in 4 Cabinets

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    [HPCWire] The new Cray CS-Storm, which offers up to 8 NVIDIA K40s per 2U server and a peak performance of 11 teraflops per Ivy Bridge-outfitted node, is set to push key applications that require more GPU scalability to new heights.The system, which is based on the Cray CS300 super, is designed to keep the accelerators cool enough to operate at full speed. The 48U standard rack can accommodate 22 of the 2U nodes, which means that with 2 Ivy Bridges and the GPUs, users are looking at around 250 teraflops per rack or a petaflop of performance for a 4-cabinet purchase. Cray’s Barry Bolding told…
  • Cruising at Mach 3 or a bit more with a supercativation submarine

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    What power is needed to get to mach 3 constant velocity for a supercativating submarine ? A Supercativating submarine could in theory achieve about 3600 miles per hour but powering the propulsion is a technical challenge.Goatguy provides the energy for water displaced, times its density, times ½, times its outward radial velocity squared would be the amount of energy invested every second in the slipstream bubble's frontal profile. Maybe more, but this is kind of a minimum. The drag for supercativiation is 200,000 times less so the water displacement is an approximation.The 1,000 meter…
  • DARPA 5 beyond GPS technologies for position, navigation and timing

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    As revolutionary as GPS has been, however, it has its limitations. GPS signals cannot be received underground or underwater and can be significantly degraded or unavailable during solar storms. More worrisome is that adversaries can jam signals. GPS continues to be vital, but its limitations in some environments could make it an Achilles’ heel if warfighters rely on it as their sole source of PNT information. To address this problem, several DARPA programs are exploring innovative technologies and approaches that could eventually provide reliable, highly accurate PNT capabilities when GPS…
  • DARPA aims to safely make engineered biological systems more robust and stable to enable new groundbreaking capabilities

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    The development of increasingly sophisticated techniques and tools to sequence, synthesize and manipulate genetic material has led to the rapidly maturing discipline of synthetic biology. To date, work in synthetic biology has focused primarily on manipulating individual species of domesticated organisms to perform specific tasks, such as producing medicines or fuels. These species tend to be both relatively fragile (requiring precise environmental conditions to survive) and relatively unstable (subject to losing their engineered advantages through genetic attrition or recombination). The…
  • Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes by Chinese supersonic supercavitating submarine with molten salt nuclear reactors

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    [South China Morning Post] China has moved a step closer to creating a supersonic submarine that could travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in less than two hours.Since drag is proportional to the density of the surrounding fluid, the drag on a super-cavitating projectile is dramatically reduced, allowing supercavitating projectiles to attain higher speeds than conventional projectiles. In water , a rough approximation predicts that a supercavitating projectile has 200,000 times less skin friction than a normal projectile. The potential applications are impressive.Here we will describe the…
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  • On the Move: Recent personnel moves in the local life sciences industry

    Don Seiffert
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Here’s a summary of recent personnel changes and board appointments announced at Massachusetts biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies: Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB) in Cambridge has named Donald Johns as vice president, leading Biogen Idec’s amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Innovation Hub, a new unit dedicated to accelerating the discovery and development of novel therapies for ALS. Johns will report directly to Alfred Sandrock, group senior vice president and chief medical officer.…
  • With Patriots regular season-opener 11 days off, it's time to check Super Bowl odds

    Eric Convey
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The New England Patriots open their regular NFL season on Sept. 7 against the Miami Dolphins. Bill Belichick may be focusing on squishing the fish, not to mention Thursday evening's pre-season game against the New York Giants, but we're going to start thinking long-term here. Long-term as in Super Bowl 49 on Feb. 1 in Arizona. cites odds of the Patriots winning the Super Bowl at 8:1. The handicappers eyed by the website have a little more faith in the Seattle Seahawks and Denver…
  • Report: Harvard, MIT among universities producing most female entrepreneurs

    Sara Castellanos
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Harvard University and MIT are among the top schools in the country producing the most female entrepreneurs, according to a report by Fortune. Nearly 60 female founders from Harvard Business School have received investment funding over the past five years, according to Fortune. According to Fortune: Harvard came in third on the list of undergraduate programs with 29 female-founder alums dating back to 2009, finishing behind MIT and its 31 female founders during that same period. MIT finished…
  • Watch MIT's David Rose talk tech on 'The Daily Show' (video)

    David Harris
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    MIT researcher and DItto Labs CEO David Rose made an appearance on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart about his new book, "Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things." Rose's idea behind "enchanted objects" is essentially a world in which apps are embedded in everyday objects, similar to the idea behind the Internet of Things. I profiled Rose's startup, Ditto Labs— which uses computer vision technology to find logos and other brand information on social media — earlier…
  • Around the Region: Aug. 27, 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    A summary of recent transactions and personnel news within Greater Boston’s real estate community. L&L Engineering Co. has signed a lease for 10,560 square feet of space at 19 Sterling Road in Billerica. Benjamin Gatti of Greater Boston Commercial Properties Inc. in Marlborough represented the Landlord, DSJC Realty Trust. Gatti was the sole broker of record in this transaction. Greater Boston Commercial Properties has been retained as the exclusive broker to market the property L&L vacated at…
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