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Foresight Update 23.21: Solar progress- May 21, 2009

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Solar progress

Two new items that are follow-ons to the Moore's Law for Energy thread. A story at Technology Review about new electronics that improve the usable power from existing solar panels by 5-25%. The advance is new smarter electronics that allows for an inverter for each panel instead of one big one for the whole system…

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Negative resistance

If you connect a 12-volt battery to a 4-ohm lamp, 3 amps of current will flow through the circuit by Ohm's Law, V=IR. Power = VI = 36 watts will be dissipated by the lamp. If you add a 2-ohm resistor in series with the lamp, the resistances add to 6 ohms, the current is 2 amps and the circuit thus dissipates 24 watts. The voltage across the resistor is 4 volts so it dissipates 8 watts and the lamp gets 8 volts and dissipates 16…

Do the math

There is at Technology Review's arXiv blog an article "How to find bugs in giant software programs." It's an overview of a paper on arXiv which is a statistical study of program sizes and bug distributions in the Eclipse dataset of Java programs…

Codex Futurius on Gray Goo

"Codex Futurius" is a project of Discover Magazine's Science Not Fiction blog in which they ask science questions raised by science fiction…

Soft tough DNA material

From PhysOrg:

Implants and scaffolding for tissue growth require porous, soft materials — which are usually very fragile. Because many biological tissues are regularly subjected to intense mechanical loads, it is also important that the implant material have comparable elasticity in order to avoid inflammation…

Playing with Wolfram|Alpha

The highly anticipated Wolfram|Alpha site came online over the weekend, and here are some first impressions: alpha on firefox. They need a little work on the html — this was Firefox, but it looked the same on Konqueror…

Diamondoid nanotechnology

Engineers at the University of Ulster are the first researchers to create diamond nanorods with a diameter as thin as 2.1 nm, which is not only smaller than all the currently reported diamond 1D nanostructures (4-300 nm) but also smaller than the theoretical calculated value (2.7-9 nm) for energetically stable diamond nanorods…

Science art

A nice display of serendipitous artistic images found while doing science, at Princeton…

Antimatter

From Azonano: Physicists to Brief Media and Public on Real Science of Antimatter

On May 15, 2009, Sony Pictures will release "Angels and Demons," and bring the world's largest particle physics laboratory to the silver screen…

—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall

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May 28-29, 2009
1st Annual Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence Symposium
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Christine Peterson will speak on beneficial medical nanotechnologies.
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June 17-18, 2009
Size Matters 2009: the future fields of application, opportunities and ethical challenges of nanoscience
Saarbrücken, Germany
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August 20-22, 2009
Gnomedex: a technology conference of inspiration and influence
Seattle, Washington
Christine Peterson will speak on life extension.
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