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The Changing Face of Scientific Research

As times have evolved into our current era of corporate and profit based research & development, directions in scientific research have been influenced. No longer do we see scientific research simply endeavored for the sake of understanding our universe but for the sake of experiencing profit. Sadly, research attitudes of the past, the likes of which produced modern day 'plastic', are being threatened on many fronts. The following online article provides an introduction to the changing face of scientific research.

The Decline of Unfettered Research

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Newsletters That Keep Us Informed…

The following PDF Newsletters are excellent resources for some of the latest science, technology, and economic insights.

News Link - Published by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer

A World of Science - Published by UNESCO

The Davos Report - Published by the World Economic Forum


Home Computers of 2004

CAPTION: Scientists from the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a "home computer" could look like in the year 2004. However the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype and the Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use.

- Ahhhh... Wiseman once said, "Science progresses exponentially, not linearly!" Here's continued proof, folks. (Editor: Thanks for the picture, Victor.)


DNA Computer Detects, Treats Disease in Test Tube

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have come a step closer to creating a minuscule DNA computer that may one day be able to spot diseases like cancer from inside the body and release a drug to treat it. Professor Ehud Shapiro and researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute constructed the world's smallest biomolecular computer a few years ago. Now they have programmed it to analyse biological information to detect and treat prostate cancer and a form of lung cancer in laboratory experiments. Could nanomachines be tomorrow's doctors?.

Source: Reuters
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Palladium in Heavy Water… Revisiting Cold Fusion

NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy is planning to give cold fusion a warmer reception after many years of skepticism and even ridicule as the agency pursues an official review of the controversial technology. DOE to revisit cold fusion.

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European Space Agency Embarking on Comet-Chasing Mission

Comet-chasing mission Rosetta will now set its sights on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. During its meeting on 13-14th May 2003, ESA's Science Programme Committee decided Rosetta's new mission baseline. The spacecraft will be launched in February 2004 from Kourou, French Guiana, using an Ariane-5 G+ launcher. The rendezvous with the new target comet is expected in November 2014. New destination for Rosetta, Europe's comet chaser

Source: European Space Agency'

Gravity Map Gets to Grips with Planet’s Pull

[WASHINGTON] The most accurate map yet of Earth's gravitational field has been released - the first result of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), run jointly by NASA and the DLR, Germany's aerospace research centre. Oceanographers hope to use the map to model deep oceanic currents and heat fluxes, and so better understand their effects on global climate.

"It's an order of magnitude better than anything that's gone before," says Byron Tapley, the project's principal investigator and director of the Center for Space Research (CSR) at the University of Texas at Austin. The map, called GRACE Gravity Model 01, was based on a preliminary analysis of 111 days of mission data. It was published on the CSR website on 21 July, a few months ahead of the main phase of the mission.

The GRACE mission comprises two identical satellites, one 220 kilometres ahead of the other. The lead satellite encounters local variations in the gravity field first, and so temporarily pulls away from its partner (see Nature 416, 10-11; 2002). The map was created by following these minute changes in separation, which are measured to the nearest micrometre by onboard sensors.

Use the force: the raised, red areas in GRACE's gravity map show where Earth's pull is strongest.


This may explain why Atlantis sank.


NanoClay… No Longer Just For Flower Pots

"Once you can control and manipulate nano-sized clay particles, then you have the ability to create smart materials by combining the structural support provided by the clay with the functionality of organic molecules, such as dye, enzymes, proteins and polymers," said Cliff Johnston, Purdue professor of agronomy and an environmental chemist. "That allows us to build the clay and the organic molecules into more complex structures."Nanometer-thick clay may yield groundbreaking technology.

Source: Purdue University News

Who will be the first to supply the world with a gazillion particles of clay and be able to charge by the particle?