Foresight Update 23.16: Revolutionary advance in protein design - April 16, 2009
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…scientists at the University of Pennsylvania … used basic engineering principles derived from studying natural proteins to design from scratch a simple and small protein that performed the function of carrying oxygen that is performed by natural globin proteins without having the "exquisitely refined functional properties reflected in the globin fold"…
…Nanotechnology, the revolutionary technology, was always about the power of self-replication and never only about the very small…
Continuing the rapid advance of structural DNA nanotechnology, just three months after the last announcement of an improved bipedal walking DNA nanorobot comes the announcement from another team of a yet more improved bipedal walking DNA nanorobot…
In a discovery that is aimed toward self-repairing materials but could have nanotech implications, a team of researchers in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a catalyst can be switched on and off using mechanical means…
Seasteading means "homesteading the sea," or at least building floating cities and establishing permanent residences there, and ultimately alternative polities in hopes of enabling beneficial economic competition in the field of governance…
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