19 March 2008

Next Big Future: Every Day a Future Carnival!

Brian Wang regularly produces flurries of fascinating postings over at NextBigFuture blog. Formerly called "Advanced Nanotechnology Blog", Brian's blog covers an amazingly broad range of advancing future technologies--including nanotechnology, of course.

This look at the use of gene deletion for gene therapy, is one of my recent favourites at NBF.

Two write-ups about recent advances in high temperature superconductors here and here are worth a look.

This discussion of how we might use nuclear fusion reactors profitably--even before commercial scale fusion energy is achieved--should give you some new ideas.

News about DARPA research in rail gun technology applied to weapons systems is both timely, and applicable to the future of aerospace technology.

And don't forget to check out this evaluation of the potentially huge Bakken Oil Field straddling the US/Canada border.

The mainstream media is extremely spotty, in terms of covering relevant research topics and news events. Bloggers such as Brian carefully sift through dozens of the more careful and credible news sources, to provide consistently fascinating information about the advancing wave front of technology.

Try not to be blindsided. Learn as much as you can. Many bloggers such as Brian are quite accessible for questions and requests for information sources. Learn to take advantage of insider knowledge wherever you can.

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Blogger Snake Oil Baron said...

BW has lots of great futurism content. The news about the high temperature superconductors was really exciting. There is still a lot of research to do but it looks like it has the potential to open up a whole new option for generating superconductors.

Wednesday, 19 March, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

Yes, between Brian Wang (NextBigFuture) and Brian Westenhaus (NewEnergy and Fuel), a blogger like myself could keep busy just commenting on their great articles and news postings.

Long distance electrical transmission will be made more efficient by HT superconductors. But I am looking more for the transportation applications--maglev trains, for example. Also I'd like to see HT superconductors used for utility scale electrical storage.

Thursday, 20 March, 2008  

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