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“Hope lies in dreams…” 2.0

Paralyzed From the Neck Down - WSJ“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality” – Jonas Salk

Breakthrough graphene biomaterial regenerates heart and nerve tissue

Money Quote: “We are very excited by the potential of this material for cardiac applications, but the capacity of the material to deliver physiological electrical stimuli while limiting infection suggests it might have potential in a number of other indications, such as repairing damaged peripheral nerves or perhaps even spinal cord… The technology also has potential applications where external devices such as biosensors and devices might interface with the body.”

“Hope Lies in Dreams…” 1.0 Link – https://urup2what.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/hope-lies-in-dreams-stretching-the-boundaries-of-neural-implants

Original Photo via WSJ

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans;”

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“…in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.” ― Kahlil Gibran

Cerahelix selected for Pipeline H2O an award-winning water technology commercialization program

Money Quote (from the website): Cerahelix manufactures the PicoHelix membrane using a patented DNA template technology. To us DNA has a size and shape, which we use as a tool to form sub nanometer pores in a ceramic.  The pores are 100,000 times smaller than a human hair and perform molecular separations to a higher purity than any other ceramic filter.

Graphene Gets ISO Standardization

Hurdles

Money Quote: “It is important to standardize the terminology for graphene, graphene-derived and related 2D materials at the international level, as the number of publications, patents and organizations is increasing rapidly. Thus, these materials need an associated vocabulary as they become commercialized and sold throughout the world.”

ISO – Nanotechnologies — Vocabulary — Part 13: Graphene and related two-dimensional (2D) materials

Don’t forget Nashville: The National Graphene Association’s Inaugural Graphene Innovation Summit and Expo Oct. 29-31, 2017 in Nashville

Headed to the Graphene Innovation Summit in Nashville Oct. 29th and I’m expecting a crowd.

Opry Crowd

If you’ve looked at my posts in the past, you’ll know of my particular interest in Graphene, as well as other advanced materials, and their intersection with industry, energy and infrastructure. If I can be helpful in any way (asking questions, sharing notes, etc…) I hope you will let me know.

To get an idea of where we are in the Graphene commercialization timeline, I have added a link to an interview (I hope she doesn’t mind) with Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Executive Director of the National Graphene Association (NGA) – Dr. Cinker Interview / AZoNano.

From my perspective, while standardization & commercialization challenges remain, the progress is undeniable. From semiconductors to batteries and super-capacitors; from wearables to concrete and steel; from filtration to aerospace to ink, things are happening quickly. For many of you, this is something worth knowing.

Graphene Innovation Summit

Best,

TG

 

 

 

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot

Bungee

Unbreakable rubber bands that are 200 times stronger than steel are coming soon

Unbreakable rubber bands that are 200 times stronger than steel are coming soon

Money Quote: “The rubber bands could transform how food travels through supply chains, simplify the shipment of fragile electronics, and most satisfyingly, last forever.”

“With how many things are we on the brink of becoming acquainted,…

On the brink

“… if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries.” ― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Dean Kamen Opens Organ-Building Institute – IEEE Spectrum

Money Quote: “It’s designed to bring together companies, academics, and nonprofits to build and scale-up all the technologies needed to create human organ factories.”

“Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud,…”

Cloud Plains“… and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and mountains staring at us; and it was very still; but there were whispers.”    – Black Elk

Money Quote: “…fundamental discretionary traders” account for only about 10 percent of trading volume in stocks. Passive and quantitative investing accounts for about 60 percent, more than double the share a decade ago…”

Just 10% of trading is regular stock picking, JPMorgan estimates

  • “Fundamental discretionary traders” account for only about 10 percent of trading volume in stocks today, JPMorgan estimates.
  • “The majority of equity investors today don’t buy or sell stocks based on stock specific fundamentals,” said JPMorgan’s Marko Kolanovic.
  • JPMorgan believes the recent sell-off in technology stocks may have been related to quantitative and computer trading and not traditional fundamental investors.

Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 | 4:49 PM ET

Just 10% of trading is regular stock picking, JPMorgan estimates

Quantitative investing based on computer formulas and trading by machines directly are leaving the traditional stock picker in the dust and now dominating the equity markets, according to a new report from JPMorgan.

“While fundamental narratives explaining the price action abound, the majority of equity investors today don’t buy or sell stocks based on stock specific fundamentals,” Marko Kolanovic, global head of quantitative and derivatives research at JPMorgan, said in a Tuesday note to clients.

Kolanovic estimates “fundamental discretionary traders” account for only about 10 percent of trading volume in stocks. Passive and quantitative investing accounts for about 60 percent, more than double the share a decade ago, he said.

In fact, Kolanovic’s analysis attributes the sudden drop in big technology stocks between Friday and Monday to changing strategies by the quants, or the traders using computer algorithms.

In the weeks heading into May 17, Kolanovic said funds bought bonds and bond proxies, sending low volatility stocks and large growth stocks higher. Value, high beta and smaller stocks began falling in a rotation labeled “an unwind of the ‘Trump reflation’ trade,” Kolanovic said.

“Upward pressure on Low Vol and Growth, and downward pressure on Value and High Vol peaked in the first days of June (monthly rebalances), and then quickly snapped back, pulling down FANG stocks” — Facebook, Amazon.com, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet, the report said.

Along with Apple, the big tech-related names fell more than 3 percent each last Friday and dropped again Monday, sending the Nasdaq composite lower in its worst two-day decline since December.

However, “the contribution coming from quant rebalances to this snapback is now likely over,” Kolanovic said, noting that S&P derivatives have supported market gains at the beginning of this week.

“$1.3T of S&P 500 options expire on Friday, and this will change dealers’ positioning,” he said. “This can result in a modest increase of market volatility starting on Friday and into next week.”

Tech recovered Tuesday, helping U.S. stocks close higher with the Dow Jones industrial average at a record.

Derivatives, quant fund flows, central bank policy and political developments have contributed to low market volatility, Kolanovic said. Moreover, he said, “big data strategies are increasingly challenging traditional fundamental investing and will be a catalyst for changes in the years to come.”

Figures from market structure research firm Tabb Group point to similar gains in machine-driven trade volume, while the overall number of shares traded has declined.

A subset of quantitative trading known as high-frequency trading accounted for 52 percent of May’s average daily trading volume of about 6.73 billion shares, Tabb said. During the peak levels of high-frequency trading in 2009, about 61 percent of 9.8 billion of average daily shares traded were executed by high-frequency traders.

To be sure, not everyone on Wall Street is giving ground to the machines so easily.

AllianceBernstein analysts made the case in an April 28 note that artificial intelligence is unable to generate significantly different results — by the mere fact that analyzing more and more data results in increasingly similar strategies.

Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight…

Glenn Curtiss & Theodor Ellyson

… For the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light.  – Oscar Wilde

Money Quote: – Autonomous flight up to 10,000 feet / Top speed of 150km/h (93.2 mph) / 10 min autonomy

The new Zapata Invention: Flyboard® Air

THE FLYBOARD® AIR

Zapata Racing has achieved the dream of mankind and offers you the first video of Franky Zapata flying on the innovation Flyboard® Air.

The Independent Propulsion Unit represents 4 years of hard work for a result exceeding all records

Wow

 

“…Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” – T. S. Eliot

Old Data

The Future of Big Data: Distilling Less Knowledge Per Bit

Money Quote: “It is both unknowable and all-knowing. It answers all questions, if only we know how to interpret those answers.”

 

Photo: WITCH

Year: 1951

Short for the Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell, the WITCH was also known as The Harwell Dekatron Computer. It was slow (a multiplication took 5-10 seconds), but this was justified by its ability to run long periods of time unattended. It could therefore be left on its own with a large amount of input data. At one point it was left running over the Christmas and New Year holiday and was still working when the staff came back 10 days later. – Courtesy of Pingdom via Wired