Alberta researchers create new nanotechnology field – spinplasmonics

Dr. Abdulhakem Elezzabi and his colleagues have applied plasmonics principles to spintronics technology and created a novel way to control the quantum state of an electron’s spin. The new technology, which the researchers call spinplasmonics, may be used to create incredibly efficient electron spin-based photonic devices, which in turn may be used to build, for …

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Applications for aligned nanowires

To demonstrate the usefulness of the technique [aligned nanowires using bubbles], the researchers transferred the films to silicon wafers, then used conventional techniques to deposit electronic contacts on the films. The nanowires bridged the contacts, serving as semiconducting channels for working transistors. Lieber says that early applications could include accurate home tests for illnesses such …

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Wealth funds of nations

China has established a large national fund for investment but other nations have large funds as well. The largest is the ADIA fund of the UAE which has US$875 billion in assets Singapore, Saudi Arabia Norway have $300-330 billion funds. Recently, Japan, Russia and India have reportedly been considering setting up funds along similar lines. …

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Carbon nanotubes align and spread evenly on bubbles

Nanotubes on the surface of a bubble will align and spread evenly on the surface. This finding fits in nicely with the concept of giant space bubbles that was reported on this site. If the two ideas can be combined then space bubbles made from carbon nanotubes would be possible. This would allow for stronger …

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China’s One child policy status

There has been rioting over enforcement of China’s one child policy The central authorities had asked for positive financial incentives to support the population growth reduction plans. Local officials had forced some abortions. The one child policy always had gaps and was intended for only one generation. It has reduced the population growth by 400 …

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Broadband speed in different countries

Here is a post on a survey of average broadband speed in different countries Japan and Canada have significantly higher broadband download speeds—61Mbps and 7.6Mbps. Hong Kong is not on the chart but is also a lot faster. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers …

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Ex-China drug regulator to be executed

China’s former top drug regulator was sentenced to death Tuesday for taking bribes to approve untested medicines, as the country’s main quality control agency announced its first recall system targeting unsafe food products. Clearly this shows that China is serious about cleaning up corruption and food and drug quality. It may shrink the pool of …

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More nuclear oilsands – water

This is a follow up to several articles on the Canadian oilsands and using nuclear reactors to power the oil separation process. Past articles are here (details on the deal) and here (where I first discuss the whatif the nuclear oilsands are scaled up) Of the total water allocated in the province, the oil and …

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Uranium from coal flyash waste

A company Wildhorse is going to study extracting Uranium from coal flyash. From the 50 million tons/year of flyash that is generated in Europe, there is 100 to 300 ppm uranium. This would be 5,000 to 15000 tons of Uranium that could be recovered. The US generates over 100 million tons of flyash each year …

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China military will naturally be big, modern and global

A bunch of articles in the regular press are like this one from the International Herald Tribune. They talk about US defence concerns about China’s military spending and modernization I have already laid out a reasonable, plausible and I think likely scenario where China becomes the number one world economy on an exchange rate basis …

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