Avatar Will be the Number One Domestic Movie On Feb 3, 2010 and is Over Two billion Worldwide

The week 7 weekend domestic box office for Avatar was $30 million for a $594 million domestic total. Avatar will pass Titanic non-inflation adjusted box office on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 I had predictions about Avatar’s box office Week 6 – $260 million est, $1.97 billion world, $570 million domestic Week 7 – $200 million …

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Worldwide Offshore Oil in 2010 and Saudi Aramco oil Projects

Rigzone lists offshore drilling projects to watch in 2010 * One of West Africa’s biggest oil finds, the Jubilee field, is expected to start production sometime this year. (1.2 billion barrels of oil) – Jubilee will be developed in several phases due to the large amounts of oil discovered. Phase 1 will tie back 17 …

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Penn State researchers developing optical communication alternative to Wifi – already over one gigabit per second

Penn State is advancing Visible Light communication speeds and using non-visibile light to achieve 1 Gbps and higher speeds In January 2010 a team of researchers from Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin) demonstrated the transmission of 500 MBit/s with white LED over a distrance of 5 metres (16 ft) …

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3D FPGA – Field-programmable gate arrays With ASIC densities

NuPGA, presented details about its 3-D FPGA technology Friday (Jan. 29) at the Applied Materials Technical Symposium on 3-D Interconnect in Santa Clara, Calif. EETimes presents the details Serial entrepreneur Zvi Or-Bach is touting a three-dimensional field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology that he claims could achieve the densities of an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC). …

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VASIMR Plasma Rocket for a Lunar Tug

NASA pre-solitication of a lunar tug using VARIABLE SPECIFIC IMPULSE MAGNETO-PLASMA ROCKET – VASIMR Studies will be conducted to evaluate a Lunar Tug concept utilizing Variable Specific Impulse Magneto-plasma Rocket (VASIMR) engine capabilities from Low Earth Orbit to Lunar Orbit and libration points. NASA/JSC intends to purchase these services from Ad Astra Rocket Company. Adequate …

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Intel, Micron Make 25-nm NAND chip as Moore Law Marches On

EEtimes reports Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have regained the process technology lead in NAND flash, by rolling out the first in a family of 25-nm devices. The first 25-nm NAND device is a multi-level-cell (MLC), 8-GB device, which is said to reduce IC count by 50 percent over previous products. With the device, …

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Stem Cell News – Bone Marrow for Stem Cell tissue Transpants and Skin cells easily turned into Brain Cells

MIT Technology Review – Skin Cells Turned into Brain Cells Skin cells called fibroblasts can be transformed into neurons quickly and efficiently with just a few genetic tweaks, according to new research. The surprisingly simple conversion, which doesn’t require the cells to be returned to an embryonic state, suggests that differentiated adult cells are much …

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Trihydrides Appear to be a More Promising Path to Superconducting Metallic Hydrogen

High-pressure researchers, including Carnegie’s Ho-kwang (Dave) Mao, have now modeled three hydrogen-dense metal alloys and found there are pressure and temperature trends associated with the superconducting state—a huge boost in the understanding of how this abundant material could be harnessed. Computer modeling indicates that superconductivity for trihydrides (Hydrogen compounds with 3 hydrogens) set in at …

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Your Old Purchases of Windows and Microsoft Office will Buy $10 billion in Vaccines and Save 8 Million lives

Bill and Melinda Gates said on Friday they would spend $10 billion over the next decade to develop and deliver vaccines Over the past 10 years, the Microsoft co-founder’s charity has committed $4.5 billion to vaccines and has been instrumental in establishing the GAVI alliance, a public-private partnership that channels money for vaccines in poor …

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Obama Will Request Tripling Loan Guarantees for Nuclear Reactors

Blomoberg reports – President Barack Obama, acting on a pledge to support nuclear power, will propose tripling loan guarantees for new reactors to more than $54 billion, two people familiar with the plan said. This is expected to be in the 2011 budget. If passed and the loans made promptly this should ensure that there …

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