New Nanocomposite Nanostructure Manufacturing Method

The heated probe of an atomic force microscope melts a nanoparticle-polymer composite enabling it to flow onto a surface. The nanocomposite can be used as-is or the nanoparticles released with an oxygen plasma. (Image courtesy of UIUC and NRL.) Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign recently reported a new …

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Equation for materials innovation that is 100,000 times Faster at Modeling Properties

By reworking a theory first proposed by physicists in the 1920s, the researchers discovered a new way to predict important characteristics of a new material before it’s been created. The new formula allows computers to model the properties of a material up to 100,000 times faster than previously possible and vastly expands the range of …

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MIT Makes Cell Inspired Electronics for Ultra Low Power Usage

By mimicking cells, MIT researcher designs electronic circuits for ultra-low-power and biomedical applications. A single cell in the human body is approximately 10,000 times more energy-efficient than any nanoscale digital transistor, the fundamental building block of electronic chips. In one second, a cell performs about 10 million energy-consuming chemical reactions, which altogether require about one …

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University of Pennsylvania Form Near-Frictionless Diamond Material

This is an SEM image of a silicon microcantilever with an ultrasharp tip of diamond-like carbon with silicon. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and IBM Research-Zürich have fabricated an ultra sharp, diamond-like carbon tip possessing such high strength that it is 3,000 times more wear-resistant at the nanoscale than silicon. …

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Electric scooters, bikes and hybrid scooters for China, India and the World

1. Honda has the cool concept car shown above the Honda 3r-c. However, others have affordable electric bikes, scooters and electric hybrids that will be dominant vehicles for the world in 2010-2016. They are already huge in China (120 million electric bikes and scooters) and will be big in India and the rest of Asia …

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Cameco Uranium Production 2009-2014

Cameco forecast – does not include Cigar Lake for 2013 and 2014 Cameco is Canada’s largest uranium company and they released their 2009 annual report Here are the highlights: * 20.8 million pounds U308 produced in 2009, 20% increase from 2008 * 16.8 million pounds in Canada. Less 4 million pounds in Cameco report from …

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Bloom Energy Currently costs 12.8 cents per kilowatt Hour

There are press releases, technical highlights and datasheets on Bloom Energy site Reader MVetsel provides calculations based on the datasheet and technical sheet – Okay, so all of the critical information can now be gleaned from the data sheet. The efficiency is 52% excluding any heat produced and based on my generous assumptions (below), this …

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Directed Self Assembly is the Technology Darling of the Advanced Lithography Conference

More from the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference EEtimes reports that more than 10 papers on the conference schedule are focused on directed self-assembly, a technology that combines lithographically defined substrates and self-assembled polymers. Research has focused on using lithography to alter the surface of a silicon wafer, then adding block co-polymers that assemble themselves into …

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Singularity University Graduate Studies Program Doubles Class Size for Second Year – Evidence of Exponential Growth

Singularity University (SU) announced the dates for the second year of its Graduate Studies Program (GSP), and a 200% class size increase to accommodate 80 of the top students from around the globe Is the doubling class size evidence of exponential growth in the Singularity University. ; ) Projecting forward by about 2036-2037 the entire …

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Russia Funds its Nuclear Space Projects

Russia will allocate 500 million rubles ($16.7 million) for nuclear space projects this year. Over the next nine years Russia plans to invest at least 17 billion rubles (over $580 million). Russia is pondering new applications for yet-to-be-built nuclear-powered spacecraft, including military satellites, nuclear power plants, and space tugs. Energia space corporation will be the …

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South Africa Plans to Displace 7 Gigawatts of Coal Power Plants with Nuclear Energy

South Africa’s Director General at the ministry of energy Nelisiwe Magubane said a fleet nuclear plants will be used to replace ageing coal-fired power plants, adding that between 2020 and 2030 some 7,000 MW would need to be built. Bidders for the nuclear plant included France’s Areva (CEPFi.PA) and Westinghouse (owned by Japan’s Toshiba) Something …

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