Monthly Archive: March 2011

astronomyQuadcopters playing ping pong and Quadcopter with Kinect Enhancement

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Here is a video of quadcopters being used to bounce a ball and then bounce balls between two quadcopters. This video demonstrates an MAV outfitted with a Kinect sensor flying indoors autonomously. This technology was developed at MIT’s Computer Science …

energyGeorge Monbiot describes the double standard against nuclear power

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George Monbiot is a reporter and environmentalist at the UK Guardian. He describes his support for nuclear power and for a clean environment. He lists the double standards against nuclear power Double standard one: deaths and injuries Chinese coal mining …

electronicsMiddle sized cities will be the source of world GDP growth

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Today, developed economies such as the U.S., Western Europe and emerging market megacities—cities with more than ten million people—contribute 73 percent of world GDP growth. By 2025, their contribution diminishes to a mere one-third of global GDP. McKinsey has a …

computer architectureIndia has 1.21 billion people in 2011

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India’s census 2011 provisional data, puts the country’s headcount at 1.21 billion. Overall, there has been a decline in the number of children under the age of 6, down 5 million since 2001 to 158.8 million in 2011. During this …

computerLower cost molding of Microstructures at the millimeter to micron scale

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They have made 5 micron pillars on copper The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has selected Hoowaki, LLC as one of the seven recipients for the 4th Annual SME List of Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture. The …

airplanesNear Earth Asteroid Surveys and Mission Proposals

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Between the Moon and Mars: NEO Redux Part 1 by Rob Landis, Ames Research As of March 30, 2011, 7922 Near-Earth objects have been discovered. Some 824 of these NEOs are asteroids with a diameter of approximately 1 kilometer or …

chinaWorking to increase 90% treatment success against Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia

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chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is currently treated with a class of drugs called Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors and in the majority of cases this treatment is successful, with around 90% of patients recovering from the disease. However in the majority of …

cryocoolingNew Views of Nextbigfuture Articles

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New viewing options are available for Nextbigfuture. These views require modern browsers such as Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 3.5+, Chrome or Safari. Many elements of these views will not work should you have an older browser. Flipcard can be sorted …

grapheneSamsung is mass producing transparent LCD displays panels that are 90% more power efficient than backlit LCD

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that it began mass production of the 22-inch transparent LCD panel in March this year. The panels come in two colors, the black-and-white type and the color type, and they have a contrast ratio …

longevityThe First Non-Trivial Atom Circuit: Progress towards an Atom SQUID

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Atom circuit: False color images of an “atom circuit” made of an ultracold sodium gas. Red denotes a greater density of atoms and traces the path of circulating atoms around the ring. A laser-based barrier can stop the flow of …