Desertec is a proposal for terawatts of wind and solar to be located in Libya and Algeria and Saudi Arabia for European Power

Desertec is a solar and wind power plan to locate large amounts of renewable power generation in North Africa and other deserts of the world. The proposal is to repeat the political situation that exists with OPEC and oil with renewable solar and wind. Locate the power in the exact same area that has all …

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Drug can reverse overgrown hearts to help prevent heart failure

A promising cancer treatment drug can restore function of a heart en route to failure from high blood pressure, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found. The drug, a type of histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor being evaluated in numerous ongoing clinical trials, has been shown to reverse the harmful effects of autophagy in heart …

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Create Nanoscale Waveguide for Future Photonics

The hybrid plasmon polariton (HPP) nanoscale waveguide consists of a semiconductor strip separated from a metallic surface by a low dielectric gap. Schematic shows HPP waveguide responding when a metal slit at the guide’s input end is illuminated. (courtesy of Zhang group) The creation of a new quasiparticle called the “hybrid plasmon polariton” may throw …

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Nvidia demos dynamic raytracing using Kal-el Quadcore Tegra CPU combined with a 12-core GPU chip

Nvidia’s Kal-El combines a battery-friendly, powerhouse of a quad-core processor with a 12-core NVIDIA GPU that supports 3D stereo. It will be the first mobile quad-core processor. Nvidia has a video that features a demo they created called “Glowball,” which draws its namesake from the feature character: a brilliant lit, bouncing ball. The ball serves …

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Switzerland and Germany plan to phase out their use of nuclear power

Switzerland generates roughly 40% of its energy from the country’s five nuclear reactors. The rest comes mostly from the more than 1,000 hydropower plants located in the Alps and along Switzerland’s rivers. Ms. Leuthard said the government hasn’t yet fixed a date for when the last nuclear-power station will go offline, but experts believe such …

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Intel Pushes Ultrabooks alternative to tablets

EETimes – Intel still lacks a design win in a top tier tablet. Intel is pushing down the power and size of notebook computers. Intel will describe Ultrabooks at the Computex conference in Taiwan. The Ultrabook is a work in progress. Early versions will arrive in cases just 20mm thick and price points under $1,000 …

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54th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs

The 54th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs is up at Idaho Samizdat Nuclear Green had coverage of the Third Thorium alliance conference Edward Kee offered a talk titled, Global Nuclear Power Developments – Asia Leads The Way. Kee noted Big stories here: •China’s nuclear build programme is huge – has the potential to shape world …

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Carnival of Space 199

The Carnival of Space 199 is up at Weird Warp If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It …

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Repetitive error correction for a quantum computer

A team of physicists at the University of Innsbruck, led by Philipp Schindler and Rainer Blatt, has been the first to demonstrate a crucial element for a future functioning quantum computer: repetitive error correction. This allows scientists to correct errors occurring in a quantum computer efficiently. The researchers have published their findings in the scientific …

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