Monthly Archive: December 2017

economyA multi-decade economic boom

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There was a long period of stronger productivity growth from 1917 to 1973 driven by low-cost oil and increasing usage of cars and more efficient factories. We are entering a new period of stronger productivity growth from energy cheaper than …

artificial intelligenceNeural network powered by memristors

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University of Michigan researchers created a reservoir computing system that reduces training time and improves capacity of similar neural networks. A new type of neural network made with memristors can dramatically improve the efficiency of teaching machines to think like …

futureProgress to turning silicon transistors into qubits which could enable billion qubit quantum computers

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Japanese RIKEN researchers are trying to adapt existing the silicon metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) to integrate qubits with current electronics, offering the potential for scaling up quantum devices and bringing quantum computing closer to becoming a reality. Keiji Ono and …

energyProgress to mainstream thermoelectric materials which could recover waste heat

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Thermoelectric (TE) materials could play a key role in future technologies. Although the applications of these remarkable compounds have long been explored, they are mostly limited to high-temperature devices. Recently, researchers at Osaka University, in collaboration with Hitachi, Ltd., developed …

climate changeBrighter ship wakes could cool the Earth by 0.5 degrees

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Making the wakes of ocean ships brighter could cool the Earth by 0.5°C and help combat global warming, according to a new modeling study. Other geoengineering studies have examined how greenhouse gas warming could be counteracted by making Earth’s atmosphere …

iranProtests spreading in Iran over high unemployment and inflation

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Protests are spreading unpredictably fast in several cities in Iran. They are protesting against high unemployment, a stagnant economy with inflationary prices and expensive overseas military interventions. A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran’s weak economy swept into Tehran on …

3d printing3D printing for real life applications

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Makerbot has created lesson plans to help kids work toward a project with a real-life application. Jackson Sanborn is helping them find “A problem that we can create a fix for.” This year, one high school student will print a …

chinaChina building a 600 MWe fast neutron reactor which will become nuclear workhorse in the 2040s

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Construction of China’s 600 MWe demonstration fast reactor at Xiapu, Fujian province, has officially begun with the pouring of the first concrete for the reactor’s basemat. The reactor is scheduled to begin commercial operation by 2023. A 65 MWt fast …

futureOneWeb will fully deploy multi-gigabit global satellite network by 2021 and start with Alaska service in 2019

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OneWeb is launching a global 2.5 gigabit per second satellite internet service by 2021. OneWeb received permission from the FCC in June to deploy a global network of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 …

bitcoinRipple briefly passes Ethereum for second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization

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Another Cryptocurrency doubles in one week. This time it was Ripple. Ripple is used for transactions on Ripple’s open-source RippleNet cryptocurrency network, reached $1.82. The price rally arrived after a long period of inactivity in the market, which had held …