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artificial intelligenceIBM overcomes von Neumann bottleneck for AI hundreds of time faster using hundreds of times less energy

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IBM Research AI team demonstrated deep neural network (DNN) training with large arrays of analog memory devices at the same accuracy as a Graphical Processing Unit (GPU)-based system. This is a major step on the path to the kind of …

batteriesChina’s CATL making two giant battery factories with billion dollar funding

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) has raised nearly $1 billion to fund new battery plants. China will be making 70 percent of the world’s electric-vehicle batteries by 2021, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). China is already the world’s …

nuclearOn track to commercial extraction of uranium from seawater

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LCW Supercritical Technologies have created five grams of yellowcake — a powdered form of uranium used to produce fuel for nuclear power production — using acrylic fibers to extract it from seawater. LCW, …

air pollutionClean future trucks with gasoline-alcohol engines at half the cost of alternatives

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The US trucking industry is being pressured to deal with diesel emissions. California would require that NOx emissions from medium- and heavy-duty trucks be cut by about 90 percent relative to today’s cleanest diesel. India and China mostly do not …

astronomy121 giant exoplanets in habitable zones may have habitable moons

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Researchers have identified more than 100 giant planets that potentially host moons capable of supporting life. Their work will guide the design of future telescopes that can detect these potential moons and look for tell-tale signs of life, called biosignatures, …

futureSpinlaunch has $40 million to fund development to first centrifuge space launch by 2022

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SpinLaunch Inc. has closed a $35 million Series A funding round with a powerhouse syndicate of investors. Investors include Airbus Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Kleiner Perkins. This syndicate joins institutional investors including Lauder Partners, ATW Partners, Bolt, and …

intelIntel makes smallest quantum computing chip with spin qubits

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Intel researchers are testing a tiny new “spin qubit” chip. The new chip was created in Intel’s D1D Fab in Oregon using the same silicon manufacturing techniques that the company has perfected for creating billions of traditional computer chips. Smaller …

energyPerovskite and silicon tandem solar could beat silicon solar in some to many situations

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Researchers from EPFL’s Photovoltaics Laboratory and the CSEM PV-center have developed an economically competitive solution to silicon solar cells. They have integrated a perovskite cell directly on top of a standard silicon-based cell, obtaining a record efficiency of 25.2 percent. …

astronomyCeres has 5-8 times more organic material than previously believed

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A new analysis of data from NASA’s Dawn mission suggests that organic matter may exist in surprisingly high concentrations on the dwarf planet’s surface. To get an initial idea of how abundant those compounds might be, the original research team …

energyIndonesia and ThorCon continue working towards thorium reactor

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Bob Effendi, a native of Indonesia, helped ThorCon win its 2015 deals with Indonesian companies to work on thorium nuclear power. In 2015, three state-owned companies in Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with a U.S.-based firm called Martingale. They …