Power Outages Hitting Most of China’s Provinces

China power problems are affecting 20 out of China’s 34 provinces. Cement production has been reduced by 29% and aluminum production capacity has been reduced 7%. Heavy industry has seen the most cutbacks. Coal prices are up but China’s utilities have energy price controls. There were quotas on coal mining. Coal mining quotas have been …

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DARPA projects aims for new magnetic gradiometers able to detect femtoTesla fields without shielding

By boosting the ability to detect superweak magnetic fields, a new DARPA program could open pathways to sensors with uses ranging from biological imaging to magnetically based navigation. Each beat of your heart or burst of brain activity relies on tiny electrophysiological currents that generate minuscule ripples in the surrounding magnetic field. These field variations …

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Second hardest transparent material developed from common industrial ceramic silicon nitride

Scientists have for the first time developed a transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic that is the second hardest material after diamond and can withstand substantially higher temperatures. The super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride can potentially be used under extreme conditions like in engines, researchers said. Scientists have synthesised the first transparent …

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Improved materials for interfacing neural tissue with electronic biomedical devices

Modern electronic biomedical devices are enabling a wide range of sophisticated health interventions, from seizure detection and Parkinson’s disease therapy to functional artificial limbs, cochlear implants and smart contact lenses. An effective direct interfacing material is essential to communication between these devices and neural tissue, which includes nerves and the brain. In recent years, a …

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Spacex Dragon returns with 5400 pounds of samples from the space station

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft is scheduled to splash down in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, March 19, with more than 5,400 pounds of NASA cargo, and science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station. Everything from stem cells that could help us understand how human cancers start and spread after being exposed to …

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Singapore spends three times less the USA on healthcare and gets better results

Singapores healthcare system has excellent health outcomes while spending, as of 2014, is just 5 percent of G.D.P. on health care. By comparison, a typical Western European country that year spent around 10 percent; the United States spent 17 percent. Singaporean vision is built around personal responsibility and private spending, but also a degree of …

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If both lower CO2 sensitivity and net positive up to 3 degrees of warming were correct then global warming is not net bad until 2080 to 2180

There is a lot of research that the world’s climate is less sensitive to CO2 than the main current models of climate change. Without any feedbacks, a doubling of CO2 (which amounts to a forcing of 3.7 W/m2) would result in 1 °C global warming, which is easy to calculate and is undisputed. The remaining …

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Japan, India and China still turning to more coal throughout the 2020s which means more CO2 and air pollution

Coal is undergoing a renaissance in emerging and developed countries in Asia, buoyed by technical breakthroughs and looming questions about squaring development with energy security. Japan, India and China will try to blunt the air pollution effects from the use of coal which cause millions of premature deaths in India and China and tens of …

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Israel hit Syrian targets using conventional fighters, missiles and electronic jamming

The Israeli strike on Syria was probably with conventional fighters and missiles. There had been reports and speculation that Israel used new F35 stealth fighters for the attack. Israeli jets have been able to operate almost freely in or close to Syria, hitting targets across the country with guided weapons without the Syrian Arab Air …

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