Graphene can be used to collect hydrogen from moist ambient air to power fuel cells

University of Manchester research suggests that the use of graphene or monolayer boron nitride can allow the existing membranes to become thinner and more efficient, with less fuel crossover and poisoning. This can boost competitiveness of fuel cells. You can put a hydrogen-containing gas on one side, apply small electric current and collect pure hydrogen …

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What is the monetary value of the ocean ?

Professor Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is a co-editor of “Valuing the Ocean” a major new study by an international team of scientists and economists that attempts to measure the ocean’s monetary value and to tally the costs and savings associated with human decisions affecting ocean health. The study estimates that …

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US Crude oil production could be over 10 million bpd by the of 2015 and 12 million bpd by 2020

Texas oil production from just two fields, the Eagle Ford shale and the Permian Basin, is likely to total well over 2 million barrels of oil per day (MMbopd) this year, if recent output trends continue, and could approach 2.5 MMbopd sometime in 2014. Production in the Eagle Ford play was about 599,000 barrels of …

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China can sustain 7% GDP growth for 12 years if the tier 2 and tier 3 cities catch up the tier 1

1. Business Week – This week, both China bears and China bulls can point to numbers that seem to prove their cases. For those downbeat about China’s chances, the grim export figures for November are the latest piece of evidence. Export growth fell to just 2.9 percent year-on-year last month, down from 11.6 percent in …

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China Working towards 600 Mph Maglev Trains Through Very Low Pressure Underground Tubes for 2020 to 2030

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Southwest Jiaotong University in China is developing a low pressure underground tubes and maglev train which will travel at 1,000 kilometers per hour (600 mph). This is double the speed of current maglev trains. According to Shen Zhiyun, academic member of CAS and CAE, China should …

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This Could be the Breakout Year for SpaceX and New Space

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software SpaceX aiming to launch three additional test flights of the Falcon-Dragon system by the end of this year, culminating in a berthing demonstration at the space station. That would open the way for robotic cargo deliveries that could earn SpaceX $1.6 billion through 2016. The list …

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Printable Supercapactors and Optomec’s Printable 5+ Ghz Carbon Nanotubes Thin Film Transistors

The combination of printable supercapacitors, batteries and electronics with lithography rivaling speed could open up many new applications using very capable cheap thin films. Prices for many applications could also be driven down if these systems can produce high quality at high volumes. The high speed electronics is at room temperature New form factors that …

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Space Elevator Tethers

The Space elevator blog discusses the needed tether strength based on work by Ben Shelef, CEO of the Spaceward Foundation: A tether which has a tensile strength of 30 GPa-cc/g would be strong enough to create a useful Space Elevator provided the Climber power system can generate at least 1.5 kWatt/kg. If the tensile strength …

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Limits of statistics applied to High Impact Technology and Existencial Risk

Nassim Taleb popularized the theory and wrote “the Black Swan”. He has written about the limits of Statistics and in particular limits in the Fourth Quadrant. Applying his advice to avoid optimization, love redundancy applied to Lifeboat Foundation class threats or beneficial high impact technologies. Do not try to optimize only one technology project – …

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Dwave Quantum Computer 128 qubits Weeks away

CTO of Dwave Systems has mentioned in comments on his site. They will also be showing entanglement related results. We’re tracking fairly well to our earlier projections in most aspects of the project. Our first cut at a 128 qubit processor (Rainier) is going to glass within the next 2 weeks. I’m going to be …

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