Debate in US and Europe over the next 1% of new power generation is not that relevant

William Tucker talks about what he sees as the global warming cult versus the nuclear cult. Much of the debate in North America and Europe ends up being how much should government subsidize wind and solar or push for another few nuclear plants. This is debating what next the 1% per year (10% for a …

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Mind Controlled Robot from 1250 miles away

Extremetech – An Israeli student has become the first person to meld his mind and movements with a robot surrogate, or avatar. Situated inside an fMRI scanner in Israel, Tirosh Shapira has controlled a humanoid robot some 2000 kilometers (1250 miles) away, at the Béziers Technology Institute in France, using just his mind. The fMRI …

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Microcavity-Integrated Graphene Photodetector

Nano Letters – Microcavity-Integrated Graphene Photodetector There is an increasing interest in using graphene for optoelectronic applications. However, because graphene is an inherently weak optical absorber (only ≈2.3% absorption), novel concepts need to be developed to increase the absorption and take full advantage of its unique optical properties. We demonstrate that by monolithically integrating graphene …

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Russian plans first SVBR-100 lead bismuth modular fast reactor for 2017

World Nuclear News -Russia is also pushing ahead with a small modular fast reactor cooled by lead-bismuth eutectic, the SVBR-100. The plan is to complete the design development and put on line a 100 MWe demonstration plant by the end of 2017, with total investment of RUR16 billion ($585 million). The site is to be …

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Cooling semiconductor with 50 microwatts of laser light to 4 degrees above absolute zero

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have combined two worlds – quantum physics and nano physics, and this has led to the discovery of a new method for laser cooling semiconductor membranes. Semiconductors are vital components in solar cells, LEDs and many other electronics, and the efficient cooling of components is important for future quantum …

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Apple Valuation, cash and revenue breakdown

Apple ended the day just short of $500 billion. Apple finished at 499.20 billion on Feb 28, 2012. Apple is up to $507 billion in valuation today. Seekingalpha had a transcript of the January 24, 2012 Apple first quarter earnings call Apple cash for short-term and long-term marketable securities totaled $97.6 billion at the end …

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Space Based Solar Power Status

Japan is currently the only country with a focused solar power satellite plan. In fact, space power is one of the nine official goals of the Japanese space programme. The country’s space agency is planning to construct a solar power station in space and use it to beam energy down to earth using lasers by …

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