Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Achieves Reliable Firing

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Shot 9-09-10-02, 0.225 microsec before pinch Right – Shot 9-15-10-07, magnified plasmoid at the pinch. We see the plasmoid on axis, which is about 150 microns across. The small dots are individual pixels, and do not represent actual fluctuations in intensity. On September 29, Lawrenceville Plasma …

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Hyperion Power Generation Partners with the Department of Energy Savannah River national laboratory to build demonstration 25 MW fast reactor by 2017 or 2018

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Hyperion Power Generation signed a memorandum of understanding with the Savannah River National Laboratory Thursday to build the first demonstration reactor at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Hyperion is developing a 25-MW fast reactor that uses uranium nitride fuel and lead bismuth eutectic coolant. …

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Illusion Media – Generate Virtual Objects Using Realizable Metamaterials

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software A simple scheme of an illusion medium layer that transforms the stereoscopic image of an object (a golden apple) into that of the illusion (two green apples). (a) The golden apple (the actual object) enclosed with the illusion medium layer in the physical space. (b) Two …

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Analysis of Wealth of Those Living Around Washington DC

Ads : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Six of ten richest counties and twelve of the top 25 richest counties are around Washington DC http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/coverarchive/1933.html Between 1980 and 2005, the government’s spending in Washington escalated from $4 billion to $52 billion. Loudoun county in 2006 had 183,900 “everyday millionaires” whose net worth is between …

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NASA Radar Finds at Least 600 Million Tons of Ice Deposits at Moon’s North Pole

Using data from a NASA radar that flew aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have detected ice deposits near the moon’s north pole. NASA’s Mini-SAR instrument, a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar, found more than 40 small craters with water ice. The craters range in size from 1 to 9 miles (2 to15 km) in diameter. Although …

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Carnival of Space 141 – Panspermia and more

The Carnival of Space 141 is up at Starry Critters This site contributed – powering and moving rubiks cube size satellites. MIT News – An electric propulsion technology for miniature satellites aims to give them more mobility — and may eventually allow them to take on deep-space missions. This site also supplied an article on …

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Idaho National Labs Deep Burn Pebble Plans

This is a follow up to the Idaho National Labs achieving 19% burn of pebble fuel Pebble bed fuel could theoretically achieve 65% burn, but would require highly enriched fuel. Dr. Dave Petti [Laboratory Fellow, Director Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technology Development Office (TDO)] Currently our plans to do include going to those ultra …

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Micropillars With Quantum Dots for Firing Single Targeted Photons

Tiny towers, a hundred times thinner than a human hair, with special properties: such nanostructures are produced by the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Würzburg. (Image: Monika Emmerling / Adriana Wolf) [from Nanowerk] What is special about the Würzburg quantum dot towers is that “with them it is possible to ‘fire off’ …

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China Economy May Grow 9.4% in 2009 and Growth forecast up for India

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. raised its forecast for China’s economic growth this year to 9.4 percent, citing “strong momentum” and the likelihood that the government will delay tightening policy. Hong Kong-based economist Michael Buchanan said China may expand 11.9 percent in 2010. Economies in Asia excluding Japan will grow 5.6 percent this year, and 8.6 …

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Emerging Technological Black Swans

The Black Swan theory (in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s version) refers to a large-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare event beyond the realm of normal expectations. Taleb regards many scientific discoveries as “black swans” — undirected and unpredicted. He gives the rise of the Internet, the personal computer, World War I, and the September 11, 2001 attacks as …

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The Mercury Laser Moves Toward Practical Laser Fusion

The diode-pumped Mercury laser will deliver 100 J pulses at 10 Hz under automatic control, advancing the development of high-repetition-rate inertial laser fusion. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is on target to demonstrate “breakeven”–creating as much fusion-energy output as laser-energy input. The NIF laser will compress a tiny sphere of …

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