Cost to convert to all nuclear powered economy

Brave new climate has a calculation for the cost of all-nuclear powered, fossil-carbon-free future. An average American directly and indirectly uses about 10.8 kW of primary energy of which about 1.3 kW is electricity. How much does energy cost now ? The average wholesale electricity price across the US is about 5c/kWh, so the all-in …

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Printable Quantum dot LED Displays

QD Vision and LG Display have just announced a joint development agreement focusing on electroluminescent quantum dot LED (QLED) nanotechnology, which promises to sweep all display technologies before it, including OLED. QLED promises energy efficient displays that offer brighter, richer colors, can be printed on ultra-thin, transparent or flexible substrates and manufactured cheaply. QD Vision …

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iPhone 5 will use Near Field Communication and Samsung targets 40 million smartphone sales in 2011 and an 11 inch android tablet

Samsung expects to ship 40 million smartphones in 2011. The number would double the 20 million Samsung is hoping for this year. Most of its effort would lean on the Galaxy S, about 10 million of which could be sold through all of 2010. Samsung also dropped hints that it would expand its tablet line …

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If the Nickel-64 theory of Cold Fusion is Correct

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software A recent theory for cold fusion is that deuteron stripping reactions (1935 discovery by Oppenheimer) are occuring with Nickel-64 isotope. This would produce 8 MeV for each reaction for the 1% of the nickel that is nickel-64. 80,000 eV for each atom of nickel. 1250 times …

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Phoenix: an Ultra-Low Power Processor for Cubic Millimeter Sensor Systems

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software The University of Michigan developed a low power chip for cubic millimeter sensors in 2009. It was built in 180 micron lithography process so the chip could theoretically be reduced in size by about 20 times with the latest lithography process. However, the key is power …

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Simpler Generation of Attosecond Pulses

Attosecond physics is a burgeoning field in which researchers use ultrashort optical pulses to excite atoms and molecules and follow the electron dynamics. Driving atoms with longer-duration pulse sequences can generate trains of attosecond pulses, but what workers in this field really need are isolated attosecond pulses. However, the technologies for slicing out single pulses …

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Google is Planning for 10 Million Servers and an Exabyte of Information

A recent presentation (73 page pdf) by a Google engineer shows that the company is preparing to manage as many as 10 million servers in the future. (H/T Sander Olson) Google’s Jeff Dean discussed a new storage and computation system called Spanner, which will seek to automate management of Google services across multiple data centers. …

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China has 100 million Electric Bikes

Time Magazine has an update: There are 100 million electric bikes in China Last year (2008) Chinese bought about 90% of the 23 million e-bikes sold worldwide. Experts say that next regions to likely embrace e-bikes are Southeast Asia, where gas-powered scooters are popular, and India, where rising incomes mean personal transportation is starting to …

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DNA is Being Used to Form Sheets of Nanoparticles

20 pages of supplemental information in regards to sheets of nanoparticles being created using DNA by researchers at Cornell University. – A densely-packed DNA ligand layer around the nanoparticles is required to achieve a high degree of order. – a high degree of order was only observed in a low-salt condition (< 5 mM NaCl), …

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Call the Singulary University a Super-sized Futurist Startup Bootcamp

Jamais Cascio does not like the Singularity University and suggests a Futurist liberal arts program. No corporate executive will pay $25,000 for future social studies/liberal arts crash course with a future twist. The target is Singularity executive MBA and advanced tech business brainstorming. People who have money or super techie geeks who have money or …

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Pennwest Using Horizontal Multi-Stage Frac Drilling Outside of Bakken Oil Formation

A presentation by Penn West, a Senior Canadian Oil Company, on its oil drilling plans. [34 pages] They are making a significant allocation to enhanced oil recovery. Horizontal multi-stage fracturing can be 44% of the cost of conventional oil drilling approaches for certain oil formations. Horizontal multi-stage fracturing should draw billions of barrels of oil …

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