At 3pm PST tomorrow, Planetary Resources will make a last push on kickstarter fundraising with a live web event with Bill Nye and Richard Branson

With 27 hours left to go on its Kickstarter campaign, Planetary Resources has raised close to $1.3 million. At 3:00 PM PT tomorrow, Planetary Resources will have a live web event. Planetary Resources will be going ALL OUT for this event. What does “ALL OUT” mean? * A Tesla Cannon * 3D Printed Rocket Nozzles. …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 147

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 147 is up at Things Worse than Nuclear Power From the Hiroshima Syndrome/Fukushima Commentary: Japan Correctly Takes Umbrage with WHO Risk Estimates. On March 1st, the World Health Organization released their public risk estimates relative to the Fukushima accident. The WHO’s concluded that the increased risk of cancer due to …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 146

1. Atomic Insights – Cure climate crisis by shifting to Fission, Fast! Randy Olson, author of “Don’t be Such a Scientist, recently wrote about the contribution of a short, alliterative slogan to the mass attraction of the No Nukes movement. That post inspired Rod Adams to create a new pronuclear slogan: Fission Fast! Olson has …

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China’s nuclear energy program

Business Week has a review of China’s nuclear construction program. China has 29 nuclear reactors under construction (40% of the world total). Construction on the Pebble Bed reactor began in December. The design came from Beijing’s Tsinghua University. If successful, it would be the first full-size prototype of this technology. If unsuccessful, it would be …

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Tilera has the World’s Highest-Performance and Highest-Efficiency Manycore Processor

Tilera, the leader in 64-bit manycore general-purpose processors today announced the TILE-Gx72processor with 72 power-efficient cores coupled with massive I/O and four high-performance DDR3 memory controllers to drive the next-generation of network, multimedia and cloud infrastructure. In less than a year from the launch of its market-leading TILE-Gx36processor, Tilera is doubling the compute performance, doubling …

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Dwave is on track to ten thousand qubits in 2017 and a Simple Explanation of How Dwave’s Adiabatic Quantum System Solves Problems

Dwave Systems has adiabatic quantum computing devices that have had 512 qubits since 2011. The qubits are organized into blocks of 8 qubits. The lines in the 8 qubit blocks are the qubits. There are 16 interconnections shown there but all 512 qubits have connections that are just as good [low noise] as the interconnections …

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Nanoparticles amplify cancer tumor signals, making them much easier to detect

Finding ways to diagnose cancer earlier could greatly improve the chances of survival for many patients. One way to do this is to look for specific proteins secreted by cancer cells, which circulate in the bloodstream. However, the quantity of these biomarkers is so low that detecting them has proven difficult. A new technology developed …

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China starts new nuclear construction and makes nuclear deals with Russia

1. Construction of three new Chinese reactors has started since the country’s announcement in October that it would approve only a ‘small number’ of projects in each of the coming five years. First concrete has now been poured for Fuqing unit 4 in Fujian province and Yangjiang unit 4 in Guangdong province – both 1080 …

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Quantum Imaging Technique Heralds Unjammable Aircraft Detection

Arxiv – Quantum Secured Imaging (10 pages) ABSTRACT – We have built an imaging system that uses a photon’s position or time-of-flight information to image an object, while using the photon’s polarization for security. This ability allows us to obtain an image which is secure against an attack in which the object being imaged intercepts …

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Triple lithography will make the 14nm node more expensive and compromise expected 14nm performance

Chips made at the 14-nm process node may deliver as little as half the typical 30 percent performance increase—and still carry a hefty cost premium–due to the lack of next-generation lithography needed to make them efficiently, according to experts speaking at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) here on Monday (Dec. 10) Chip makers must …

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