Thirty year Roadmap for Navy power systems to support railguns and lasers

The US Navy has a roadmap to align electrical power system developments with warfighter needs and enable capability based budgeting. It is meant to be a living document, updated biannually, that invites innovation and guides investment by DOD, government, industry, and academia to achieve synergistic advances in naval power systems. Recommendations have been provided based …

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More intelligence genes found that will lead to effective embryo selection

Molecular Psychiatry – Genetic contributions to variation in general cognitive function: a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies in the CHARGE consortium General cognitive function is substantially heritable across the human life course from adolescence to old age. We investigated the genetic contribution to variation in this important, health- and well-being-related trait in middle-aged and older …

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US Dept of Energy Helping Canada and China to create Molten Salt Reactors

Mark Halper reports at Fortune that DOE (US Dept of Energy) plans to sign a 10-year collaboration agreement with China to help that country build at least one molten-salt nuclear reactor within the next decade. And in a smaller development, Oak Ridge publicly announced in January that it will advise Terrestrial Energy, a privately held …

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Spacex Falcon 9.1.1 is an upgraded reusable test rocket and Spacex completes mission duration test of the upgraded Falcon 9

Spacex has successfully tested upgrades of nine Merlin 1D engines, arranged in their new octagonal placement on the core stage. This will increase the payload capability of the Falcon 9 to over 29,000 pounds to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Spacex confirmed on July 14, 2013. “The booster’s nine Merlin 1D engines fired for approximately three …

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Death of PCs and Battle for Developers and Software Solutions

Sales of traditional PCs are collapsing faster than anyone expected. The latest IDC report released this month that says PC sales are down 14% year over year. IDC talks about Windows 8 – While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of …

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Solve for X: Sustainable, scalable 3D printed meat

Problem: 8% of the world”s water supply and one third of the world’s non-ice landmass is used for raising livestock for meat and leather. At least 18% of the greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere are from the livestock industry. Solution: Fundamentally change the way meat is produced by growing the meat directly instead of raising …

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New synthetic biology circuits that combine memory and logic

MIT engineers have created genetic circuits in bacterial cells that not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results, which are encoded in the cell’s DNA and passed on for dozens of generations. The circuits could be used as long-term environmental sensors, efficient controls for biomanufacturing, or to program stem cells to differentiate into …

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Improvement over TCP would give 30 times faster file transfer, 6 times less latency and 5 times faster web browsing

Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced the development of a new data transfer protocol that, by taking a software-only approach, can significantly improve the performance of file transfers, virtual desktops and other various communications applications. Through a simple software installation, the new technology will make it possible to speed up TCP applications that previously required costly …

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