Big Thinker of Inflatable Weather Modification Mountains and Femtotechnology Ideas Has Died

Nextbigfuture has covered many of the ideas of Alexander Bolonkin. Bolonkin He was a Russian-American scientist and academic who worked in the Soviet aviation, space and rocket industries. He died on Christmas day 2020 at the age of 87. Bolonkin held 17 patents. He proposed the idea of domed cities as a protection against nuclear …

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Google Project Loon deploying high altitude balloons to provide internet access to everyone

Introducing the latest moonshot from Google[x]: balloon-powered Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill in coverage gaps and bring people back online after disasters. Many of us think of the Internet as a global community. But …

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Bolonkin’s hypersonic linear electric engine (HABE) explained and why it could enable cheaper than maglev hypersonic travel and space launch

A guest post by Joseph Friedlander The Bolonkin’s hypersonic linear electric engine (HABE) was described recently from a paper by Alexander Bolonkin. There was a concern that the hypersonic sliding of contacts could be a design flaw or problem. Working hypersonic sliding contacts have been done but I am sure shoe life is short. Below …

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Japanese, Russian scientists see high chance of cloning mammoth within 5 years

Scientists believe it may be possible to clone a woolly mammoth within five years after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia. Teams from Russia’s Sakha Republic’s mammoth museum and Japan’s Kinki University will launch fully-fledged joint research next year aiming to recreate the giant mammal, Japan’s Kyodo …

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Femtotechnology: AB-Needles Fantastic properties and Applications

Femtotechnology: AB-Needles.Fantastic properties and Applications, 24 page paper by Bolonkin In the article “Femtotechnology:Nuclear AB-Matter with Fantastic Properties” American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 2009, p.501-514. Bolonkin offered and considered possible super strong nuclear matter. But many readers asked about the long-term stability of the proposed nuclear matter. It is well known, the conventional …

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Alberta targets reducing oilsand emissions to below conventional oil, creating a lot jobs and a budget surplus

Alberta’s Premier Ed Stelmach loftiest goal would be cutting oil sands’ greenhouse-gas emissions to a level below conventional oil. Currently, they’re about 25 per cent higher, and most new development is in situ, or underground, bitumen deposits – the extraction of which produces more carbon than open pit bitumen mining. He had initially pledged to …

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Elusive spintronics success could lead to single chip for processing and memory

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London (UK) and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) have shown that a magnetically polarised current can be manipulated by electric fields. This important discovery opens up the prospect of simultaneously processing and storing data on electrons held in the molecular structure of computer chips – combining computer memory and …

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China Analysis Roundup – Currency and Bubbles

1. Shaun Rein at Forbes makes the case that there is no China bubble Betting against China in 2010 is a bad mistake for investors and companies alike. Here are three reasons why Jim Chanos (called Tyco and Enron bust) is wrong and Jim Rogers (co-founder Quantum Fund, Commodities expert) is right about the strength …

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Technology Roundup – Quantum computer Algorithm

1. MIT Technology Review: Seth Lloyd describes the utility of the new quantum computing algorithm for linear equations. MIT researchers, however, have developed a new algorithm that could solve systems of linear equations with exponential speed–improving video processing, weather modeling, and population analysis, among other applications. For even the easiest trillion-­variable problems, “a supercomputer’s going …

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Singapore Has Ultra High 5 nanometer Resolution Electron Beam

Ultra-high-density data storage is now a step closer thanks to an advance in device fabrication achieved by Bao-Yu Zong and co-workers from the Data Storage Institute of A*STAR in Singapore. Devices for data-storage applications are created by depositing a ‘resist’ material onto a substrate, which is etched into a pattern using an electron beam and …

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