Lockheed says their Laser Weapons are Ready for Use Today and laser modules can be used to scale power

“The [combat laser] technologies now exist,” said Paul Shattuck, company director for Directed Energy Systems. “They can be packaged into a size, weight, power and thermal which can be fit onto relevant tactical platforms, whether it’s a ship, whether it’s a ground vehicle or whether it’s an airborne platform. It is no longer a technological …

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About 1000 tons per year of graphene being produced but commercial markets lagging by a decade or more

In a 2014 report, Lux predicted that the global market for graphene would be worth US$349 million by 2025; by comparison, the University of Manchester estimates that graphene has already attracted $2.4 billion for research. There is nearly 1000 tons per year of graphene production. Graphene films still do not beat ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) …

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Widespread taxibots would provide todays mobility with 10% of the cars

Self-driving shared vehicles could take 9 out of 10 cars off city streets. Fleets of “TaxiBots” and “AutoVots” can deliver today’s mobility with significantly fewer cars–new study. A fleet of self-driving shared cars could make 90% of conventional cars in mid-sized cities superfluous, according to a study published by the International Transport Forum at the …

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Comcast will offer 2 Gigabit internet service to about 18 million subscribers by end of 2015

Comcast announced it will offer residential multi-gigabit broadband service to more than 1.5 million customers in Atlanta starting next month. Gigabit Pro is a symmetrical, 2 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) service that will be delivered via a fiber-to-the-home solution. Service will be offered broadly across the Atlanta metro area and will be the fastest residential Internet speed …

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WinSun 3D printed sections of building then assembled them into a 5 story apartment

In March of last year, company WinSun claimed to have printed 10 houses in 24 hours, using a proprietary 3D printer that uses a mixture of ground construction and industrial waste, such as glass and tailings, around a base of quick-drying cement mixed with a special hardening agent. Now, WinSun has further demonstrated the efficacy …

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A Real Project and Product that seems like a Dilbert Cartoon

The Hamster Wheel Standing Desk is a collaboration at Pier 9 between Artist-in-Residence RobbGodshaw and Instructables Developer Will Doenlen. If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 217

1. Atomic Insights – Nonproliferation is a disguised antinuclear energy effort A 1983 article titled Nuclear power and nuclear weapons: the connection is dangerous is the clearest piece of evidence Rod Adams has found to prove that many of the basic talking points of the nuclear nonproliferation crowd are actually aimed at slowing, halting and …

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China could complete 9 nuclear reactors in the next 7 months and then start construction on 30 reactors over the next 18 months

China currently has 21 operational nuclear reactors. By the end of 2014, the number of reactors in the country is expected reach 30, bringing the total nuclear capacity to around 27 GWe. In 2015, capacity should reach 36 GWe, as a further eight reactors are brought online. 18 units are expected to start up within …

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Summary of Nuclear Fusion Projects

Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP Fusion) has been very public about their experiments. LPP Fusion is about 46% of the way to a $200,000 fund raising goal. So another 109,000 more They had a review by three independent researchers. The committee of researchers was led by Dr. Robert Hirsch, a former director of fusion research for …

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Mobile phones help get world closer universal access to clean water by helping monitor and speed repairs

Making clean drinking water globally accessible is one of the biggest challenges of this century. Yet a new study by Oxford University contends that this goal is achievable if the key elements of good governance and management are adopted. The problem of providing clean water is most acute in developing countries, particularly in Africa, where …

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A near term lead cooled integral reactor that is passively safe for the Canadian oilsand market

LEADIR-PS100 was presented by Ralph Hart at TEAC5 (Thorium Energy Alliance Conference) in May, 2013. Ralph Hart is Northern Nuclear chief engineer. LEAD‐cooled Integral Reactor ‐ Passively Safe is being developed for the Canadian oilsand market. LEADIR‐PS100 has an output of 100 MWth • Initial market focus is the Canadian Arctic and Western Canadian Oilsands. • …

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