US needs a lot of supercomputing spending or risk falling broadly behind China by 2020

In June of 2016, China newest supercomputer, the Taihu Light system, nearly triple the previous record-setting numbers of another Chinese supercomputer, Tianhe -2. These results were achieved using a Chinese designed and fabricated 28nm System -on -Chip (SOC) architecture. This announcement was coupled with impressive advancements in indigenously developed system software and high performance computing …

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Mars One will work with Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology for a 2018 robotic mission

Mars One has secured lead suppliers for its first mission to Mars. The mission, slated a 2018 launch, will include a robotic lander and a communications satellite. Mars One has contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to develop mission concept studies. The Mars lander will be built by Lockheed Martin and the …

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UK company plans high altitude solar and wind energy generating drones

UK-based New Wave Energy plans to build the first high altitude aerial power plant, using networks of unmanned drones that can harvest energy from multiple sources and transmit it wirelessly to receiving stations on the ground. The network of drones hover in the sky harvesting both solar and wind power, while moving about at low …

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Giant Robotic Mining Trucks reduce staff from 10 to 5 per truck

IBTimes – Mining giant BHP will pilot test the use of robot trucks at ts Jimblebar iron ore mine in Pilbara. The company will use by late 2013 between 12 and 15 automated Caterpillar trucks, BHP head of Iron Ore and Coal Marcus Randolph disclosed. By trying the robot trucks, BHP would follow rival Rio …

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Metal-Organic Frameworks Commercialization

Greatly increasing the storage capacity of gas tanks is just one of the applications being made possible because of a revolutionary nanomaterial being manufactured by MOF Technologies, a new Queen’s spin-out company. A cylinder filled with this material, known as MOFs or Metal-Organic Frameworks, can store much more gas than an empty cylinder of the …

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Lunar Space elevator kickstarter at $107,500 with 2 hours to go

With 2 hours to go the Liftport Lunar space elevator kickstarter is at $107,500 Different Fund Raising Levels in Brief $20,000 – better sensors $30,000 – at least 3 to 5 kilometer $50,000 – new robot and at least 3 to 5 kilometer $75,000 – transition from altitude to endurance $100,000 – back in business …

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Progress to Wafer scale graphene transistors and electronics

Physicists from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have developed a procedure for manufacturing integrated high-performance circuits from graphene and silicon carbide. Graphene is a one-atom-thick layer of graphite. The material has a several unique properties and researchers around the world believe it has great potential in electronics. As early as 2009, FAU researchers devised a method for …

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Rapamycin Slows Aging in Mice

Aging Cell – Rapamycin Slows Aging in Mice. Rapamycin increases lifespan in mice, but whether this represents merely inhibition of lethal neoplastic diseases, or an overall slowing in multiple aspects of aging is currently unclear. We report here that many forms of age-dependent change, including alterations in heart, liver, adrenal glands, endometrium, and tendon, as …

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Sandia Developing Self-Guided Smart Bullet

Sandia’s design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor in the nose to detect a laser beam on a target. The sensor sends information to guidance and control electronics that use an algorithm in an eight-bit central processing unit to command electromagnetic actuators. These actuators steer tiny fins that guide the bullet to the …

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