Duke creates new magnetic material atom by atom

Material scientists have predicted and built two new magnetic materials, atom-by-atom, using high-throughput computational models. The success marks a new era for the large-scale design of new magnetic materials at unprecedented speed. Although magnets abound in everyday life, they are actually rarities—only about five percent of known inorganic compounds show even a hint of magnetism. …

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Ellison Medical Foundation moving beyond aging medical research

Fightaging reports that the Ellison Medical Foundation will no longer fund aging research. For the past fifteen years or so the Ellison Medical Foundation has acted much like an extension of the National Institute on Aging, channeling philanthropic funding from Larry Ellison into investigations of the biology of aging. This has been mainstream work with …

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Selenium sulfide composite cathodes that could boost Li-ion energy density 5 times

New composite materials based on selenium (Se) sulfides that act as the positive electrode in a rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery could boost the range of electric vehicles by up to five times, according to groundbreaking research carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. The studies of the …

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Innovation is step toward digital graphene transistors

Purdue University researchers are making progress in creating digital transistors using a material called graphene, potentially sidestepping an obstacle thought to dramatically limit the material’s use in computers and consumer electronics. Purdue doctoral student Hong-Yan Chen has led a team of researchers in creating a new type of graphene inverter, a critical building block of …

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China starts 14th nuclear reactor and Canadian Uranium Producers Optimistic

1. The second unit at China’s Ling Ao II nuclear power plant entered commercial operation on 7 August, China Guangdong Nuclear Power Co (CGNPC) announced. The 1080 MWe Chinese-designed CPR-1000 pressurised water reactor (PWR) achieved first criticality on 25 February and was connected to the grid on 3 May. CGNPC said that the unit entered …

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Brillouin Energy will replicate a Government Lab and discusses the Rossi Energy Catalyzer

Cold Fusion Now reports that Brillouin Energy is fielding calls from new investors and will now be working with government Lab to replicate Brillouin’s work. First, a confirmation report from a nationally recognized lab, and then the funds. Update – I have spoken to Robert E. Godes. President and Chief Technology Officer Brillouin Energy Corp. …

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Meeting all of the earth’s energy needs with tethered platforms

A tethered platform hovering at an altitude of 20 kilometers would operate in the stratosphere, above most clouds and weather. At that altitude, a platform covered with photovoltaic cells would be able to collect considerably more sunlight than a ground-based solar collector. A company called stratosolar has developed a proposal to use either concentrated solar …

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Joe Eck calls out three universities for plagiarism and lack of attribution on his superconductor work

Joe Eck at superconductors.org has done a lot of research and experiments on superconductors. Joe discovered, described and patented the observation and theory that Planar Weight Disparity Improves the critical temperature of a superconductor. In 2006 and 2010 Universidad Nacional de Colombia published articles that claimed new discoveries within this same family of rare earth …

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Speeding swarms of sensor robots

One of two Slocum gliders owned and operated by the USC Center for Integrated Networked Aquatic PlatformS (CINAPS). Image: Smith et al. A new algorithm ensures that robotic environmental sensors will be able to focus on areas of interest without giving other areas short shrift. At the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ International Conference …

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Canadian election some shift and strategic voting

Some traditional Liberal voters undoubtedly voted Conservative this time in order to prevent a government led by the NDP, which promised billions of dollars in new spending as well as billions in new taxes and revenues. The Liberal party still wants to own the center of Canadian politics, but that ground has narrowed as the …

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World population could peak at 11 billion instead of 9.4 billion

Demographer John Bongaarts indicates that population in the 21st century could go to 11 billion The UN predicts that we will reach 9.1 billion in 2050, then the peak will occur around 2070 at 9.4 billion. But it is so far ahead and the margin of uncertainty is huge. We could easily end up with …

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