Thinner Nanowires Exhibit Giant Piezoelectricity – 100 times greater Piezoelectric effect

Northwestern University researchers have found that piezoelectricity in GaN and ZnO nanowires is enhanced by as much as two orders (100 times larger)of magnitude as the diameter of the nanowires decrease. “This finding is very exciting because it suggests that constructing nanogenerators, sensors and other devices from smaller nanowires will greatly improve their output and …

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DARPA begins funding plans that are to lead to an exaflop supercomputer in 2018

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, will provide expertise to a multi-year technology investment program to develop the next generation of extreme scale supercomputers. The first two phases of the [exaflop scale] project extend into 2014, and a full system design and simulation is expected at the completion …

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Carnival of Space 175

The Carnival of Space 175 is at Out of the Cradle. This site contributed two articles : DARPA and NASA chip in small amount of funds for hundred year starship program and some nearer term space propulsion (microwave thermal and electric propulsion) The science journal abstracts on the lunar water and other material discovery analysis …

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Signs of Superconductivity over 265 kelvin

Superconductors.ORG reports signs of superconductivity near 267K magnetic (-6C, 21F). This suggests a resistive Tc (temperature critical) around 264-265 Kelvin, which would be another world record for a 9223 copper-oxide structure Sharif University (Iran) published some confirmation of Joe Ecks work with Ultra-YCBO in several peer reviewed physics journals (Physica C, European Physical Journal B) …

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The Moon has double the water concentration as the Sahara desert

NASA announced its groundbreaking discovery of lunar water last November. Now, a more detailed analysis of the data—the subject of six research papers being published in the journal Science—concludes that there is a lot more water on the moon than anyone expected, about twice the concentrations seen in the Sahara Desert “It’s really wet,” said …

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Google has robotic self driving cars that have already logged 140,000 miles of robotic driving

Google has automated cars (Toyota Prius) use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered …

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About 26,000 dams in the US pose a high or significant hazard to life and property if a failure occurs

Of the more than 80,000 dams in the U.S., about a third pose a “high” or “significant” hazard to life and property if a failure occurs, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The dam safety community has made a giant leap in its efficiency and effectiveness, with the implementation of Potential Failure Mode …

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Emerging Oil Plays

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Emerging North American Oil plays are reviewed 13 emerging oil plays are reviewed in a 219 page document which is embedded below. They are being enabled with horizontal drilling and are mostly tight oil shale. Alberta Basin Bakken Shale North Dakota Bakken Barnett Combo Horizontal Niobrara …

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Fujitu begins shipping computing units for a 10 petaflop supercomputer that will start running in 2012

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Fujitsu begins shipping parts for a 10 petaflop supercomputer that is scheduled to begin operations in 2012 Fujitsu announced that today it began shipping the computing units for Japan’s Next-Generation Supercomputer, nicknamed the “K computer”. The supercomputer is a central part of the High-Performance Computing Infrastructure …

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Suspended animation for surgery to convert near certain death to 90% survival

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Previously we discussed the work of Lance Becker from his Singularity Summit talk on using supercooling for surgery. The UK Telegraph reports on surgeons pioneering the method of inducing extreme hypothermia in trauma patients so that their bodies shut down entirely during major surgery, giving doctors …

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