Progress to fully optical computing and faster hybrid computing

New research has demonstrated how glass can be manipulated to create a material that will allow computers to transfer information using light. This development could significantly increase computer processing speeds and power in the future. The challenge was to find a single material that can effectively use and control light to carry information around a …

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Lightbridge still negotiating with utility and reactor partners

Lightbridge has fuel development efforts with both Russian and domestic development partners/vendors. A domestic partner/vendor may eliminate the need to seek a separate U.S. export license authorization for this work. [From transcript of shareholder conference call] On the fuel, Lightbridge does a great deal of work in Russia and they are in discussions with some …

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Current progress in laser cooling of antihydrogen

Arxiv – Current progress in laser cooling of antihydrogen Antihydrogen can be synthesized and accumulated in a magnetic trap, its lifetime is 1000 seconds. To achieve a veryhigh precision in experiments is possible only for very cold antihydrogen at temperatures millikelvin. But laser cooling of antihydrogen is difficult to implement in practice. The large recoil …

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New treatments show promise in prolonging human lifespan, when can you get it?

Evidence is emerging that some widely used drugs can prolong lifespan for well people – and insiders have started taking them off-label. Millions of people are taking anti-ageing drugs every day – they just don’t know it. Drugs to slow ageing sound futuristic but they already exist in the form of relatively cheap medicines that …

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Curiosity Rover will being exploring a Mars Mount Sharp and a new phase of exploration

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. “Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 226

1. Forbes James Conca – A Nuclear Bolivia? Why Not? Bolivia recently declared its intention to develop nuclear energy, part of a new concerted effort to expand nuclear energy throughout the developing world being led, not by America, but by the BRICS coalition of nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 2. Neutron …

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3D printed concrete castle and plans to create and sell a concrete printer kit for about $30,000 to $50,000 that can print two story houses

[In Minnesota, contractor Andrey Rudenko is currently working on a project of gargantuan proportions that seems to be stretching and exploring the limits of 3D printing technology. Using a printer that was substantially modified and expanded, he has printed a concrete castle in his own backyard. And at 3 by 5 meters, this concrete structure …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 223

1. From ANS Nuclear Cafe – Unintended Anti-Nuclear Consequences Lurking in the EPA Clean Power Plan” by Remy Devoe A detailed analysis of the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan indicates that 15 states are incentivized to shut down all their nuclear units and replace them with carbon-intensive natural gas. This would be a most detrimental …

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Rejuvenation Biotechnology Applying a damage repair paradigm to developing technologies for the diseases of aging panel discussion #rejbio

Panel members discussing the feasibility of applying such a strategy Richard Barker, center for the advancement of sustainable medical innovation (moderator) Julie Allickson Director, Translational Research, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative medicine Stephen Minger, Chief Scientist, GE Healthcare life sciences, UK Evan Snyder, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Evan Snyder talk Predicting Predicting things hinges on …

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Minerva project is revolutionizing education with a intense group based online system

Minerva Schools at KGI is a startup online for-profit university. [wikipedia] Its founders, who include former Snapfish president Ben Nelson, referred to it as “the first elite American university to be launched in a century”, and they began teaching students in the fall of 2014. Minerva’s policy is to admit students without regard to national …

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