E-books with Larger Screens and Soon Brighter Color

A prototype in-plane electrophoretic display consisting of 1,000 pixels. Credit: Philips MIT TEchnology Review reports A new approach developed by Philips now offers fresh hope for color e-paper displays that are so bright and clear that even traditional liquid crystal displays (LCDs) will pale in comparison. The new approach has the potential to create color …

Read more

Electro Thermal Dynamic Stripping Oil Recovery Could Unlock 400 Billion More Barrels of Oil in Alberta at $26/Barrel

A field test was performed from Sept 2006 to August 2007 and the recovery and performance exceeded expectations. The recovery factor was over 75%, energy used per barrel was 23% less than anticipated and peak production rates were better than expected. ET Energy’s Electro Thermal technology could be used to pump out 600 billion barrels …

Read more

Mass 3D Fabrication Possibilities

Chris Phoenix has considered RepRap and cheap 3D desktop manufacturing devices and iterative improvements there as a path evolves into molecular manufacturing. The Reprap can produce its own circuit boards and desktop manufacturing can produce prototypes. I believe that in the near to mid-term the financial and societal impact will be with things like the …

Read more

Progress Toward Reconfigurable Spacecraft Via Magnetic Flux Pinning

There is progress working in the lab and in theory how to create reconfigurable spacecraft. The dynamics and control problems have been worked on in theory, math and simulation and the joints have been mocked and tested on an air table. Success would transform space operations and systems and enable large particle based solar sails, …

Read more

McKinseys View of Chinas Future Urbanization: Chinese Cities in 2025 and 2030

A 560 page report on the future of China’s cities. * China is leading the global urbanization trend of developing countries and in 2025-2030 one in five of the global city dwellers will be in Chinese cities* Based on current trends, China in 2025 will have 221 cities with more than one million people compared …

Read more

New Metamaterial Nanocups Brings Superlenses, ultra-efficient solar cells and invisibility closer

Gold nanocups at their magnetoinductive resonance have the unique ability to redirect scattered light in a direction dependent on cup orientation, as a true three-dimensional nanoantenna. Nanocups are just what they sound like: very tiny, cup-shaped particles. What makes them special is their ability to bend light. Halas and Mirin have found a way to …

Read more

Carbon Nanotube Yarn Cellphone and Wireless Antennas

University of Cincinnati researchers have taken 25-micron carbon nanotube thread and created a dipole antenna using double-sided transparent tape and silver paste. They were immediately successful in transmitting radio signals. “It transmitted almost as well as the copper did, but at about one ten-thousandth of the weight,” says. They transmitted both AM and FM in …

Read more