Discovery of odd Trans-Neptunian Object that is above the plane of the solar system and swings backward around the sun

There has been the discovery of an odd TNO or trans-Neptunian object. It sits beyond Neptune in the outer solar system. This one is 160,000 times fainter than Neptune, which means the icy world could be less than 200 kilometers in diameter. It’s currently above the plane of the solar system and with every passing …

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Energy, Wage and Technology Stagnation since the 1970s and development from 1820 to 2030

Angus Maddison gave a presentation to the UK House of Lords in 2005 that looked at the world economy, the leading economies and the most successful follower countries from 1820 to 2001 with projections to 2030. There are also more detailed analysis of the history of world energy from 1820. Notice that nuclear energy adoption …

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Fukushima Exclusion Zone

NY Times covers details on the Fukushima Exclusion zone The exclusion zone is about 30 kilometers wide (18 miles wide) but has an extra section adjoining it. About 88,000 residents lived in the evacuation zone. By comparison, the area evacuated after the Chernobyl accident was nearly four times larger, and some 300,000 people were displaced …

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Graphite and water could be as good as lithium ion batteries but recharge in seconds

A combination of two ordinary materials – graphite and water – could produce energy storage systems that perform on par with lithium ion batteries, but recharge in a matter of seconds and have an almost indefinite lifespan. “The reason graphene isn’t being used everywhere is that these very thin sheets, when stacked into a usable …

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Economist predicts that China will be a democracy by 2017

Charles Robertson, chief economist of Renaissance Capital, predicts that China will be a democracy by 2017 China could be a democracy by 2017 assuming the economy grows and annual incomes rise to $15,550 a head. A groundbreaking report analyses 150 countries and 60 years of history, and concludes that rising levels of wealth are entrenching …

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First order devices, hybrid memristors, and the frontiers of nonlinear circuit theory

Arxiv – First order devices, hybrid memristors, and the frontiers of nonlinear circuit theory Several devices exhibiting memory effects have shown up in nonlinear circuit theory in recent years. Among others, these circuit elements include Chua’s memristors, as well as memcapacitors and meminductors. These and other related devices seem to be beyond the, say, classical …

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Google blocks easy upload of email contacts into Facebook

Techcrunch reports that Google is preventing Facebook from using the google API to upload email contacts until Facebook allows recipricol access to its social graph Both Facebook and Google have alternative means of accessing the data that the other has. Plus Google is still allowing users to take their data into a spreadsheet. It is …

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Additive Manufacturing company Stratasys and Kor Ecologic of Winnepeg, Canada make Urbee , the first 3D printed car

3D printing company Stratasys has teamed with Kor Ecologic to create the first 3D printed car, the Urbee. Recently we covered the Airbus projects to develop super large format 3d printing of Airplane parts and eventually all the parts for whole Airplanes. Stratasys today announced its development partnership with Winnipeg engineering group, Kor Ecologic. The …

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