Unmanned A10 will be the UAV under complete control of spotter soldiers starting in about 2016

The goal of the DARPA Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program is to demonstrate the capability for a joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) [soldier with radio and camera system designated to direct attack] on the ground “to visualize, select and employ weapons at the time of his choosing from an optionally manned/unmanned A-10 platform. An …

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Samsung mass producting 128 Gigabit NAND memory using 10 nanometer lithography

Samsung has begun mass producing a 128-gigabit (Gb), 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) NAND memory chip using 10 nanometer (nm)-class process technology this month. This chip will enable high-density memory solutions such as embedded NAND storage and solid state drives (SSDs). “By introducing next-generation memory storage products like the 128Gb NAND chip, Samsung is extremely well situated …

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Some who call themselves Environmentalists are Hypocritical about China’s Nuclear, Wind and Solar Power

China is building the most new nuclear power of any country and should have about 40 gigawatts of nuclear power generating about 260 TWh. China’s current 15 GW of nuclear power generates about 98 TWh. China increased its solar PV target to 40 GW. An MIT researcher estimates that 40 GW of solar PV power …

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Graphene with nanometer holes could be super efficient for desalination and drop in replacement at existing desal plants by the end of 2013

Lockheed’s new Perforene membranes, made of graphene (sheets of pure carbon only one atom thick), are 500 times thinner than filters currently on the market. This means less energy is required to push water through the membrane, making reverse osmosis more efficient. John Stetson, head engineer for the project, told Reuters that it would require …

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Four Main Challenges for the 2018 Mars Flyby Mission

New Scientist reports on four challenges the Inspiration team must resolve for the Mars Flyby Mission in 2018. 1. Launch vehicle The vehicle of choice is the Falcon Heavy rocket, which SpaceX has designed to carry about 30,000 pounds to the vicinity of Mars. The Falcon Heavy’s first demonstration flight is planned for later this …

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Multiple steps toward the ‘quantum singularity’

In early 2011, a pair of theoretical computer scientists at MIT proposed an optical experiment that would harness the weird laws of quantum mechanics to perform a computation impossible on conventional computers. the experiment “has the potential to take us past what I would like to call the ‘quantum singularity,’ where we do the first …

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Wireless charging smartphones, flexible displays and low cost smartphones

Accenture recently researched and identified three new trends in the smartphone market that are likely to have big business, technological and consumer impacts during the next several years: 1. The growth in the wireless charging market for smartphones and other types of cell phones There are two leading wireless charging standards. 1A. Qi, part of …

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Rice unveils super-efficient solar-energy technology

Rice University scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The new “solar steam” method from Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) is so effective it can even produce steam from icy cold water. The technology has an overall energy efficiency of 24 percent. Photovoltaic solar panels, …

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Economy Has Green Shoots From China to US

Business Week – The U.S. and China, the world’s traditional twin sources of growth, are planting seeds to lift the world economy from its midyear slowdown. Among the green shoots indicating faster expansion: stronger housing demand and hiring in the U.S. and accelerating factory output and retail sales in China. Responsible for a third of …

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Everspin ships first ST-MRAM memory with 500X performance of flash

Computer World – Everspin Technologies today announced what it is calling the industry’s first Spin-Torque Magnetoresistive RAM (ST-MRAM) chip, which offers an alternative to non-volatile DRAM sub systems. Everspin said the new memory type is not targeted to replace volatile DRAM in the near future. An Everspin spokesperson wrote in an email reply to Computerworld …

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First Public 1 Megawatt Rossi Ecat expected in May/June 2013 and other non-Public Sales

1. Cold Fusion Now – there was an announcement of a projected public 1 Megawatt plant viewing around May/June 2013, a month or so before the ICCF (international Cold Fusion Conference) 18 conference taking place this time around in the US, making for a lot of revision and last minute speech editing if everything goes …

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