Photonic Laser Propulsion

Photonic Laser Propulsion has had a proof of concept demo it generated 35 micronewtons of thrust using mirrors that generated 3000 times amplification. The low power version would be great for position control of multiple satellites to nanometer precision. UPDATE: It has been proposed that extremely small payloads (10 kg) could be delivered to Mars …

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50 nm metallic stamping process

Creating high-resolution metallic interconnects is an essential part of the fabrication of microchips and other nanoscale devices. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a simple and robust electrochemical process for the direct patterning of metallic interconnects and other nanostructures. Fang said the newly created “S4 process” uses a patterned superionic material …

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More on the most powerful magnets

A pulsed magnet reached 87.8 tesla The Earth’s magnetic field is one twenty thousandth of (.00005) of a tesla. The united states national magnet labs (Gainesville – University of Florida, Los Alamos – LANL, Tallahassee – Florida State University) have most of the most powerful magnets in the world. – The 45 tesla world-record hybrid …

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Alberta using oil revenue to buy a high tech future

Alberta is using its financial clout to scour the globe for scientific “superstars” who will be offered $20-million each to conduct research in the province for the next decade. Broad areas of research that will be considered include maternal, fetal and child health, mental health, system sustainability and technology, remote and rural care, injury and …

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IBM Reveals Breakthrough eDRAM Memory Technology

IBM eDRAM test chip. IBM announced a major breakthrough in microchip design that will more than triple the amount of memory contained on a single high-end chip. With the advent of multi-core chips, memory has become an increasingly critical aspect of microprocessor performance. This prototype eDRAM (Embedded Dynamic Random Access Memory) contains over 12 million …

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New universes will be born from ours

Some physicists have argued that the universe is doomed to be ripped apart by runaway dark energy, while others think it is bouncing through an endless series of big bangs and big crunches. Now these two ideas are being combined to create another option, in which our universe ultimately shatters into billions of pieces, with …

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Robotic exoskeleton replaces muscle work

A robotic exoskeleton controlled by the wearer’s own nervous system could help users regain limb function, which is encouraging news for people with partial nervous system impairment, say University of Michigan researchers. The ankle exoskeleton developed at U-M was worn by healthy subjects to measure how the device affected ankle function. The U-M team has …

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Discovery Channels view of 2057

Discovery channel has a series on the future of 2057 They are way to conservative on what they are projecting. The chat transcript with series host futurist Michio Kaku shows that he is not up to date on the latest technologies. He thinks that the most powerful quantum computer calculation is 3*5=15. This was the …

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‘Origami lens’ makes high resolution cameras 8 times thinner

From physorg.com, engineers at UC San Diego have built a powerful yet ultrathin digital camera by folding up the telephoto lens. This technology may yield lightweight, ultrathin, high resolution miniature cameras for unmanned surveillance aircraft, cell phones and infrared night vision applications. Above: cross section of an eightfold imager. Below: cut-out view of the same …

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