Department of Energy ESnet will carry 100 petabytes of data per month in 2016

The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is the mission network of the U.S. Department of Energy. This high-performance, unclassified network that is managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is moving into the newly-constructed Wang Hall on the Berkeley Lab campus. ESnet links 40 DOE sites across the country and scientists at universities and other research institutions …

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Reprogrammable optic chip has complete flexibility in processing of photons and is a pathway to quantum computing

Researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) in Japan, have developing an optical chip that can process photons in an infinite number of ways. It’s a major step forward in creating a quantum computer to solve problems such as designing new drugs, superfast database searches, and performing …

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Magnesium diboride superconductors can lower the cost of wind turbine generator coils by over fifteen times

In January 2001, it was announced that MgB2 (magnesium diboride), a compound that was well known to chemists, was superconducting up to 39 Kelvin. Building on this discovery, Hyper Tech was formed in 2001 to use the compound to create a high-performing, low cost superconducting wire. Hyper Tech developed and patented a continuous tube forming …

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New Horizons Discovers Flowing Ices on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons mission has found evidence of exotic ices flowing across Pluto’s surface, at the left edge of its bright heart-shaped area. New close-up images from the spacecraft’s Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) reveal signs of recent geologic activity, something scientists hoped to find but didn’t expect. “We’ve only seen surfaces like this on active …

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Ukraine upgrading and replacing T64 IFV tank variant and heavy lift cargo plane

Ukraine is usually the 4th largest arms exporter in the world and is currently in a war with Russia. Russia is the second largest arms exporter in the world. Ukraine has renewed development of heavy infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) based on the T-64 main battle tank (MBT), Ukroboronprom has announced. The Kharkov Morozov Machine Building …

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DARPA developing code for drone wolf pack teams of six or more

The U.S. military’s investments in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have proven invaluable for missions from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to tactical strike. Most of the current systems, however, require constant control by a dedicated pilot and sensor operator as well as a large number of analysts, all via telemetry. These requirements severely limit the …

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Summary of the Diet and Health Ideas of Karl Denninger

A guest post by Joseph Friedlander Warning: a long article, (3500 words or so) with opinions (not all of them mine!) . A quick summary is available below if you don’t like controversy. Summary:  Karl Denninger’s key finding is that fast to digest carbohydrates can act as an addictive drug and even slow to digest …

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Industrial-scale production of Graphene

A new route to making graphene has been discovered that could make the 21st century’s wonder material easier to ramp up to industrial scale. Graphene — a tightly bound single layer of carbon atoms with super strength and the ability to conduct heat and electricity better than any other known material — has potential industrial …

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