China gaining greater influence as lender of last resort for Russia, Argentina and Venezuela

Quotes from the Godfather Movie about Debts and favors owed Bonasera: How much shall I pay you? [the Don turns away dismissively, but Bonasera stays on] Don Corleone: Bonasera, Bonasera, what have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you’d come to me in friendship, this scum who ruined your daughter …

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Realization of a Knill-Laflamme-Milburn controlled-NOT photonic quantum circuit combining effective optical nonlinearities

The KLM NS gate. (A) If the NS gate succeeds it is heralded; indicated conceptually by the light globe. (B) The original KLM NS gate is heralded by detection of a photon at the upper detector and no photon at the lower detector. Gray indicates the surface of the BS from which a sign change …

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An Estimate of the Electron Density in Filaments of Galaxies

“Missing mass” in the universe has many types and forms. New research relates not to dark matter but a new way to detect baryonic matter (i.e. all normal matter) that exists in an unusual form as filaments. Arxiv – Most of the baryons in the Universe are thought to be contained within filaments of galaxies, …

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Bravenewclimate covers Fukushima March 15 and the Lesson so Far

Bravenewclimate covers Fukushima March 15 Attention has centred on units #1, 2 and 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant (all Boiling Water Reactors built in the 1970s). Current concern is focused on unit #2 (more below). Units 4, 5 and 6 at the site were not in service at the time of the earthquake and …

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James Ellobogen clarifies nanoprocessor speed potential and projects shrinking it by 1000 times and Aubrey de Grey on the telomere research

Foresight nanodot – James Ellobogen discusses the programmable nanoprocessor work Nextbigfuture prior coverage of the Harvard and Mitre work indicated it could have a speed of 2 terahertz. The supplementary material for our paper in Nature does mention the potential for 2 THz switching, but that is for individual nanodevices. That may be misleading, though, …

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Kazatomprom Uranium Production on Target for 18,222 tons and Japan and UK are Restarting Reactors

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software 1. Kazakh national nuclear company KazAtomProm reported a 42% increase in uranium production during the first half of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009. Total uranium output for the whole of 2010 is set to reach 18,222 tonnes, a 30% increase from 2009. The …

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Underwater Sound Generation Using Carbon Nanotube Projectors

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software NanoLetters – Underwater Sound Generation Using Carbon Nanotube Projectors Water’s high heat capacity and low thermal expansion would normally absorb any temperature fluctuations. But the nanotubes’ hydrophobic properties result in an air pocket around the sheet which expands and contracts as the sheet heats and cools, …

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Technology that Will Change Everything before 2050

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Scientific American looks at 12 events (mostly technology) that would change everything before 2050. Scientific American gets the probability and impact of those events completely wrong. They also miss important events and technology. Overcoming Bias takes note of the vastly underrating of importance by Scientfic American …

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Catastrophe Model of Haiti Earthquake Casualties

The Haitian earthquake caused an estimated 250,000 fatalities—and disease, starvation and lack of medical care could push the death toll higher, a catastrophe modeling firm said. Risk Management Solutions in Newark Calif., said the quake, which destroyed more than 4,000 buildings in Port-au-Prince alone, had limited impact on the insurance industry, but raises questions about …

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United States Could Roll Back Its Oil Production Peak Back to 1998 in 2010

US Oil production hit 168 million barrels in October, 2009 The highest month since May of 2005. If the monthly production can be increased to 174 million barrels in one month that will be the most since May of 2003. Increasing to 185 million barrels in one month would be the most since December 1998. …

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Whole Human Genomes Sequenced for $5000 Each When Bought in Volume

Complete Genomics of Mountain View, CA, announced that it had fully sequenced 14 individual genomes, almost doubling the number of people who have had nearly every C, T, A, and G in their bodies decoded and published. Although last year it announced that it had sequenced a genome for $4,000. And CEO Clifford Reid says …

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