Fast Measuring of Fuel Cell ‘Printing’ will enable economical mass production

A team including scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may have overcome a significant hurdle to manufacturing hydrogen fuel cells by creating a way to check whether the expensive catalysts the cells need have been incorporated quickly and effectively. Improved measurement methods are key to bringing hydrogen power a step closer …

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NASA Space Telescopes Pinpoint Elusive Brown Dwarf

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, NASA’s Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to observe a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object. This technique is useful for finding low-mass bodies orbiting stars, such as planets. In this case, the observations revealed a brown …

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Starry Station solves cost of providing high speed internet to the the last mile

Starry Station is a new internet provider who can use a two-foot-high rooftop unit able to serve between 600 and 900 customers within a roughly one-kilometer range with 300 Mbps to 1 Gbps internet. The cost per customer to setup is $25 instead of $2500 for other providers. This will solve the cost of providing …

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NASA will use laser communication that is up to 100 times faster data rates than todays communication

A NASA team has been tapped to build a new type of communications modem that will employ an emerging, potentially revolutionary technology that could transform everything from telecommunications, medical imaging, advanced manufacturing to national defense. NASA’s first-ever integrated-photonics modem will be tested aboard the International Space Station beginning in 2020 as part of NASA’s multi-year …

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Long March 6 and Long March 5 can be converted into ICBMs with multiple independently targetable warheads

China’s Long March 6 (CZ-6) carrier rocket can also be used to fire 20 missile warhead at once. The Long March 6 was used to luanch 20 microsatellites. Microsatellites can be switched to warheads. They had a successful launch. A CZ-6 rocket can technically be a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) for up to …

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Disruptive CRISPR gene therapy is 150 times cheaper than zinc fingers and CRISPR is faster and more precise

Biologists have long been able to edit genomes with molecular tools. About ten years ago, they became excited by enzymes called zinc finger nucleases that promised to do this accurately and efficiently. But zinc fingers, which cost US$5,000 or more to order, were not widely adopted because they are difficult to engineer and expensive, says …

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Bioviva offering experimental gene therapy treatments for myostatin inhibition and telomere extension

Bioviva is offering various gene therapy treatments for telomerase extension and to treat alzheimers and hardening of arteries. BioViva is a new company offering experimental medical services in South America. Bioviva offers gene therapy for a myostatin inhibitor (the specific gene is not disclosed), and it has been tried by one of the team members, …

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Ground-Based detection of super-earth exoplanets

Astronomers have measured the passing of a super-Earth in front of a bright, nearby Sun-like star using a ground-based telescope for the first time. The transit of the exoplanet 55 Cancri e is the shallowest detected from the ground yet. Since detecting a transit is the first step in analyzing a planet’s atmosphere, this success …

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The World Competition for skilled workers

Canada is in fifth place among OECD members for attracting immigrants, based on data collected up until 2012, even though it attracted 258,000 new permanent residents, or a gain of 4%, in 2012 alone. Compare that to the U.S., which drew in 1.03 million more people in the same year, although 3% fewer than in …

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IBM is making a multi-billion bet on Watson Artificial Intelligence for a Siri for Science and Business

This is IBM attempting to use enterprise artificial intelligence to accelerate technology in science, medicine and business. If they succeed this could be the first real artificial intelligence acceleration of technological development and they are attempting to enhance the productivity of science and business. It is a huge lift that is being attempted and it …

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How did China achieve reform without losers in its transition from socialism ?

Justin Yifu Lin, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, the World Bank, provides his take on how China achieved success and how other developing countries should follow in Demystifying the Chinese Economy. China had per capita GDP of $4,260 in 2010. China had per capita GDP (nominal US$) of $6,091 at the end of 2012. …

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