Electric bike production could catch up to motorbikes in 2015 with 70 million units

In 2010, the world produced 60 million motorbikes that ran on fossil fuel and 32 million electric and hybrid two-wheelers. With a near average yearly growth of 20%, electric-powered units will close the gap by 2015, both producing 70 million units individually. Most of these are low-powered units of 200 watts fitted with reusable lead …

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Microfabrication breakthrough could set piezoelectric material applications in motion

Integrating a complex, single-crystal material with “giant” piezoelectric properties onto silicon, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and physicists can fabricate low-voltage, near-nanoscale electromechanical devices that could lead to improvements in high-resolution 3-D imaging, signal processing, communications, energy harvesting, sensing, and actuators for nanopositioning devices, among others. Journal Science – Domain Dynamics During Ferroelectric Switching The utility …

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World Sniper Record – Two consecutive Kill Shots from 2470 meters and then a Gun Shot

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Gizmag reports that a british Corporal Craig Harrison killed two Taliban with consecutive shots at a distance of 2.47 kilometres (8120 ft) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan last November (2009). He then fired a third shot and hit the Taliban’s PKM machinegun in perhaps the most prodigious …

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Two genes found that make Schizophrenia 15 times more likely

Genetics is believed to be a main cause for 70% of schizophrenia. If gene therapy can fix the genetic factors then schizophrenia could be reduced by 70%. This would save tens of billions of dollars each year in the USA and hundreds of billions of dollars around the world. It would reduce homelessness by up …

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New polymer for lower cost computer chips and compatible with lithography and nanoimprinting

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Polyset Company have developed a new inexpensive, quick-drying polymer that could lead to dramatic cost savings and efficiency gains in semiconductor manufacturing and computer chip packaging. The compatibility with lithography (the current process for making computer chips) and nanoimprinting (a likely future method of computer chip making with smaller …

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Energy costs with externalities

Anti-nuclear people like to talk about the lack of complete business insurance coverage of nuclear power plant accidents. They ignore the uncovered external costs of other energy sources. They also ignore the disproportionate subsidies for wind and solar power. I will review research related to the subsidies, research, external costs and fatalities. I adapted this …

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World Bank updates purchasing power parity calculations

The World Bank has updated 1986 pricing data for China to 2005 pricing data and reduced by 40% the purchasing power parity size of China’s economy. Under the old calculation, China had a GDP of $8.8 trillion, about 15% of global GDP of $59 trillion. According to the new calculation, China’s economy shrank by 40% …

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Carnival of Space week 29

Carnival of Space 29 is up. I contributed my article on the latest in rail guns which can be used as better big gun for navy ships or eventually for space launches. Hobbyspace reports on improvements to the Spacex rocket. Merlin 1C in its Falcon 9 first stage configuration has a thrust at sea level …

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