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futureCarnival of Nuclear Energy 267

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The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 267 is up at the Energy Reality Project. Neutron Bytes – Demand for small modular reactors may be significantly reduced by Supreme Court ruling on EPA coal plant emissions. On June 29th the US Supreme …

astronomySpacex Falcon 9 certified for medium risk NASA launches and another Russian Launch Failure

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SpaceX has been certified by NASA’s for Falcon 9 rockets to carryout Category 2 space missions. These are ”medium risk’ launches such as satellites and less expensive space probes. The Atlas 5, Delta 2 and Pegasus XL rockets operate under …

future10 Teraflops per FGPA chip and 100 GFlops per watt

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Altera Corporation is a pioneer of programmable logic solutions and enabling systems. They are a leader with FPGAs. The field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is a semiconductor device that can be programmed after manufacturing. Instead of being restricted to any predetermined …

cognitive enhancementMetals that mimic Bamboo Gradient structure will make stronger and more stretchable body armor and other parts

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Drawing inspiration from the structure of bones and bamboo, researchers have found that by gradually changing the internal structure of metals they can make stronger, tougher materials that can be customized for a wide variety of applications – from body …

airplanesElon Musk tweets about $10 billion no-compete contract awarded to ULA and then the hiring of the procurement officer as a Vice President

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Elon Musk appears to have taken to his official Twitter account to accuse a former Air Force official of having “likely” accepted a bribe to grant the exclusive black sat launch contract to United Launch Alliance. The National Legal and …

futureCarnival of Space 347

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The Carnival of Space 347 is up at Cosmoquest Universe Today – Rings are a tough phenomenon to spot. As late as 1977, astronomers thought that the only thing in the solar system with rings was the planet Saturn. Now, …

agricultureNew York Genome Center and IBM Watson Will Try to Create Personalized Cancer treatment from analyzed genomic data

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The New York Genome Center (NYGC) and IBM today announced an initiative to accelerate a new era of genomic medicine with the use of IBM’s Watson cognitive system. IBM and NYGC will test a unique Watson prototype designed specifically for …

deathsDiscovery of three large, near-Earth asteroids from 1 mile to 12 miles in diameter and research indicates small asteroid strikes are ten times more common than previously thought

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Three large, near-Earth asteroids, two of which measure about 12 miles in diameter — are the largest near earth asteroids to have been discovered in 23 years. The smallest of the three asteroids measures little more than a mile across, …

deathsChat with Lockheed Martin and Dwave Quantum Computer Experts via Twitter

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Join quantum computing experts from Lockheed Martin, the University of Southern California and D-Wave Systems as they “borrow” their companies’ Twitter accounts to discuss the latest in speedy qubits and the quantum evolution. Tweet your questions to @LockheedMartin, @USCViterbi or …

3dA123 partners with SolidEnergy to bring 800 Wh/kg solid polymer lithium batteries to market

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A123 Venture Technologies, a Massachusetts technology incubator, announced today its collaboration with MIT startup SolidEnergy. This strategic partnership leverages SolidEnergy’s transformative solid electrolyte technology enabling the safe and practical use of lithium metal anodes for high energy density batteries in …