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agricultureRewritable Paper that uses light and no ink

Developing efficient photoreversible color switching systems for constructing rewritable paper is of significant practical interest owing to the potential environmental benefits including forest conservation, pollution reduction, and resource sustainability. Here we report that the color change associated with the redox …

DNAUS Air Force will have first combat lasers on large C-17 and C-130s and then later miniaturized for F-16 and F-35 fighter jets

The US Air Force plans to arm its fleet of drones and fighter jets with high-tech laser weapons. Air Force Research Laboratory officials have said they plan to have a program of record for air-fired laser weapons in place by …

dna manufacturingNavy uses high power laser to accelerate thin plastic foils to over 1180 kilometers per second

A set of experiments conducted on the Nike krypton fluoride (KrF) laser at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) nearly five years ago has, at long last, earned the coveted Guinness World Records title for achieving “Highest Projectile Velocity” of …

additive manufacturingAlternative Nuclear fusion projects Tri-alpha Energy, General Fusion and Helion Energy featured in Nature

Tri Alpha is testing a linear reactor that it claims will be smaller, simpler and cheaper — and will lead to commercial fusion power in little more than a decade, far ahead of the 30 to 50 years often quoted …

DNABriefly Profitable Litecoin mining via Amazon Cloud Services and clever coding

Litecoin is an alternative to Bitcoin (BTC) that is designed to reduce the comparative advantage of using custom ASICs (or GPUs) for mining it relative to using a conventional CPU. Its future is even less certain that BTC, of course, …

diseaseCarnival of Nuclear Energy 130

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 130 is up at Atomic Insights. Canadian Energy Issues – Modern cities cannot function without electricity. That electricity is usually the product of other people from outside of the city, which, says Steve Aplin, illustrates …

DNAEIA projects world energy use to increase 53 percent by 2035; China and India account for half of the total growth

The International Energy Outlook 2011 (IEO2011) was released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for world energy markets through 2035. Worldwide energy consumption grows by 53 percent between 2008 and 2035 in the Reference case, …

DNASonic.net 1 Gbps fiber to the home for $70/month in projects with Google

California ISP Sonic.net this week roll out its new 1Gbps, fiber-to-the-home service for $69.99 a month. Dane Jasper, Sonic.net’s CEO, says the new fiber-to-the-home trial in Sebastopol, California deployment will reach about 700 homes when complete. “Honestly, only as those …

DNANew architecture for quantum computers based on Quantum antannae

Quantum antennae enable the exchange of quantum information between two separate memory cells located on a computer chip. (Graphics: Harald Ritsch) The Austrian research group led by physicist Rainer Blatt suggests a fundamentally novel architecture for quantum computation. They have …

carbon captureSaudi Aramco discusses oil technology to access trillions of barrels of oil and Brazil plans underwater cities to access deep water oil

1. Although the current global oil reserves in place are estimated at 14 trillion barrels, only about 1.2 trillion can be recovered, said Khaled Al Buraik, executive director of the government-controlled Saudi Aramco. However, in the near future new oil …