Bill Gates believes Studwell has the answer to Asian Economic Miracle and What to do for Africa

Joe Studwell’s book How Asia Works is a great look at the factors that drove the rapid economic growth in several Asian countries. The Wealhiest man in the world, Bill Gates, recommends it for anyone who’s doing business in Asia. Studwell’s answers to the multi-trillion-dollar question of why some Asian countries developed rapidly and others …

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DARPA can non-mechanically sweep a laser back and forth 100,000 times a second will make far cheaper and more powerful laser scanning

A non-mechanical approach could open the door to a new class of miniaturized, extremely low-cost, robust laser-scanning technologies for military and commercial use Many essential military capabilities—including autonomous navigation, chemical-biological sensing, precision targeting and communications—increasingly rely upon laser-scanning technologies such as LIDAR (think radar that uses light instead of radio waves). These technologies provide amazing …

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Imperfect Malaria Vaccine can still help reduce Malaria cases by 36%

The world’s first Malaria vaccine provides modest protection. Four injections of the RTS,S vaccine reduced cases of malaria in children aged 5 to 17 months and babies aged 6 to 12 weeks at first vaccination by 36 and 26 per cent respectively after four years, compared with non-recipients. “Given that there were an estimated 198 …

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Amazon testing drones at “secret” location in British Columbia and other commerical drones

The FAA is years late in approving commercial use of drones and has violated numerous congressional deadlines. Mr. Bezos says regulatory inertia—not massive R and D—is blocking Amazon’s futuristic plan to have low-flying vehicles deliver within 30 minutes the 85% of its packages weighing less than five pounds. The FAA added insult to injury by …

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France backing up war on extreme Islam with air strikes and aircraft carrier deployment

The French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is deploying with its battlegroup to the Gulf, and is understood to be preparing to contribute to coalition air strikes against Islamic State. Sailing on 13 January, the carrier battlegroup – which includes a nuclear-powered attack submarine – will head from Toulon through the Suez Canal …

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Vanadium redox batteries could balance the electrical grid for solar and wind power

Vanadium “redox flow” batteries are very stable. They can be discharged and recharged 20,000 times without much loss of performance, and are thought to last decades (they have not been around long enough for this to have been demonstrated in practice). They can also be enormous, and – in large part thanks to their vanadium …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 208

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 208 is at ANS Nuclear Cafe Forbes – James Conca – Nuclear Waste Leak Traced To… Kitty Litter? The recent news of a radioactive waste incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has now been tempered by the revelation that an attempt to “go green” may have been responsible for …

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Microscale 3-D Printing that mixes inks with living cells to semiconductors and have already formed a complex network of blood vessels which is key for fabbing larger organs

What if 3-D printers could use a wide assortment of different materials, from living cells to semiconductors, mixing and matching the “inks” with precision? Jennifer Lewis, a materials scientist at Harvard University, is developing the chemistry and machines to make that possible. She prints intricately shaped objects from “the ground up,” precisely adding materials that …

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China is back to raising nuclear energy build targets after lowering them after Fukushima

Before Fukushima in 2011, China was steadily raising its 2020 nuclear energy target. (from 40 GW, to 60 GW, 70 GW, 80-85GW). With Fukushima, China paused its new nuclear reactor approval and had existing construction retrofitted with more safety systems. China paused inland construction approvals. Now everything is back on the table. Inland nuclear reactor …

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