Smartphone Screens Will be Made out of Sapphire

Manufactured sapphire—a material that’s used as transparent armor on military vehicles—could become cheap enough to replace the glass display covers on mobile phones. That could mean smartphone screens that don’t crack when you drop them and can’t be scratched with keys, or even by a concrete sidewalk. Sapphire, a crystalline form of aluminum oxide, probably …

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IEDM preview: Intel’s 22nm mobile technology and more

1. ZDNet – At IEDM, the main attraction this year is a talk by Intel on 22nm SoC technology using its 3-D transistors, generally known as FinFETs, for mobile processors. Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core processors for laptops, desktops and servers already use this technology, but this will be the first time the company has talked …

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Hybrid printing of mechanically and biologically improved constructs for cartilage tissue engineering applications

A new tissue printer can print cartilage. Bioprinting is an emerging technique used to fabricate viable, 3D tissue constructs through the precise deposition of cells and hydrogels in a layer-by-layer fashion. Despite the ability to mimic the native properties of tissue, printed 3D constructs that are composed of naturally-derived biomaterials still lack structural integrity and …

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Next-generation Toyota Small Hybrid Concept

Toyota Motor Corp unveiled the “FT-Bh” a lightweight, next generation small gasoline-electric hybrid concept car, here today at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show By pursuing weight reduction, a more-efficient powertrain and reduced air resistance, the FT-Bh boasts a fuel efficiency of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), with …

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Mysterious Structures In Chinese Desert seem to be for spy satellite callibration and radar testing

Jonathon Hill, a research technician at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, who works with images of the Martian surface taken by rovers and satellites, as well as data from Earth-orbiting NASA instruments has provided some explanation for unusual structures in China’s desert. These are newfound Google Maps images which reveal an …

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Researchers engineer new way to inhibit allergic reactions without side effects

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame have announced a breakthrough approach to allergy treatment that inhibits food allergies, drug allergies and asthmatic reactions without suppressing a sufferer’s entire immunological system. The therapy centers on a special molecule the researchers designed, a heterobivalent ligand (HBL), which when introduced into a person’s bloodstream can, in essence, …

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CO2 Ice Deposits in the South Pole of Mars are 30 times larger than previous estimates

(A) Polar stereographic map of the south polar region of Mars, showing where reflection-free zones (RFZ) were mapped on 118 SHARAD ground tracks, overlain on a Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) shaded relief map. Analysis shows 30 times moer CO2 ice than prior estimates. Journal Science – Massive CO2 Ice Deposits Sequestered in the South …

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China 210 MWe pebble bed reactor starts construction April, 2011

China suspension of new nuclear reactor licensing does not impact already approved nuclear reactors. In an exclusive interview with the China Business News, Mu Zhanying, president of China Nuclear Engineering Group (CNEG) Co., said construction of the Rongcheng plant would begin by the end of March or early April. The Rongcheng Shidaowan Nuclear Power Plant …

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Microfluidic device rapidly orients hundreds of embryos for high-throughput experiment

This is a photograph of a penny next to the microfluidic device designed by Hang Lu, an associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, to automatically orient hundreds of embryos to prepare them for research. Researchers have developed a microfluidic device that automatically orients hundreds of fruit fly and other …

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Update on China’s nuclear breeder and fuel reprocessing plans

The China Institute for Atomic Energy (CIAE), a research and development affiliate of China’s leading nuclear state-owned enterprise, the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), began operating a small 20-megawatt (MW) test breeder this summer—a quarter-century after the project was first planned. This was built with cooperation from Russia. CIAE now aims to set up a …

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Carnival of nuclear energy 28

1. Canadian Energy Issues – Nuclear subsidizes gas and renewables in Ontario: an inquiry into the price of political correctness Natural gas has been cheap so far this year, and the wind and sun are “free.” In spite of this, Ontario gas-fired and wind/solar generators still can’t operate without enormous cost recovery payments from Ontario …

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