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China will spray bacteria over 133 square kilometer over the next 5 years to reclaim desert and slow the spread of deserts and a tiny part of effort to reclaim 200,000 square km of desert by 2020

Cyanobacteria are now being used in China to shore up the verges of roads and railways in northern China as well as the margins of oases and farmland. A team plans to seed 133 square kilometer of desert over the next five years. The bacteria creates 0.5 to 1.0 centimeter thick biocrust over the desert …

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Weak technological superpowers now versus real superpowers later

I had several articles about the only enhancements that matter are ones for better health and business productivity. – Enhancement of health and longevity – increased lifespan – reduced frailty – increased healthspan – improved immune system (disease immunity) – regeneration and fast healig – tissue engineering – intelligence and economic productivity boosting possibly -radiation …

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Carnival of Space 219

The Carnival of Space 219 is up at Weird Warp Universe Today – Latest Eye Candy from Cassini Enceladus and Tethys hang below Saturn’s rings in this new image from the Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SS Nextbigfuture provided an article on Warp field mechanics 101 Nextbigfuture also provided an article about a new map of the …

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Nvidia Kepler GPUs delayed to 2012

1. Nvidia’s next generation graphics card (Kepler) will not be released until 2012. Kepler will be succeeding the Fermi architecture and use a 28 nm production process. Kepler cards will triple the dual-precision floating point performance of Fermi and hit up to 6 dp GFlops, while its successor Maxwell (scheduled for a 2013 release) is …

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Engineering Consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff has a 2010 Study of Energy Costs for the UK

Ads : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Parsons Brinckerhoff, the international engineering consultant and leading power specialist, has issued the 2010 update to its Powering the Nation report to reflect recent major changes in the economy and in the power plant market The generating costs (p/kWh – pence per kilowatt hours) for each generation …

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China Launching Tiangong Space Station at the end of 2010

If everything goes smoothly, China will launch Tiangong-1 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at the end of 2010, said Zhang Jianqi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of China’s Manned Space Engineering Program. Space.com reports that China is openly acknowledging that the new Tiangong outpost will involve military space operations and technology development. Tiangong-1, weighing about 8.5 tons, …

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Making embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos

Researchers have created human embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos or using hard-to-get eggs. The technique may prove to be easier, cheaper, andmore ethically appealing than an alternative approach that requires cloning. Two separate teams of researchers say they have sidestepped thecloning method and reprogrammed mature human cells into a primordial,embryonic-like state. Those cells were …

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