Helion Energy got funding for possible breakeven fusion device this year

Helion Energy has successfully raised $30 million raised in the past three years will be enough to get Helion through the debut of its 50-megwatt break-even nuclear fusion prototype. Helion’s commercial strategy is to build fusion reactors in Washington, with capacity of about 50 megawatts, and deploy them at industrial facilities. Helion Energy is building …

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US Navy Zumwalt destroyer has entered the Atlantic for Sea Trials

The Navy’s futuristic destroyer Zumwalt traveled down the Kennebec River in Maine and entered the Atlantic Ocean this week. It’s a path that many vessels have taken after being built at the Bath Iron Works shipyard, but it also signals the start of something significant: sea trials that will begin to reveal the unusually designed …

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Four new Breakout Labs Startups funded by Peter Thiel – Gecko inspired glue and new way to combat aging

Breakout Labs, a program of Peter Thiel’s philanthropic organization, the Thiel Foundation, announced today that four new companies advancing scientific discoveries in biomedical, chemical engineering, and nanotechnology have been selected for funding. “We’re always hearing about bold new scientific research that promises to transform the world, but far too often the latest discoveries are left …

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US South has a rising textile industry again because of cheap cotton and automation

Surging labor and energy costs in China are eroding its competitiveness in manufacturing. According to the Boston Consulting Group, manufacturing wages adjusted for productivity have almost tripled in China over the last decade, to an estimated $12.47 an hour last year from $4.35 an hour in 2004. Today, for every $1 required to manufacture in …

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China stockpiling Genetically Modified Crops in event of a Future Agricultural crisis

378 Chinese groups employing thousands of scientists are engaged in Genetically Modified Crop research. The government will have spent some $4 billion on GMOs by 2020. Researchers are using the latest modification technologies and drawing from high-throughput genomic analysis of thousands of crop strains, accelerating the pace of discovery. China is building a storehouse of …

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Factoring in underreporting there might be 12000 deaths from Ebola

The total number of confirmed , probable, and suspected cases) in the West African epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported up to the end of 5 October 2014 (epidemiological week 40) was 8033 with 3865 deaths. The update for two weeks later is below but it has not provided an update on Liberia. Liberia …

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Progress to the Vertical Takeoff and Landing TF-X flying car

Development of TF-X is expected to last another 7-11 years. Terrafugia is pleased to announce the winner of their GrabCAD TF-X industrial design challenge. Vedran Martinek’s design was selected as having the best aesthetic improvement while remaining true to the baseline TF-X flying car concept. This industrial design concept will now go through a series …

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Partial Fermi Paradox Solution – Gamma Ray Bursts could prevent intelligent life except in the outer areas of largest 10% of galaxies

Arxiv – On the role of GRBs on life extinction in the Universe As a copious source of gamma-rays, a nearby Galactic Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) can be a threat to life. Using recent determinations of the rate of GRBs, their luminosity function and properties of their host galaxies, we estimate the probability that a life-threatening …

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6K video camera and 4K and 8K super high resolution television

RED Cameras has 6K (6144 x 3160 pixels) digital video cameras that can shoot 86 frames per second and cost $31,000. 6K has over 10x the number of pixels than 1080P. There are some sample still frame captures from the 6K RED Dragon camera. Shooting the full height and width of the RED Dragon is …

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Thorium reactor projects getting increased funding and effort

The UK Telegraph has an update on global projects to develop commercial Thorium molten salt reactors. China’s project has $350 million in funding and 140 Phds working on it. They will have 750 Phds by 2015. They are targeting for a 2 MWe reactor by 2020. Kirk Sorensen’s Flibe Energy is exploring a 250 MWe …

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Advanced LTE deployments in 2013 and 2014

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) did not originally consider LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+ to be 4G systems Advanced LTE has download speeds of 300 mbps to 1 Gbps and is a true 4G system. A brief summary of status of mobile carriers’ LTE-A penetration is provided below. SK Telecom SK Telecom has successfully tested their …

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