World Energy Outlook 2016 sees renewables and natural gas transforming global energy through 2040

As a result of major transformations in the global energy system that take place over the next decades, renewables and natural gas are the big winners in the race to meet energy demand growth until 2040, according to the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication. A detailed analysis …

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Towards pills that can mimick many of the benefits of exercise

Everyone knows that exercise improves health, and ongoing research continues to uncover increasingly detailed information on its benefits for metabolism, circulation, and improved functioning of organs such as the heart, brain, and liver. With this knowledge in hand, scientists may be better equipped to develop “exercise pills” that could mimic at least some of the …

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A 21st Century Submarines arms race could see numbers exceeding the 1000 German U-boats of WW2

There were about 1000 German U-boats built over the course of World War 2. The main German sub was the Type 7C which was about 800 tons and 67 meters (220 feet) long. Currently the USA has about 55 nuclear submarines that cost about $1-3 billion each. On average the cost of each submarine is …

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Wild chimps teach scientists about gene that encodes HIV-fighting protein

Part of a gene variant present in some wild African chimps is nearly identical to a section of an analogous gene version found in HIV-infected humans who are uncharacteristically slow to progress to full-blown AIDS. A gene variant in chimpanzees in a Tanzanian wildlife preserve probably protects them from rapidly succumbing to the primate equivalent …

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Exoskeleton helps spinal injured walk and reactivates nerves in some

An exoskeleton that enables movement and provides tactile feedback has helped eight paralysed people regain sensation and move previously paralysed muscles. People can spend a lifetime feeling disconnected from their lower body, and tend to receive less physical therapy as a result. Just over a third of the 12,500 people who experience a spinal cord …

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Regulating a damage control approach to antiaging mediicine #rejbio

Escalating societal healthcare needs have driven an unprecedented era of biomedical innovation. How do we speed healthcare from the lab to bedside. Evan Snyder If the standard of care suboptimal or no therapy cure exists. If the biological data makes sens when subjected to critical scrutiny. Andrew Matello Bob Clay If you liked this article, …

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China has designed a 1400 MWe version of the Westinghouse AP1000 and China has the rights to export the reactor

The basic design of the CAP1400 nuclear reactor has been approved. The CAP1400 is an enlarged version of the Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactor. China plans to build large numbers of the CAP1400 in China. China has ‘independent intellectual property rights’ over the design and will explore exporting it to other countries. Site preparation is …

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Bose Einstein Condensate in a polymer at room temperature has potential for faster optoelectronics and new lasers other applications

Researchers at IBM’s Binnig and Rohrer Nano Center have demonstrated a complex quantum mechanical phenomenon known as Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC), using a luminescent polymer (plastic) similar to the materials in light emitting displays used in many of today’s smartphones. This discovery has potential applications in developing novel optoelectronic devices including energy-efficient lasers and ultra-fast optical …

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Canada spends about the same as the US for government but has universal healthcare, mostly balanced budgets and less than half the debt per person

Canada got a hold of its government spending problems during the 1990s. The charts below show that Canada has federal government spending at about 14% of GDP and the US is at 24% of GDP. Canada’s debt to GDP ratio is about 33% vs 75% for the USA. Canada has a government deficit this year …

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Voyager passed the heliopause which is the solar wind dominated region of space one year ago and the New Horizons Pluto Probe will not pass Voyager ever

The Voyager team put the new data together with information from the other instruments onboard, they calculated the moment voyager 1 escaped the solar system occurred on or about 25 August, 2012. Sensors on Voyager had been indicating for some time that its local environment had changed. Voyager is now embedded in the gas, dust …

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