China yuan drops 4% in two days

China yuan has dropped by 4% in two days to 6.445 to 1 USD. This was the level back in 2011 This drop is effecting other currencies and commodities and stock markets. “China’s yuan move is recalibrating Asian currencies,” said Vishnu Varathan, a Singapore-based economist at Mizuho Bank Ltd. “If the yuan drops another 5 …

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BAE proposes tank-killing railgun by shrinking 2016 navy railgun for the next Bradley fighting vehicle

BAE Systems officials said an electromagnetic rail gun firing a kinetic energy warhead could be a real option for the Army’s next generation Future Fighting Vehicle, which the service hopes to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Following the cancellation of the Ground Combat Vehicle, Army officials said they want the defense industry to offer a …

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Guardians of the Galaxy will have around a $100 million opening weekend and very good reviews

Guardians of the Galaxy is soaring at the Friday box office for a possible $95 million-plus North American debut, far more than expected and marking another sizeable victory for Marvel Studios as it launches a new franchise outside of the Avengers series. Rotten Tomatoes has critics 92% positive and the audience is 96% positive Guardian …

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VASIMR Plasma Rocket Improved by 10% and Demos Constant Power Throttling

Experimental data obtained in June 2012 on Ad Astra’s VX-200 high power VASIMR® engine prototype showed an improvement in efficiency at intermediate values of specific impulse (Isp) below the 5000 sec optimal point demonstrated in late 2010. A new optimized performance model that shows approximately a 10% improvement in engine efficiency over a wide Isp …

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John Hunter of Quicklaunch is interviewed by Sander Olson

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Here is the John Hunter of Quicklaunch interview by Sander Olson. Mr. Hunter is the Director of the Quicklaunch company, which is hoping to create a method for launching unmanned payloads into orbit for $500 per pound. The Quicklaunch approach shoots payloads into orbit using a …

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North Dakota Oil Has a New Production Record of 315282 Barrels of Oil Per Day in June

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software North Dakota oil production has hit another record (5 monthly records out of six months) and is at 315282 barrels of oil per day in June 2010 North Dakota has added 70,000 barrels of oil pre day over its peak of 245000 barrels of oil per …

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Links to the Entire 2010 Singularity Summit Liveblogging

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Summary Links to the Entire Summit The best of the 2010Singularity Summit Shane legg has developed a formula and program that generates a continuous intelligence measurement for rating algorithms and systems This has the potential to more objectively guide the improvement of AI and algorithms. Goertzel …

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IEA 2050 Energy Roadmap and US Nuclear Uprate Status

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Annual power sector carbon dioxide emnission reductions in the BLUE Map scenario in 2050 compared to the Badeline scenario, by technology area. Nuclear is the only major contributor that need no technical breakthrough (Source: IEA) 1. Nuclear power could become the world’s single biggest source of …

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Eyeglass Viewing With 67 Inch Equivalent 2D and 3D Screen for $350

Vuzix Wrap 920 video eyewear is a sunglass-style display that delivers a virtual 67-inch screen as seen from 10ft away, displays 2D and 3D video and is claimed to be the most advanced wearable display available. * removable noise-isolating earbuds * an adjustable nose bridge * weighs less than 3 ounces * Two AA batteries …

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Shape Shifting Antennas

The antenna consists of liquid metal injected into elastomeric microchannels. The antennas can be deformed (twisted and bent) since the mechanical properties are dictated by the elastomer and not the metal. Research from North Carolina State University is revolutionizing the field of antenna design – creating shape-shifting antennas that open the door to a host …

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Hyperion Power Generation Reactor Design

Here are 18 pages of slides, 8 pages on the Hyperion Power Generation Uranium HydrideNitride Reactor (H/T Idaho Samizdat) Fuel will be enriched to between 15-19.6% because this small reactor needs more highly enriched fuel to get power levels to point of economic value. Fuel is a uranium nitride alloy. No fuel has been fabricated …

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