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citiesWorld Nuclear Energy in 2016

Global nuclear generating capacity increased slightly in 2016 to 391.4 GWe net, up from 382.2 GWe at the end of 2015, according to data from the World Nuclear Association. Construction of three large reactor projects also started during 2016, while …

computingSystematic attacks are probing internet defenses to map out how to take down the internet according to a security guru

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. Bruce Schneier claims that there is evidence over the past year or two that Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet Bruce is …

futureD-Wave systems next quantum chip will 1000X faster and will revolutionize machine learning

Dwave’s next quantum chip, due in 2017, will be able to handle 2,000 qubits which is double the usable number in the existing D-Wave 2X system chip. It will be capable of solving certain problems 1,000x faster than its predecessor. …

chinaPokemon Go and other games will be the nexus of making the augmented reality everywhere and gaming enhancing wearables on everyone

Pokemon Go became the top US mobile game within days of its launch. Many see it reaching 1 billion global installs to surpass the 550 million peak of Candy Crush. Pokemon Go and the follow on Mario and Zelda augmented …

innovationLEGOs based device to measure mass with Planck’s constant and Smartphone to measure DNA

1. Arxiv – A LEGO Watt Balance: An apparatus to demonstrate the definition of mass based on the new SI National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have designed and built a watt balance based on LEGO blocks. Planck’s …

economic impactAn Analysis and Update of the Long War in Syria

Strategy Page describes the situation in Syria. US Air strikes have forced ISIS to disperse but the US is also experienced with dealing the dispersal tactics. Americans are listening and they have proven tactics to defeat the dispersal tactics ISIL …

broadbandUpdate on the construction of islands and airfields in the South China Sea

The Sydney Morning Herald has photos of the transformation of a couple of islands in the South China Sea. This is an update on the construction of islands and airfieldsin the South China Sea. Before in May After End of …

controversialUS Crude Oil Production highest since 1988 at 8.075 million barrels per day and could be 2-3 years from all time peak

US crude oil production is at 8.075 million barrels per day. Production is increasing significantly in North Dakota, Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. If the 2013 pace of increase can be maintained then the US will likely exceed the …

economic impactCasimir Force Reduced to Lowest Recorded Level through metallic surface nanostructuring

A research team that includes a physics professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has recorded a drastically reduced measurement of the Casimir effect, a fundamental quantum phenomenon experienced between two neutral bodies that exist in a vacuum. The experiment …

economic impactSilicon Photonics breakthroughs could extend Moore’s law for many years

A pair of breakthroughs in the field of silicon photonics by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micron Technology Inc. could allow for the trajectory of exponential improvement in microprocessors that began nearly …