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chinaPhysicists Induce Superconductivity in Non-Superconducting Materials and improve efficiency in Known Superconducting Materials

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Researchers at the University of Houston have reported a new method for inducing superconductivity in non-superconducting materials, demonstrating a concept proposed decades ago but never proven. The technique can also be used to boost the efficiency of known superconducting materials, …

chinaChina will need to remove all fertility restrictions in order to get reasonable bump in birth rate

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Beijing decided to significantly scale back the one-child policy in November last year. Leading Chinese demographers, such as Cai Fang from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, predict the policy change would lead to a significant improvement in the country’s …

energyOECD Leading Index Points To Stabilizing Global Economic Growth

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A leading indicator of the OECD economy, which is designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, increased 0.07 percent sequentially to 100.7 in September, continuing the upward trend seen in recent months. Year-on-year, the index moved …

energyChina’s third plenum promises deep reform but sets up a committee to work out the details

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China’s Communist Party said it will create a new committee to “deepen reforms” to allow the free market to play a larger role in the economy at the conclusion of a four day policy summit, known as the Third Plenum, …

energyPanasonic power loader light exoskeleton

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Panasonic has developed a power assist robot named “Power Loader”. It is being targeted for assisting construction workers and disaster relief crews. The new “Power Loader Light” is smaller than prior versions. Users of the exoskeleton can easily carry about …

australiaCarnival of Space 234

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Dear Astronomer has Carnival of Space 234 Vintage Space has a take on Newt Gingrich’s plan to have an American lunar base up and running by the end of his second term in 2020. Vintage Space thinks a Moon base …

chinaDropbox founder Drew Houston wants to Sync files on all devices

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LA Times – Dropbox is a service with the goal of being able instantly (and seamlessly) syncs all of your files on all of your devices. Dropbox has more than 50 million users and adds another every second. It’s one …

carnival of nuclear energyUranium producers reporting for 2011 and India and Japan have reactor startup delays for months

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1. World Nuclear news – Paladin Energy and Uranium One both had record years for uranium production in 2011. Denison and Rio Tinto had problems. Uranium One, the year’s attributable production totalled a record 10.7 million pounds U3O8 (4116 tU), …

chinaIndia’s economic growth slumps

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Economist – Expectations for India’s economic growth rate have been sliding inexorably. In the early spring there was still heady talk about 9-10% being the new natural rate of expansion, a trajectory which if maintained would make the country an …

chinaAustralian scientists have demonstrated that atoms can be guided in a laser beam

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Artist’s impression of the speckle pattern created by a multimode light beam (top, red), and the image measured in this experiment created by a multimode beam of atoms (top, blue). Source: Dr Tim Wetherell, ANU Scientists have demonstrated for the …