China says $3.7 trillion is enough – Will Mostly Stop Buying dollars to suppress appreciation of yuan

The People’s Bank of China said the country does not benefit any more from increases in its foreign-currency holdings, adding to signs policy makers will rein in dollar purchases that limit the yuan’s appreciation. “It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves,” Yi Gang, a deputy governor at the central bank, said in …

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Merrill Lynch view of a Transforming World from now to 2033

Merrill Lynch Wealth management has a view of dynamic forces that are sweeping across the globe, reshaping our lives and creating a wave of opportunities. Within 20 years, more than half of the world’s population rises out of poverty—while the median age in developed countries jumps by five years. The U.S. heads toward energy independence …

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Carbyne calculated to be 28 to 36% stronger than Graphene and twice as stiff

A new form of carbon, carbyne, is calculated to be twice as stiff as carbon nanotubes or graphene and about significantly stronger than graphene, carbon nanotubes and diamond. Rice University researchers calculate that it takes around 10 nanoNewtons to break a single strand of carbyne. Carbyne specific strength 6.0–7.5×10^7 N∙m/kg Graphene specific strength 4.7–5.5×10^7 N∙m/ …

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Golden Spike announce Phase A for commercial lunar landing missions

NASASpaceflight.com – Golden Spike formed in 2010, has an impressive board of directors, led by Board Chair Gerry Griffin – a former Director of Johnson Space Center and Apollo Flight Director – and President/CEO Alan Stern, the well-known Planetary scientist, and former head of all NASA science missions. The board includes former NASA engineers, astronauts …

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Google Maps has indoor floor plans of airports and malls available on Android and Desktops

The indoor floor plans that you’ve been using on Google Maps for Android (http://goo.gl/z7G3p) to figure out where you are and what’s around you within many popular indoor locations are now available on Google Maps for your desktop! Accurate and easy-to-use indoor maps are currently available for select venues — including airports, malls, transit stations, …

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and Apple IPad Mini

1. Apple plans to unveil the “iPad mini” on Oct. 23 at an invitation-only event. The Apple iPad Mini will feature a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display and a Lightning connector. It will also probably be thinner. 2. Today Samsung globally launched the rumored Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, a smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 that …

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Physicists have designed the building blocks of quantum computer that works using sound

Arxiv – On-chip quantum phonodynamics (6 pages) ABSTRACT – Sound can be just as quantum as light. But our toolbox for single quanta of sound, i.e. phonons, is currently insufficient. Here we describe a new component that enables a chip-based, solid-state analogue of cavity-QED utilizing acoustic phonons instead of photons, phonitons instead of polaritons. We …

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Solve for X – Ten times more efficient nutrition production

Solve for X is a place to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Solve for X was set up by Google. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audaciousness of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical …

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Carnival of nuclear energy 115

The Carnival of nuclear energy 115 is up at AtomicPowerReview. NEI Nuclear notes – In April 2011, the Worldwatch Institute predicted a rocky future for nuclear energy, but the most recent report from the OECD shows the predicted slowdown never occurred. Idaho Samizdat – The Department of Energy is reviewing proposals from B and W …

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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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