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europeCarnival 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 …

commercializationVASIMR 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 …

imagingPentagon now estimates China J20 Stealth Jet will be operational sooner than 2018

Wired Danger Room – Last year Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the J-20 wouldn’t be ready until at least 2020. Now, the Pentagon’s top China official has now revised that estimate. The J-20, China’s first stealth jet, will be operationally …

magnetsMedicine and Longevity High Impact Technologies

Technologies that I expect to see having a lot of progress in the 2012-2016 timeframe should see each of the technologies enabling more improvement in the other technologies in the 2014-2019 timeframes. The exact timeframes would depend upon how fast …

metamaterialsChina Official Actual GDP Growth Compared to Targets

Sources: Central People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China, IMF; as of 03/05/2012. IMF estimated growth rates are based on constant 1990 prices in Chinese yuan Fisher Investments writing at theStreet. Historically, China’s official growth target has been the …

futureSolve For X – Desalination with Forward Osmosis

Global water scarcity presents a grave challenge to continued human development and sustainability. The answer, however, is to use more water, not less. In order to do this, a dramatic technological breakthrough in desalination is necessary. This presentation describes the …

invisibleRiptide Amphibious light tank

With guidance from the Navy (SF) and Army (Picatinnay Arsenal ARDEC) Howe and Howe Technologies have developed an amphibious version of the highly acclaimed UGV Ripsaw platform apply name ‘Riptide’. Possessing 90% of Ripsaw’s terrestrial capability coupled with the newly …

enabling technology“Actuation at a distance” of microelectromechanical systems using photoelectrowetting: proof-of-concept

Arxiv – Researchers demonstrate a proof-of-concept experiment that microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) can be actuated using photoelectrowetting. In order to demonstrate this, a 30 micron thick aluminum cantilever is actuated using an ordinary white light source. A deflection of 56 microns …

microscopesIndividual GaN Nanowires Exhibit Strong Piezoelectricity in 3D

Nanoletters – Individual GaN Nanowires Exhibit Strong Piezoelectricity in 3D Semiconductor GaN NWs are promising components in next generation nano- and optoelectronic systems. In addition to their direct band gap, they exhibit piezoelectricity, which renders them particularly attractive in energy …

euv lithographyChina increases poverty line to about $1.83 PPP per day and launches new anti-poverty programs

Economist- China raised its rural poverty line to 2,300 yuan a year. The World Bank’s poverty line is not set at market exchange rates. It’s $1.25 in 2005 Purchasing-Power-Parity (PPP) dollars. According to the World Bank, 5.46 yuan in China …