Revolutionary engine maker Liquid Piston seeks commercialization partners after landing $2.5 million DARPA funding for 40HP engine that will be 30 lbs instead of conventional 2700 lbs for diesel

LiquidPiston says it is currently in negotiations with potential partners to bring its small engines to market. Shkolnik also said the engines could be used as range-extenders for mass market electric vehicles. “The engine would produce less CO2 than plugging the car into the U.S. power grid,” Shkolnik said. In the future, the company believes …

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More research on the star with unusual dimming with still no conclusive reasons that accounts for all observations

A star known by the unassuming name of KIC 8462852 in the constellation Cygnus has been raising eyebrows both in and outside of the scientific community for the past year. In 2015 a team of astronomers announced that the star underwent a series of very brief, non-periodic dimming events while it was being monitored by …

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Nano-view of the brain with syringe injectable electronics

Harvard has an electronic device that can be injected directly into the brain, or other body parts, and treat everything from neurodegenerative disorders to paralysis. Led by Charles Lieber, the Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry, an international team of researchers has developed a method of fabricating nanoscale electronic scaffolds that can be injected via …

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Eight exoplanets have a good chance of being habitable

Astronomers announced today that they have found eight new planets in the “Goldilocks” zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist on the planet’s surface. This doubles the number of small planets (less than twice the diameter of Earth) believed to be in the habitable zone of their parent stars. …

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Estimate of 10,000 Dwarf Planets with about 400 candidates so far

The upper and lower size and mass limits of dwarf planets have not been specified by the IAU. (International Astronomical Union) There is no defined upper limit, and an object larger or more massive than Mercury that has not “cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit” would be classified as a dwarf planet. The lower limit …

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3-D printer creates transformative device for heart treatment that can keep a heart beating even during a heart attack

Using an inexpensive 3-D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could transform treatment and prediction of cardiac disorders. Igor Efimov, PhD, at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis and an international team of biomedical engineers and materials scientists have created a …

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Boston Consulting has ten predictions for China in 2014

The Boston Consulting Group believe that the current dip in China’s growth will not endure and that, under Xi’s leadership, China’s economy is destined to continue growing at a rapid clip. In fact, we are confident last week’s reforms will contribute mightily to China’s growth between now and 2020. BCG stands by their base case …

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Babylon 5 memorial video

There was a 20th anniversary memorial video that listed those who were involved with the TV show Babylon 5 (1994-1998) who have passed away. The list of 16 actors and five who were involved behind the camera. Johnny Seka (1934-2006) Lois Nettleton (1929-2008) Greg McKinney (1957-1998) Roy Brocksmith (1945-2001) Jeff Corey (1914-2002) Silvana Gallardo (1953-2012) …

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New Techniques Stretch Carbon Nanotubes, Make Stronger Composites

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new techniques for stretching carbon nanotubes (CNT) and using them to create carbon composites that can be used as stronger, lighter materials in everything from airplanes to bicycles. By stretching the CNT material before incorporating it into a composite for use in finished products, the researchers straighten …

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Sandia aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope is 50 to 100 times faster and 50 times better resolution

Sandia’s new aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (AC-STEM), the $3.2 million FEI Titan G2 8200, is 50 to 100 times better than what came before, both in resolution and the time it takes to analyze a sample. The AC-STEM delivers electron beams accelerated at voltages from 80 kV to 200 kV, allowing researchers to study …

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Brillouin funded for $2 million and Acoustic Cavitation Fusion

1. PESN reports that low energy nuclear reaction company Brillouin was funded for $2 million. Brillouin is starting an SRI contract middle of June. 2. Impulse Devices’ Extreme Acoustic Cavitation from Impulse shows the potential to produce plasma at the super-concentrated cores of the collapsed bubbles, making this technology well-suited for producing acoustic inertial confinement …

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