China has Risen to Number One in Purchasing Power and Wesley Clark Call for a New Long Term China Strategy and a Global Leadership Partnership

The International Monetary Fund reports that in 2014, China, not the United States, has the world’s largest economy. The official point of China passing the US is in October. By the end of 2014, China will make up 16.48% of the world’s purchasing-power adjusted GDP (or $17.632 trillion), and the US will make up just …

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China, Russia and Canada win big in a warmed world and India and Africa lose big

[Ludwig Maximilians University] Russia, Canada and China are projected to gain farmland this century as the world warms up due to climate change, even as global crop-growing capacity may decline, a German study showed. Climate change could add 5.6 million square kilometers (2.2 million square miles) of land for crops in the 2071-2100 period compared …

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First graphene-based flexible display produced

A flexible display incorporating graphene in its pixels’ electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device. Graphene is a two-dimensional material made up of sheets of carbon atoms. It is among the strongest, most lightweight and flexible materials …

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Amory Lovins is Still Wrong and Spreading Distortions

Amory Lovins is still spreading lies and confusion in his accusation that someone else is distorting renewable energy. Solar and wind power and geothermal are about one third of nuclear power in the OECD (US, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea). 783 TWh for nuclear for the first five months versus 287 TWh for the renewables. …

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China’s TCL announces quantum dot enabled 55 inch OLED TV that will one third the price of comparable OLED TVs

TCL announced a quantum dot enabled 55-inch full-gamut 4K UHD [3840 x 2160] TV with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price at one-third the cost of comparable OLED color televisions. The QD (Quantum Dots) plus LED television shatters the prohibitively high price barrier of OLED TVs which provide consumers with a richer color viewing experience. TCL …

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Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. The movie will released in November, 2014. Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine will be in Interstellar. They were in Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises. ‘Interstellar’ details the toll …

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39 meter European Extremely Large Telescope construction process has begun with 2024 first light planned

The European Extremely Large Telescope E-ELT first light is planned for 2024, when it will begin to tackle the biggest astronomical challenges of our time. The giant telescope is expected to allow the exploration of completely unknown realms of the Universe — it will be: “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”. An elaborate levelling …

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Thinner wire substrate for higher current density next generation accelerators and high field magnets

Superpower Inc (a subsidiary of Furukawa Electric Company) announcee the addition of a 30 micron substrate thickness option to our standard offerings of 50 and 100 micron substrate second-generation (2G) high temperature superconducting (HTS) wires. The new geometry will help customers who need additional current density from thinner wires. The 50 and 100 micron substrates …

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Dwarf Planet 2012 VP113 which is in the range of Pluto size has been discovered at 80AU and it could be orbiting an as yet unseen planet ten times the size of the earth

Scientists using ground based observatories have discovered an object that is believed to have the most distant orbit found beyond the known edge of our solar system. Named 2012 VP113, the observations of the object — possibly a dwarf planet — were obtained and analyzed with a grant from NASA. A dwarf planet is an …

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Cadnano simplifies and enhances the process of designing three-dimensional DNA origami nanostructures

Shawn Douglas is an advocate for Cadnano Cadnano simplifies and enhances the process of designing three-dimensional DNA origami nanostructures. Through its user-friendly 2D and 3D interfaces it accelerates the creation of arbitrary designs. The embedded rules within cadnano paired with the finite element analysis performed by cando, provide relative certainty of the stability of the …

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Neurala has highly parallel GPU based neural networks for better AI and self driving robotics

U.S. Patent Office in February 2014 issued to Neurala, Inc. a patent that covers brain-based computational models, often called Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) running on graphic processing units (GPU). The invention is seen as an important foundation for real-time artificial intelligence and robotics applications. Humans outperform computers in many natural tasks, including vision and language …

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