Oceanfloor mining for minerals towards the scale of ocean oil drilling

Nextbigfuture wrote about Nautilus Minerals several times since 2010. Nautilus Mineral is scaling up ocean floor mining. In January 2016, Nautilus Minerals took delivery of the three Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs) from SMD. The SPTs were shipped to PNG in April 2017 to undergo submerged trials. The trials are due to be completed in Q1 …

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Russia has engine tests for PAK-DA strategic stealth bomber and see delays in first flight to 2021

The prototype russian PAK DA stealth bomber may hit the skies before 2021. Russia is trying to spin this as a good thing. The National Interest notes that his is a two year delay from a prior plan to fly in 2019. “The maiden flight should be performed in 2019. State tests and supplies will …

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Tyler Cowen points out Piketty Problems

Tyler Cowen makes the following points about Piketty’s Capitalism book. Overall, the main argument is based on two (false) claims. First, that capital returns will be high and non-diminishing, relative to other factors, and sufficiently certain to support the capital returns greater than world growth story as a dominant account of economic history looking forward. …

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Partial reversal of aging achieved in mice by restoring mitochondria cellular communication

Researchers have discovered a cause of aging in mammals that may be reversible. UPDATE – Correcting to the right Harvard article for the new 2013 research. The essence of this finding is a series of molecular events that enable communication inside cells between the nucleus and mitochondria. As communication breaks down, aging accelerates. By administering …

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Sweden does not have enough garbage and imports it but fortunately they are paid to take garbage

Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash. Only four percent of Sweden’s waste ends up in landfills while the EPA reports over half of the waste produced by U.S. households ends up in landfills. In order to continue …

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Technology for 77 meter primary mirror ground based telescope exists today and it could survey earth sized exoplanets out to 60 light years

The technology exists to develop a ground based telescope with a 77 meter (250 foot) mirror at lower cost if it is used for narrow field study. It could do a survey of earth sized planets out to 60 light years The Colossus Telescope, a high-resolution, 77-meter multiple-mirror giant instrument, will have the ability to …

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Laser enrichment for 100,000 tons of Paducah tails

World Nuclear News – The US Department of Energy (DoE) is in preliminary discussions with Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) about establishing a laser enrichment facility at the site of the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant in Kentucky. GE signed an exclusive commercialization and license agreement with Australia’s Silex Systems for the SILEX (Separation of Isotopes by …

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Observation of Spontaneous Bursting Spike Patterns Simple Three Memristor Circuits

Arxiv – The memristor is the fourth fundamental circuit element which was predicted to exist from symmetry arguments in 1971. It is a two terminal passive device. It is stateful and the internal state is related to past history of the device. Because of the memristor’s ability to learn it has been proposed that the …

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Average Solar module prices at 64 cents per watt and will be at 55 cents per watt in 2013

Average market pricing for crystalline modules is expected to decline by another 9% in the fourth quarter, falling to $0.64/W at the end of 2012, down from $0.70 at the end of September. All told, the decline in PV module prices afflicting the market will slow down in 2013 and then eventually stop by the …

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Various portable solar chargers for under $100 to charge tablets, smartphones and laptops

There was a successful kickstarter for a 10 watt and 15 watt portable solar charging system A high powered, portable solar power station that charges all your gadgets directly from the sun with outlet speeds. What is SunVolt? SunVolt is a portable charging platform which will efficiently convert the sun’s rays into powerful charging current …

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Blood Vessels from your printer

Researchers have been working at growing tissue and organs in the laboratory for a long time. These days, tissue engineering enables us to build up artificial tissue, although science still hasn’t been successful with larger organs. Now, researchers at Fraunhofer are applying new techniques and materials to come up with artificial blood vessels in their …

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