Passive Wi-Fi at 10,000 times lower power

The upside of Wi-Fi is that it’s everywhere – invisibly connecting laptops to printers, allowing smartphones to make calls or stream movies without cell service, and letting online gamers battle it out. With Passive Wi-Fi, we can envision a true “Internet of Things” in which household devices and wearable sensors will be able to communicate …

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New year and new Navy gatling guns for USA and China

The Phalanx, or CIWS, is an area weapon engineered to use a high rate of fire and ammunition to blanket a given area, thus destroying or knocking threats out of the sky before they reach a ship. The Phalanx CIWS, which can fire up to 4,500 rounds per minute, has been protecting ship platforms for …

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Dwave Superconducting Quantum Computer passes more rigorous tests that confirm Quantumness of the System

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is home to the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center (QCC), a super-cooled, magnetically shielded facility specially built to house the first commercially available quantum computing processors – devices so advanced that there are only two in use outside the Canadian lab where they were built: The first one went …

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Whole Genome Sequencing costs $2000 in research and $4000 commercially

llumina’s HiSeq 2000 genetic sequencing instrument. — Provided by Illumina Illumina dropped the price of human genome sequencing to $4000 in May, 2011 The new price is for individuals who are part of a group of at least 50 people who are sequenced for research purposes using Illumina’s HiSeq machines at the company’s laboratory in …

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Geoneutrinos confirm that half of the heat from the earth’s interior is from the decay of Uranium and thorium

A main source of the 44 trillion watts of heat that flows from the interior of the Earth is the decay of radioactive isotopes in the mantle and crust. Scientists using the KamLAND neutrino detector in Japan have measured how much heat is generated this way by capturing geoneutrinos released during radioactive decay. Nature Geoscience …

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A gravity loading countermeasure skinsuit

A gravity loading countermeasure skinsuit Made of an elastic material, the suit is deliberately cut too short for the wearer, and has stirrups that wrap around the feet so that it stretches when the wearer puts it on. The elasticity of the stretched material then pulls the wearer’s shoulders towards their feet just as gravity …

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High Level Explanation of Measuring the Speed of Adiabatic Quantum Optimization Processors – Some Real World Benchmarking Shows 10,000 times faster

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Dr. Suzanne Gildert is the author of the wonderful Physics and Cake blog. She has a high level overview of the Investigating the Performance of an Adiabatic Quantum Optimization Processor paper (10 pages) up at the Dwave blog. How do you measure the speed of an …

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Idaho National Labs Deep Burn Pebble Plans

This is a follow up to the Idaho National Labs achieving 19% burn of pebble fuel Pebble bed fuel could theoretically achieve 65% burn, but would require highly enriched fuel. Dr. Dave Petti [Laboratory Fellow, Director Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technology Development Office (TDO)] Currently our plans to do include going to those ultra …

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Nvidia GPU Lowers Supercomputer Costs Ten Times and Reduce Electricity Needed by 20 Times

New Nvidia Fermi-Based Tesla products deliver the performance of a CPU-based cluster at one-tenth the cost and one-twentieth the power The Tesla 20-series GPUs combine parallel computing features that have never been offered on a single device before. These include: * Support for the next generation IEEE 754-2008 double precision floating point standard * ECC …

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