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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NIST Achieves Sustained Operation Prove Feasability of “Large Scale” Quantum Computer

NIST’s quantum artithmetic-logic unit demonstrated sustained operations that proved the feasibility of large-scale quantum computers. NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) researchers report sustained operation of a large-scale trapped ion quantum computer. The NIST article has a video. NIST’s quantum artithmetic-logic unit demonstrated sustained operations that proved the feasibility of large-scale quantum computers. The …

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General Fusion Research Update

General Fusion is using the MTF (Magnetized Target Fusion) approach but with a new, patent pending and cost-effective compression system to collapse the plasma. They describe the injectors at the top and bottom of the above image in the new research paper. The goal is to build small fusion reactors that can produce around 100 …

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Sandia s 90 billlion gallon/year of Biofuel For 2030 Plan

Researchers assessed the feasibility, implications, limitations, and enablers of annually producing 90 billion gallons of ethanol — sufficient to replace more than 60 billion of the estimated 180 billion gallons of gasoline expected to be used annually by 2030. Ninety billion gallons a year exceeds the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal for ethanol production established …

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Sputnick The Iranian Sequel : Iran Launches Its First Domestic Satellite

Iran said it launched its first domestically produced satellite, an event likely to prompt new Western concerns about its development of technology with possible military applications. Sputnick was launched October 4, 1957 by the Soviet Union. The surprise launch of Sputnik 2, coupled with the spectacular failure of the United States’ first two Project Vanguard …

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Progress to the Skylon Single Stage to Orbit Spaceplane for 2019

The last time this site had looked at the work of Reaction Engines, the designers of the Skylon Single-stage to Orbit vehicle proposal, they had designed the Mach 5 – A2 commercial Concorde replacement. Reaction Engines has gotten tens of millions of dollars in funding for various engine and cooler subsystem development and testing. They …

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Plenty of Money for Energy and Nuclear Power

President-elect Barack Obama has put forth a goal to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. by 80% by 2050, using $150 billion over 10 years to create a “clean-energy” future. Cambridge Energy Research Associates has estimated that the potential for world-wide investment in clean energy, of which nuclear generation is the focal point, will reach …

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Ma of the KMT wins the Taiwan Presidency – better relations with China ahead

As I had been predicting for nearly a year, Ma of the KMT won the Presidential election. He won by 58 to 41 over Frank Hsieh of the DPP Ma’s vote total topped the 7 million mark, a point at which it would be mathematically impossible for him to lose, the commission said. The commission …

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Multi-stage fracturing of horizontal wells in the Bakken

Packers Plus Energy Services Inc., Calgary-based company, says its unique technology can deliver precisely-controlled fracs along a horizontal wellbore at an affordable price. “Without our StackFrac system, the Bakken formation in southeastern Saskatchewan would still be uneconomic for the most part,” says Dan Themig, president of the seven-year-old private firm. Producers had already attempted straightforward …

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