Peter Thiel on Trump, Seasteading and making futures more like the Jetsons or Star Trek

Peter Thiel has given strong support to Donald Trump. One could have predicted Mr. Thiel’s affinity for Mr. Trump by reading his 2014 book, “Zero to One,” in which he offers three prongs of his philosophy: 1) It is better to risk boldness than triviality. 2) A bad plan is better than no plan. 3) …

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Flat lens offers a perfect image

Harvard – Applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have created an ultrathin, flat lens that focuses light without imparting the distortions of conventional lenses. Lens are a major part of cameras that can make them heavier and bulkier. Flat lens could remove a roadblock to making cameras smaller, lighter …

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Richard Branson plans to go to the bottom of the Atlantic with Virgin Oceanic team in 3 to 5 months

Virgin Oceanic looks to build on what Walsh, Piccard, and Cameron have done by leagues, true leagues. The Virgin Oceanic Deep Challenger is capable of 12-15 miles of transit on the bottom. The previous trips have been lunar landers, fantastic for getting there at all, and expanding man’s knowledge of a foreign world logarithmically. Our …

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DARPA’s factory of the future looks like open source development

Ars Technica – DARPA Adaptive Vehicle Make project may reinvent manufacturing itself, and seed the workforce with a new generation of engineers who can “compile” innovations into new inventions without having to be tied to a manufacturing plant. The Department of Defence is on a trend that is not far off from a tongue-in-cheek statement …

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Holographic radar has tracked supersonic 5 inch shells

Groundbreaking holographic radar pinpoints impact of rapid shell fire for US Department of Defense. Following just 14 months of development, Cambridge Consultants unveiled the industry’s first holographic radar scoring system, the Land and Surface Target Scorer (LSTS). Cambridge Consultants, a leading technology design and development firm, has successfully carried out trials tracking 5 inch shells …

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30 nanometer thick Nanofiltration Membrane

Close-packed nanoparticle monolayers self-assembled from dodecanethiol-ligated gold nanocrystals. TEM image (left) and atomistic simulation of tryptophan transport through a pore. A recent collaboration between users at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago with the Center for Nanoscale Material’s Electronic and Magnetic Materials and Devices Group has produced the thinnest nanofiltration …

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UCLA Cancer Roadmap could help combat resistance to targeted drug therapies

New drugs that specifically target the mutated genes responsible for cancer growth have shown great success in extending the lives of patients, with far fewer side effects than conventional anti-cancer therapies. Unfortunately, many patients become resistant to these drugs due to secondary mutations. Now, a multidisciplinary team of researchers at UCLA has developed a “roadmap” …

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Fukushima AC cables connected to reactor buildings 1 and 2 – power systems may turn on tomorrow after safety checks

Brave New Climate has an update and analysis of the Fukushima situation Kyodo News report on earthquake and tsunami relief efforts (including the nuclear situation at the end as other relief efforts are more important)- TEPCO has now connected AC cables to the unit 1 and 2 reactor buildings, with hopes that powered systems can …

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Tablet Computer Sales to hit 208 million in 2014 according to Gartner

Worldwide Media Tablet Sales to End Users 2010  19.5 million 2011  54.8 million 2012  103.4 million 2013  154.2 million Tablet Computer Sales to hit 208 million in 2014 according to Gartner http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1452614” target=blank>Driven by sales of the iPad, worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to reach 19.5 million units in 2010, according …

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MIT researchers create new self-assembling photovoltaic technology that repairs itself

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software This is a closeup of the test cell the team built to measure the properties of the self-assembling photosynthetic system. MIT researchers have created a novel set of self-assembling molecules that can turn sunlight into electricity; the molecules can be repeatedly broken down and then reassembled …

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Metalens can Image Down to 1/80th of a Wavelength

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software (a) The experimental resonant metalens on the ground copper plane. Experiments are performed in an anechoic chamber. (b-c) Signals and spectra received in the far-field after emission from central monopole with the lens (blue) and without as a control curve (red). (d) Focal spot obtained after …

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