Venezuela Oil and North Dakota Oil Updates

1. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean volume of 513 billion barrels of technically recoverable heavy oil in the Orinoco Oil Belt Assessment Unit of the East Venezuela Basin Province; the range is 380 to 652 billion barrels. (4 page pdf) Estimates of Original Oil-in-Place A comprehensive study by Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) …

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IPCC Retracting Claim that Himalayan Glaciers Will Melt by 2035

Times Online UK is reporting that the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is retracting its claim that the Himalayan glaciers will melt by 2035 * The claim was based upon a 1999 news story in the New Scientist. * The New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, …

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Super-resolution imaging using a three-dimensional metamaterials nanolens

Applied Physics Letters- Super-resolution imaging using a three-dimensional metamaterials nanolens Super-resolution imaging beyond Abbe’s diffraction limit can be achieved by utilizing an optical medium or “metamaterial” that can either amplify or transport the decaying near-field evanescent waves that carry subwavelength features of objects. Earlier approaches at optical frequencies mostly utilized the amplification of evanescent waves …

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Update on Scale of Haiti Disaster

The death toll from the massive earthquake in the capital Port-au-Prince could reach 200,000, Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime says. “We have already collected around 50,000 dead bodies. We anticipate there will be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number,” the minister said. The security situation is …

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Ocean Based Orbital Payload Delivery Cannon for $250 per pound

John Hunter wants to shoot stuff into space with a 3,600-foot gun. And he’s dead serious—he’s done the math. Making deliveries to an orbital outpost on a rocket costs $5,000 per pound, but using a space gun would cost just $250 per pound. * The Quicklaunch will cost $562 million to develop over 4 phases …

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Japan Riken Makes Progress Towards Quantum Simulators

Figure 1: Schematic diagrams of three types of quantum simulators: atoms (red) held in place by an optical field (green; top left); ions (yellow) aligned using an electromagnetic field (top right); and superconducting circuits (bottom). Iulia Buluta and Franco Nori of the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute present an overview of how quantum simulators may become …

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California State Assemblyman Chuck Devore Proposes Bill With New Oil Drilling and Tax Prepayments to Help Solve Budget Problems

This site had previously advocated using tax revenue from allowing oil drilling and new nuclear reactors to help solve California’s budget problems. [This is repeated below] California assemblyman Chuck Devore introduced a proposal that generates as much as $16 billion by 2011, enough to fill more than three-quarters of California’s estimated $21 billion budget deficit. …

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Florida Bitter technology increase the magnetic field 10-15% without increasing stress on the coils

Resistive magnets are built in-house at the magnet lab using so-called Florida Bitter technology pioneered by researchers there. Circular plates of copper sheet metal are stamped with cooling holes; insulators with the same pattern are placed between the plates and stacked to make a coil. Voltage is then run across the coil and current flows …

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Discover, Sony and Imax will Launch 3D TV Network in 2011 and ESPN 3D Starts in 2010

NY Times reports Discovery, Imax and Sony confirmed on Tuesday that they are forming a joint venture for a 3-D television channel. Broadcasting Cable has some more info: The partnership aims to launch in the U.S. in 2011 with a mix of 3D-friendly content, including natural history, space, exploration, adventure, engineering, science and technology, motion …

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Electric Bike Update

Almost 90 percent of the 110-120 million e-bikes (electric bikes) on China’s streets exceed the government limits. Electric bikes and scooters strategy would be the easiest and fastest path to electrifying transportation. Electric bikes and scooters use 10 to 100 times less material and less batteries. China can make 50 million each year now versus …

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Development Path for Helion Energy for 2010 and 2012

Helion Energy Researchers proposing two intermediate systems that last one could be useful for fusion/fission hybrid on the way to full fusion energy Development of a High Fluence Fusion Neutron Source and Component Test Facility Based on the Magneto-kinetic Compression of FRCs by John Slough who is working on developing a Fusion Reactor This was …

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