IEC Fusion, National Ignition Facility and Other Nuclear Fusion Projects

Alan Boyle at MSNBC cosmic Log reviews the status of nuclear fusion projects He does not mention General Fusion or Japan’s Muon fusion project. For IEC Fusion: In September, EMC2 Fusion was awarded a Navy contract, backed by $7.9 million in stimulus funds, to develop a scaled-up version of a Polywell fusion reactor. Development and …

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100 Million Core Exaflop Supercomputers Coming by 2018

Computerworld reports that the U.S. Department of Energy has already begun holding workshops on building a system that’s 1,000 times more powerful — an exascale system, said Buddy Bland, project director at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility that includes Jaguar. The exascale systems will be needed for high-resolution climate models, bio energy products and …

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Forty-Three Qualified Teams Automotive Xprize

Qualified Teams have passed the second judging stage of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. After acceptance of their Registration Application, these teams went on to pass a rigorous review of their Business Plan and initial Technical Specifications. 68 pages of guidelines describe the requirements of the judging process. The PIAXP will encourage production-capable vehicles …

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Self-assembly of carbon nanotubes into two-dimensional geometries using DNA origami templates

Nature Nanotechnology: Self-assembly of carbon nanotubes into two-dimensional geometries using DNA origami templates A central challenge in nanotechnology is the parallel fabrication of complex geometries for nanodevices. Here we report a general method for arranging single-walled carbon nanotubes in two dimensions using DNA origami—a technique in which a long single strand of DNA is folded …

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ARPA E Renewable Power Projects

Four of the 37 first round ARPA E projects were for renewable power * 1366 Direct Wafer: Enabling Terawatt Photovoltaics * Breakthrough High Efficiency Shrouded Wind Turbine * Adaptive Turbine Blades: Blown Wing Technology for Low-Cost Wind Power * Low-contact drilling technology to enable economical EGS wells 1366 Direct Wafer: Enabling Terawatt Photovoltaics 1366 Technologies, …

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Inertial MEMS accelerometers That are 1000 Times more Sensitive will benefit applications such as bridge, infrastructure and seismic monitoring

HP today announced new inertial sensing technology that enables the development of digital micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometers that are up to 1,000 times more sensitive than high-volume products currently available. A MEMS accelerometer is a sensor that can be used to measure vibration, shock or change in velocity. By deploying many of these detectors as …

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Forbes finds 79 Billionaires in China

According to Forbes there are 79 billionaires in China Earlier in the year Forbes Mar 2009 list of world billionaires only found 28 Chinese Billionaires. The economic crisis is easing, particularly in China, so the net worth of Chinese billionaires is better than earlier in the year, Here is a link to the Forbes March …

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Charge Car Project Converts Used Cars to Basic Electric Commuter Vehicles

The underlying goal of the ChargeCar project is to examine the common urban commute and to determine if cars powered by managed supercapacitor-battery systems are a solution that can reduce cost of ownership for a commuter car. This is not through the development of new component technologies but by better understanding of real urban commutes …

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Long carbon fibers could improve blast resistance of concrete structures

long, coated carbon fibers, like those pictured in his left hand, could significantly improving a structure’s ability to withstand blasts, hurricanes and other natural disasters. In his right hand are short, uncoated fibers, which resemble clumps of human hair Missouri Univerist of Science and Technology have received $567,000 to explore how adding carbon fibers could …

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The Future of CAD 2019 as predicted by Solidworks

Guest article by Joseph Friedlander Your occasional correspondent made a special trip to Tel Aviv (I live out in the sticks in Israel) to the Systematics (http://www.systematics.co.il/English/about.html) hosted the Tel Aviv Solidworks 2010 Show. This is the one show I try to go to every year to keep up with the tools of the industrial …

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