Realtime integrated MEMS, scanning electron microscope nanoprobe assembly system by September 2008

Design of an on-chip microscale nanoassembly system has been published by Jason Gorman of the Intelligent Systems Division at the US government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. They are currently fabricating a somewhat revised micro-scale nanoassembly system that we believe will be capable of manipulating nanoparticles by the end of the summer, 2008. Where …

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Instead of Mechs – robotically driven Hummers

Michael Anissimov has a picture of a progression from World War 2 soldier to a mech. The hypothetical Mech has a hypothetical price tag of 500k-700K. Military hummers cost $150K armored and $60-75k unarmored Of course they are not autonomous, although with the DARPA program for self driving cars..we could add yet (and tack on …

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Dwave Systems has $17 million in added funding to make a quantum computer with thousands of qubits by the end of 2008

Dwave Systems closed a $17M financing round as of the end of January 2008. These funds will be used primarily to push the level of integration of our chips into the low thousands of qubits by the end of the year. In parallel with this central effort we will be working on running experiments on …

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Stealth submarines invisible to sonar with metamaterial design

Duke University engineers will reveal Friday (Jan. 11) details of an acoustic cloak fabricated from metamaterials that they claim can render objects invisible to sonar. If this works then we will have unprecedented control to hide from the effects or to enhance the effects of sound and other waves in all kinds of material. Submarines …

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Oil prices in 2008

Iraq is producing 2.3 million barrels of oil a day, up from 1.9 million at the outbreak of war in 2003 and substantially higher than January this year, when it dipped to a low of 1.7 million barrels. Although a trillion or so dollars was spent and more trillions will be spent, there seems the …

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Improving fuel mileage for cars

Autopia discusses how fuel mileage will be improved. Just 58 of the 1,199 vehicle models listed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Fuel Economy Guide (download zip file) get a combined city and highway fuel efficiency of 35 mpg or better. Industry experts said the first changes will be relatively subtle, relatively cheap and relatively …

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Fewer traffic signs can reduce accidents at lower traffic intersections

Shared space programs work by tearing up the sidewalks, removing curbs and erasing street markers as part of a radical plan to abandon nearly all traffic regulations and force people to rely on common sense and courtesy instead. “Generally speaking, what we want is for people to be confused,” said Willi Ladner, a deputy mayor …

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Nine new reactors in the United States licensing process

Duke Energy today submitted a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a proposed two-unit nuclear station in Cherokee County, S.C. The proposed two-unit William States Lee III Nuclear Station will have a capacity of 2,234 megawatts. It is the first new COL with a new site …

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33rd Carnival of Space

Universe today has the 33rd Carnival of Space I contributed my discussion about bootstrapping ground launch of magnetic sails and some discussion about the need for high volume applications and the plans of Burt Rutan and SpaceshipTwo/SpaceshipThree and spaceshipFour The Space cynic does not believe that Burt Rutan can hit his goals for space tourism. …

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