Proposed New Space Plan and Budget Are an Improvement

Transterrestrial has links and details on the new space plan and budget. Jeff Foust has initial budget numbers * Rand Simberg says and I agree – Whether or not they follow through, this is the most visionary space policy that the nation has ever had. * Simberg on Complainers – These people live in some …

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Petrobakken Latest Drilling Economics and Results in Canadas Part of the Bakken Oil Field

Petrobakken reveals the latest economics and results of improved drilling techniques in Canada’s portion of the Bakken oil field The results are 10% better than the nearest competitor and are currently showing slower decline in production. Petrobakken also announced the commissioning and commencement of air injection at our Kerrobert THAI (Toe Heel Air Injection) heavy …

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Nvidia Tegra Chip Line Uses less than One Watt

Nvidia projects that in just a few years Tegra, its embedded system on a chip (SoC), will account for more than half of income. Tegra has 42 total design wins, announced at the recent Computex show, including 18 smart phones and 18 customers for mobile Internet devices (MIDs). nVidia has an aggressive roadmap for Tegra; …

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Scientists Identify a Key Protein That May Explain The Anti-Aging and Anti-Cancer Benefits of Dietary Restriction

High nutrients activate HIF-1 through the TOR-S6K pathway, which leads to increased ER stress and shortened lifespan. Other regulators such as PHA-4, SKN-1, AAK-2, DAF-16 and HSF-1 may function in parallel to HIF-1 to modulate DR-induced longevity phenotypes. A protein that plays a key role in tumor formation, oxygen metabolism and inflammation is involved in …

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Singapore has made computer memory devices using graphene

Ones and zeros: By depositing a ferroelectric material on top of graphene, researchers have coaxed graphene into holding on to two different levels of electrical conductivity, which could serve as bits 1 and 0 in computer memory. Credit: Barbaros Özyilmaz, National University of Singapore MIT TEchnology Review reports that researchers at the National University of …

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Debating Singularity Education Programs

As previously noted on this site Ray Kurzweil (inventor, author of the Singularity is Near) and Peter Diamandis (Xprize founder and co-founder of the International Space University) are starting up a Singularity University. This site has noted that the term “University” has some getting their expectations messed up. By examining the program and its stated …

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General Fusion Video and Pictures

Here is a video showing what General Fusion is doing. As previously described: if you can get within ten to hundred times the cost of regular power, you would still have huge uses for nuclear fusion. You could revolutionize space travel even if it costs more for nuclear fusion than it does for regular power. …

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Large reserves of Thorium

Charles Barton reports that the US Geological Service will be announcing huge new reserves of Thorium in the United States. Charles also discusses the needs and issues of a comprehensive national energy policy. This information is crossposted at thoriumenergy “Thorium Power, Inc. has told me that they already have the technology to “switch over” from …

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Keeping Moore’s law going: Intel High-K solution

Six web pages feature at IEEE Spectrum, that describes the technical achievement of High-K insulation for computer chips. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, …

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Using Terahertz Radiation to Control Material Properties

Ultrafast pulses of terahertz radiation has been used to change a manganite crystal from an electrical insulator into a conductor This work is using terahertz radiation to change the properties of a solid crystal material by 100,000 times at super high speeds. It is better and more useful than ancient dreams of alchemy. The ability …

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