Yttrium hydrogen compound should be room temperature superconductor when under extreme pressure

The hunt for high temperature superconductivity has been reinvigorated by the experimental discovery that compressed H2S exhibits a Tc of up to 203K at megabar pressures (1Mbar=100GPa). A collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Jilin University has published the results of a computational search for materials that might superconduct at even higher temperatures. An …

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Carbon Superconductivity raised from 11 kelvin up to 57 kelvin

Researchers at North Carolina State University have significantly increased the temperature at which carbon-based materials act as superconductors, using a novel, boron-doped Q-carbon material. The previous record for superconductivity in boron-doped diamond was 11 Kelvin, or minus 439.60 degrees Fahrenheit. The boron-doped Q-carbon has been found to be superconductive from 37K to 57K, which is …

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Secret of Iron Superconductors discovered

Due to magnetism iron should – theoretically – be a poor superconductor. Nevertheless certain iron based materials possess fine superconducting properties. Why? Because the five unbound electrons found in iron – as a result of individual modes of operation, it turns out – facilitate superconductivity. “This may come in very handily in future attempts to …

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Spectroscopic evidence of a new energy scale for superconductivity in H3S

The discovery of a superconducting phase in sulfur hydride under high pressure with a critical temperature above 200 K has provided fresh impetus to the search for superconductors at ever higher temperatures. Although this system displays all of the hallmarks of superconductivity, the mechanism through which it arises remains to be determined. Here researchers provide a …

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Transatomic Power reduced their claims of nuclear fuel efficiency

In a white paper published in March 2014, Transatomic Power proclaimed its molten salt reactor “can generate up to 75 times more electricity per ton of mined uranium than a light-water reactor.” In a paper on its site dated November 2016, the company downgraded “75 times” to “more than twice.” In addition, it now specifies …

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Spacex has successful launch and good landing of the first stage

Spacex has a successful return to flight. The mission was a success with successful deployment of all satellites and the first stage landed on the drone ship Over the next 14 months, the company plans six additional Falcon 9 launches to deploy 60 more Iridium satellites that will completely replace the constellation. In the short-term, …

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Reviewing Energy and the Next Big Future of Energy

Nextbigfuture has reviewed AI and Computers and Space for 2016 and looked ahead in those areas. Here we will look at Energy. France also had a shutdown of some nuclear reactors because of concerns over japanese parts The component in question was manufactured by Japan Casting and Forging Corp., which is based in Kitakyushu. In …

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Google cloud division head is correct that even if Kurzweil is right and Technological Singularity is 2045, the current odds are she will not live to see it

Diane Greene, head of Google’s cloud division, said in an interview at the Code Enterprise conference Tuesday in San Francisco, “Nobody expected some of the advances we are seeing as quickly as we’re seeing them,” she added. “I don’t expect to see the [Technological] Singularity in my sentient lifetime.” Diane Greene is 61 Ray Kurzweil …

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Exoplanet space telescope will launch in December 2017

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a planned space telescope for NASA’s Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method. It is planned for launch in December 2017. The primary mission objective for TESS is to survey the brightest stars near the Earth for transiting exoplanets over a two-year period. The …

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Researchers remove mutated DNA from mitochondria to slow or reverse a cause of aging

Researchers from Caltech and UCLA have developed a new approach to removing cellular damage that accumulates with age. The technique can potentially help slow or reverse an important cause of aging. Led by Nikolay Kandul, senior postdoctoral scholar in biology and biological engineering in the laboratory of Professor of Biology Bruce Hay, the team developed …

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