Nuclear and Geothermal Updates

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)’s introduction of a metal-organic heat carrier, or MOHC, in the biphasic fluid may help improve thermodynamic efficiency of the heat recovery process. This image represents the molecular makeup of one of several MOHCs. 1. PNNL developed a superior type of heat-extracting fluid that could dramatically improve the economics of producing …

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Beyond Molecular Nanotechnology is Femtotech : Proposal for Synthesizing Degenerate Matter

A 14 page pdf has been released by Professor Bolonkin Femtotechnology: Nuclear Matter with Fantastic Properties A lot of the paper is discussing what amazing things would be possible if it could be done. The key part is what is trying to be accomplished and the beginnings of how. We are talking about customized atomic …

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Z-Ram and other Next Generation Computer Memories

1. Dr. Tae-Su Jang, member of technical staff in the Hynix R&D Division, will deliver the paper on June 17, 2009 that highlights the operating characteristics of Z-RAM memory technology fabricated on a 50nm DRAM process. Using a 54nm x 54nm floating-body memory bitcell, the paper presents the longest floating-body retention time reported – longer …

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D-day and World War II Context [written June 6, 2008]

June 6, 1944, H-Hour was 6:30 am. It was D-day The assault was conducted in two phases: an air assault landing of American and British airborne divisions shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 06:30 British Double Summer Time. The operation was …

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University of Florida has new Light Driven Nanomotors

Sunlight prompts a newly developed molecular nanomotor to unclasp in this artist’s illustration. In a paper expected to appear soon in the online edition of the journal Nano Letters, a team of researchers from the University of Florida reports building a new type of “molecular nanomotor” driven only by photons, or particles of light. While …

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Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a nanoneedle to Inject into Living Cells

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a membrane-penetrating nanoneedle for the targeted delivery of one or more molecules into the cytoplasm or the nucleus of living cells. In addition to ferrying tiny amounts of cargo, the nanoneedle can also be used as an electrochemical probe and as an optical biosensor. Supporting information for …

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Are We Getting Enough Capabilities with Self Assembly, Directed Assembly and Pick And Place to Kluge together Molecular Manufacturing ?

We are looking at faster computing developments based on recent breakthroughs. There are now several ways that we can get computing down to 1-2 nanometer feature or element size. These manufacturing methods could be scaled up and delivering computer hardware products within 4-10 years. Many thought that computer hardware might permanently stall at 10-20 nanometer …

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Fruit Flies turned into Lab Model For Human Brain Cancers

Fruit flies and humans share most of their genes, including 70 percent of all known human disease genes. Taking advantage of this remarkable evolutionary conservation, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies transformed the fruit fly into a laboratory model for an innovative study of gliomas, the most common malignant brain tumors. Being able …

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Nuclear News: Dawning of the Age of Thorium, Six Reactors for India and Progress to Laser Enrichment

1. Dawning of the age of Thorium? From Resource Investor: I am personally aware of the fact that, even as I write, major American, Canadian, French and British nuclear engineering companies are forming strategic alliances to seek funding under Hatch-Reid to go forward with the development of thorium-based nuclear power reactors for the production of …

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TVA may restart construction of Bellefonte 1 and 2, two unfinished nuclear reactors

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is requesting that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reinstates the construction permits for two unfinished reactors at its Bellefonte site in Alabama. It continues to pursue regulatory approval for two further units at the site. Bellefonte 1 (1213 MWe, 88% complete) and 2 (1213 MWe, 50% complete) are pressurized …

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