Intel, Samsung, and Taiwan Semiconductor moving to 10 nanometer process in 2016

Samsung announced its next-generation process technology, a 10nm FinFET node, at a company event. The process node will be in full production by the end of 2016, about the same time as its rival TSMC. The Samsung 10nm process offers “significant power, area, and performance advantages” and targets a broad range of markets, said foundry …

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New Night Vision Goggles that look like Ballastic Eyewear, Railguns and other ONR Future Force Technology

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is helping to shape the future force by investing in science and technology research to support tomorrow’s advanced defense capabilities. 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 …

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NHTSA finds that car crashes cost $871 billion and highlights that Swedish style road systems or Google self driving cars would be huge wins

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new study that finds the price tag for motor vehicle crashes in the US in 2010 carried a cost of $871 billion (6% of GDP) in economic loss and societal harm. This includes $277 billion in economic costs—nearly $900 for each person …

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Underground coal gasification must also have carbon capture and storage

Trials of UCG (Underground Coal Gasification) under way globally from China to Queensland, and South Africa to Canada, the stakes are high. Not least for the atmosphere. Without a way to capture all the carbon and store it out of harm’s way, it could raise the world’s temperature by 10 degrees or more. In the …

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Global Competitiveness Report

The 2012-2013 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness report has insightful information It uses 2011 data but it is useful for undertanding global competitiveness and the broad strengths and weaknesses of nations. Here are the twelve pillars of competitiveness. A country can still be competitive with some weakness in different pillars but crippling deficiencies can break …

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Superconducting Memristors

In his original work Josephson [Phys. Lett. 1, 251 (1962)] predicted that a phase-dependent conductance should be present in superconductor tunnel junctions. This effect attracted considerable attention in the past but is difficult to detect, mainly because it is hard to single it out from the background pair current. Here, we propose to isolate it …

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Global warming is irreversible without massive geoengineering according to IPCC

Global warming is irreversible without massive geoengineering of the atmosphere’s chemistry. This stark warning comes from the draft summary of the latest climate assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Even if all the world ran on carbon-free energy and deforestation ceased, the only way of lowering temperatures would be to devise a scheme …

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Regular Manufacturing is over 2000 times bigger than the 3D Printing market and regular 2D desktop printing sales are down

Many futurists and forecasters project that 3D printing will become dominant in manufacturing. Yet additive manufacturing is more than 2000 times smaller than the overall manufacturing industry. Overall 2D desktop printing sales have been falling since 2010. Here is an analysis of relative market sizes and the likely impact of 3D printing out to 2025. …

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