Silicon-coated Nanonets Could Build a Better Lithium-ion Battery

Frame (a) shows a schematic of the Nanonet, a lattice structure of Titanium disilicide (TiSi2), coated with silicon (Si) particles to form the active component for Lithium-ion storage. (b) A microscopic view of the silicon coating on the Nanonets. (c) Shows the crystallinity of the Nanonet core and the Si coating. (d) The crystallinity of …

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IBM’s Jeopardy-playing machine can now beat human contestants

Network World – IBM’s Jeopardy-playing supercomputer is now capable of beating human Jeopardy contestants on a regular basis, but has a ways to go before it takes on the likes of 74-time champion Ken Jennings. IBM announced plans to build a computer that can win on Jeopardy last April, and expects to stage a public …

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Chemical Velcro Ten Times Stickier than Velcro

General Motors researchers have made an extremely strong adhesive that comes apart when heated. The adhesive is 10 times stickier than Velcro and the reusable gecko-inspired glues that many research groups have been trying to perfect. The polymers in the glue bond to each other within minutes when they are initially heated. Thus, when two …

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One Terabyte Flash Drive Chip Coming in 2012 and Continue to Hold Off Universal Memory Challengers

Nikkei reports Tadahiro Kuroda andresearchers from Toshiba and the Keio University in Tokyo have developed a technology that will help reduce the size of SSDs by more than ten times. The drives will cheaper and boosting energy efficiency by 70%. They created a 1 Terabyte solid state drive prototype the size of a small postage …

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Diamond-based nanowire devices advance quantum science at Harvard

Illustration by Jay Penni. Researchers used a top-down nanofabrication technique to embed color centers into a variety of machined structures. By creating large device arrays rather than just “one-of-a-kind” designs, the realization of quantum networks and systems, which require the integration and manipulation of many devices in parallel, is more likely. By creating diamond-based nanowire …

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Hans Rosling, Swedish Statistician Predicts the Exact Date China and India Catchup to the West in Per Capita Income

Hans Rosling in a TED Talk discusses the history of individual health and wealth from 1858 through today and into the future. He discusses the importance of national sovereignty, which helped Japan from 1858 to 1949 when India and China did not have it. I will give the punchline date at the end of this …

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Increasing Civilization Robustness – preventing shorting out the grid, resist fire and damage

There is a 208 page EMP (electromagnetic Pulse)Commission report which discusses the interconnections between critical infrastructure and specific steps to increase robustness and recoverability The Department of Homeland Security has responsibility in the USA to get these kinds of plans implemented. There is an office of infrastructure protection. The plans and documents that are on …

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Elder Care and Nurse Aid Robots

Gecko Systems is making elder care robots and mobile service robots (MSR) for other applications They have a CareBot MSR that monitors the carereceiver. Elderly people in nursing homes receive attention from nurses an average of nine minutes per day. These places are expensive ($45,000 to $60,000 per year) and not always easy or convenient …

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BIOFAB Project To Lower cost and Shorten Development Time of Synthetic Biology

H+ Magazine provides coverage of Synthetic Biology and a new Biofab project. The new BIOFAB: International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology (BIOFAB), with two years of funding from NSF and matching support from founding partners, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the BioBricks Foundation (BBF), aims to produce thousands of free standardized DNA parts to shorten …

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Cheytac M200 is Top Sniper Gun

The Cheytac M200 was rated the top sniper gun Wikipedia on the Cheytac Intervention The CheyTac Intervention is an American bolt action sniper rifle manufactured by CheyTac for long range soft target interdiction. It is fed by a detachable single stack magazine, which holds 7 rounds. It fires .408 CheyTac or .375 CheyTac ammunition. CheyTac …

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