The World is better than it has ever been because of innovations like fertilizer and vaccines and we need more innovations like them

Bill Gates spends a lot of time trying to advance innovation that improves people’s lives in the same way that fertilizer did. A full 40 percent of Earth’s population is alive today because, in 1909, a German chemist named Fritz Haber figured out how to make synthetic ammonia. Another example: Polio cases are down more …

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NASA quantum computer experts available for interviews next week

As of Nov. 13, 2013, NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California’s Silicon Valley will begin facilitating news media interviews about its new quantum computing efforts. In a partnership with Google and independent, nonprofit research corporation Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Ames has established the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) at its NASA …

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Neutron microscope could improve neutron imaging by 50 times

Researchers at MIT, working with partners at NASA, have developed a new concept for a microscope that would use neutrons — subatomic particles with no electrical charge — instead of beams of light or electrons to create high-resolution images. The device could open up new areas of research on materials and biological samples at tiny …

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Pentacene with over 100% quantum solar-to-electric conversion efficiency

Splitting Singlets Solar cell efficiency is limited because light at wavelengths shorter than the cell’s absorption threshold does not channel any of its excess energy into the generated electricity. Congreve et al. have developed a method to harvest the excess energy in carbon-based absorbers through a process termed “singlet fission.” In this process, high-energy photons …

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China will become a predominantly service economy in 2013

The Chinese economy is known for its industrial might. Manufacturers, miners, utilities and builders accounted for over 45% of China’s GDP in 2012. In America, by contrast, they typically contribute less than 20%. Manufacturing’s share of China’s GDP was more than 18 percentage points above the global norm in 2005. Services, in contrast, were almost …

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Zspace interactive holographic 3D display

Infinite Z has a virtual holographic 3D display and pen input device that goes by the name zSpace. This technology combines stereoscopic images with infrared cameras that actually track head and hand movements to construct a more realistic holographic effect. For the zSpace illusion to work, you need to wear a pair of special glasses. …

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Iraq oil production up 650,000 barrels per day to 3.35 million in 2012 and will average 3.7 million bpd in 2013

Iraq’s production surged 650,000 barrels a day this year to 3.35 million, the biggest annual gain in 14 years. Iraq plans to boost output to an average 3.7 million barrels a day in 2013 and at some point in the year match the 1979 record of 3.8 million, Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Al-Luaibi told reporters …

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Nanoparticles Stop Multiple Sclerosis In Mice and could treat food allergies, asthma and other autoimmune diseases

NBC News – Researchers trying to find a way to treat multiple sclerosis think they’ve come up with an approach that could not only help patients with MS, but those with a range of so-called autoimmune diseases, from type-1 diabetes to psoriasis, and perhaps even food allergies. So far it’s only worked in mice, but …

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Cameco has a revised forecast of Net New Nuclear Reactors for 2021

Cameco is one of the largest uranium producers in the world. They are highly motivated to have an accurate forecast of how many nuclear reactors there will be that will use their uranium resources. Cameco is expecting 15 fewer net new reactors by 2021. They still expect 80 net new reactors. While expected demand has …

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Lawrenceville Plasma Physics still wrestling with arcing problem

Lawrenceville Plasma Physics is working to achieve commercial dense plasma focus nuclear fusion. They have been trying to prevent arcing for the past few months and are still wrestling with that problem. If they can solve that issue then they should get about ten times more current. Their model for nuclear fusion can be thought …

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Moore’s Law threatened by EUV lithography problems

EETimes – Moore’s Law, the engine of semiconductor innovation for decades, is losing steam due to delayed introduction of next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography. That was the verdict of experts at the 2012 International Symposium on Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography. EUV systems need light sources that are nearly 20 times more powerful than the ones used today …

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