US needs a lot of supercomputing spending or risk falling broadly behind China by 2020

In June of 2016, China newest supercomputer, the Taihu Light system, nearly triple the previous record-setting numbers of another Chinese supercomputer, Tianhe -2. These results were achieved using a Chinese designed and fabricated 28nm System -on -Chip (SOC) architecture. This announcement was coupled with impressive advancements in indigenously developed system software and high performance computing …

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NASA and Lockheed building a Quieter Supersonic Passenger Jet

NASA announced that they’d awarded defense giant Lockheed Martin a $20 million contract for 17 months of preliminary development on a quiet supersonic plane. The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA’s award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft. This …

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First white laser made which could revolutionize communications, lighting and displays

The invention of the world’s first white laser, which could revolutionize communications, lighting and displays, is being recognized as one of the top 100 breakthroughs of the year by Popular Science magazine. Nextbigfuture had covered the white lasers in August Arizona State University electrical engineering professor Cun-Zheng Ning worked on the problem for 10 years …

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Japan and China are competing for India’s high speed rail projects

India and China signed a high speed train deal. The India and China deal includes: * Training in heavy haul transportation: A training programme has been finalised for 100 persons * Increasing speed on existing lines: Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore section has been identified for increasing speed to 160 kmph with cooperation from China * Redevelopment of railway …

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Progress towards Revolutionary Superstrong and superlight Nanoceramic lattices

Imagine a balloon that could float without using any lighter-than-air gas. Instead, it could simply have all of its air sucked out while maintaining its filled shape. Such a vacuum balloon, which could help ease the world’s current shortage of helium, can only be made if a new material existed that was strong enough to …

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Gene therapy can protect mice against toxins

Gene therapy may offer significant advantages in prevention and treatment of botulism exposure over current methods. A newly published PLOS ONE study assessed the long-term efficacy of the therapy and demonstrated that a single gene therapy treatment led to prolonged production of VNA in blood and protected the mice from subsequent exposures to C. botulinum …

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China relaxing one child policy by the end of 2013 and could go to two child by 2015

State news agency Xinhua has said China will relax the one child law to allow couples to have a second child if either parent is the only child by the end of the year. Currently, both parents must be sole children to be eligible for a second child. Chinese authorities have said they are considering …

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GreenTec tries to appeal Berlin Court Forcing them to accept a molten salt nuclear reactor as one of three finalists for new energy technology

This is a follow up to a German Environmental Technology awards show trying to disqualify a dual fluid molten salt reactor from its awards and then having a Berlin Court of Appeal blocking the disqualification. Greentec Awards do not want to accept the Berlin Court of Appeal decision that would prevent them from disqualifying the …

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DOE study shows at Least 2,400 Billion Metric Tons of U.S. CO2 Storage Resource

1. The United States has at least 2,400 billion metric tons of possible carbon dioxide (CO2) storage resource in saline formations, oil and gas reservoirs, and unmineable coal seams, according to a new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) publication. This resource could potentially store hundreds of years’ worth of industrial greenhouse gas emissions, permanently preventing …

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SARTRE Platooning Traffic Project Finalizes

The SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project, involving seven European partners, has been successfully finalised during 2012. This unique project highlights the potential for implementing road trains on conventional highways, with platooned traffic operating in a mixed environment with other road users. Thanks to the partners in the SARTRE road train project, you …

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