space based solar power

energyLatest Space Based Solar Power Concepts and Experiments at Caltech

Caltech and Northrop Grumman are continuing to make research progress towards space-based solar power. In 2018, the aerial density of the 1-meter solar tiles in 600 grams. This is an improvement from 1500 grams per square meters in 2017. They …

launchChina Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer world top computer with 93 petaflops and uses domestic processors

China maintained its No. 1 ranking on the 47th edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s top supercomputers, but with a new system built entirely using processors designed and made in China. Sunway TaihuLight is the new No. 1 …

energyNATO boosts support for Ukraine and Ukraine to boost defense spending to 5% of GDP and adopt full NATO standards by 2020

NATO Defence Ministers agreed on 15 June 2016 to boost NATO’s support for Ukraine with a Comprehensive Package of Assistance. The Package aims to help Ukraine strengthen its defences by building stronger security structures. In a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine …

futureOutdoor air pollution is killing over 3 million per year and world air pollution increased by 8% from 2008 to 2013

Air pollution is a killer, and it’s getting worse. All forms of air pollution is causing the premature death of ten million people per year Outdoor air pollution increased by 8% from 2008 to 2013 Outdoor air pollution is still …

mach effectSending Embyros to colonize the stars will need human teachers

A seed ship is an interstellar spacecraft which is able to transport embryos or gametes over long distances. In order to keep them save and healthy it acts most of its flight like a huge fridge, because the unborn humans …

direct energy weaponsPowercube details for outdoor 40% efficient solar to electricity conversion using commercial cells

A solar research team at the University of New South Wales has converted over 40 per cent of sunlight into electricity, with an innovative take on Australian-designed solar tower technology. This is a follow up to an article yesterday about …

cubesatGlobal 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 …

climate changeLarge Graphene Crystals Grown for super fast electronics in relative near term and potential for superstrong materials later

Texas researchers used surface oxygen to grow centimeter-size single graphene crystals on copper. The crystals were about 10,000 times as large as the largest crystals from only four years ago. Very large single crystals have exceptional electrical properties. One of …

additive manufacturingStrategies to Prosper or Survive when they take your job

Techcrunch describes the situation where technology is now destroying jobs faster than it’s creating them. Some propose a basic income or negative income tax as updated versions of the communist iron rice bowl. There are strategies for individuals for creating …

femtotech220 Story Sky City Gets go ahead to start construction in June 2013, so it should complete by the end of 2013

Lloyd Alter at Treehugger reports that Broad Group has gotten permission to proceed with the construction of the 220 story Sky City skyscraper starting in June, 2013 in Changsha. Broad Sustainable Construction informs Lloyd Alter and Treehugger that a long …