The Global Boom in coal

The world is building a lot of coal-fired power to go with all of the coal-fired power it already has. This is horrible because air pollution from coal kills more than one million people every year. We need to use all other means to reduce the increase in coal usage, this means more nuclear as …

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Better prostate cancer test

A far more accurate blood test for prostate cancer has been created The American Cancer Society projects that in 2007 there will be 219,000 new cases and 27,000 deaths. Yet detecting the disease early has always been problematic. The new tests accuracy: about 3 percent of the time, when the test was positive, there was …

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Total fish production going up because of aquaculture

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has also recently published a report which provides more detail on global trends that reinforce the importance of developing aquaculture. In 2004, capture fisheries and aquaculture supplied the world with about 106 million tonnes of food fish, providing the highest apparent per capita supply on record. Of …

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A Potentially Habitable Earth-like World

From Centauri Dreams, a historic discovery has been made of a potentially habitable earth-like planet around the star Gliese 581 (20.5 light years from us). The planet is about five times Earth mass, one whose radius is only 1.5 times that of our own world. Brian Wangwww.nextbigfuture.com

The first six hours of world war III

Space Wars by William Scott, Michael Coumatos, and William Birnes, Forge Books (April 17, 2007) describes how the first hours of World War III might play out in the year 2010. While fiction, it’s based on real-world military scenarios and technologies, dramatically highlighting the West’s vulnerability to destruction of its space-based commercial and military communications …

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Solar power Progress

Semiconductor for splitting CO2 powered by sunlightKubiak and Sathrum initially used a silicon semiconductor to test the merits of their device because silicon is well-studied. However, silicon absorbs in the infrared range and the researchers say it is “too wimpy” to supply enough energy. The conversion of sunlight by silicon supplied about half of the …

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Centauri Dreams expands upon my Space bubble article

Centauri Dreams discusses how applying Devon Crowe space bubble ideas with nanotechnology could fully enable the ideas of Robert Forward for interstellar solar sails. The prior article about Devon Crowe’s space bubble concepts. Prior article on the state of solar sails Prior article on putting the brakes on laser mirror solar sails Article on laser …

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AGI could achieve singularity within 10 years

Interesting article about Artificial General Intelligence and the Singularity. The article is by Ben Goertzel who is the CEO and Chief Scientist of AI firm Novamente LLC and bioinformatics firm Biomind LLC. He mentions an AI Manhattan project could achieve success withing 5 years. However, I believe his Venture funded company could get more funding …

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Intel confirms programmable, multi-core chip

Intel’s Larrabee chip will be a multi-core, programmable part that will use a tweaked version of the x86 instruction set and will have at least one teraflop of processing power. Intel expects software developers to craft specialized applications for the processor, giving them a boost on some of the most demanding workloads. Intel expects to …

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Zyvex has carbon nanotube reinforced aluminum

Zyvex is working on prototypes of aluminum reinforced with carbon nanotubes, making the metal two or three times stronger than traditional aluminum. 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 covers many disruptive technology …

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