4K OLED TVs going into mass production and could become 20% of overall sales by 2020

Skyworth announced on Aug. 25 that its first mass-produced 4K OLED TVs will soon hit the market and that it is targeting sales of 30,000 units this year. Liu Tangzhi, CEO of Skyworth’s TV division, said the company has been preparing for the product launch for two years and can now go ahead with its …

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Carnival of Space 378

The Carnival of Space 378 is up at Is Universe. Double Disc Found Feeding Each Other In Binary Star System This artist’s impression shows the dust and gas around the double star system GG Tauri-A. Researchers using ALMA have detected gas in the region between two discs in this binary system. This may allow planets …

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Billionaires more than doubled in 5 years and their collective net worth tripled

Soaring asset prices have fueled the number of rich people on the planet. Forbes reported a record 1,645 billionaires on the planet in March who currently have an aggregate net worth of $6.6 trillion. There were 793 people on our list of the World’s Billionaires with a collective net worth is $2.4 trillion five years …

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General Atomics Energy Multiplier Module (EM²) reactor

The U.S. Department of Energy has committed about $450 million to two Small Modular Nuclear Reactor (SMR) designs over the last year-and-half — one by Oregon’s NuScale and the other by North Carolina’s Babcock and Wilcox — that essentially shrink traditional reactors to between roughly 3 percent and 15 percent of their normal output (the …

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In a now ignored War, Assad appears to have won in Syria

President Bahir Assad’s army has taken Yabroud, the last major town held by Sunni Muslim rebels, located near the Lebanese border. On Tuesday, with support from Hezbollah fighters and local paramilitary groups, Assad’s forces bombarded the town until the rebels retreated. Taking Yabroud is an important victory for Assad, who has been fighting for months …

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Fast Reactor Status and a two step closed nuclear fuel cycle

the Russians have the most commercial experience with fast neutron reactors. They operated the 600 MWe BN-600 for a few decades. Fast neutron reactors increase the burnup of fuel up to 15-20% vs 5% with LWS and the used fuel is easier to process and with a liquid pyroprocessing method can enable a closed fuel …

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China long term nuclear strategy and closing the fuel cycle with fast reactor and pyro-processing

A study considers three nuclear expansion scenarios to estimate China’s future uranium demand. The first scenario is the reference case and is based on China’s current long-term nuclear power development plan, which anticipates that nuclear power will have a 20-percent share (the current world nuclear share) of the total national installed capacity by 2050. The …

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Steve Jurvetson indicates that Machine learning innervates everything Google does – Google glass, robotic cars, Dwave quantum computer research

Steve Jurvetson is a venture capitalist who invested in DWave Systems. Dwave makes adiabatic quantum computers. Dwave sold a 512 qubit system to Google for machine learning and artificial intelligence Google’s Harmut Neven said “We actually think quantum machine learning may provide the most creative problem-solving process under the known laws of physics.” This is …

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Casimir effect theoretically could stabilize and manipulate higher dimensions for warp drive

Arxiv – the Casimir e ffect may serve as a mechanism to mediate higher dimensional stability, and also as a possible mechanism for creating a small but non-zero vacuum energy density. Chapters of 120 page dissertation on Casimir effect 1. we review the nature of the quantum vacuum and discuss the diff erent contributions to …

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Lockheed 10 megawatt ocean thermal energy plant could finally be beginning of utility scale commercialization

Lockheed Martin recently entered into an agreement with Beijing based Reignwood Group to develop and build a 10-megawatt Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) pilot power plant off the coast of southern China. The offshore plant, to be designed by Lockheed Martin, will be the largest OTEC project developed to date, supplying 100 percent of the …

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China Spending $269 billion on High Voltage Direct Current Grid Construction from 2011 to 2015 as part of a massive Smart Grid and Home Automation Plan

China is by far the biggest consumer of HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) technology. The government has said it wants to spend $269 billion through 2015 on building about 200,000 kilometers of new 330-kilovolts-and-up transmission lines — almost the equivalent of rebuilding the United States’ 257,500-kilometer transmission network from scratch. Of that, State Grid Corp. …

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