HiPER Laser fusion project

The European Union and other countries are discussing the funding of a 1 billion laser fusion project as a backup to the ITER fusion project. The bid to the European Union is to build an international laboratory, called “HiPER”, to run in parallel with the ITER machine. Bureaucrats in Brussels are interested. Canada and Russia …

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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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Bussard Fusion Navy contract renewed

As of April 2007, Dr. Robert Bussard, stated that due to the publicity from his 11/9/2006 talk at Google and the 2006 Outstanding Technology of the Year Award, the U.S. Navy sent him a contract extension to continue his fusion research. UPDATE FROM TOM LIGON: Evidently somebody got carried away with some fairly routine bookkeeping. …

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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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