100 years ago the world absolute poverty rate was as bad as the poorest country today

Here is data tracking the world absolute poverty rate from 1820 to 2015. The data shows vast improvement in the reduction of absolute poverty( living on less than US$1 per day in 1996). People are considered to live in extreme poverty at a consumption (or income) level below 1.90 international-$ per day. International $ are …

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Future hotter and more efficient coal plants

The hotter coal (or any thermal plant – natural gas and nuclear) can run then the more efficient they can be. Upgrading existing plants and building new high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plants addresses climate change concerns in two important ways. In the near term, emissions can be reduced by upgrading existing plants or building …

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Beyond GPS with Atomic Gyroscopes, Light Pulsed Atomic Interferometry and 1000 times more precision with chip scale atomic clocks

Super accurate chip scale atomic clocks are a critical part of going beyond the Global Positioning System This is for superior chip size atomic clocks. The U.S. has superior in lab and large atomic and laser clocks. They are shrinking them down and making them cheaper. Hundreds of bucks instead of millions. They have an …

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Rethink Robotics has new one arm bot Sawyer that is smaller, faster and more precise than Baxter

Rethink Robotics’ new robot arm, Sawyer, is a high performance robot designed for machine tending and other precise application. Hundreds of Baxter robots have been sold. Sawyer has pre-sales in the hundreds. There are other robotic systems with higher sales volume. Rethink Robotic systems are leaders in usability and safety. Rethink Robotics today provided an …

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Deutsche Bank predicts US dollar will get stronger than fair value in 2015-2017

Deutsche Bank forecasts the US dollar to overshoot fair value in 2015-2017. The 2015 year-end forecasts for the majors are: EUR/USD 1.15 (Euro to US Dollar) USD/JPY 120 (US Dollar to Japanese Yen) GBP/USD 1.57 (British Pound to US Dollar) USD/CHF at 1.09 (US Dollar to Swiss Franc) USD/CAD at 1.20 (US Dollar to Canadian …

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Non-smartphone mobile phones should be non-existent by about 2015

The total mobile phone market, at 438.1 million units, was flat year-on-year, while the worldwide smart phone market grew 37%. Android smart phones accounted for 34% of all phone shipments and iOS phones 11%. Smart phones now represent almost 50% of all the phones that shipped in Q4 2012. Non-smartphone mobile phones should be virtually …

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You Asked For It. You Got It. Flying Cars

A recent NBC News (KCRA) report indicates that Paul Moller (after 50 years) is finally going to release a flying car (Sky Car 200). Moller has a partner with $80 million in funding from Athena Technologies and serious interest from China for a flying car production plant. Paul Moller has previously been sued for fraud …

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UK provides 1 billion dollars for Big Data, Space, Robotics and five other technologies

Eight great technologies which will propel the UK to future growth have received a £600 million funding boost. There will be: £189 million for big data £25 million for space £35 million for robotics and autonomous systems £88 million for synthetic biology £20 million for regenerative medicine £30 million for agri-science campuses £73 million for …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 114

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 114 is up at the ANS Nuclear Cafe If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks 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 …

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Solutions for Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification is the name given to the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans, caused by the uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. About a quarter of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere goes into the oceans, where it forms carbonic acid. As the amount of carbon has risen …

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Brillouin funded for $2 million and Acoustic Cavitation Fusion

1. PESN reports that low energy nuclear reaction company Brillouin was funded for $2 million. Brillouin is starting an SRI contract middle of June. 2. Impulse Devices’ Extreme Acoustic Cavitation from Impulse shows the potential to produce plasma at the super-concentrated cores of the collapsed bubbles, making this technology well-suited for producing acoustic inertial confinement …

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