Paper-based test could diagnose hepatitis B and assess male fertility for less than $1

Scientists have developed a new paper device that analyzes DNA and could rapidly and inexpensively assess disparate conditions including hepatitis B and male infertility, which together affect millions of people around the world. The test, reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, could be of particular help diagnosing people in low-income areas. DNA …

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Self-sweeping laser could dramatically shrink 3D mapping systems

A new approach that uses light to move mirrors could usher in a new generation of laser technology for a wide range of applications, including remote sensing, self-driving car navigation and 3D biomedical imaging. A team of UC Berkeley engineers led by Connie Chang-Hasnain, a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, used a novel …

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Russia has new anti electronics and anti-satellite weapon

Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET) is developing a fundamentally new electronic warfare system capable of suppressing cruise missile and other high-precision weaponry guidance systems and satellite radio-electronic equipment, KRET Deputy CEO Yuri Mayevsky told TASS on Thursday. “The system will target the enemy’s deck-based, tactical, long-range and strategic aircraft, electronic means and suppress foreign military …

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Elon Musk Battery Singularity – 1000 Gigabattery factories for Grid Storage and car domination

JB Strauble is the CTO of Tesla Motors. In a video of an Energy Summit Keynote, he talks about the energy density of batteries doubling every ten years and how this will not only enable electric cars to beat combustion engine cars but also to transform energy storage on the grid. If 100 million homes …

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Pulsed Electron beam could reduce smog pollution from coal plants 5-10 times cheaper than catalytic scrubbers

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has partnered with a power company to apply its pulsed electron beam technology to reduce the nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide (NOx) emitted by coal power plants. “This is an opportunity for NRL to a get a technology that we developed here out in the real world,” says Dr. …

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New Cray GPU supercomputer will provide a petaflop of power in 4 Cabinets

[HPCWire] The new Cray CS-Storm, which offers up to 8 NVIDIA K40s per 2U server and a peak performance of 11 teraflops per Ivy Bridge-outfitted node, is set to push key applications that require more GPU scalability to new heights. The system, which is based on the Cray CS300 super, is designed to keep the …

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Greenhouses will get more energy efficient and productive with LED that provide light at the right spectrum for optimal growth

LED lighting for greenhouses is an investment that should pay for itself within a few years. LED Lights should improve yields and the quality of output even more in the next few years. This is a complex topic with numerous subtleties. There is no shortage of arguments in favor of eating locally grown food because …

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China National Nuclear Power will have a $2.6 billion IPO to support China push for 200 GW of nuclear power by 2030

China National Nuclear Power Co Ltd plans to raise 16.3 billion yuan ($2.60 billion) in the industry’s first initial public offering, as part of the world’s biggest expansion of civilian nuclear power capacity. State-owned China National Nuclear said in a preliminary prospectus on the regulator’s website that it plans to sell 3.651 billion shares, or …

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Quantum Canada

Vern Brownell had spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs (GS) as the New York bank’s chief technology officer. He had grown cynical from startups pitching for a sliver of the billion dollars a year Goldman spends on technology. D-Wave Systems is a Canadian startup in the nascent field of quantum computing. “Once I came out …

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