Enable cheap silicon to perform better than current best for solar power

The University of NSW (New South Wales) researchers have come up with improvements in photovoltaic panel design that had not been expected for another decade. The breakthrough involves using hydrogen atoms to counter defects in silicon cells used in solar panels. As a consequence, poor quality silicon can be made to perform like high quality …

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GPU Minisupercomputers starting at $99,000 for 13.5 peak teraflops

HP has just launched the GPU Starter Kit, which makes it easier and more affordable than ever to put the power of a supercomputer in the hands of researchers everywhere. The Kit is a fully preconfigured cluster of HP servers accelerated by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs It’s a pre-configured cluster of eight HP Proliant SL390 servers …

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DARPA glasses for zoom vision, night vision, heads up display and 360 degree awareness

DARPA is working on glasses that will endow the user with zoom vision, various forms of nightsight, and act as a heads-up display besides. Perhaps best of all, the proposed kit would also offer “full sphere awareness” – that is, eyes in the back of your head. It is the goals of the DARPA Soldier …

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Thermoelectrics could be improved from 5% to 20% effciency for heat to electricity conversion

Certain configurations of the filler element barium will be very effective in lowering the materials’ thermal conductivity and thus increasing their conversion efficiency. Today’s state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials are only five percent efficient. Skutterudites, and this new knowledge about how best to arrange their atoms, could help improve their performance to 15- or 20-percent, at which …

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A flexible diamond-studded electrode implanted for life

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software Two Case Western Reserve University researchers are building implants made of diamond and flexible polymer that are designed to identify chemical and electrical changes in the brain of patients suffering from neural disease, or to stimulate nerves and restore movement in the paralyzed. The work of …

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After 31 Years Goodbye to BIOS and Hello to Faster Booting Computers in 2011 with UEFI

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software 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 and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Anti-aging Biotechnology, and Nanotechnology. Known …

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