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materialsCarnival of Nuclear Energy 131

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 131 is up at Hiroshima Syndrome ANS Nuclear Cafe – Small Modular Reactors, or SMRs, have been under consideration in many quarters of late as a new focus for nuclear power generation. While the recent …

futureStrategic Building and Infrastructure Reserve and Expanding the idea of Defence

Summarizing the concepts needed to transform to a more robust and faster recovering (from disaster) society. 1. Pre-sort and have system for quickly resolving the politics of rebuild 2. Bring infrastructure up to a fast maintainable or fast fixable state. …

exascaleConservation is only a small part of a viable and realistic energy plan

World Energy Consumption changes from 1990 to 2008. Total energy consumption increased over 19 years 20% in the USA and 39% in the World and even 7% in Europe. It increased 146% in China. All of the conservation and efficiency …

exascaleMoth-eye inspired materials could reduce X-ray dosages by three times

The Engineer – Moths’ eyes have inspired the development of nanoscale materials that could reduce radiation dosages received by patients being X-rayed and improve the resolution of the resulting images. In lab experiments, Yi and colleagues found that adding the …

australiaCarnival of Nuclear Energy 107

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 107 is up at Idaho Samizdat Atomic Insights – Exaggerated myths about nuclear accidents CAUSE negative health effects. A video was produced by the World Nuclear Association (WNA). It shows that the predicted health consequences …

communicationGuided Self-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles into Device-Ready Thin films

Scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have directed the first self-assembly of nanoparticles into device-ready materials. Through a relatively easy and inexpensive technique based on blending nanoparticles with block co-polymer …

computersICube unifies CPU and GPU into one core with four threads per core

ICube is a fabless semiconductor company developing semiconductor System-On-Chip (SOC) solutions based on our Harmony Unified Processor Technology, genuinely integrating two different processor types: a central processing unit (CPU) and a graphics processing unit (GPU), into one unified core. Founded …

enabling technologyDwave systems publishes a paper showing 84 qubit calculation

Arxiv – Experimental determination of Ramsey numbers with quantum annealing (16 pages) In an interview that I had with CTO Geordie Rose, he mentioned that published papers lag the actual work by about 2 years. Currently, Dwave Systems is working …

computer architectureIn 5-10 years, how will people get things done at work, at home, and on the go? Microsoft Answers

Microsoft offers a glimpse into what they see as the future of productivity in 2016-2021. (H/T KurzweilAI) All of the ideas in the video are based on real technology. Some of the capabilities, such as speech recognition, real time collaboration …

exaflopsTechnical Analysis of achieving sub 5 nanometer CMOS

It is commonly believed that the fundamental limit to MOSFET feature-size scaling is direct source-drain tunneling. We may hit this limitation around the 5nm node. For CMOS logic transistors, when we approach the direct source-drain tunneling limit, we could move …