Later in the 2020s Zettawatt lasers and Yottawott lasers in 2030 will explore extreme physics

Detailed exawatt laser systems are being designed now. Pulsed lasers are rapidly reaching higher power by shortening the pulses and increasing the power. Multiple ten petawatt systems are either operating or being completed now. 2018 and 2019 will see several 50, 100 and 200 Petawatt laser systems. The peak power of pulsed laser systems is …

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Instead of Helmet displays and joystick, quadrapelegic uses neural implants to fly F35 Simulator

Jan Scheuermann has been paralyzed since 2003 because of a neurodegenerative condition. In 2012, she agreed to be fitted with two probes on the surface of her brain in the motor cortex area responsible for right hand and arm movements. In the last two years, she has tolerated those probes better than expected; as a …

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China dominates Aluminum and Magnesium production with cheap power but US trying to get back by halving energy needed

World Aluminum production is about 55 million tons per year. There has been a dip with the recent economic slowdown. There is growing global demand for aluminium, which is estimated to reach 70 million tonnes per year by 2020. The world produces about 6 million tons per year of magnesium. China produces about 66% of …

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Five dollar Spock and Five dollar Bill Murray

The Bank of Canada has said that it is not illegal to deface or mutilate banknotes. The announcement was made after actor Leonard Nimoy’s death last week set off a craze of marking-up banknotes. The drawings make the country’s former Prime Minister, Wilfrid Laurier, look like Spock, Nimoy’s famous Star Trek character. SOURCES – BBC …

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High and mid range estimates of Russian Casualties in Ukraine compared to US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan

The estimated number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since April 2014 has now passed the 6,000* mark, in spite of successive ceasefires, the UN Human Rights Office announced Monday, saying the escalation in fighting in recent weeks, particularly near Donetsk airport and in the Debaltseve area, resulted in hundreds of deaths, both civilian and …

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Cameras of the future: heart researchers create revolutionary photographic technique

Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the British Heart Foundation at the University of Oxford have developed a revolutionary way of capturing a high-resolution still image alongside very high-speed video – a new technology that is attractive for science, industry and consumer sectors alike. By combining off-the-shelf technologies found in …

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Attoseconds, Zeptoseconds and Yoctoseconds

Attoseconds are 10^-18 seconds. 1 attosecond is the time it takes for light to travel the length of three hydrogen atoms.Zeptoseconds are 10^-21 secondsYoctoseconds are 10^-24 seconds. 1 ys: time taken for a quark to emit a gluon. The time that light needs to traverse an atomic nucleus 1. Collisions of heavy ions in a …

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