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Feb 4, 2016

NIST Develops Novel Technology

Posted by in categories: energy, space

A few years ago, my friend and I were brainstorming on some NextGen Technologies to look at for investment purposes. And, he suggested Polymer Coating. And, was he ever right. Google and others are using it for screen imaging on Lens, etc. Love this stuff.


Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have combined advanced nanometer-scale gratings and a Space Age-era thin-film polymer, to invent a novel technology. This technology can be used to fabricate routers and switches for optical signals, energy-efficient full-color video displays, and smart windows and coatings.

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Feb 4, 2016

How to efficiently convert carbon dioxide from air to methanol fuel

Posted by in categories: chemistry, energy

Convert carbon dioxide from air (at low temp) to methanol fuel — why not!


The carbon dioxide-to-methanol process (credit: Surya Prakash)

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute have created fuel out of thin air — directly converting carbon dioxide from air into methanol at relatively low temperatures for the first time. While methanol can’t currently compete with oil, it will be there when we run out of oil, the researchers note.

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Feb 3, 2016

“Some scientists refer to this as the Singularity. I call it Transcendence.”

Posted by in categories: biological, energy, neuroscience, robotics/AI, singularity, space

http://www.transcendencemovie.com/

Dr. Will Caster: “For 130,000 years, our capacity for reason has remained unchanged. The combined intellect of the neuroscientists, engineers, mathematicians and hackers in this auditorium pales in comparison to even the most basic AI. Once online, a sentient machine will quickly overcome the limits of biology. And in a short time, its analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person born in the history of the world. So now imagine such an entity with the full range of human emotion. Even self-awareness. Some scientists refer to this as ‘the Singularity’. I call it ’Transcendence’. The path to building such a super-intelligence requires us to unlock the most fundamental secrets of the universe. What is the nature of consciousness? Is there a soul? And if so, where does it reside?”

Luddite: “Dr. Caster.”

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Feb 2, 2016

The rise of quantum materials

Posted by in categories: energy, health, materials, neuroscience, quantum physics

Every time we have a step forward with Quantum for industries like technology, wireless & telecom, manufacturing, energy, etc.; we also gain a steps for healthcare in so many ways such as Q-DOTs eradicating super Bug Viruses, Brain Mind Interface capabilities, implants, etc. Why I luv Quantum so much.


Emergent phenomena are common in condensed matter. Their study now extends beyond strongly correlated electron systems, giving rise to the broader concept of quantum materials.

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Feb 2, 2016

This is Microsoft’s plan to power the internet from under the sea

Posted by in categories: energy, internet

Microsoft has a radical plan to change the way we power content on the internet. And it involves installing data centers in the ocean.

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Microsoft Research.

We use data centers for just about everything we see on the web: websites, images, videos, and software are all powered by servers that can both store and ship tons of data in mere seconds.

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Jan 30, 2016

What will power tomorrow’s spacecraft?

Posted by in categories: energy, space travel

The missions that will last decades or longer will need a new generation of power sources, writes Peter Ray Allison.

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Jan 30, 2016

Giant Tesla Coil in Oklahoma

Posted by in category: energy

This 15 foot Tesla Coil creates sparks of up to 26 feet and runs up to 55,000 watts in Oklahoma.

“That electrical energy can be economically transmitted without wires to any terrestrial distance, with a loss not exceeding a small fraction of one percent in the transmission, even to the greatest distance, 12,000 miles – to the opposite end of the globe.”

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Jan 25, 2016

Big Data And Quantum Computers

Posted by in categories: energy, internet, nanotechnology, neuroscience, quantum physics, robotics/AI, singularity, space travel, supercomputing, wearables

Luv the whole beautiful picture of a Big Data Quantum Computing Cloud. And, we’re definitely going to need it for all of our data demands and performance demands when you layer in the future of AI (including robotics), wearables, our ongoing convergence to singularity with nanobots and other BMI technologies. Why we could easily exceed $4.6 bil by 2021.


From gene mapping to space exploration, humanity continues to generate ever-larger sets of data—far more information than people can actually process, manage, or understand.

Machine learning systems can help researchers deal with this ever-growing flood of information. Some of the most powerful of these analytical tools are based on a strange branch of geometry called topology, which deals with properties that stay the same even when something is bent and stretched every which way.

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Jan 24, 2016

A tiny device inside of mice sends light to nerves

Posted by in categories: energy, genetics, neuroscience

Interesting


Scientists have implanted a wireless device the size of a peppercorn inside mice to stimulate nerves.

The technique combines optogenetics—using light to control the activity of the brain—with a newly developed method for wirelessly powering implanted devices. It’s described in a paper published in Nature Methods.

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Jan 24, 2016

Why women are leaving the tech industry in droves

Posted by in categories: energy, humor

This is a bit concerning ; it is feeling a lot like 1972 again when my mother and sisters took a special trip to D.C. for a special meeting and event.


When I moved to the Bay Area in 2007 to run the Wikimedia Foundation, the first thing that struck me was the eerie absence of women. I’d spent most of my working life at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where we used to joke that women took power when the men went off to war in 1939, and afterward refused to give it back. At the CBC, easily half my colleagues, regardless of their gender, were overt, confident, unashamed feminists.

The Bay Area tech community was different. In my first three months I had dozens of meetings with tech executives, entrepreneurs and investors, and the only women I met were scheduling the meetings and bringing drinks to the boardrooms. I started asking myself what year it was in Silicon Valley for women. Had we reached the point where we could wear pantsuits and play golf, or was it still the Mad Men era?

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