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Apr 30, 2019

A Novel Liquid Battery Could Hold Potential For Unlimited Energy Storage

Posted by in category: energy

Giant tanks filled with a liquid solution are offering a novel way to create a battery with unlimited capacity.

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Apr 30, 2019

New ‘Superman’ crystals can store data for billions of years

Posted by in category: computing

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way of storing digital data inside tiny structures contained in glass.

The storage technology is so stable and safe that it can survive for billions of years, scientists at the University of Southampton said this week.

That’s a lot longer than your average computer hard drive.

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Apr 30, 2019

The potential of plasma wakefield acceleration

Posted by in category: particle physics

Scientists around the world are testing ways to further boost the power of particle accelerators while drastically shrinking their size.


Our best model of particle physics explains only about 5 percent of the universe.

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Apr 30, 2019

Is the Promise of Cold Fusion Still Worth Waiting For?

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Ever since the 1989 debacle, cold fusion has been a byword for “junk science”—and cold fusion research has been anathema, tantamount to scientific suicide. Still, some quiet pioneers have continued the research, albeit under a changed name: LENR, or “low-energy nuclear reactions.” The jury’s still out on whether their methods will prove successful, but the race for inexhaustible “cold” fusion is definitely heating up.

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Apr 30, 2019

CRISPR Trials on Humans Officially Begin in the US

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

CRISPR Trials on Humans officially begin in the US to Treat Cancer.

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Apr 30, 2019

Quantum Entanglement harvesting in a vacuum

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics, space

Circa 2016

Entanglement is an extremely strong correlation that can exist between quantum systems. These correlations are so strong that two or more entangled particles have to be described with reference to each other, even though the individual objects may be spatially separated.

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Apr 30, 2019

Diamond Nuclear Batteries Are Forever… Sort Of

Posted by in category: futurism

Watch Diamond Nuclear Batteries Are Forever… Sort Of, a Tech video from Seeker.

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Apr 30, 2019

Almost half of World Heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100

Posted by in categories: business, computing

Glaciers are set to disappear completely from almost half of World Heritage sites if business-as-usual emissions continue, according to the first-ever global study of World Heritage glaciers.

The sites are home to some of the world’s most iconic glaciers, such as the Grosser Aletschgletscher in the Swiss Alps, Khumbu Glacier in the Himalayas and Greenland’s Jakobshavn Isbrae.

The study in the AGU journal Earth’s Future and co-authored by scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) combines data from a global glacier inventory, a review of existing literature and sophisticated computer modeling to analyze the current state of World Heritage glaciers, their recent evolution, and their projected mass change over the 21st century.

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Apr 30, 2019

New approach predicts glass’ always-evolving behaviors at different temperatures

Posted by in categories: information science, particle physics

Not everything about glass is clear. How its atoms are arranged and behave, in particular, is startlingly opaque.

The problem is that glass is an amorphous solid, a class of materials that lies in the mysterious realm between solid and liquid. Glassy materials also include polymers, or commonly used plastics. While it might appear to be stable and static, glass’ atoms are constantly shuffling in a frustratingly futile search for equilibrium. This shifty behavior has made the physics of glass nearly impossible for researchers to pin down.

Now a multi-institutional team including Northwestern University, North Dakota State University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has designed an algorithm with the goal of giving polymeric glasses a little more clarity. The algorithm makes it possible for researchers to create coarse-grained models to design materials with dynamic properties and predict their continually changing behaviors. Called the “energy renormalization algorithm,” it is the first to accurately predict glass’ mechanical behavior at and could result in the fast discovery of new materials, designed with optimal properties.

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Apr 30, 2019

“Unlimited range” stealth e-bike never needs plugging in

Posted by in categories: innovation, transportation

If e-bikes tend to look a little ungainly for your tastes, check out this thing from Barcelona’s Nua Bikes. With the motor, sensors and battery built into a discreet hub unit, the Nua Electrica is barely distinguishable from a regular fixie, and its innovative “self-charging” mode means you can get away without ever charging it.

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