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Sep 21, 2018

6 Charts Showing the Renewables Threat to Natural Gas

Posted by in categories: business, energy

Rory McCarthy, senior storage analyst for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, illustrated for attendees how the business case for using renewables in place of natural gas is becoming more compelling following declines in solar and wind costs.

That business case is also improving as a result of massive increases in battery storage, where the U.S. leads the world in terms of operational and planned capacity.

Today, storage capacity amounts to around 6 gigawatt-hours worldwide, but Wood Mackenzie predicts a more than tenfold increase, to at least 65 gigawatt-hours, by 2022. The U.S. will continue to lead this build-out, thanks to its more mature market.

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Sep 21, 2018

What Will Quantum Computer Games Be Like?

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment, quantum physics

You’ve just booted up a game on a state-of-the-art quantum computer. You’re running 19 superconducting quantum bits on a processor held at near absolute zero. Anticipating its sheer power, you press start and…

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Sep 21, 2018

New Microscope Shows the Quantum World in Crazy Detail

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, quantum physics

The transmission electron microscope was designed to break records. Using its beam of electrons, scientists have glimpsed many types of viruses for the first time. They’ve used it to study parts of biological cells like ribosomes and mitochondria. You can see individual atoms with it.

But experts have recently unlocked new potential for the machine. “It’s been a very dramatic and sudden shift,” says physicist David Muller of Cornell University. “It was a little bit like everyone was flying biplanes, and all of a sudden, here’s a jetliner.”

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Sep 21, 2018

ZipStitch Is a New Way to Close Wounds When You’re Out There and Can’t Get to Help

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

ZipStitch uses adhesive and zip-ties to create a must-have for your first-aid kit.

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Sep 21, 2018

This New Space Tech Could Someday Replace A/C

Posted by in categories: business, energy, space

The United States uses more energy for HVAC than Africa uses for all of their energy needs.


The starry night sky seems remarkably distant from the topic of air conditioning, but it’s revolutionizing the field in quite an unexpected way. In this episode of “The Spark,” watch how scientists from across the globe are harnessing natural phenomena to drastically redesign this century-old technology.

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Sep 21, 2018

NASA targets next-gen nuclear reactors for spacecraft, space colonies

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, space travel

A new nuclear fission project, called Kilopower, could fuel the future of spaceflight, manifesting a dream that’s been around since the beginning of the Space Age.

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Sep 21, 2018

Scientists receive $1.3 million to study new propulsion idea for spacecraft

Posted by in categories: energy, satellites

Spacecraft and satellites could in future be launched into space without the need for fuel, thanks to a revolutionary new theory.

Dr Mike McCulloch, from the University of Plymouth, first put forward the idea of quantised inertia (QI) – through which he believes light can be converted into thrust – in 2007.

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Sep 21, 2018

Scientists discover how to ‘upload knowledge to your brain’

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe.

Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter amount of time, comparing it to “life imitating art”.

They believe it could be the first steps in developing advanced software that will make Matrix-style instant learning a reality.

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Sep 21, 2018

Hoover gives hope for novel nanomedicine cancer treatment

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

A ten-year-old beagle with prostate cancer is helping researchers at The University of Queensland use nanomedicines to accurately diagnose and target the disease.

Hoover is the first patient in the world to receive the nanomedicine, which the research team hopes will help track and treat his cancer, and lead to better treatment for people with the same disease.

Nanomedicine is the science of developing tiny particles for applications in health — in this case therapeutics to specifically target a protein found in prostate cancer.

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Sep 21, 2018

Advancing life sciences research with the internet of things

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IMAGE: The internet of things (IoT) is allowing scientists to optimize laboratory operations and combine instruments to measure and respond to complex experimental conditions. As a result, IoT is enabling more… view more

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