Monthly Archives: January 2017

NASA twins study shows space travel changes body at genetic level

A NASA study of twin brothers has offered new insights into the stress of space travel on the body — including genetic differences between Scott Kelly, the twin who spent nearly a year in space, and his brother Mark, who stayed on Earth. NASA astronauts Mark Kelly, right, stayed on the ground, while his brother Scott Kelly spent 340 days on the International Space Station. Researchers are noting changes in biological markers because of … Continue reading

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Scientists cook up material, #Graphene, 200 times stronger than steel out of soybean oil

An everyday cooking oil has been used to make graphene in a lab — a development scientists said could significantly reduce the cost and complexity of making the super-substance on a commercial scale. Graphene, which is made of a layer of tightly-packed carbon, is light, 200 times stronger than steel and more conductive than copper. With its super qualities, it has the potential to be used in everything from electronics, to solar cells, to … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Three new plants in California show how lithium-ion storage is ready to power the grid. Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a powerful one—one that’s been used to help justify the company’s $5 billion factory near Reno, Nev.—but batteries have so far only appeared in a handful of true, grid-scale pilot projects. … Continue reading

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BBC News: The little Graphene dress unveiled in Manchester

An innovative dress made from graphene has been unveiled. Cute Circuit have designed the dress, which can change colour and design, in conjunction with scientists at the National Graphene Institute in Manchester and intu Trafford Centre. Graphene, which has been hailed as a “wonder material”, is tougher than a diamond but stretchable like rubber. A form of carbon, it was discovered in 2004 by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov who were awarded the 2010 … Continue reading

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Cobalt is one of a new complex of ‘tech-metals’, also known as lifestyle metals, that includes Lithium and Vanadium

Future demand for batteries for electric cars, renewable energy storage and portable devices like smart phones and laptops is driving up the price, and investor interest in, cobalt. Cobalt is one of a new complex of ‘tech-metals’, also known as lifestyle metals, that includes lithium and vanadium. It is yet to receive the wide spread public notice that lithium has in recent years, despite lithium-ion batteries containing more cobalt than lithium. Ardea Resources, which … Continue reading

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TriAlpha Energy lead the path to clean Fusion-powered electricity

You can view the fast-paced environment where they are working to create a commercially competitive fusion-powered electricity technology. The international team of engineers and scientists are gunning from ‘fast to… Ref: http://nanthavictor.com Read more from original source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/video/video-1396607/Tri-Alpha-Energy

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Graphene’s sleeping super conductivity awakens

Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor – meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance. Credit: AlexanderAlUS/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 The finding, reported in Nature Communications, further enhances the potential of graphene, which is already widely seen as a material that could revolutionise industries such as healthcare and electronics. Graphene is a two-dimensional sheet of … Continue reading

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Turkey’s manufacturing industry goes big with 3D Printing

Three-dimensional (3D) printing technologies enjoy growing commercial potential with a global market expected to increase from $3.7 billion to $10.4 billion by 2021, according to a BBC Research study. With the initiatives of Gebze Technical University (GTÜ) and Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey’s first 3D printing technology center will be set up this year, and is projected to increase domestic and high-added value production in Turkey. The center will be working on to fulfill … Continue reading

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Researchers create a Lithium Ion battery with a built-in fire extinguisher

Researchers want to make sure batteries stop exploding. Stanford University researchers have created a way to prevent faulty batteries from catching on fire. The solution involves a failsafe — in the form of a miniature fire extinguisher — built directly into Lithium-ion batteries. Although the team designed the test for large-scale batteries found in electric cars, the same technology could be applied to smaller devices like smartphones in the future. Lithium-ion batteries are found … Continue reading

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China’s Virtue Dragon, other Nickel smelter firms may sue Indonesian government: executive

Chinese nickel smelter operator Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry and other companies are considering suing the Indonesian government over its new mining rules, a senior executive at Virtue Dragon told Reuters on Friday. Indonesia imposed a ban on unprocessed ore exports in 2014 to spur higher value smelting industries, but on Thursday the government unveiled sweeping new rules allowing the export of nickel ore and bauxite under certain conditions. “Indeed we will sue,…but we and … Continue reading

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