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Seven rules for nanotech innovation

12 Apr 2019This article first appeared in the 2019 Physics World Focus on Nanotechnology & Nanomaterials Back in 2000, the field of nanotechnology was just starting to shift from something that involved tiny robots and molecular gearwheels to real, tangible science with potential applications. In October that year, I organized the first Trends in Nanotechnology…
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The costs of decarbonization

10 Apr 2019 by Dave Elliott The OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has produced an updated study of System Costs with High Shares of Nuclear and Renewables. Perhaps unsurprisingly, its new reportconcludes that nuclear wins hands down over variable renewable energy (VRE). The agency says that “a mix relying primarily on nuclear energy is the most cost-effective…
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Using Drones for Sugarcane Agriculture

By Vidi Nene Published on April 16, 2019 Drones have been used for data collection and analysis for better planning in agriculture and for crop management for some time now. In a recent studycarried out by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research–Remote Sensing Division at São José dos Campos in São Paulo, drones were used…
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The ethics of emerging technologies

APRIL 10, 2019 by Jessica Hallman, Pennsylvania State University In today’s digital age, artificial intelligence and big data are helping people navigate the world in new ways. While many researchers are using these new tools to innovate and advance different disciplines, a few, like Fred Fonseca, are approaching these advancements from a different perspective. “There’s…
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Flying cars could cut emissions, replace planes, and free up roads – but not soon enough

APRIL 12, 2019 by Hugh Hunt, The Conversation When Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was released 50 years ago, flying cars were a flight of fancy. Now, these futuristic vehicles are entering the outer fringes of reality. According to a new study published in Nature, for some journeys flying cars could eventually be greener than even electric road cars,…
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All things could be part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

APRIL 9, 2019 by University of Michigan Credit: CC0 Public Domain Frying pans, pill bottles, yoga mats, coffee cups and countless other nonelectronic objects could be turned into a network of Internet of Things sensors with a new RFID-based technology from the University of Michigan. The system, called IDAct, bridges the gap between the estimated…
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In Blockchain We Trust

MIT Technology ReviewApr 9, 2018 By Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna To understand why blockchain matters, look past the wild speculation at what is being built underneath, argue the authors of The Age of Cryptocurrency and its newly published follow-up, The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything The dot-com bubble of…
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Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change

APRIL 8, 2019 by Lancaster University Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate change than trying to capture carbon from fossil fuel power stations, according to new research published by Nature Energy. Carbon capture technologies—that is new, or as yet undeveloped, technologies that capture CO2 emissions from…
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Nanotechnology goes green(er)

01 Apr 2019 by Anna Demming This article first appeared in the 2019 Physics World Focus on Nanotechnology & Nanomaterials The environment has been a hot topic throughout the history of nanotechnology, yet despite decades of research, definitive conclusions on the environmental impact of nanoparticles remain elusive. Anna Demming reports on the latest efforts to assess them For early…
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Scientists set to unveil first picture of a black hole

APRIL 6, 2019, by Marlowe Hood The world, it seems, is soon to see the first picture of a black hole. On Wednesday, astronomers across the globe will hold “six major press conferences” simultaneously to announce the first results of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which was designed precisely for that purpose. It has been…
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