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November 17, 2017
China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings
Beijing (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
China now has more high-performance supercomputers than ever before, again besting the United States in global rankings, a supercomputer tracking organisation said. The standing corresponds with China's growing reputation as the global leader in supercomputers, as the Asian power prepares to launch in June 2018 a prototype exascale computing machine - a "super supercomputer". Some 202 of the world's fastest supercomputers are in China - compared with 143 in the US - according to Top500, a sit ... read more

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Diagonal methods for expensive global optimization developed by Russian scientists
Russian scientists from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod have improved the method of global optimization by offering the so-called "diagonal approach." The goal of global optimization ... more
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Lockheed Martin Achieves Long Range Discrimination Radar Critical Design Review On-Schedule
Lockheed Martin completed a rigorous Critical Design Review (CDR) on Sept. 28 with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), demonstrating compliance to all te ... more
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Study explains how droplets can levitate on liquid surfaces
A drop or two of cold cream in hot coffee can go a long way toward improving one's morning. But what if the two liquids didn't mix? MIT scientists have now explained why under certain conditio ... more
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The environmental implications of 3-D printing
For many in the general public and the engineering community alike, the potential implications of additive manufacturing (AM) have excited the imagination. Popularly known as 3D printing, the emergi ... more
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Some Chinese coal ash too radioactive for reuse
Manufacturers are increasingly using encapsulated coal ash from power plants as a low-cost binding agent in concrete, wallboard, bricks, roofing and other building materials. But a new study by U.S. ... more
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Research highlights ethical sourcing of materials for modern technology
Researchers from the Camborne School of Mines have identified methods to predict the environmental and social cost of resourcing new deposits of rare earth minerals used in the production of mobile ... more
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A gel that does not break or dry out
Researchers have developed a highly robust gel that includes large amounts of ionic liquid. The research team was led by Professor MATSUYAMA Hideto and Assistant Professor KAMIO Eiji (Kobe Universit ... more
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Building better silk
When it comes to concocting the complex mix of molecules that makes up fibers of natural silk, nature beats human engineering hands down. Despite efforts to synthesize the material, artificial varie ... more

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A new way to mix oil and water
The reluctance of oil and water to mix together and stay that way is so well-known that it has become a cliche for describing any two things that do not go together well. Now, a new finding from res ... more
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Plasma from lasers can shed light on cosmic rays, solar eruptions
Lasers that generate plasma can provide insight into bursts of subatomic particles that occur in deep space, scientists have found. Such findings could help scientists understand cosmic rays, solar ... more
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Leonardo tapped by British Royal Air Force for radar testing equipment
Leonardo over the weekend announced a contract with the British Ministry of Defense for equipment that will simulate radar threats to the Royal Air Force's Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft. ... more
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Discovery of a new structure family of oxide-ion conductors SrYbInO4
Because some A2BO4-based materials such as (Pr,La)2(Ni,Cu,Ga)O4+d exhibit high oxide-ion conductivity, scientists at Tokyo Tech have been exploring new structure families of ABCO4-based materials as ... more
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Measuring atoms for better navigation and mineral detection
Better navigation systems and tracking of minerals and water may be the result of a new discovery by physicists studying atom measurement devices. University of Queensland PhD candidate Mr Sam ... more
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Technique offers advance in testing micro-scale compressive strength of cement
Researchers from North Carolina State University have, for the first time, used a "micropillar compression" technique to characterize the micro-scale strength of cement, allowing for the development ... more
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New insights into metamaterial magic
Metamaterials offer the very real possibility that our most far-fetched fancies could one day become real as rocks. From invisibility cloaks and perfect lenses to immensely powerful batteries, their ... more
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Tech increases microfluidic research data output 100-fold
Researchers have developed a technique that allows users to collect 100 times more spectrographic information per day from microfluidic devices, as compared to the previous industry standard. The no ... more

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One-step 3-D printing of catalysts developed at Ames Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has developed a 3D printing process that creates a chemically active catalytic object in a single step, opening the door to more efficient ways to pro ... more
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Synthetic material acts like an insect cloaking device
Synthetic microspheres with nanoscale holes can absorb light from all directions across a wide range of frequencies, making them a candidate for antireflective coatings, according to a team of Penn ... more
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How to store information in your clothes invisibly, without electronics
A new type of smart fabric developed at the University of Washington could pave the way for jackets that store invisible passcodes and open the door to your apartment or office. The UW compute ... more
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Cheyenne Mountain sees better satellite picture
Upgraded Early Warning Radars now provide data on man-made space-based objects without delay, thanks to efforts of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center personnel at Peterson Air Force Base, Colora ... more
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General Atomics awarded $8.8M contract for low power laser demonstrator
The Department of Defense on Monday announced a new contract with General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group for the Low Power Laser Demonstrator Phase 1 effort. ... more
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Cancer cells destroyed with dinosaur extinction metal
Cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed with the metal from the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, according to new research by an international collaboration between the Unive ... more
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Opening the Van der Waals' sandwich
Eighty years after the theoretical prediction of the force required to overcome the van der Waals' bonding between layers in a crystal, engineering researchers at Tohoku University have measured it ... more
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Jellyfish-inspired electronic skin glows when it gets hurt
Electronic-skin technologies for prosthetics and robots can detect the slightest touch or breeze. But oddly, the sensors that make this possible do not respond effectively to a harmful blow. N ... more
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