The Z-machine at Sandia National Laboratory, a former dark horse among accelerators meant to produce conditions required for nuclear fusion, is doing much better now, thank you. Researchers increased the machine's X-ray power output by nearly 10 times in the last two years. The most recent advance resulted in an output X-ray power of 290 trillion watts--about 80 times the entire world's output of electricity. The increased power will be a major contribution to the Department of Energy's (DOE) science-based approach to stockpile stewardship. This program dictates that DOE must use giant computing and laboratory experimentsto sustain the nation's nuclear stockpile without above- or below-ground tests. FAX (505) 844-6367.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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