ndverdo writes: today the Wendelstein-7-X Stellarator commenced operation and the project announced the initial generation 5-10 million degrees C plasma. It was built at a cost of 1 billion Euro for fusion experiments. The plasma temperature towards fusion will be raised up to 100 million degrees consecutively (translated from German).
ndverdo writes: Cree just announced production power LEDs reaching 200 lumen/watt. Approximately doubling the previous peak LED light efficiency, the new LEDs will require less cooling. This should enable the MK-R series to finally provide direct no-hassle replacements to popular form-factors such as MR-16 spots and incandescent lighting in general. The LEDs are sampling and it is stated that "production quantities are available with standard lead times". Reaching a 1600 lm luminous flux light output these LEDs should bring a bright future indeed.
ndverdo writes: ESA just announced the discovery of an earth-mass planet orbiting the Star Alpha Centauri B. This marks the first time an earth-size planet has been found orbiting another star. The binary system Alpha Centauri is with 4.37 light years the closest stars to the sun. The planet's orbit is similar to Mars'. The planet was detected by a small periodic gravitational effect on its parent star.
ananyo writes: Researchers have used radio waves to remotely activate engineered insulin-producing genes in mice. In the long term, the work could lead to medical procedures in which patients’ genes are triggered on demand. The researchers coated coated iron oxide nanoparticles with antibodies that bind to a modified version of a temperature-sensitive ion channel. They injected these particles into tumors grown under the skins of mice, then heated the nanoparticles with low-frequency radio waves. The nanoparticles heated the ion channel, activating it and allowing calcium to flow into cells. The influx of calcium switched on an engineered calcium-sensitive gene that produces insulin (abstract).
cylonlover writes: The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that Jupiter’s icy moons will be the focus of its next Large science mission. Getting the nod over the New Gravitational Wave Observatory (NGO), that would have hunted for gravitational waves, and ATHENA, the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics, the Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE) is scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in 2030 with the goal of studying its Galilean moons as potential habitats for life.
ndverdo writes: the EU Court of Justice just struck down a case launched by SAS to disallow the replication of SAS APIs and the use in an IDE by World Programming Ltd. This could have far reaching implications on Oracle vs. Google on Java APIs in Android.