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Map of projected water shortages - 2040

The world resource index has compiled a list of nations expected to be hardest hit by water shortages by 2040 as a result of climate change.

Out of 167 countries ranked the top 11 water-stressed countries in 2040 "are projected to be Bahrain, Kuwait, Palestine, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Lebanon".

Perhaps there is also some depressing irony in two countries initially refusing to ratify Kytoto protocol (USA/Australia) now both in the "extremely high" category for water shortages in the coming decades.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-nations-that-will-be-hardest-hit-by-water-shortages-by-2040
Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Spain, Greece, and Chile are all headed towards dangerous levels of water stress.
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"funny" how it hits those who deserve it. But sad because it hits many many others at the same time.
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Single inoculation protects against all strains of the flu

A universal vaccine that works to protect people against the thousands of strains in the wild is making progress. It functions by targeting a structural component common to all strains of the virus - hemagglutinin.

It's been tested (to good results) on mice and monkeys, clinical trials with humans in the next step.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-34038808
Researchers say they are closer to developing a universal ‘catch all’ flu jab after promising trials in animals.
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Be careful what you wish for. The evolutionary responce to a universal vaccine is a universal pathogen.
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intel's new PC form factor - 5x5

- 29% smaller than mini-ITX
- Supports LGA intel Core i/3/5/7 CPU up to 65W
- 2x SODIMM
- 2.5" or M.2 drive support
- 100mbps/1Gpbs + wireless

Expect to see products soon.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/9556/intel-launches-new-socketed-minipc-motherboards
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Recently announced Xpoint memory coming to market 2016 - Optane

intel's groundbreaking new memory is coming in SSD form marketed as 'Optane'. It'll be at least five times faster than intel's (already quick) current SSD line. intel will be offering products for servers down to low power devices. In the linked video you'll hear the term 'wicked fast'.

I really can't stress just enough how exciting this is to people who care about such things. And for people that don't care it means your devices and gadgets will be cheaper, have longer battery life, and will do more.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2422560/idf-intel-to-roll-out-3d-xpoint-memory-next-year-in-ssds-under-optane-branding
Promises 5-7x performance increases over the firm's current NAND flash products
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Google's project Sunroof

Google wants to use their considerable data to show people how much sunlight falls in their area, what sort of savings they might see from installing solar panels, and to connect them with local companies able to help.

The analysis part is really impressive. They use their aerial maps and 3D model rooftops even taking into account shadows from trees and other obstacles. They calculate that area against all possible sun positions over the course of a year and historical cloud and temperature patterns".

It's a great imitative but I can't help thinking this is the sort of thing governments should be doing.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/google-announces-project-sunroof-to-encourage-people-to-install-solar-panels
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Our (local) government is doing something like that: solardachkataster-lippe.de
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Meshed Tree Protocol - next gen loop avoidance

First there was spanning tree, then rapid spanning tree, then TRILL. Now say hello to Meshed Tree. Immediate failovers and multi-layered security at the loop avoidance level.

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-rit-problem-looping-meshed-tree.html
The next breakthrough in computing that will make our computer networks more reliable, faster and more secure against cyber attacks is being developed at Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Potential new target for cancer therapies

Looking at a range of aggressive cancer lines in the lab it's been shown they lack microRNAs responsible for shutting down rampant replication. When researchers restored the microRNAs, or the PLEKHA7 protein they produce, the cells returned to a benign state.

Next step is to work on delivery methods and then later animal testing. 

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/u-s-scientists-successfully-turn-human-cancer-cells-back-to-normal-in-process-theyre-hopeful-can-one-day-switch-off-disease
For the first time, aggressive breast, lung and bladder cancer cells have been turned back into harmless benign cells
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India perhaps on track for bigger push into renewables

India's current goal as set out by their sitting prime minister Modi calls for 175GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022. That's a significant increase from the 33.8GW installed capacity the nation already has.

Rumor has it though they could be looking to almost double that number to 300GW which - as the article notes - is three times more than the US' 99 operating nuclear power plants combined.

- See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/08/24/india-primed-for-renewables-spurt-in-climate-plan/#sthash.iaqIkjsI.dpuf

http://www.rtcc.org/2015/08/24/india-primed-for-renewables-spurt-in-climate-plan/
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First fully solar powered airport - Kochi, India

India's Cochin international airport handles almost 7 million travellers a year. Now it's also 100% powered by the sun. The project to build a 12 megawatt-peak power system cost $10 million dollars but the airport will recoup that in only five years while being carbon neutral.

Well done Kerala, India, well done.


http://www.gizmag.com/india-cochin-international-airport-solar/39013/
India's Cochin International Airport is set to become the first in the world powered entirely by solar, with the company forecasting a 300,000-tonne (330,700-ton) reduction in carbon emissions over the next 25 years as a result.
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New record for high temperature superconductivity

The new record has been set by hydrogen sulfide at 203.5 K (-70ºC). Seems cold but remember the first superconductive materials discovered 100 years ago only displayed their powers at a frigid 4K (-269C).

The catch here is huge pressures are required making it impractical for, well, anything. But the discovery points the way to new avenues of research. Hope springs eternal for room temperature superconductor.

http://news.sciencemag.org/chemistry/2015/08/stinky-hydrogen-sulfide-smashes-superconductivity-record
Electricity flows without resistance at record high temperature
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IBM's linux only mainframe

Mainframes seem just oh-so 50s. Conjuring up images of looming wire packed boxes adorned with spinning reels and blinking lights. 

But for all that old world nostalgic charm mainframes continue to push technology standards that filter down to the rest of us. Not unlike F1 engineering turning up in your daily driver or the hundreds of commonly used technologies that spun off from the Apollo moon program. Stuff that was once only available on multi-million dollar systems became commonplace.

Mainframes gave your PC/server;
- multiple processors (now in your phone/tablet)
- virtualization
- redundancy & self healing
- water cooling (common on enthusiast performance PCs)
- clustering
- and every commonly used software paradigm your apps use from time-sharing, threading, multitasking and virtual memory was developed first for mainframes

People have been predicting the death of the mainframe for decades but these venerable beats of the server room remain the foundation of a multi-billion dollar industry. The reason is as expensive as they are they are really, really fast. Millions and millions of transactions a second, in-build analytics, and high reliability keeps them attractive to many large organizations.

This latest IBM machine will give you 8,000 virtual machines on top of the usual IBM mainframe feature set for some extreme consolidation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/17/us-ibm-linuxone-iduskcn0qm09p20150817?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=55d172c404d30163c1000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter
International Business Machines Corp said on Monday it launched Linux-only mainframe servers called LinuxONE.The severs include LinuxONE Emperor for large enterprises and Rockhopper for mid-size
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Unlimited range electric car - on sunny days anyway

Lightweight, aerodynamic, low resistance tires and with 7 square meters of high efficiency solar panels this car based on solar race technology could drive at 60kph for as long as the sun is shining.

But at a half million dollars the bespoke 3D printed vehicle is more of an engineering research platform than a daily driver.

http://www.gizmag.com/immortus-solar-electric-sports-car-unlimited-range/38900/
The Immortus is an electric car that generates its own power through some 7 sq m (75 sq ft) of photovoltaic paneling. You can charge its battery off the mains if you have to, but the inbuilt solar panels will let you drive at more than 60 km/h (37 mph) for an unlimited distance when the sun's out.
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