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New ultra-battery is the most powerful non-nuclear energy storage ever

New ultra-battery is the most powerful non-nuclear energy storage ever

What do you get when you combine some xenon, some fluoride, and pressures similar to those found at the center of the Earth? You get an ultra-battery, capable of storing more condensed energy than any other battery ever built. The material used to make the "battery" is xenon difluoride (XeF2)

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An Energy Monitoring Brain Makes This Building the World’s First Zero Carbon Convention Center

An Energy Monitoring Brain Makes This Building the World’s First Zero Carbon Convention Center

It's not often (ever?) that a convention center is anything worth being excited about, but Ireland's new Convention Centre Dublin uses ingenius engineering and an omniscient mother brain to monitor and adjust itself. The result? Zero carbon footprint. Every aspect of the CCD's design has been f

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Sony Ericsson Begins Shipping the Xperia X8

Sony Ericsson Begins Shipping the Xperia X8

Sony Ericsson has finally gotten around to shipping yet another pedestrian Android offering, this time the Xperia X8. Much in the same vein as the X10 Mini, this handset features Android 1.6 and a custom SE interface. There is, naturally, a promised update to Android 2.1 by the end of the year, bu

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Magnets and Metal Nano-Particles Can Build You a New Liver

Magnets and Metal Nano-Particles Can Build You a New Liver

Between alcohol-fueled holidays and everyday health issues, some of us might eventually wind up needing new livers or some other organs. Turns out scientists could build us those new organs using metal nano-particles suspended in a magnetic field. The basic idea is that while researchers have

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Microsoft Silverlight 4.0.50401.0 Final

Microsoft Silverlight 4.0.50401.0 Final

Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, desktop, and mobile applications when online or offline. Silverlight is a free plug-in powered by the .NET framework that is compatible across multiple browsers, devices and operating sys

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Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

What’s New in Firefox 3.0.1 Firefox 3.0.1 fixed several issues found in Firefox 3. Fixed several security issues. Fixed several stability issues. Fixed an issue where the phishing and malware database did not update on first launch. Under certain circumstances, Firefox

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Some of the most current categories having major progress, enjoy! All Tech News Computers Concepts Medical Biotechnology Material Science Nanotechnology Softwares Energy Sector Phones

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Modded Cell Phone Analyzes Blood to Detect HIV, Malaria, and More

Modded Cell Phone Analyzes Blood to Detect HIV, Malaria, and More

Scientists at UCLA modded an ordinary phone into a portable blood analyzer that can detect diseases at a very low cost. The hack could save lives in poorer areas that can't afford expensive equipment. Blood analysis usually requires either large and expensive equipment or a trained technician

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Opera 9.6 Faster, Stronger, Available Now

Opera 9.6 Faster, Stronger, Available Now

Opera just popped out the latest version of their desktop browser, 9.6. Besides being just plain faster, it adds feature improvements all around, like a new low-bandwidth mode in the built-in email client, expanded syncing (speed dial, search engines and notes), and RSS feed previews, so you c

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K-Lite Codec Pack 4.95 (Full)

K-Lite Codec Pack 4.95 (Full)

K Lite Codec Pack is a collection of VFW ACM codecs DirectShow filters and tools Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding playing audio and video formats The K Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files With the K Lit

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Massive Afghanistan Lithium Deposit (As In Batteries) Could Alter Nation’s Economy

Massive Afghanistan Lithium Deposit (As In  Batteries) Could Alter Nation's Economy
A large mineral deposit worth an estimated $1 trillion has been discovered in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials revealed today. The find could change the nation’s economy, alter the war, and contains vast amounts of lithium—found in many of today’s batteries.

Better still, beyond batteries —rather unimportant when your country is war-torn Afghanistan‐are the numerous jobs that this find could create as it forms what could—stress could—be one of the world’s largest mining operations.

An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and Blackberries.

The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.

While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war. - The New York Times

Huh. So how about that. From the arid nothingness of the Afghan countryside comes one of the most important mineral finds in recent memory.

Some restraint is necessary here, and U.S./Afghanistan officials are mindful of how factions like the Taliban might see the deposit as a power play. China also looms large, and U.S. officials, according to the New York Times, are wary that that nation might try and influence or even control the potentially massive mineral trade.

Oh, and there’s little to no major manufacturing facilities in Afghanistan, which will make processing the lithium, iron, copper, cobalt, gold incredibly difficult. Um, and many of the minerals are also in areas of the country where fighting has been the most intense, like the south and east.

Still, good news is hard to find in Afghanistan these days, so I, for one, will attempt to remain positive that the plethora of “if’s” that surround this bizarre breaking news will resolve peacefully. Is there really a choice? [New York Times Image: NYT]

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