Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Of Mice, Materials and Men

We are accustomed to medical breakthrough hype and outer-space revelations. And, one doesn’t have to look far to read of tantalizing material science stories. So, while greed, lawsuits and obfuscation hound commercialization of LENR, let’s sample what science and business sectors published this week:

1. Thermally Activated Delayed Florescence in OLED Devices -Osaka University
Novel TADF emitters have high quantum efficiencies of up to 16%, greatly surpassing the 5% limit of conventional Organic Light-Emitting Diodes.

2. Drones Take Off
The take-aways:
Revenues about to jump as regulators open up new opportunities in the US and EU.
Collision avoidance makes drones safe even in crowded skies.

3. New Helium Find in eastern Africa is “game changer”
This discovery potentially meets global demand for several years.
Tanzanian geological history could be used to detect assessable deposits on other continents.

4. Britain Takes Delivery of first of 138 F-35 Stealth Fighters
This US-built aircraft cannot excel at what home-built Spitfires did in the early 1940s. Now, with a devalued pound, the Brits have problems making payment on the plane order -as well as following through with a Chinese-financed Hinkley Point nuclear reactor.

5. Canada, Mexico and US agree on Producing Half Their Energy From Renewables by 2025

Having set aside the LENR saga (as mainline media has always done) we have a glimpse of what the business press and science journals consider newsworthy at the end of June 2016.

July 1st Update:
A week after Brexit, Austria announces it will re-run May's presidential election in the fall. This could encourage other anti-immigration parties in the EU to follow through with referendums.

July 2nd Update
Now comes Coalexit:
This is likely a strategic move on the part of Vattenfaall (and its owner, Sweden) to be ready for big investments in LENR.


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