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Jan 19, 2020

Radeon RX 5600 XT with new vBIOS boost shows impressive new benchmark scores

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Then, we learned that AMD pushed out a new vBIOS to its AIB partners as a response to Nvidia’s price cuts on the RTX 2060 in what’s been a back and forth volley between the two companies at the $300 price point.

The new vBIOS ratchets up the TBP (Typical Board Power) to 160W, a 10W increase from the original 150W TBP. This in turn affords AMD’s board partners a higher margin for core and memory clocks. Which brings us to Sapphire, one of AMD’s premiere AIB partners.

As we previously reported, Sapphire’s RX 5600 XT Pulse is now boasting increased base and boost clocks of 1,615 MHz and 1,750 MHz, up from the previous 1,560 MHz and 1,620 MHz. The memory clock is now running at 14Gpbs effective, as opposed to 12Gpbs.

Jan 18, 2020

Student debt is over $1.6 trillion and hardly anyone is paying down their loans

Posted by in categories: education, energy

Since the explosion of student debt following the Great Recession, annual repayment rates, or the amount of existing balances lowered, have been just 3%, Moody’s said. Just 51% of borrowers who took out loans from 2010-12 have made any progress at all in paying down their debt.

“While in the past, higher enrollment and rising tuition were the main drivers of growing student loan balances, more recently, slow repayments have become the primary driver,” Jody Shenn, senior analyst at Moody’s, and others said in the report. “Over the next few years, the combination of slow repayments and elevated, if no longer growing, levels of new borrowing will likely fuel further increases in outstanding debt.”

There are multiple reasons why the debt levels are not going down.

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Jan 17, 2020

NASA Wants to Grow a Moon Base Out of Mushrooms

Posted by in categories: energy, habitats, space

Fungus Among Us

The idea is to ship dormant fungus to a Moon base and, once it arrives, give it water and the right conditions to trigger growth, according to a NASA press release. That would also require a supply of photosynthetic bacteria to provide the fungus with nutrients. Once the fungus grows into the shape of a structure, it would be heat-treated, effectively killing it and turning it into a compact brick.

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Jan 17, 2020

Cold fusion: A potential energy gamechanger

Posted by in categories: energy, humor

Think it’s a failure, a joke? Think again. Big investors are positioning themselves, Japan & US in the lead.

Jan 17, 2020

Stealth space startup SpinLaunch snares another $35 million from investors

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The secretive California-based startup, which is developing a novel kinetic-energy-based launch system, has received an additional $35 million from investors, bringing its total investment haul to $80 million.

Jan 15, 2020

Conspiracists say lasers used to start bushfires to make way for a new train network

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

Thousands of Australians appear to believe lasers and exploding smart meters are being used to start our bushfires to make way for a new train network.

A Storyful investigation with news.com.au has found the conspiracy theory has spread far and wide on social media — with “directed-energy weapons” (DEWs) posts being shared tens of thousands of times in the past few weeks.

Those who believe the theory say the bushfires in this unprecedented season are being started using weapons which harness the focused power of technology such as lasers or microwaves.

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Jan 15, 2020

‘We want to win the next war’: US Army will revamp cyber operations to counter Russia and China

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, energy, military

As warfare continues to enter the digital realm, the Army plans to transform its cyber operations branch into a full-scale information warfare command, according to a top U.S. general.

The service will convert Cyber Command into the Army Information Warfare Command, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said at a panel on Tuesday. It’s one of the several modernization efforts the Army is taking on to counter “great power” opponents like Russia and China.

“We’re recognizing the importance of information operations, so our Cyber Command is going to become an information warfare command,” McConville said.

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Jan 13, 2020

Uranium-reducing electrode cleans up groundwater

Posted by in categories: energy, materials

Uranium contaminated groundwater that is unsafe to drink could be cleaned up using the new remediation technique.

An electrochemical technique could prevent the spread of uranium in contaminated groundwater and provide a new way to source material for use in nuclear fuel.

Jan 12, 2020

Israeli Water-From-Air Technology Named ‘Energy Efficiency Product of Year’

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Residents of El Talento, a small town in Colombia adjacent to the city of Cúcuta, have been introduced to the GEN-M, Watergen’s medium-scale atmospheric generator that produces water out of air, October 2019. Photo: Courtesy.

JNS.org – An Israeli-made machine that creates fresh drinking water from air was named the “Energy Efficiency Product of the Year” in the 2020 Smart Home Mark of Excellence Awards at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Presented annually during CES by the Consumer Technology Association, the Mark of Excellence Awards recognize the technology industry’s top smart-home innovations. The water-from-air appliance, named “GENNY,” was manufactured by the Rishon Letzion-based company Watergen.

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Jan 9, 2020

These hacking groups are eyeing power grids, says security company

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, energy

Cybersecurity company warns that hackers are investigating industrial control systems associated with power infrastructure.

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