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FAA Could Extend Property Rights On the Moon Through Regulation

Slashdot - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:33
MarkWhittington writes When the Outer Space Treaty which, among other things, forbade claims of national sovereignty on other worlds, was signed and ratified by the United States in 1967, little thought was given to the idea of private property rights. Now, with companies like Moon Express and Bigelow Aerospace contemplating private lunar operations, that question has become a concern. According to Reuters, the FAA may have discovered a way to enforce private property rights on the moon without, it is hoped, violating the Outer Space Treaty. The idea is to extend the FAA's current launch licensing authority to cover commercial activities on the moon. The agency would license, for example, a helium 3 mining facility, giving the company running it control over it and as much adjoining territory as necessary to run the operation. The size of that territory, for which a particular company would hold property and mineral rights, could be considerable.

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Graphene Based Display Paves Way For Semi-Transparent Electronic Devices

Slashdot - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:51
hypnosec writes University of Manchester and University of Sheffield researchers have managed to produce the first graphene-based LED displays, which could pave the way for efficient, flexible and semi-transparent electronic devices. The research, published in scientific journal Nature Materials [abstract; article is paywalled], shows how graphene displays and related 2D materials could be utilised to create light emitting devices for the next-generation of mobile phones, tablets and televisions to make them incredibly thin and durable. The LED device was constructed by combining different 2D crystals and emits light from across its whole surface. Being so thin, at only 10-40 atoms thick, these new components could form the basis for the first generation of semi-transparent smart devices.

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