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China will receive ten Su-35 Advanced Fighter Jets in 2017 and another ten in 2018  

The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is slated to receive its second batch of ten Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jets in 2017 The first four Su-35 fighter jets arrived on December 25 at a flight training center of the PLAAF in Cangzhou in Hebei province in northern China.The purchasing price per aircraft is estimated at $83-85 million. The total contract worth is around $2 billion and also includes ground equipment, spare parts, and other Russian logistical support.Su-35China is inte...

2017-02-19 17:56:29
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Framework for building bio-bots  

For the past several years, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been developing a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical and optical pulses. Now, Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir's research group is sharing the recipe for the current generation of bio-bots. Their how-to paper is the cover article in Nature Protocols."The protocol teaches every step of building a bio-bot, from 3D printing the skeleton t...

2017-02-19 14:49:14
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China's two child policy credited with 7.9% boost in babies last year with another 10% per year possible by 2020  

China's universal second-child policy implemented early 2016 was a major factor in raising the number of births in China to 17.86 million last year, an increase of 7.9 percent and the highest annual number since since 2000, according to the top health authority.The number of newborns has increased by 1.31 million compared with 2015.The portion of the births to couples who already had at least one child rose quickly to at least 45 percent last year, Yang Wenzhuang, a division director of the

2017-02-19 12:54:01
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Debt Agency forecasts economic slowdown in China but no financial crisis  

Fitch estimated that China's GDP growth would slow to 6.4 percent in 2017 and 5.7 percent in 2018.But Fitch added that while continued fund outflows from the mainland were likely to continue to pressure the currency and foreign reserves, that wasn't likely to be "systemically threatening."Earlier this month, China reported that its foreign exchange reserves fell for a sixth straight month in December, declining by $41 billion for the month, to $3.011 trillion, the lowest since

2017-02-19 12:30:07
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NASA developing carbon nanotube-based, ultra-high strength, lightweight aerospace structural material within five years for Stronger and lighter vehicles and Mars habitats  

NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system.The new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) created under these proposals will bring together researchers from various disciplines and organizations to collaborate on the advancement of cutting-edge technologies in bio-manufacturing and space infrastructure, with the

2017-02-19 07:32:44
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Spacex successfully launched and landed another rocket  

SpaceX on Sunday successfully launched and landed its Falcon 9 rocket a day after aborting the mission seconds before launch.Falcon 9 was carrying the Dragon spacecraft, which successfully detached from Falcon 9's second stage.Right on schedule, solar arrays have been deployed on @SpaceX #Dragon cargo spacecraft. Watch: NASA (@NASA) February 19, 2017Falcon 9 first stage has landed at LZ-1— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 19, 2017Read

2017-02-19 05:58:58
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Fitch forecasts mostly slower housing price growth but overall markets still stable  

Fitch Ratings says in its latest Global Housing and Mortgage report that while the rate of home price increases is likely to slow in 2017, continuing government macro-prudential efforts to dampen unsustainably rapid price rises, such as mortgage lending restrictions, are being overpowered by a fundamental excess demand for home purchases."Home purchases in many countries continue to become increasingly expensive relative to household income and rents, driven by the combination of extremely

2017-02-19 04:15:30
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Gadgets controlled with touchless gestures and charging themselves with ambient light  

Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can both emit and detect light.Made of tiny nanorods arrayed in a thin film, the LEDs could enable new interactive functions and multitasking devices. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Dow Electronic Materials in Marlborough, Massachusetts, report the advance in the Feb. 10 issue of the journal Science."These LEDs...

2017-02-19 03:17:06
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Lab grown meat prices have dropped 30,000 times in less than four years and are about 3-4 times more expensive than regular ground beef  

Lab-grown meat could be on your plate within the next five years. For the past few years, the barrier to getting test-tube meat into the hands of consumers has been the cost of production. In 2013, it was around $325,000 to make this stuff in a lab, but the process has been refined, and the cost now is just $11.36.There are several startups competing to produce lab grown meat and other stem cell generated animal products.Biotech Startups Manufacturing Animal TissueGelcor, San Leandro, California

2017-02-19 01:51:11
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Russia's PAK-FA Stealth Fighter Will Enter Service in 2018 with a new engine that will be competitive with the F-22 Raptor  

Russia's Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter may enter service in 2018, but the Kremlin is not in a particular hurry to buy the expensive new jet in large numbers. Meanwhile, Russia is continuing to develop new engines for the T-50, which is currently powered by interim Saturn AL-41F1 afterburning turbofans.Russian deputy defense minister Yuri Borisov told the TASS News agency. "Most likely, this will be already the next state armament program, i.e. 2018-2025."It is f...

2017-02-18 21:39:25
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Russian company working on a lightweight stealth fighter to replace the Mig-29 and Mig35  

Russia's RSK-MiG is working on a new lightweight fifth-generation stealth fighter to replace the Mikoyan MiG-29 and MiG-35 Fulcrum series fighters.Called the Liogkiy Mnogofunktsionalniy Frontovoi Samolyet (LMFS)—or Light Multi-Function Frontal Aircraft in English—United Aircraft Corporation is developing the new aircraft out of its own funds, reports aviation journalist Piotr Butowski in the French-language trade journal Air and Cosmos.The LMFS will use a canard configuration reminiscent o...

2017-02-18 20:37:22
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China counting on high speed rail to drive domestic tourism to about 10% of GDP  

China Daily describes the case for how high speed rail is boosting economic growth in China.Faster trains with efficient services can expand and improve the Chinese tourism industry, which saw a year-on-year growth of 15.9 percent, totaling 423.3 billion yuan ($61.78 billion) during the recently ended Spring Festival holiday week. Plus, the high-speed railway has opened up hitherto remote places to tourists, expanding business opportunities.In 2016, the domestic tourism sector's revenue reac

2017-02-18 13:40:36
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Trump suggests a large order for Boeing F/A 18XT Super Hornets could be imminent instead of some F35A  

President Donald Trump suggested that a larger purchase of Boeing Co.'s F/A-18 Super Hornet may be in the offing. "We are looking seriously at a big order," Trump said Friday of the fighter jet, with another Boeing plane, the newest 787 Dreamliner, looming in the background. "I think we may get there."The Defense Department is studying the capabilities of the Super Hornet, designed in the 1990s, against those of Lockheed's F-35, which is still in development even as it's being prod...

2017-02-18 11:40:05
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If Bruce Wayne became president we could use the next stealth bomber as Air Force One  

President Donald Trump complained that Boeing was building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but the costs are out of control and were projected to be more than $4 billion.Wright Williams and Kelley reported that the best cost-cutting solution for the executive aircraft might just be to replace those grand 747s with a fleet of modified Boeing 737s, which are much smaller. Another alternative would be to use the next stealth bomber the B21."The 747 is a fat radar target, abou...

2017-02-18 08:59:58
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Spacex will delay their first unmanned Red Dragon Mars mission until 2020  

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell confirmed today that SpaceX is now targeting the year 2020 for the Mars trip, a move that will allow the company to better focus on its other ambitious projects. Spacex will focus more heavily on their crew program and their Falcon Heavy program.Trips to Mars are best launched every 26 months, when the planet aligns with Earth on its orbit.NASA's next Mars rover is supposed to launch in 2020, as well as the rover for the ExoMars mission — a joint project bet...

2017-02-18 06:48:55
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Elon Musk discusses our need to merge more closely with AI at the World Government Summit  

Elon Musk indicated at a recent conference that to some degree, we are already cyborgs. You think of the digital tools that you have, the applications that you have. You can ask a question and instantly get an answer from Google. You already have a digital tertiary layer. I say 'tertiary' because you think of the animal brain or the primal brain, and then the cortex, the thinking brain, and then your digital self as the third layer.Elon feels humans must merge more closely with machine intel...

2017-02-18 05:29:25
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Perovskite mixed into solar ink can print 20.1% efficient solar onto glass or plastic  

A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator."Economies of scale have greatly reduced the cost of silicon manufacturing,...

2017-02-18 03:24:35
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DNA nanocomputer detect antibodies and could be used to control drug delivery into the bloodstream  

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) present a new method that should enable controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream using DNA computers. In the journal Nature Communications the team, led by biomedical engineer Maarten Merkx, describes how it has developed the first DNA computer capable of detecting several antibodies in the blood and performing subsequent calculations based on this input. This is an important step towards the development of smart, 'intelligent' dr...

2017-02-18 03:16:43
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Bill Gates warns of bioterrorism killing 30 million in a year and DARPA already has Pandemic Prevention Platform project to develop response to new viruses within 60 days  

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has warned a deadly pathogen could easily wipe out 30 million people in a year, and that the example of Ebola was one to heed.Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Mr Gates said there was a "reasonable probability" of such a virus spreading, and that it would most likely do so in fragile states where it is difficult to stop epidemics.Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates joined the United Nations to warn world leaders about a new series of threats shaping u

2017-02-18 01:22:41
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Many Ethicists are idiots  

There is a 261 page report that reviews the ethics of genome editingThe report's recommendations are that in very, very limited cases, editing of viable human embryos should be allowed to go forward in the United States — a conclusion that's certain to prove controversial. In particular, the report argues, clinical trials to edit human sperm, eggs, and embryos should be permissible in cases where there's a high chance of preventing babies from being born with serious genetic diseases and...

2017-02-17 08:58:54
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“Glassy carbon” electrodes transmit more robust signals to restore motion in people with damaged spinal cords  

When people suffer spinal cord injuries and lose mobility in their limbs, it's a neural signal processing problem. The brain can still send clear electrical impulses and the limbs can still receive them, but the signal gets lost in the damaged spinal cord.The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE)--a collaboration of San Diego State University with the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology--is working on an implantable brain chip that can record ne

2017-02-17 04:24:20
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Researchers devise efficient power converter for internet of things by reducing resting power consumption by 50%  

A new design reduces converter's resting power consumption by 50 percent.he "internet of things" is the idea that vehicles, appliances, civil structures, manufacturing equipment, and even livestock will soon have sensors that report information directly to networked servers, aiding with maintenance and the coordination of tasks.Those sensors will have to operate at very low powers, in order to extend battery life for months or make do with energy harvested from the environment. But that me...

2017-02-17 03:14:35
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Were Netflix and Redbox obligated to retrain Blockbuster employees ?  

On Quoram there is a question - Don't technologies companies who promote AI have an obligation to retrain our workforce to deal with the job disruption ?Were Netflix and Redbox obligated or required to retrain Blockbuster Video employees ?Was Walmart obligated or required to retrain Zellers, KMart, Sears or mom and pop store employees ?Will Tesla be required to retrain Ford or GM workers ?More interesting would beWould Intel or other companies that hire thousands of H1B tech workers from Ind

2017-02-16 20:06:45
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Disney develops Wireless Power Transfer and demonstrates safe transfer of 1900 watts with 40-95% efficiency  

Wireless power delivery has the potential to seamlessly power our electrical devices as easily as data is transmitted through the air. However, existing solutions are limited to near contact distances and do not provide the geometric freedom to enable automatic and un-aided charging. We introduce quasistatic cavity resonance (QSCR), which can enable purpose-built structures, such as cabinets, rooms, and warehouses, to generate quasistatic magnetic fields that safely deliver kilowatts of power to

2017-02-16 19:40:47
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George Church's team closing in on hybrid mammoth elephant embryo using CRISPR genome editing to increase to 45 genome edits of elephant from 15 edits a few years ago  

Scientist leading 'de-extinction' effort says Harvard team could create hybrid mammoth-elephant embryo in two years"Our aim is to produce a hybrid elephant-mammoth embryo," said Harvard Prof George Church. "Actually, it would be more like an elephant with a number of mammoth traits. We're not there yet, but it could happen in a couple of years."The creature, sometimes referred to as a "mammophant", would be partly elephant, but with features such as small ears, subcutaneous fat...

2017-02-16 18:16:57
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Elon Musk wants to speed up tunneling by 10 times and lower costs by 10 to 100 tines and create 30 layers of mostly underground cities  

Tunnel technology is older than rockets, and boring speeds are pretty much what they were 50 years ago. As with space launches, tunnels are often funded through cost-plus government contracts, in which the contractor assumes no risk for cost overruns, which tend to be enormous as a result. Famously, Boston's Big Dig, which moved a section of Interstate 93 underground, was delayed by roughly eight years and cost $12 billion more than originally planned, but all tunnels tend to be wildly expensi...

2017-02-16 12:21:11
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George Church indicates reversal of aging will be a reality within ten years  

While discussing creating a hybrid elephant - wooly mammoth using CRISPR genome editing, Harvard's George Church predicted that reversal of aging will be a reality within ten years.Nextbigfuture suspects that this would likely be reversing aging in mice cells as a proof in principle. But maybe he does mean full reversal in humans.In June 2016, Church indicated that first phase I aging reversal human trials could be in a year or two.Fahy: Using your most favorable pathway for intervention, ho

2017-02-16 05:45:13
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Ex Google CEO underestimated AI but New CEO Pichai sees transition from smartphone era to AI era   

Eric Schmidt was CEO of Google from Aug 2001 to April 2011. Eric has recently admitted that he underestimated machine learning and artificial intelligenceSchmidt's assessment back then was that artificial intelligence research faced tremendous obstacles that inhibited its progress. He "didn't think it would scale," he said of the machine learning tech.And he said he also didn't think it would "generalize," meaning becoming more flexible and elastic, like the huma

2017-02-16 01:15:08
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Oak Ridge National Lab Neutronic and Fuel Cycle Analysis of the Transatomic Power Molten Salt Reactor  

Presenting the results from the first phase of the collaboration between Transatomic Power Corporation (TAP) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to provide neutronic and fuel cycle analysis of the TAP core design through the Department of Energy Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear, Nuclear Energy Voucher program. The TAP design is a molten salt reactor using movable moderator rods to shift the neutron spectrum in the core from mostly epithermal at beginning of life to thermal at e

2017-02-15 12:38:37
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India detailed solar and renewable plans to 2022 with solar pumps for agriculture, minigrids, roof top solar and utility energy  

India has reiterated its goal of scaling up its solar power capacity to 100 GW by 2022. It is targeting 60 GW from wind energy and plans to bring in hydro power, from which it generates 40 GW, into the category of renewable energy. By 2022, the country plans to generate around 175 GW from clean and renewable sources. Combined with 1.1 GW of expected rooftop solar capacity, India should add a total of 8.8 GW in 2017, ranking it amongst the top three global markets after China and the USA.There wa

2017-02-15 05:36:59
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Another plan for a larger future US Navy  

There are a few competing studies with recommendations for a larger US Navy. There is one from MITRE and another by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA).The Navy needs a vastly larger fleet — 414 warships — to win a great-power war, well above today's 274 ships or even the Navy's unfunded plan for 355, the think-tank MITRE calculates in a congressionally-chartered study. That ideal fleet would include:14 aircraft carriers instead of today's 11;160 cruisers and des...

2017-02-14 16:54:22
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88 Dove cubesats will provide frequently updated coverage the earth's landmass at 3 to 5 meter resolution  

Today, Planet will launch the largest sat fleet ever, on a rocket carrying the most satellites in history, when it sends 88 new craft from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.These devices, called Doves, will flock with already-orbiting instruments to capture pictures of the Earth. They're tiny, weighing less than 11 pounds. But with their powers combined, they can track much more of the Earth than massive satellites from military-industrial juggernauts like DigitalGlobe. Even...

2017-02-14 13:47:13
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China's plans launch of first cargo spacecraft in April as part of planned for manned space station by 2022  

China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft in April, state media reported on Tuesday, taking a step toward its goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.President Xi Jinping has prioritized advancing China's space program, saying it was needed to enhance national security and defense. Plans for the maiden voyage of the cargo spacecraft were reported on the front page of the People's Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper.The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply sp

2017-02-14 03:34:26
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Trump administration investigating the large scale development of space with Spacex and Blue Origin likely big winners  

The Trump administration is considering a bold and controversial vision for the U.S. space program that calls for a "rapid and affordable" return to the moon by 2020, the construction of privately operated space stations and the redirection of NASA's mission to "the large-scale economic development of space," according to internal documents obtained by POLITICO.It is setting off a struggle for supremacy between traditional aerospace contractors and the tech billionaires w

2017-02-14 03:29:49
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Dubai plans roll out of chinese single passenger Ehang 184 self-flying pod taxis starting July 2017  

Dubai has tested a Chinese prototype of a self-driving hover-taxi, its transport authority said on Monday, with the aim of introducing the aerial vehicle in the emirate by July.The test of the one-man electric vehicle comes as the city state in the United Arab Emirates seeks to ensure a quarter of its means of transport are self-driving by 2030.The EHang 184 can travel on a programmed course at 100 kilometres an hour (60 mph) at an altitude of 300 metres (1,000 feet), the authority said in a sta

2017-02-13 18:01:43
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Elon Musk says that humans must have a high bandwidth cyborg connection to computers to remain relevant in the age of Artificial Intelligence  

Elon Musk says humans need to merge with machines to become a sort of cyborg. "Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence," Musk told an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where he also launched Tesla in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)."It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output."Musk explained what he

2017-02-13 13:41:41
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Apple nears $700 billion valuation on iPhone 8 anticipation  

Apple is nearing a $700 billion valuation.Google is at a $577 billion valuationThe largest publicly traded companies are as followsRead more »

2017-02-13 09:58:39
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Artificial Intelligence technical talent with F-you money do not hesitate to say F-you and leave for their own startups  

For the past year, Google's car project has been a talent sieve, thanks to leadership changes, strategy doubts, new startup dreams and rivals luring self-driving technology experts. Also, key talent had enough accumulated compensation so that they were no longer dependent on continuing salaries.Early staffers had an unusual compensation system that awarded supersized payouts based on the project's value. By late 2015, the numbers were so big that several veteran members didn't need t

2017-02-13 07:15:18
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Tallest US dam has a damaged spillway which causes the evacuation of about 188000 people  

About 188,000 residents near Oroville, Calif., were ordered to evacuate Sunday after a hole in an emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area. Thousands clogged highways leading out of the area headed south, north and west, and arteries major and minor remained jammed as midnight approached on the West Coast — though by early Monday, Lake Oroville's water level had dropped to a point at which water was no longer spilling over, and the crisis appeared to be...

2017-02-13 01:36:03
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Restoring American Seapower with smaller aircraft carriers  

While a new naval future fleet architecture study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) suggests that the U.S. Navy should maintain a fleet of 12 full-sized supercarriers, the paper also suggests that the service should develop a new class of light carriers. In the interim, while the new aircraft carriers are being developed, large deck amphibious assault ships could fill the role of the smaller flattops.The United States faces a very different set of security challenges

2017-02-12 18:07:14
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US will take two years to bring military repair and readiness back up and then will begin a 20% military buildup over 15-30 years  

According to the US Navy, 53 percent of all Navy aircraft can't fly — about 1,700 combat aircraft, patrol, and transport planes and helicopters. Not all are due to budget problems — at any given time, about one-fourth to one-third of aircraft are out of service for regular maintenance. But the 53 percent figure represents about twice the historic norm. The strike fighter situation is even more acute and more remarkable since the aircraft are vitally important to projecting the fleet's co...

2017-02-11 07:48:35
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Micromote now one cubic millimeter computer with a megabyte of flash memory using a few nanowatts of power  

In 2015, the Michigan Micro Mote constituted the first complete, operational computer system measuring as small as two millimeters across. "To be "complete," a computer system must have an input of data, the ability to process that data - meaning process and store it, make decisions about what to do next - and ultimately, the ability to output the data." Prof. Blaauw explained. "The sensors are the input and the radios are the output. The other key to being a complete computer ...

2017-02-11 05:45:53
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Cubic millimeter micromote compared to historic computers  

In 2017, a michigen Micromote computers is one cubic millimeter which is about the size of a large grain of sand. There are several types and are a line of the world's smallest computers. They have one megabyte of flash memory. Their broader goal is to make smarter, smaller sensors for medical devices and the internet of things—sensors that can do more with less energyMicro mote designs now use only a few nanowatts of power to perform tasks such as distinguish the sound of a passing car and ...

2017-02-11 05:21:07
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Production Trailer for Avengers Infinity War  

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018. An untitled sequel is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019. Filming has started on Avengers infinity war.The Avengers, torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos.The actors that will be in the movie areRobert Downey Jr. - Iron ManJosh Brolin - ThanosMark Ruffalo - HulkTom Hiddleston - LokiChris Evans - Captain AmericaChris Hemsworth - ThorJeremy Ren

2017-02-11 03:18:52
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Philippine Defense Secretary expects China will start building an island less than 200 miles from Manila  

The Philippine defense secretary predicted China would start building an artificial island on the bones of Scarborough Shoal. Scarborough Shoal is less than 200 miles from Manila while the current islands that China built are 500 miles away.If unopposed, China would likely attempt to build an installation like the several bases Beijing has constructed in the Spratly Island chain to the south of Scarborough, Delfin Lorenzana said in a Tuesday interview with AFP."If we allow them, they will buil...

2017-02-11 01:31:33
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Oncoming Drone Swarms  

Lady Gaga opened the halftime show at Super Bowl LI in front of Intel's drone swarm. Lady Gaga Halftime Drone Swarm show was pretaped to shield the crowd (no drones or planes were allowed near the stadium on the day of the game)This artful drone swarm is not the first, though it is probably the highest-profile spectacle of its kind in the United States. Drones and dance troupes appeared on talent shows, drones have danced with humans alone in a field, an earlier Intel drone swarm set an early ...

2017-02-10 15:31:32
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YK Bae can now amplify photonic laser thrust by 1500 times and if combined with military grade lasers and targeting would enable fast and hyperefficient space transportation  

Young Bae of Advanced Space and Energy Technologies in Tustin, California, has improved his photonic laser thruster. was developed with NASA funding. His thruster works because light exerts pressure when it hits something. In theory, it is possible to move an object like a CubeSat by nudging it with a laser beam. In practice, however, the pressure which light exerts is so small that a device able to do a useful amount of nudging would require a laser of unfeasibly large power.Dr Bae has overcome

2017-02-10 12:42:57
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Lower lifecycle costs for nuclear power than fossil fuel and lower radiation under normal operation  

When costs are levelized across the lifecycle, nuclear is one of the most cost-effective methods of power generation. Indeed, OECD research shows that nuclear is the lowest levelized cost option for power generation for all OECD countries under certain capital cost projections. Regional differences in the cost of capital for nuclear projects mean that while cost can be a challenge for greenfield nuclear projects in Europe and North America, it is seen as less of an issue in Asia, where economies

2017-02-10 06:28:23
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New brain implant design is meant to restore vision to the blind  

Experiments that let a paralyzed person swig coffee using a robotic arm, or that let blind people "see" spots of light, have proven the huge potential of computers that interface with the brain. But the implanted electrodes used in such trials eventually become useless, as scar tissue forms that degrades their electrical connection to brain cells Next month, tests will begin in monkeys of a new implant for piping data into the brain that is designed to avoid that problem. The project is inte...

2017-02-10 04:51:26
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China on track to expands its navy to 500 warships  

The People's Liberation Army's Navy is growing fast but we should expect it to grow even faster. The UK Royal United Services Institute expects China to reach a 500 ship navy.The 500 warships will include aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, amphibious ships and a burgeoning frigate and destroyer force.Just in the past three weeks a new destroyer and new corvette have been launched and discussion over new carrier-based aircraft has been increasing. The growth in the PLA(N) force struct

2017-02-10 04:34:09
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Goldman Sachs automated 99% of their equity trading jobs over the last 16 years but there is still 34% staffing with mostly computer engineers  

In 2000, the U.S. cash equities trading desk at Goldman Sachs's New York headquarters employed 600 traders, but today there are only two equity traders left. Automated trading programs have taken over the rest of the work, supported by 200 computer engineers.The experience of its New York traders is just one early example of a transformation of Goldman Sachs, and increasingly other Wall Street firms, that began with the rise in computerized trading, but has accelerated over the past five years...

2017-02-10 03:02:44
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China's possible economic futures - New economy drives growth, stagnation or crisis  

Three financial scenarios were published in a Financial Times article and reviewed by economist and analyst Michael Pettis.SCENARIO 1: THE "NEW ECONOMY" WILL DRIVE GROWTHIn the first scenario proposed by the Financial Times—clearly the best-case scenario—the focus is on growth in consumption-related and "new economy" sectors in China. If these sectors continue growing at current rates, according to those who expect this to be the most likely outcome, they can soon replace the old, co...

2017-02-09 21:07:44
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Researchers Reverse Hall Coefficient – Medieval Mail Armor Inspired Development of Metamaterial with Novel Properties  

Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), however, were inspired by medieval mail armor when producing a new metamaterial with novel properties. They succeeded in reversing the Hall coefficient of a material.The Hall effect is the occurrence of a transverse electric voltage across an electric conductor passed by current flow, if this conductor is located in a magnetic field. This effect is a basic phenomenon of physics and allows to measure the strength of magnetic fields. It is the

2017-02-09 14:51:22
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Princeton shrinks tabletop terahertz equipment down to a few square millimeters  

Researchers at Princeton University have drastically shrunk much of the equipment for terahertz wave generation: moving from a tabletop setup with lasers and mirrors to a pair of microchips small enough to fit on a fingertip.Terahertz electromagnetic pulses lasting one millionth of a millionth of a second may hold the key to advances in medical imaging, communications and drug development. But the pulses, called terahertz waves, have long required elaborate and expensive equipment to use.In two

2017-02-09 14:04:29
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ISIS will soon have lost all territory and will return to guerrilla style terrorist organization and Al Qaeda is organizing a Sunni Rebellion in Iraq  

Early indicators suggest that a post-ISIS Sunni insurgency may be forming in Iraq and al Qaeda (AQ) is trying to gain traction within it.This essay highlights indicators that post-ISIS insurgencies are forming and that al Qaeda is present in Iraq. ISW (Institute for the Study of War) forecasted on November 30, 2016 that Iraq will likely face a renewed Sunni insurgency as military operations diminish ISIS's hold in Mosul. The U.S.-backed Coalition has been focused only on eliminating ISIS, not ...

2017-02-09 12:41:49
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George Friedman predicted in 1991 a second US-Japan War in 1990s or early 2000s and now predicts the collapse of China in the 2020s and 2030s  

George Friedman is the founder of Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm and author of two books about the global future: "The Next Decade" and "The Next 100 Years," New York Times bestsellers. Prior to joining the private sector, Friedman regularly briefed senior commanders in the armed services as well as the Office of Net Assessments, SHAPE Technical Center, the U.S. Army War College, National Defense University and the RAND Corporation, on security and national defens

2017-02-09 10:49:54
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Leading development of hypersonic engines and spaceplanes  

The leading projects for developing a hypersonic spaceplane are Reaction Engines of the UK and Hypermach.Reaction Engines SkylonReaction Engines of the UK is a leader in developing a hypersonic vehicle and hypersonic components. The British government finalized a £60 million to the project: this investment will provide support at a "crucial stage" to allow a full-scale prototype of the SABRE engine to be built. If all goes to plan, the first ground-based engine tests could happen in ...

2017-02-09 05:06:10
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Self Assembled particles enable more efficient, stable and durable perovskite-based LEDs  

Princeton engineering researchers have illuminated another path forward for LED technologies by refining the manufacturing of light sources made with crystalline substances known as perovskites, a more efficient and potentially lower-cost alternative to materials used in LEDs found on store shelves.The researchers developed a technique in which nanoscale perovskite particles self-assemble to produce more efficient, stable and durable perovskite-based LEDs. The advance, reported Jan. 16 in Nature

2017-02-09 04:17:33
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Facebook shutting nearly half Oculus rift demos at Best Buy but cheaper Samsung Gear VR licensed from Oculus are successful  

Facebook is closing around 200 of 500 demo stations for its virtual reality headset Oculus at Best Buy stores across the country Workers from multiple Best Buy pop-ups said that it was common for them to go days without giving a single demonstration. A Best Buy worker in California reportedly said that frequent software issues with the Oculus often made the headset unusable.Best Buy spokeswoman Carly Charlson said stores that no longer offer demos will continue to sell the Oculus Rift headset an

2017-02-09 04:14:31
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Russia plans to test a rocket mounted Zircon hypersonic missile in the spring of 2017  

In the spring of 2017, Russia may test a rocket mounted Zircon Hypersonic missile for the first time. The launch is said to be conducted within the scope of the global non-nuclear deterrence strategy.The source did not specify the carrier, from which the missile was to be launched.Zircon mounted Hypersonic Missiles are planned to be used on Yasen-M nuclear submarines, as with the well as with the Husky's Submarines and some surface ships.Hypersonic speed is Mach 5 or faster. Mach 1 is the sp

2017-02-09 01:39:11
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Sodium bonds with helium at extremely high pressures of 15 and 113 Gigapascals  

Can helium bond with other elements to form a stable compound? Students attentive to Utah State University professor Alex Boldyrev's introductory chemistry lectures would immediately respond "no." And they'd be correct - if the scholars are standing on the Earth's surface.But all bets are off, if the students journey to the center of the Earth, à la Jules Verne's Otto Lidenbrock or if they venture to one of the solar system's large planets, such as Jupiter or Saturn."That's ...

2017-02-08 17:48:44
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Uber hires NASA engineer to develop flying cars  

Mark Moore wrote a paper in 2011 that described how to make Vertical Takeoff and Landing craft using electric propulsion.Electric propulsion offers dramatic new vehicle mission capabilities, not possible with turbine or reciprocating engines; including high reliability and efficiency, low engine weight and maintenance, low cooling drag and volume required, very low noise and vibration, and zero emissions. The only penalizing characteristic of electric propulsion is the current energy storage tec

2017-02-08 11:50:43
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Air Force plans to update the B52 for use throughout most of the 21st century by adding defensive lasers  

Offensive and defensive laser weapons for Air Force fighter jets and large cargo aircraft have been in development for several years now. However, the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has recently embarked upon a special five-year effort, called the SHIELD program, aimed at creating sufficient on-board power, optics and high-energy lasers able to defend large platforms such as a B-52 bomber.Possibly using an externally-mounted POD with sufficient transportable electrical power, the AFRL is already

2017-02-08 10:33:41
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Telsa Motors will begin pilot production of the Model 3 on Feb 20 2017 and full production should start July2017  

Tesla has told suppliers it planned to begin test-building its Model 3 sedans on Feb. 20, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that could allay concerns about the company meeting its target to start production in July.The sources did not know how many of the highly anticipated vehicles Tesla aimed to build in February, but it would likely be a small number to test the assembly system and the quality of vehicle parts.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk last year told investors and mor

2017-02-08 06:04:32
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Smaller and smarters MEMS and electronics for bullets that can monitor a building during urban warfare  

Engineers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC, have been making advancements in an initiative called "Component Miniaturization."Its mission focuses on making armament systems more precise, energy efficient, scalable and effective by reducing the size of critical components in sub-systems such as safe and arm devices, electronics packages, power supplies and inertial measurement systems. Size reductions in one sub-system can have a positive

2017-02-08 06:03:57
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California could pass 40 million in 2017 or 2018 and the US will pass 325 million in 2017  

The US Census estimated California's population in mid-2016 at 39.25 million.California's department of Finance estimated California's population at 39.256 million on Jan 2016California was estimating that the state population would exceed 40 million in late 2018 or early 2019.Others like World Population Review have a slightly higher estimate.California could hit a population of 60 million in 2050Texas is projected to hit a population of 55 million in 2050.US population could be nea

2017-02-08 02:35:57
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Fukushima had high radiation readings because readings are now being made very close to the damaged fuel - Overall Radiation levels have been decreasing and damaged fuel rods are highly radioactive  

On Thursday, February 2, 2017, Tepco posted images recorded inside the thick steel-reinforced concrete pedestal that supports the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of Fukushima Daiichi unit #2. A company spokesperson explained what the images visually indicated, and mentioned that radiation had caused "flickers" in the pictures which were used to estimate the possible radiation levels inside the pedestal. No pictures or video had ever been taken inside an F. Daiichi RPV pedestal before. The spok...

2017-02-08 02:12:46
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Canada's 2017 immigration plan has the same 300,000 target but the high of the target range was increased to 320,000  

The government of Canada has released immigration plan for 2017, and the news looks good for individuals looking to immigrate to Canada through one of the economic or family sponsorship programs.Canada's population in 2017 is projected to be 36.6 million. The population in 2016 was 36.3 million. The population growth is mainly from the immigrants. Births, deaths and people leaving Canada ends up being about even.If Canada maintained immigration levels at about 0.9% of total population, then

2017-02-07 17:03:56
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Richard Hatch who was Captain Apollo in the Original Battlestar Galactica has died  

The actor received a Golden Globe nomination in 1979 for playing Captain Apollo.Richard Hatch, the Golden Globe nominee who starred in both the original Battlestar Galactica as well as the mid-2000s reboot, has died at 71 after a battle with cancer. "Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family," tweeted Ronald D. Moore, creator of the Battlestar Galactica reboot. Hatch had been battling stage 4 pancre

2017-02-07 16:44:35
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Price Waterhouse updates GDP projections for 2050 and still expects China and India to be far larger economies than the USA  

PwC ranked 32 countries by their projected global gross domestic product, measured by purchasing power parity (PPP).Compared to projections from two years ago, PWC expects more growth from China up to 2030 and then more of a slowdown. They are also expected slightly slower growth out to 2050 for most countries.The PPP GDP of the EU27 is expected to be less than half of China's projected PPP GDP in 2050. The drop in the EU relative to China will mostly occur by 2030 according to the PWC.China

2017-02-07 13:01:20
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DARPA aims to develop an integrated end-to-end platform that uses nucleic acid sequences to halt the spread of viral infections in sixty days or less  

Over the past several years, DARPA-funded researchers have pioneered RNA vaccine technology, a medical countermeasure against infectious diseases that uses coded genetic constructs to stimulate production of viral proteins in the body, which in turn can trigger a protective antibody response. As a follow-on effort, DARPA funded research into genetic constructs that can directly stimulate production of antibodies in the body DARPA is now launching the Pandemic Prevention Platform (P3) program, ai

2017-02-07 05:50:57
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New Laser Based on Unusual Physics Phenomenon Could Improve Telecommunications, Computing and More  

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated the world's first laser based on an unconventional wave physics phenomenon called bound states in the continuum. The technology could revolutionize the development of surface lasers, making them more compact and energy-efficient for communications and computing applications. The new BIC lasers could also be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications."Lasers are ubiquitous in the present day wo...

2017-02-07 04:26:39
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SideArm Catches Full-Size Unmanned Aerial System Flying at Full Speed  

Few scenes capture the U.S. Navy's prowess as effectively as the rapid-fire takeoff and recovery of combat jets from the deck of an aircraft carrier. The ability to carry air power anywhere in the world, and both launch those aircraft to flight speed and bring them to a stop over extremely short distances, has been essential to carriers' decades-long dominance of naval warfare. To help provide similar capabilities—minus the 90,000-ton carriers—to U.S. military units around the world, DAR...

2017-02-07 03:16:19
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Spacex could nearly launch as many times in 2017 as they did from 2010 to 2016  

Spacex plans to launch its Falcon 9 rockets every two to three weeks.SpaceX was approaching that pace last autumn, before the Sept. 1 accident, which happened during a routine preflight test. The explosion destroyed a $200 million Israeli satellite and heavily damaged the launch pad.Shotwell said repairs to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which are still underway, should cost "far less than half" of a new launch pad, which she said runs about $100 million. The new launch ...

2017-02-07 02:26:22
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A real flying submarine drone  

Innocorp has a new drone that is a flying submarine. It is an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone and iot can transitio from water to air to land without any individual or multiple deployments, fission of elements, (as in rockets), or complicated maneuvering. Like the Murres, a unique seabird which can circumnavigate in the air and in water, SubMurres does both in unprecedented fashion. SubMurres has all the key features of a submarine, including complete mar

2017-02-07 01:20:36
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Modern Anti-tank weapons could be used to support Ukraine and deter Russian Aggression  

For more than two years, Ukraine has been outgunned battling Russian-backed rebels and Russian soldiers in Crimea. Given that peace agreements have failed to end the conflict and Russia consistently lies about not helping rebels fight Ukrainian forces, should America give lethal weapons—specifically Javelin anti-tank missiles—to Kyiv?If Russia steamrolls Ukraine, there is nothing in Putin's history to suggest that he would not continue onward because he feel no one will care. And internat...

2017-02-06 22:07:35
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Ukrainian cargo plane delivers Boeing 777 engine to Alaska  

A Ukrainian Antonov 124 cargo plane delivered engines to a stranded Swiss Air Boeing 777 in AlaskaUntil the Boeing 747-8F, the An-124 was, for thirty years, the world's highest aircraft gross weight production cargo airplane and second heaviest operating cargo aircraft, behind the one-off Antonov An-225 (a greatly enlarged design based on the An-124). The An-124 remains the largest military transport aircraft in the world.General characteristics of AN-124Crew: 4-6 (pilot, copilot, navigato...

2017-02-06 17:15:57
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Spacex could relaunch a first stage booster in March and is working towards dozens of reuses to eventually lower costs by to 50+ percent  

Elon Musk indicates that about 75 percent of the vehicle's costs are in the first stage booster. After a test-firing in late January, 2017 one the boosters that have been successfully landed by Spacex is now being transported to Cape Canaveral in preparation for the SES launch, tentatively scheduled for March. Other SpaceX rockets not slated for re-launch have undergone as many as seven test-firings.Reuse is "just as fundamental in rocketry as it is in other forms of transport - such as ca...

2017-02-06 14:14:22
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China will go from 1% in 2016 to possibly 2.5% power generation from solar in 2020  

China's installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world's biggest producer of solar energy by capacity, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Saturday.Installed PV capacity rose to 77.42 gigawatts at the end of 2016, with the addition of 34.54 gigawatts over the course of the year, data from the energy agency showed.Shandong, Xinjiang, Henan were among the provinces that saw the most capacity increase, while Xinjiang, Gansu,

2017-02-06 10:30:36
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Terahertz wireless could make spaceborne satellite links with speed over 100 gigabits per second  

-Hiroshima University, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and Panasonic Corporation announced the development of a terahertz (THz) transmitter capable of transmitting digital data at a rate exceeding 100 gigabits (= 0.1 terabit) per second over a single channel using the 300-GHz band. This technology enables data rates 10 times or more faster than that offered by the fifth-generation mobile networks (5G), expected to appear around 2020. Details of the technology wil

2017-02-06 07:36:35
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App enhanced bikesharing that let you leave bikes anywhere will saturate China and Europe by 2018   

Apps for Bicycle sharing are huge in China Customers use an app to release a bike's lock for rides costing as little as 1 yuan (15 cents) an hour. Bikes can be left anywhere for the next user.Beijing Bikelock Technology Co. cycle-sharing startup, known as Ofo, won about $100 million backing in September, 2016 from investors including the venture fund backed by Xiaomi Corp. founder Lei Jun and Didi Chuxing, the ride-hailing giant that just beat Uber Technologies Inc. out of China. The funding

2017-02-05 16:46:42
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A new order for 90 F35's  

A new deal has the price of the F35A jet below $100 million for the first timeLockheed said in a statement that the increase in production this marks, "enables us to reduce costs by taking advantage of economies of scale and production efficiencies." For those who haven't been reading us regularly, the statement also says that the president's "personal involvement in the F-35 program accelerated the negotiations and sharpened our focus on driving down the price."Lockheed Martin has p...

2017-02-05 11:40:56
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Evidence Supporting Accelerated Universe Expansion  

The Hubble constant — the rate at which the Universe is expanding — is one of the fundamental quantities describing our Universe. A group of astronomers from the H0LiCOW collaboration, led by Sherry Suyu, Max Planck professor at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and other telescopes in space and on the ground to observe five galaxies in order to arrive at an independent measuremen...

2017-02-05 05:51:52
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Can Africa become the next big economic success ?  

Africa is urbanizing at an alarmingly fast rate, nearly twice the rate of China. According to the African Development Bank, over five hundred million people will move into Africa's cities in the next thirty-five years. Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, is urbanizing at a rate quadruple the global average. Urbanization has had a tremendous effect on increased productivity. It has reduced transaction costs and increased access to more educational, medical and sanitation facilities. Can Afri...

2017-02-05 01:51:13
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Elon Musk tweets picture of his tunneling machine as he plans to make tunneling up to ten times faster  

Elon Musk has tweeted out a picture of his tunneling machine.Last week, Musk admitted that "they don't really know what they are doing" when it comes to digging holes, but he sees an opportunity to significantly increase the speed of making tunnels.Elon Musk estimates a 5 to 10x increase in tunneling speed is possible.The goal is make tunneling easier and faster so that tunnels become more popular, which Musk sees as a solution to traffic in urban areas and a way to bring transportation in...

2017-02-04 17:23:42
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23000 atoms precisely mapped in nanoparticle  

Scientists at Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry used one of the world's most powerful electron microscopes to map the precise location and chemical type of 23,000 atoms in an extremely small particle made of iron and platinum. Insights gained from the particle's structure could lead to new ways to improve its magnetic performance for use in high-density, next-generation hard drives.The 3-D reconstruction reveals the arrangement of atoms in unprecedented detail, enabling the scientists to ...

2017-02-04 08:07:49
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Google Word Lens translates written Japanese in realtime  

The Google Word Lens app is now available in Japanese. You'll never have to worry about taking a wrong turn on a busy Shibuya street or ordering something you wouldn't normally eat. The Google Translate app already lets you snap a photo of Japanese text and get a translation for it in English. But it's a whole lot more convenient if you can just point your camera and instantly translate text on the go. With Word Lens, you just need to fire up the Translate app, point your camera at the J...

2017-02-04 07:33:15
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Process for producing ammonia that generates electricity instead of consuming energy. 500 million tons of ammonia are made each year for fertilizer  

Nearly a century ago, German chemist Fritz Haber won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for a process to generate ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen gases. The process, still in use today, ushered in a revolution in agriculture, but now consumes around one percent of the world's energy to achieve the high pressures and temperatures that drive the chemical reactions to produce ammonia.Today, University of Utah chemists publish a different method, using enzymes derived from nature, that generates am

2017-02-04 01:41:19
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Fedex is s investing in autonomous trucks, and is interested in delivery robots and an Alexa app  

Your FedEx package might someday be delivered by a robot.Rob Carter, FedEx's chief information officer, says the shipping giant is considering small vehicles that could drive around neighborhoods and make deliveries without human drivers.Carter is responsible for setting the technology agenda across FedEx's various operating companies, including its planes-and-trucks Express shipping service and office-and-home Ground delivery service, which operate in 220 countries. The investments FedEx ma...

2017-02-04 01:20:21
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Trump may fund the Spacex Mars Colonization plan  

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, has made trips to Trump Tower. He met with Trump and the Washington Post has ben reliably told, discussed Mars and public-private partnerships.Elon Musk and SpaceX have the bold dream of colonizing Mars, and think they can launch the first human mission to the surface of the Red Planet as soon as 2024 — when Trump, if reelected, would still be in the White House. (We understand that Musk also talked with Trump about other issues, including the need f...

2017-02-03 21:43:45
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China carrying forward with large scale development of nuclear energy from US research that has been underdeveloped  

China's rapid nuclear expansion will result in it overtaking the U.S. as the nation with the largest atomic power capacity by 2026, according to BMI Research.The world's second biggest economy will almost triple its nuclear capacity to nearly 100 gigawatts by 2026, making it the biggest market globally, analysts said in a note dated Jan. 27. The nation added about 8 gigawatts of nuclear power last year, boosting its installed capacity to about 34 million kilowatts, according to BMI.China has...

2017-02-03 17:47:39
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1,000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchip  

The electronic data connections within and between microchips are increasingly becoming a bottleneck in the exponential growth of data traffic worldwide. Optical connections are the obvious successors but optical data transmission requires an adequate nanoscale light source, and this has been lacking. Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) now have created a light source that has the right characteristics: a nano-LED that is 1000 times more efficient than its predecessors, and i

2017-02-03 17:11:40
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Elon Musk believes he can convince Trump to support colonizing Mars  

Regarding the meeting at the White House: pic.twitter.com/8b1XH4oW6h— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 2017Read more »

2017-02-03 06:42:39
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Modular construction improvement for the second Ford Aircraft Carrier  

There is an improved build strategy for the second Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. The Kennedy carrier (CVN-79)is being built using more modular construction, a process where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form large structural units, equipment is installed, and the large units are lifted into the dry dock using the shipyard's 1,050-metric ton gantry crane. The modules can weigh over 1000 tons.CVN-79 is about 25 percent complete and set for deliver in 2022. The ship is on...

2017-02-03 03:59:40
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Spacex will have to fix turbopumps for next version of Falcon 9 to qualify it for NASA manned flights  

The Wall Street Journal indicates a forthcoming report from the US Government Accountability Office focuses most closely on issues with turbopumps in SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. The report has found a "pattern of problems" with the turbine blades within the turbopumps, which deliver rocket fuel into the combustion chamber of the Merlin rocket engine. Some of the components used in the turbopumps are prone to cracks, the government investigators say, and may require a redesign before

2017-02-03 03:17:50
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Rewritable Paper that uses light and no ink  

Developing efficient photoreversible color switching systems for constructing rewritable paper is of significant practical interest owing to the potential environmental benefits including forest conservation, pollution reduction, and resource sustainability. Here we report that the color change associated with the redox chemistry of nanoparticles of Prussian blue and its analogues could be integrated with the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles to construct a class of new photoreversib

2017-02-03 03:06:11
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Toward all-solid lithium batteries  

Most batteries are composed of two solid, electrochemically active layers called electrodes, separated by a polymer membrane infused with a liquid or gel electrolyte. But recent research has explored the possibility of all-solid-state batteries, in which the liquid (and potentially flammable) electrolyte would be replaced by a solid electrolyte, which could enhance the batteries' energy density and safety.Now, for the first time, a team at MIT has probed the mechanical properties of a sulfide-...

2017-02-03 02:54:02
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Space based observation for earthquakes  

The quantity and quality of satellite-geodetic measurements of tectonic deformation have increased dramatically over the past two decades improving our ability to observe active tectonic processes. We now routinely respond to earthquakes using satellites, mapping surface ruptures and estimating the distribution of slip on faults at depth for most continental earthquakes. Studies directly link earthquakes to their causative faults allowing us to calculate how resulting changes in crustal stress c

2017-02-02 22:36:11
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China's Manufacturing cost advantage is eroding so China will spend trillions for automation, robotics, 3D manufacturing and research  

While the USA has been extremely concerned about losing jobs (particularly manufacturing jobs to China), China performed a survey of businesses in the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and found that 25% had moved or were planning to move their businesses out of China. Half were going to other Asian countries and 40% to America, Canada or Mexico.China's worker wages are rising about 7-8% each year and they have a shrinking working age population as the people age.China is making big mo

2017-02-02 20:04:40
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China test launches an ICBM with 10 independent warheads  

China flight tested a new variant of a long-range missile with 10 warheads in what defense officials say represents a dramatic shift in Beijing's strategic nuclear posture.The flight test of the DF-5C missile was carried out earlier this month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs. The test of the inert warheads was monitored closely by U.S. intelligence agencies, said two officials familiar with reports of the missile test.The missile was fired from the Taiyu

2017-02-02 19:47:27
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