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chinaDebating China’s BRI and Being Home to the Next Silicon Valley

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China’s Belt and Road has some questionable economic return potential. However, the Belt and Road is providing geopolitical returns. The Belt and Road has successful projects in Pakistan, Greece and some other countries. The projects are boosting the volume of …

energyPlanet Labs Gets $168 Million in Funding and Launching More Satellites

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Planet Labs received $168 million in funding and some of the funding will be to launch many more satellites. On April 1, 2019 they will launch 20 next-generation Dove satellites – Flock 4a – are scheduled to launch on ISRO’s …

climate changeClimate Change is a Problem But Not the End of the World

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Cost-benefit climate change analyst Bjorn Lomborg has the following analysis of the costs. Bjorn is taking the UN panel report as being mostly credible and accurate. Bjorn does believe that sea levels would rise but that this is not a …

economic impactSeries of Fusion Experiments that Could Lead to Cheap, Clean, Abundant Fusion Energy

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The bootstrapped LPP Fusion dense plasma focus nuclear fusion project will be starting a potentially big year of testing. They are completing work on their beryllium electrode. If everything goes smoothly on four critical steps then this could be the …

future weaponsMagnetized Plasma Hypersonic Projectile Gun

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China is working on magnetized plasma artillery which could enable hypersonic projectiles from a tank. This technology is different than railguns. China has started testing railguns on large navy ships. This technology could be ten to one hundred times smaller …

energyStanford New Measurement to Ensure High Quality Quantum Dots

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Stanford has a new measurement technique for quantum dots. Uncertainty about the quality of quantum dots are holding back the use of quantum dots. Above – A close-up artist’s rendering of quantum dots emitting light they’ve absorbed. (Image credit: Ella …

energyArtificial Muscles for a Future Air Conditioner

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A prototype device has been developed that is able to transfer heat using ‘muscles’ made from nickel-titanium. Nickel-titanium (aka nitinol) is a shape-memory material that releases heat to its surroundings when it is mechanically loaded in its superelastic state and …

antiagingAging Expert Heading FDA Could be Good for Antiaging Projects

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In April, aging research expert Norman E. (Ned) Sharpless, MD will become the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Sharpless is a 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar. Ned served on …

quantum computersQuantum Technology Overview

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John Preskill, Director of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, California Institute of Technology, presented an overview of quantum technology at the 2018 Q2B Conference. He indicates that NISQ (Noisy Qubit) systems with 50-100 qubits will be commercially available …

machine learningPractical Use of D-Wave Quantum Annealing

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Murray Thom is VP of software and cloud services at D-Wave Systems. D-Wave currently sells a 2000 qubit quantum annealing machine and provides access to the system via a cloud service. D-Wave will provide an upgraded 5600 qubit system with …