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dronesWill future war be about ultra-massive drones swarms and super-weapons somewhat like Ender’s Game?

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a 2017 book by economist Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. The first three industrial revolutions are: 1. 1760 to 1840. the technologies were the steam engine, railroads, and machine …

financeServing The 2 Billion Unbanked: A New Trillion Dollar Market

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Banking as we know it may soon be dead. Long live super-banking. Banking has a disease. It’s stuck in a time warp and inspires little trust or customer confidence, but that was yesterday … Today, the genius of technology is …

3d printingOrganic ionic ink can make 3D printed sensors for soft robots

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Integrating sensors within soft robots has been difficult in part because most sensors, such as those used in traditional electronics, are rigid. Harvard researchers developed an organic ionic liquid-based conductive ink that can be 3D printed within the soft elastomer …

artificial intelligenceIBM overcomes von Neumann bottleneck for AI hundreds of time faster using hundreds of times less energy

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IBM Research AI team demonstrated deep neural network (DNN) training with large arrays of analog memory devices at the same accuracy as a Graphical Processing Unit (GPU)-based system. This is a major step on the path to the kind of …

batteriesChina’s CATL making two giant battery factories with billion dollar funding

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) has raised nearly $1 billion to fund new battery plants. China will be making 70 percent of the world’s electric-vehicle batteries by 2021, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). China is already the world’s …

nuclearOn track to commercial extraction of uranium from seawater

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LCW Supercritical Technologies have created five grams of yellowcake — a powdered form of uranium used to produce fuel for nuclear power production — using acrylic fibers to extract it from seawater. LCW, …

air pollutionClean future trucks with gasoline-alcohol engines at half the cost of alternatives

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The US trucking industry is being pressured to deal with diesel emissions. California would require that NOx emissions from medium- and heavy-duty trucks be cut by about 90 percent relative to today’s cleanest diesel. India and China mostly do not …

futureSpinlaunch has $40 million to fund development to first centrifuge space launch by 2022

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SpinLaunch Inc. has closed a $35 million Series A funding round with a powerhouse syndicate of investors. Investors include Airbus Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Kleiner Perkins. This syndicate joins institutional investors including Lauder Partners, ATW Partners, Bolt, and …

energyPerovskite and silicon tandem solar could beat silicon solar in some to many situations

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Researchers from EPFL’s Photovoltaics Laboratory and the CSEM PV-center have developed an economically competitive solution to silicon solar cells. They have integrated a perovskite cell directly on top of a standard silicon-based cell, obtaining a record efficiency of 25.2 percent. …

educationMillion Dollar University Team Space Launch Challenge will Build Pipeline of Qualified Rocketeers

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The Base 11 Space Challenge is a $1 million+ prize for a student-led university team to design, build, and launch a liquid-propelled, single-stage rocket to an altitude of 100 kilometers (the Karman Line) by December 30, 2021. Annual competitions and …