Tiny bots can drag 2000 times their weight and climb with 100 times their weight

Microtugs are small robots created by Stanford. The small bots can apply orders of magnitude more force than it weighs. This is in stark contrast to previous small robots that have become progressively better at moving and sensing, but lacked the ability to change the world through the application of human-scale loads. The work focuses …

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Progress to Magnesium ion battery which theoretically could double lithium ion battery energy density

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used …

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China’s Hypersonic weapon project has underpowered supercomputer

A supercomputer used by China to develop a hypersonic space weapon was too slow, having a processing speed only a tenth of that of its American counterpart, according to a researcher involved in the highly sensitive project. While China possesses some of the world’s most powerful computers, Ye Youda, researcher at the state laboratory of …

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China moving towards approving a dozen walk away safe 105 MW high temperature pebble bed reactor modules

1. A proposal to construct two 600 MWe high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTRs) at Ruijin city in China’s Jiangxi province has passed a preliminary feasibility review, China Nuclear Engineering Corporation (CNEC) recently announced. The Jiangxi provincial development and reform commission has already given the go-ahead to begin preliminary work at Ruijin and construction of the reactors …

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500 kilogram Esails could each provide 50 tons of water from Asteroid mining for Mars and Space Infrastructure

Arxiv – EMMI – Electric Solar Wind Sail Facilitated Manned Mars Initiative Abstract The novel propellantless electric solar wind sail concept promises efficient low thrust transportation in the Solar System outside Earth’s magnetosphere. Combined with asteroid mining to provide water and synthetic cryogenic rocket fuel in orbits of Earth and Mars, possibilities for affordable continuous …

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US plans at sea railgun tests in summer of 2016 and will explore installation on the third Zumwalt Destroyer

In 2016, Naval Sea Systems Command will conduct the first at sea test of its electromagnetic railgun, hurling a guided 44 pound projectile and hypersonic speeds off the coast of Florida, NAVSEA officials said on Tuesday. The BAE Systems designed test weapon will be mounted on the newly delivered Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Trenton …

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Star Wars 7 expected to beat Avengers 2 in Box office per Nextbigfuture survey

Nextbigfuture ran a survey asking if Star Wars 7 or Avengers 2 would have the larger global box office. Star Wars 7 is expected to have more box office by 73% of those surveyed. 47% think Avengers 2 will exceed $2 billion in global box office. Avengers 2 opened this weekend in several international markets …

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Americans worry about the Terminator Robot Apocalypse but what about a Japanese Sexbot Apocalypse ?

There are interesting cultural differences between Americans and Japanese. Americans fear the Terminator movie scenario of a robot or Artificial intelligence apacolypse. However, Japan is facing sharp population decrease from lowering birth rates. This could be accelerated with more realistic sexbots that extend the Japanese sex doll industry. This is part of Japan’s greater cultural …

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Will Avengers 2 or Star Wars 7 be the bigger box office movie ?

Avengers 1 was the third highest grossing movie after Titanic and Avatar. Avengers 2 Age of Ultron will open next week. Star Wars 7 will open at Xmas 2015. The Star Wars prequels did not perform as well at the box office but Phantom Menace still was 17th for domestic box office when inflation adjusted. …

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OECD calculates that China about 65% urbanized and has 17 megacities based on Functional urban area

Instead of just looking at cities’ administrative borders or “statutory city population,” OECD’s study takes into account surrounding “functional urban areas” (FUA), which may lie outside the administrative borders but are significant to the social and economic makeup of the city. A lot of this is the result of China’s complex “hukou” system, the registration …

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