Future bomb disposal with leaner laser-armed robots

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight techs may soon use lasers to dispose of explosive devices, said Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Schott, superintendent of Eglin’s 96th Civil Engineer Group. “The next step in our technology — that’s actually been proven, and we’re just maturing it now — is lasers,” Schott said during a Nov. 17 interview. …

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Exoplanet space telescope will launch in December 2017

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a planned space telescope for NASA’s Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method. It is planned for launch in December 2017. The primary mission objective for TESS is to survey the brightest stars near the Earth for transiting exoplanets over a two-year period. The …

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Millimeter accurate GPS in smartphones and self driving cars would result from tiny atomic clocks

Designer Carbon Materials Ltd is developing advanced nanomaterials for a range of applications, including energy harvesting, bio-sensing and quantum nanoelectronics. They are producing designer endohedral fullerene molecules with tailored electronic properties. Designer Carbon Materials Ltd is a spin-out company from the University of Oxford. It is based on research led by Dr Kyriakos Porfyrakis and …

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Progress to overcoming the last obstacle to the creation of all optical computers

Recent developments in nanoscience have led to dramatic decreases in computer components size. The inherent property of such small-size systems is the impossibility of separation of the environment from the system under consideration. For this reason, the investigation of open and, in particular, non-Hermitian systems has been among the main topics of physics over the …

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Solar plane will fly two and half times higher than regular commercial jets

SolarStratos is planning to fly a solar-powered plane to an altitude of over 80,000 ft (24,000 m) most commercial jets fly at an altitude of about 30,000 feet. SolarStratos is the first commercial two-seater solar plane in history, it will also be the first manned solar plane penetrating the stratosphere. Calin Gologan (PC-Aero GmbH – …

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Spacex Satellite net could start gigabit per second operation in 2020 with 800 to 1600 satellites covering the North America, Europe and Asia

The SpaceX satellite constellation is a development project underway by SpaceX to develop a low-cost, high-performance satellite bus and requisite customer ground transceivers to be used to implement a new space-based internet communication system. SpaceX has plans to also sell satellites that use the same satellite bus, satellites that might be used for scientific or …

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DARPA not working on safe spaces but safe operation of robotics in space

Recent technological advances have made the longstanding dream of on-orbit robotic servicing of satellites a near-term possibility. The potential advantages of that unprecedented capability are enormous. Instead of designing their satellites to accommodate the harsh reality that, once launched, their investments could never be repaired or upgraded, satellite owners could use robotic vehicles to physically …

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25 years of unreported children will mean the marriage squeeze and the aging of China will be less severe than official statistics

It’s common for media and academics to cite the statistic that China’s one-child policy has led to anywhere from 30 million to 60 million “missing girls” that has created a gender imbalance in the world’s most populous nation. But a University of Kansas researcher is a co-author of a study that has found those numbers …

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Nvidia will follow up 16 nanometer Xavier chip with 7 nanometer chip and TSMC is in development of 5 nanometer and 3 nanometer technology

Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) has indicated that 10-nanometer is going to be a fairly short node used primarily by mobile applications processor customers: think MediaTek, Apple, HiSilicon, and so on. Ten-nanometer is expected to go into production in early 2017 and last about a year as TSMC’s flagship process, before 7-nanometer goes into production in the …

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50,000 Nvidia Xavier chips would deliver a quintillion operations (EXAOPs) with one megawatt of power in 2018

Nvidia Xavier is a complete system-on-chip (SoC), integrating a new GPU architecture called Volta, a custom 8 core CPU architecture, and a new computer vision accelerator. The processor will deliver 20 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of performance, while consuming only 20 watts of power. As the brain of a self-driving car, Xavier is designed …

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