EMdrive inventor Shawyer’s latest information on military applications and superconducting EMDrive progress

Roger Shawyer, SPR Ltd, invented the EMdrive and recently gave an EMdrive presentation to the UK Defence Academy Shrivenham. EmDrive is the first true Propellantless Propulsion technology. High frequency electrical energy is directly converted to thrust. It is a resonant microwave cavity, shaped to obtain different group velocities at each end, and thus achieve a …

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9 Gigawatts of nuclear power completed in 2016 which is the most in 25 years

The nuclear industry brought more than 9 GWe of new plant on line last year, the largest annual increase in 25 years putting it on track to achieve the Harmony goal of providing 25% of electricity in 2050 using 1000 GWe of new capacity. In the World Nuclear Performance Report 2017, the Association detailed power …

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Quadcopters slaloming through woodlands without GPS or human control

Phase 1 of DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program concluded recently following a series of obstacle-course flight tests in central Florida. Over four days, three teams of DARPA-supported researchers huddled under shade tents in the sweltering Florida sun, fine-tuning their sensor-laden quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the intervals between increasingly difficult runs. DARPA’s FLA …

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Railgun science and technology phase completing by 2019

A BAE railgun system is undergoing multi-shot rep-rate operations at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, in Virginia. Railgun firing test will continue over the next three years. The railgun system has been tested at Dahlgren’s railgun advanced research facility since November. The Navy has successfully tested a next-generation 32-megajoule railgun. The US Navy is gradually …

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India has world’s cheapest solar at 65 cents per watt

GTM Research has found that India’s system competitive bidding, has produced record low solar pricing. India has utility PV system pricing of 65 cents per watt. This is 11 cents per watt cheaper than in China. Solar energy cost in the USA and Germany are nearly double the price of solar in India. The project …

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World lithium battery production will nearly triple by 2021 and China will maintain dominant market share

Chinese battery companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report published this week by Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles or 13.7 million Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year, according …

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At least one 72 year old japanese woman alive now will live to 2070 and reach 125 years of age

A study in the journal nature makes the case for maximum human lifespan increasing to 125 without radical life extension. Some previous work by other researchers argue that there is a limit to human lifespan of around 115 years, with their main rationale being that the maximum reported age at death (MRAD) in Japan, France, …

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Solar powered EMdrive version of Space Battleship Yamato

Space Battleship Yamato is a major anime movie series. The original Yamato movie in Japan eclipsed that of the local release of Star Wars. It was followed by over a dozen movie sequels. After aliens attack in 2199, the Earth secretly builds a massive spaceship inside the ruins of the gigantic Japanese battleship Yamato which …

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Top 12 Social media sites and messaging app ranked by user counts

1. Facebook has reached 2 billion users 2. Google’s YouTube’s 1.5 billion 3. Facebook’s WhatsApp 1.2 billion 4. Facebook Messenger 1.2 billion 5. WeChat had 938 million users in May 2017 (23% growth YoY) 6. QQ 861 million in Q1 2017, a decrease of 2% YoY 7. Instagram 700 million 8. Weibo 340 million 9. …

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Microsoft and Kaspersky comment on newest ransomeware attack

Microsoft has commented on the newest ransomeware attack. The attack is effecting airlines, banks, and utilities across Europe. “Our initial analysis found that the ransomware uses multiple techniques to spread, including one which was addressed by a security update previously provided for all platforms from Windows XP to Windows 10 (MS17-010),” a spokesperson said in …

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Tool Helps Novices and Experts Make Custom Robots

A new interactive design tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute enables both novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using 3-D-printed components and off-the-shelf actuators. Using a familiar drag-and-drop interface, individuals can choose from a library of components and place them into the design. The tool suggests components that are …

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