Earth Magnetic field is not reversing

A study of the most recent near-reversals of the Earth’s magnetic field by an international team of researchers, including the University of Liverpool, has found it is unlikely that such an event will take place anytime soon. There has been speculation that the Earth’s geomagnetic fields may be about to reverse, with substantial implications, due …

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Australian Fastbricks Robotics bricklaying bot maker wants to build 600,000 homes per year by 2023

Fastbrick Robotics Limited (ASX:FBR) is an Australian robotic technology company developing and commercializing digital construction technology solutions, including the revolutionary commercial bricklaying machine, Hadrian X. The Hadrian X construction robot is on track to being completed by the end of the second quarter of 2018. Fastbrick is now targeting 2 percent of the global market …

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Progress on designing multi-generation interstellar asteroid ship

Researchers at Delft University of Technology are designing a multi-generation interstellar asteroid starship. Next month the DSTART team will present the first version of their starship-scale MELiSSA computer simulation at the AgroSpace-MELiSSA workshop in Rome. The simulation allows the team to test the robustness of the MELiSSA system as it travels through deep space across …

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Slow progress to improve fuel to cool hypersonic planes

Hypersonic planes would be far better at managing the heat if they could use the fuel as a primary coolant. Running cold, yet flammable, jet fuel through heat exchangers—in much the same way coolants like ethylene glycol flow through a car radiator to carry heat away from a car engine—is old hat. That kind of …

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MRAM data retention improved from 1 hour to 1 year with other gains

Spin Transfer Technologies has developed vastly improved MRAM memory using its unique Precessional Spin Current (PSC™) structure. The results from advanced testing of the PSC structure confirm that it will increase the spin-torque efficiency of any MRAM device by 40-70 percent — enabling dramatically higher data retention while consuming less power. This gain translates to …

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Defense Secretary Gates messed up F-22 stealth fighter and other military procurement

Retired Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz has stated in his new memoir that F-22 production was axed after building less than half the required number so that the flying force could get then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to approve building a new stealth bomber. Gates made near-sighted decisions based upon focusing on …

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Carnival of Space 559

1. Universe Today – The DARKNESS Instrument Will Block Stars and Reveal Their Planets. 100 Million Times Fainter than the Star An international team led by UC Santa Barbara physicist Benjamin Mazin has developed a new instrument known as DARKNESS. This superconducting camera, which is the world’s largest and most sophisticated, will allow astronomers to …

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NASA plans for next generation space telescopes

NASA teams are currently studying next-generation space telescopes for the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics. The next-generation space telescopes will be able to find and analyze of extraterrestrial biospheres and increase sensitivity by up to 1000 times on certain wavelengths. Nextbigfuture confident that the SpaceX BFR will be built which will allow for space telescopes …

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NuScale Small Modular Nuclear Reactor First Ever to Complete NRC Phase 1 Review

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed the first and most intensive phase of review for NuScale Power’s design certification application (DCA). NuScale’s is the first and only small modular reactor (SMR) application to ever undergo NRC review. This major achievement brings NuScale Power closer to introducing the country’s first SMR to market, putting …

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Bosch reduces diesel exhaust smog to 1/10th the legal limits

Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions to 1/10th the legal limits taking effect in 2020 and can help automakers avoid potential driving bans in Europe that threaten to doom the engine technology. Automakers have relied on diesel to help the industry meet limits on CO2 emissions, …

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T-Mobile and Sprint will merge to be a stronger 5G force

T-Mobile US (NASDAQ: TMUS) and Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock transaction at a fixed exchange ratio of 0.10256 T-Mobile shares for each Sprint share or the equivalent of 9.75 Sprint shares for each T-Mobile US share. Based on closing share prices on …

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