Monthly Archive: August 2018

astronomyWater ice clouds have been detected on Jupiter

Researchers using ground-based telescopes have detected the chemical signatures of water deep beneath the surface of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Jupiter is a gas giant that contains more than twice the mass of all of our other planets combined. And …

crisprCRISPR gene editing successfully stopped Duchenne muscular dystrophy in dogs and human trials are next

CRISPR gene editing has stopped the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in dogs, according to a study by UT Southwestern that provides a strong indication that a lifesaving treatment may be in the pipeline. unprecedented improvement in the muscle …

immigrationAnti-establishment politics trend theory ignores the muslim aspect

Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasian Group presents his theory that there has been a global backlash against the establishment, immigration and globalization as a global trend. He also indicates four drivers of the movement. Bremmer does not mention the …

indiaChina number two in military spending starting in 2006 and India will be number three in 2019

China became number two in military spending in 2006 and India will become the number three military spender in 2019. In total from 2006 to 2018, China has spend about three times as much as Russia and the UK but …

indiaIndia will be number three in world military spending

The US defence budget is about three times as large as China’s. China’s military spending was three times more than India in 2017. China percentage of GDP spent on defence was less than India’s. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute …

futureRussia stopping Proton M rocket project as it cannot compete against SpaceX and China

Russia has stopped development of the Proton M rocket. Russia had indicated a month ago that they were giving up on commercial space launch. Russia cannot compete with SpaceX or China in launch costs. Angara rocket still going forward Above …

air forceLockheed proposes F-22 hybrid upgrade using mostly proven technology

The F-22 is considered the best fighter in the world. It was cancelled after about 200 were built because of the cost to build them. However, the F-35 has turned out to be even more expensive for the first few …

colonizationA vibrant Space Program will inspire millions of children

Robert Zubrin made his presentation to the Mars Society in 2018. A vibrant space program will inspire millions of children to study science and technology so that they can be a space pioneer. Children are not inspired by lot of …

colonizationSpaceX Principle Mars Development Engineer gave some more details about Mars colonization

SpaceX plans to live out of the BFS ships initially on Mars and then build out the facilities (habitation, power systems, mining and landing pads). The SpaceX BFS (Big Falcon Spaceship) would land on Mars with 100 tons including the …

energyCheap perovskite boosts commercial solar cell energy conversion by 20%

UCLA created a double layer solar cell by spraying a thin layer of perovskite onto a commercially available solar cell. The solar cell that forms the bottom layer of the device is made of a compound of copper, indium, gallium …