economyMost fragile economies after Turkey are Argentina, Columbia, South Africa

Although there has been a lot of recovery from the 2008 financial crisis there are still many countries with fragile economies. Argentina has 29% inflation and 9.1% unemployment. South Africa has 27% unemployment and there were predictions that some cities …

astronomy35% of exoplanets 5-10 times bigger than Earth are 50% water which is 2500 times the 0.02% of Earth

About 35% of all known exoplanets which are bigger than Earth should be water-rich. These water worlds likely formed in similar ways to the giant planet cores Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune in our own solar system. The newly-launched TESS mission …

exoskeletonSarcos gets contract to build exoskeleton for lifting 200 pounds

Sarcos Robotics has a second US air force contract to develop an exoskeleton that can lift 200 pounds. The new quasi-powered exoskeleton robots will be specifically developed for the USAF’s logistics applications. The first full-body exoskeleton robot was designed to …

chinaUS and China are working toward a November meeting to settle the trade war

Chinese and U.S. negotiators are mapping talks and meetings that will lead to a planned trade summit in November where President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping would resolve the Trade War. The existing tariffs represent a relatively small portion …

physicsResearchers calculate that sound has negative mass and negative gravity

Researchers claim sound waves do carry mass – gravitational mass. This implies that a sound wave not only is affected by gravity but also generates a tiny gravitational field. Our findings are valid for non-relativistic media as well, and could …

future$15 million for 100 qubit trapped ion quantum computer project

There is a $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a 100 qubit trapped ion quantum computer. The Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum (STAQ) co-design project aims to build a quantum computer capable of solving challenging calculations within …

electric carsSEC subpoenas Tesla about privitization but Cornell Law Prof thinks Elon is safe from SEC

The SEC has sent subpoenas to Tesla regarding its privatization plans and Musk’s statement to determine whether the billionaire inventor intentionally misled investors. Tesla, in response, has also hired two law firms, Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison to help …

batteriesBreakthrough to safer solid state batteries with double the performance

The University of Michigan has a made a breakthrough towards a ceramic, solid-state electrolyte which could enable lithium-ion batteries with twice the energy performance. Current lithium-ion batteries max out with a total energy density around 600 watt-hours per liter (Wh/L) …

chinaAcademics have controversial proposal for a tax to fund incentives for larger Chinese families

Academics proposed a tax on all working adults aged under 40 in China and the money would go to a Reproduction Fund to reward families who have more than one child. In the first six months of 2018, the number …

spaceCarnival of Space 574

Carnival of Space 574 is up at Urban Astronomer. Universe Today – Five Teams Compete to Design a 3D Printed Mars Habitat for NASA Universe Today – The Coldest Place in Space Has Been Created. Next Challenge, Coldest Place in …