futureNASA NIAC highlight reel and 2018 symposium livestream started

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Video highlights of technology that has been explored by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program. The first picture below is not Advanced propulsion. It shows a missile with holes in the front. It can be fired into an asteroid and …

futureTurbolift could reduce health problems of weightlessness or low gravity

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A new artificial gravity concept could help astronauts endure long-duration missions in the near-weightless environment of space. NASA 360 takes a look at the NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) known as Turbolift, a new approach to artificial gravity. This system …

climate changeEliminating 1.7 billion tons of CO2 per year with electrified steelmaking

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Boston Metal has developed technology to electrify steelmaking and this could reduce CO2 emissions by 5%. They would use an electrolytic cell instead of a blast furnace. It would use electricity—rather than carbon—to process raw iron ore. In steelmaking today, …

economyResolving the Trade War via the World Trade Organization and Europe

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The trade war is ramping to higher levels. President Trump’s new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods start on Monday, and he has threatened more. China had already retaliated with tariffs of its own. China has canceled high-level …

artificial intelligenceAI assisted forecasting of earthquake aftershock locations

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Harvard and Google collaborated to apply deep learning to explain where earthquake aftershocks might occur. They started with visual representation of the 1992 magnitude 7.3 southern California Landers earthquake where the multi-colored portion represents the initial quake and the red …

asiaAll successful countries copy technology and methods

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All successful countries copy what works in the leading countries. Dr. Michael Pillsbury pretends as if China’s copying of US technology for forty years was some kind of deception or was in some way unique. In 1812, American Francis Cabot …

antiagingAuctus Biologics raised $1.5 million to convert injections with pills

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Auctus Biologics, a new portfolio company of Ichor Therapeutics, announced the closure of $1.5 million in seed funding. The company will develop RPtag, a hyper-stable antibody mimetic scaffold published earlier this year in the peer-reviewed journal ACS Biochemistry, to take …

carsSelf-driving cafes, offices, homes and more from Ikea design

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Ikea designed seven autonomous vehicles as a visual exploration of how fully autonomous vehicles could one day enable a more fulfilling, everyday life. The design studio/research lab came up with designs for autonomous vehicles that would be extensions of our …

computersChina is far behind in computer chips

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China’s largest computer chip maker is Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). They makes chips to order but use a 28-nanometer process technology. This is several generations behind Taiwan Semiconductor and Intel. TSMC is preparing to make 5nm chips by 2020 …

chinaHong Kong to China high speed rail speed advantage tested

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South China Morning Post writers had a race of plane and buses versus the new high-speed rail from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. * MTR and the mainland’s intercity harmony train – 3 hours 41 minutes, cost: HK$141 (USD18) * airplane …