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darpaUS Air Force has $1.2 billion in new hypersonic weapon spending to catch up to Russia and China

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The U.S. Air Force this week awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $928 million contract to develop a prototype hypersonic cruise missile, or the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon. The project is one of two hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts the service is …

airplaneChina claims it has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine

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China has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine for low-cost planes or spacecraft capable of traveling five times faster than the speed of sound. The plant that would be built in Hefei, in China’s eastern Anhui province, could give …

air forceUS military accelerating useful combat laser testing this year for deployments 2020-2022

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Four Star General Carlton Everhart, head of Air Mobility Commmand (AMC), told Air Force Times he wants to begin exploring this capability on a KC-135 refueling tanker in 2018. He took steps to get a KC-135 to the Air Force …

carnival of spaceCarnival of Space 557

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The Carnival of Space 557 is up at the Venus Transit. Universe Today – NASA Begins Construction of its New Quiet Supersonic Plane Above – an artist’s concept of the low-boom flight demonstrator outside the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s Skunk …

diseaseArtificial pancreas shows improved results but longer studies needed to show cost effectiveness

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Artificial pancreas treatment, also referred to as closed loop glucose control, is an emerging treatment option combining an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring with a control algorithm to deliver insulin in a glucose responsive manner (that is, a single …

batteriesSila Nanotechnologies Silicon anodes will improve lithium ion batteries by up to 40%

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Sila Nanotechnologies has silicon-dominant anode products that drop into existing battery manufacturing processes, replace graphite entirely, and deliver significantly higher energy density at the cell-level with lower swelling. Sila Nanotechnologies emerged from stealth mode last month, partnering with BMW to …

batteriesVanadium for batteries can be extracted from Canada’s oilsands and potentially double world production

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Vanadium is a largely obscure metal often used in making steel. It retains its hardness at high temperatures, so it’s ideal for making drill bits, engine turbines and other parts that generate heat. In the oilsands, Vanadium is one of …

chinaUS Arms race will not re-enable US dominance of South China Sea against bases on man made islands

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China has military facilities on disputed islands in the South China Sea and is now capable of controlling the South China Sea, according to the admiral slated to be the next Pacific Command chief. Admiral Philip Davidson told the Senate …

astronomyDark matter might be primordial black holes

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Astronomers studying the motions of galaxies and the character of the cosmic microwave background radiation came to realize in the last century that most of the matter in the universe was not visible. About 84 percent of the matter in …

historyAncient industrial civilizations would be very hard to detect

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Centauri Dreams and The Atlantic have articles that consider if would we know if an early mammal built a civilization in the last 60 million years? Let’s assume a civilization lasting no more than 100,000 years, which turns out to …