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scienceInterstellar travel and biosphere reboots means there are a lot of aliens in the galaxy

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In 1961, radio astronomer Frank Drake developed a pedagogy for analyzing the question of the frequency of extraterrestrial civilizations. Robert Zubrin shows a couple of significant mistaken assumptions by Drake. Robert Zubrin wrote this for Centauri Dreams. Drake equation defines …

dronesDefending against Russia’s 100 megaton nuclear tsunami drone torpedos in Cold War 2.0

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Russia has development of 100 megaton and megaton class tsunami generating nuclear drone weapons. The weapon could explode in shallow waters off of a coastline and generate a tsunami hundreds of feet high. Such a tsunami could devastate all of …

canadaCanada reviewing ten small nuclear reactor designs including eVinci solid state microreactor

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will have pre-licensing vendor design reviews (VDRs) the NuScale 50 MWe SMR and Westinghouse’s eVinci microreactor. The CNSC is now involved with ten pre-licensing VDRs, all for small reactors with capacities in the range …

batteriesToyota has reduced the rare earth materials used in electric vehicle magnets by 50%

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Toyota has developed the world’s first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet. Neodymium magnets are used in various types of motors such as the high-output motors found in electrified vehicles, use of which is expected to increase rapidly in the future. The new …

chinaChina shows stealth drone that appears to copy the US X47B drone

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China has shown a flying wing stealth drone called the Star Shadow which appears to copy the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator. The Star Shadow UAV will a radar cross-section characteristics of 0.1 square meters. According to …

exoskeletonsChina reveals military exoskeletons which are behind current US exoskeletons

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China has a new lighter and stronger military exoskeleton. Refinements in weight, ergonomics, and power supply could boost the second-generation exoskeleton’s coefficiency ratio. Norinco claims that the reduced weight increases battery performance. Other companies in China are working on exoskeletons …

air forceUS military targets reducing time to overhaul ships, planes, tanks by 25%

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One-third of the US Navy’s destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious ships are under significant repair. Maintenance issues have grounded two-thirds of the US Navy’s strike fighters. The military will use a new, computer-based database to manage logistics, maintenance and the supply …

chinaChina moving to full scale hypersonic missile production and US will spend about $10 billion per year on missile defense

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The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has a request for $9.9 billion in 2019. Part of the request is $120 million to develop hypersonic missile defenses, a big increase from the $75 million in fiscal 2018. “China’s hypersonic weapons development …

boring companyElon Musk Boring Company permitted to dig part of Hyperloop tunnel in DC

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been given an early, and vague, building permit to begin some extremely preliminary work on a section of an underground Hyperloop tunnel in DC. DC officials have not committed to the project long-term yet. DC …

Intraspexion AI helps companies avoid and reduce expensive lawsuits

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Intraspexion uses deep learning and predictive analytics to predict and prevent potential litigation. Intraspexion has several patents. Intraspexion is as an early warning system that operates through analysis of a company’s emails to identify those that contain risk factors. Legal …