Technology Archive

darpaDARPA wants control of Light and Matter Interactions

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A unique class of engineered light-manipulating materials, known as metamaterials or structured materials, makes use of patterns of strongly interacting wavelength or sub-wavelength-sized elements. Because of these intricate internal and surface structures, new properties have emerged, some exhibiting behavior that …

moonElon Musk’s Faith in humanity restored by Yusaku

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Elon Musk indicated that his faith in humanity was greatly restored by Yusaku Maezawa. Yusaka has purchased a SpaceX BFR flight where he and artist guests will be the first civilians to fly around the moon. Yusaku took his money …

spaceSpaceX will develop vacuum version of Raptor for version 2 of BFS

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SpaceX changed the engines for the SpaceX BFS. They are all using non-vacuum engine nozzles. This reduces the amount of payload that will be taken to space in the first version. It seems to reduce it from 150 tons to …

chinaLong March 9 will take 140 tons to low-earth orbit starting 2028

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China plans to launch the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-9 in 2028, said an official of China National Space Administration (CNSA) at the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 on Tuesday. Li Guoping, director of the Department of System Engineering …

internetSoftware defined radios are key to satellite direct to future smartphone communication

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Nextbigfuture was able to ask Rob Hoyt of Tethers Unlimited how he will be able to use 27 large high low-earth orbit satellites to provide high-speed internet directly to smartphones. The GlobalFi approach will be to put all of the …

carsTesla focus on execution and no real competition until 2020

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Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein says there is no credible competition for the Tesla Model 3 until 2020. In 2020, Volvo will release its all-electric Polestar 2 sedan. The Model S luxury sedan and the Model X luxury SUV will only …

internetHigh bandwidth mobile satellite internet for ships, trains, cars now

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Kymeta is delivering the only commercially-available, flat-panel, electronically-steered satellite terminal. The technology is lighter weight and uses far less power than other technological alternatives. The Terminals can weigh 21 kilograms which is about one-third of the weight of alternatives. In …

astronomyCarnival of Space 579

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The Carnival of Space 579 is up at Cosmoquest. Universe Today – Cassini Data Has Revealed a Towering Hexagonal Storm at Saturn’s Northern Pole Universe Today – Europan Space Whales Anyone? Planets Covered by Deep Oceans Can Still Have Life …

demographicsAsian Americans have 39% more income are about $1 trillion in spending power

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Asian-American population will reach 25.7 million by 2019. Asian-Americans will outnumber U.S. Hispanics by 2055 according to U.S. Census Bureau projections. There are about 22.3 million Asian Americans not including multi-racial. Population levels are increasing by 500,000-700,000 each year from …

geopoliticalNorth Korea agrees to inspections in bid to salvage nuclear talks

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North Korea offers to permanently abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, in a new gesture by leader Kim Jong Un to revive faltering talks with Washington over his country’s nuclear program. After a summit in …