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Stabilizing Design for Laser Pushed Light Sails

$100 million has been put into the Breakthrough Starshot project to push a sail up to 20% the speed of light and send an unmanned probe to Alpha Centauri in about 20 years. There is progress on a stabilizing design …

US Army Getting Robotic Squad Support Drone Vehicles

The US Army has ordered 624 Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport, or SMET, from General Dynamics Land Systems. The $162.4 million contract kicks off the eventual 624 SMETs order for the Army. The land drone units will be deployed by 2021. …

Speed of Sound Vortex Would Boost Engine Efficiency by 5-10%

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have patented a novel design for rapidly spinning the gas in combustion engines to boost efficiency by 5-10%. The ability to absorb energy while being heated of an ideal spinning gas is greater than that …

chinaChina working on reusing rocket stages and will try to use parachutes and airbags to recover stages

China is developing a rocket stage and engine recovery system at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology in Beijing. It uses using a set of multiple parachutes, which are stored in the first stage of the rocket, which is …

darpaTissue created with microblood vessel network and integrated the tissue into mice – a major advance for bioprinting organs

New research, led by nanoengineering professor Shaochen Chen, addresses one of the biggest challenges in tissue engineering: creating lifelike tissues and organs with functioning vasculature —networks of blood vessels that can transport blood, nutrients, waste and other biological materials — …

futureNavy focused on UAV just for refueling for faster development and deployment

Currently the US Navy refuels its carrier aircraft with its Super Hornet fleet. The tanking mission accounts from anywhere from 25 to 30 percent of Super Hornet sorties, further exacerbating the ongoing tactical aviation shortfalls in the service. That demand …

futureWi-fi on rays of infrared light: 100 times faster at 40 gigabits per second, and never overloaded

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with a solution to slow wifi. Use a wireless network based on harmless infrared rays. The capacity is not only huge (more than 40Gbit/s per ray) but also there is no …

commercialDig Once Bill would lower cost of fiber and broadband by up to 90% and has bipartisan support

Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2017 is being discussed at the The House Communications Subcommittee. President Donald Trump plans a trillion dollar infrastructure package that will almost certainly include broadband. If the US adopts a “dig once” policy, construction workers …

armyArmy testing 100 mph tracked ATV

The 750-horsepower, optionally manned EV2 is capable of reaching speeds of almost 100 miles per hour and costs roughly $250,000. At 9,000 pounds, the Ripsaw is closer in size to the Humvee than a tank. For example, the Army’s M1A2 …

chinaChina’s low fertility rate will cause policies to shift and IVF to boom to millions per year and then mass embryo selection

Statistics released by the China Population Association (CPA) in 2013 revealed that the infertile population of the country has surpassed 40 million, making up 12.5 percent of the total population of childbearing age. Some forecast that the Chinese baby boom …