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chinaNorth Korea tested an ICBM

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The US believes North Korea fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday, two U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News — a significant step forward in Pyongyang’s weapons program. The ICBM, which is believed to be “two-stage,” officials said, would …

antiagingFor commoners using CPUs meaningful Moore’s law stopped over 10 years ago, GPUs kept to Moore’s law but Google’s Tensorflow is 4 generations beyond

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CPUs vastly slowed in performance scaling around 1997-2004. You can see it with the lines showing flat clock speeds and performance per clock. However, you already knew it from the lack of real performance improvement in laptops and desktop computers. …

direct energy weaponsNextbigfuture moving to wordpress

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Nextbigfuture is moving to wordpress. This may cause some outages today as the DNS is switched We apologize for the inconvenience

africaCircular RNAs can communicate with ribosomes and make proteins

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For decades, loops of genetic material known as circular RNA were considered a kind of genetic accident. But scientists have given them new attention in recent years, and a set of papers published this month suggests some of them actually …

physics500 job openings at Spacex and 2000 jobs at the Tesla Gigafactory

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Spacex has around 500 job openings on its careers site. Panasonic plans to hire 2,000 people this year to make batteries for the Tesla Model 3 at the Gigafactory located east of Sparks. They’re looking to fill positions as material …

physicsGraphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

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Graphene-oxide membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. Now the much sought-after development of making membranes capable of sieving common salts has been achieved. New research demonstrates the real-world potential of providing clean drinking water …

physicsOne hour travel times help define a city … so four hour Acela travel times means Boston-DC-NY are not a city

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Research work from Zahavi and Marchetti show that there is from ancient times the invariant behavior that a unified town or city is defined by being able to travel across it in about one hour. The center of the city …

brainRough estimate of chances and timeline for different types of nuclear fusion successes

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General Fusion has revealed that one of the most critical and complex areas of its research and development – plasma injector technology – has now reached the minimum performance levels required for a larger scale, integrated prototype. First plasmas had …

facebookTelsa Motors near $50 billion valuation makes sense by viewing them as Porsche and a near future Mercedes

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Telsa passed Ford for overall stock valuation with both valuing around $50 billion. Tesla passed Ford even though it delivered fewer than 80,000 vehicles globally last year, compared with 6.7 million from Ford. Telsa Motors near $50 billion valuation makes …

economic impactControl of Soft Robots Using Magnetic Fields

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A team of engineering researchers has made a fundamental advance in controlling so-called soft robots, using magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded in soft robotic devices. The researchers have already created several devices that make use of the …