Despite military budget cuts Russia will partner with the UAE to develop a new light fifth generation stealth fighter

Russia and the United Arab Emirates will fund efforts to develop a light fifth generation jet, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said on Monday. “We’ve signed an agreement on industrial cooperation in the field of military engineering,” Manturov said at the 13th international weapons show IDEX -2017. Isis not clear what the …

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Fourth Yangjiang unit enters commercial operation

Unit 4 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China’s Guangdong province has completed commissioning tests and now meets the conditions for entering commercial operation, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced on March 15, 2017. The loading of fuel assemblies into the core of the 1080 MWe CPR-1000 pressurised water reactor was completed on 21 November …

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Several tech billionaires are openly or secretely funding broadband mind computer interfacing projects

Last year Bryan Johnson, founder of the online payments company Braintree, starting making news when he threw $100 million behind Kernel, a startup he founded to enhance human intelligence by developing brain implants capable of linking people’s thoughts to computers. Johnson isn’t alone in believing that “neurotechnology” could be the next big thing. To many …

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Russia and Venezuela are running out of cash

Russia’s reserve fund could be depleted in mid-2017, perhaps a few months later,” said Ondrej Schneider, chief economist at the Institute of International Finance. Russia may start building up its Reserve Fund in the second half of 2017, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said January. This would be if oil prices average $50 per barrel and …

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Russia cuts military budget 25% from $65 billion to $48 billion

Figures released by the Russian Federal Treasury have confirmed that Russia’s defence budget has been cut by 25.5% for 2017, falling from RUB3.8 trillion (USD65.4 billion) to RUB2.8 trillion. The reduction represents the largest cut to military expenditure in the country since the early 1990s. The reduction follows an extended period of large increases to …

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Global Foundries will use Free Electron Lasers to boost EUV throughput and lower cost

Semiconductor chip makers TSMC and Global Foundries are finally committed to dates for the commercialization of EUV lithography. Global foundries will use Free electron lasers to boost EUV volume production and lower costs. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com …

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Taiwan Semiconductor will have volume production of 7 nanometer chips using Extreme Ultraviolet lithography starting June 2018

TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor) disclosed plans for an enhanced 7nm FinFET node using extreme ultraviolet lithography, a 12nm upgrade of its 16nm process and a 22nm planar technology — its answer to fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI). The foundry also described enhancements to its two chip-stacking techniques, advances in RF CMOS and work in transistors and materials, …

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Ultrafast laser pulses used to efficiently independently manipulate energy levels of electron pairs and this is progress to faster valleytronics computing

Valleytronics is exciting as a potential avenue to quantum computing. Like spintronics, valleytronics offers a tremendous advantage in data processing speeds over the electrical charge used in classical electronics. “In valleytronics, electrons move through the lattice of a 2D semiconductor as a wave with two energy valleys, each valley being characterized by a distinct momentum …

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Warming Mars and thickening its atmosphere can be done in 10-100 years

If all the solar incident on Mars were to be captured with 100% efficiency, then Mars would warm to Earth-like temperatures in about 10 years. However, the efficiency of the greenhouse effect is plausibly about 10%, thus the time it would take to warm Mars would be ~100 years. This assumes, of course, adequate production …

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European superconducting tape achieves goals of lower cost and more efficient superconducting tape

European researchers have created a cheaper and more efficient superconducting tape which could one day be used to double the potency of wind turbines. The Eurotapes research project addressed two broad objectives: 1.- The integration of the latest developments into simple conductor architectures for low and medium cost applications and delivery of +500 meter tapes …

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Iran starts building unit 2 of Bushehr nuclear plant

Construction and installation work formally started yesterday at the site of unit 2 of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, Atomproekt, the reactor design subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, announced today. The first foundation stone for units 2 and 3 of the plant was laid in a ceremony held at the construction …

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