economic impactSeries of Fusion Experiments that Could Lead to Cheap, Clean, Abundant Fusion Energy

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The bootstrapped LPP Fusion dense plasma focus nuclear fusion project will be starting a potentially big year of testing. They are completing work on their beryllium electrode. If everything goes smoothly on four critical steps then this could be the …

spaceSpaceX Test Firing Integrated Raptor Engine This Week

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SpaceX will begin test firing the Starhopper. The Starhopper will be tethered and the hops will not be visible from offsite. This will likely be only a few feet or less of lift in the initial tests. The first integrated …

energyLatest Space Based Solar Power Concepts and Experiments at Caltech

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Caltech and Northrop Grumman are continuing to make research progress towards space-based solar power. In 2018, the aerial density of the 1-meter solar tiles in 600 grams. This is an improvement from 1500 grams per square meters in 2017. They …

materialsSpaceX is Already Building the Orbital Starship

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SpaceX will not build a new nosecone for the Starhopper. Elon Musk tweeted that the new nosecone is being built for the orbital Starship. Elon has previously indicated that the orbital version of the Starship would be completed in June …

future weaponsMagnetized Plasma Hypersonic Projectile Gun

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China is working on magnetized plasma artillery which could enable hypersonic projectiles from a tank. This technology is different than railguns. China has started testing railguns on large navy ships. This technology could be ten to one hundred times smaller …

energyStanford New Measurement to Ensure High Quality Quantum Dots

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Stanford has a new measurement technique for quantum dots. Uncertainty about the quality of quantum dots are holding back the use of quantum dots. Above – A close-up artist’s rendering of quantum dots emitting light they’ve absorbed. (Image credit: Ella …

energyArtificial Muscles for a Future Air Conditioner

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A prototype device has been developed that is able to transfer heat using ‘muscles’ made from nickel-titanium. Nickel-titanium (aka nitinol) is a shape-memory material that releases heat to its surroundings when it is mechanically loaded in its superelastic state and …

antiagingAutomation and Longevity Impacts on Social Security and Medicare

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Some people believe that successful antiaging would have a huge impact on social security and Medicare. They believe that if breakthrough medicine reduced the death probability each year three times, then this would bankrupt social security or Medicare. If someone …

enginesRaptor Engine at SpaceX Starhopper Launchpad

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SpaceX is installing the first Raptor engine into the Starhopper. There is video and pictures of the Raptor engine beside the Starhopper. Vivian Okoy shared a tweet with a picture of the Raptor engine. The Raptor engine has nearly twice …

antiagingAging Expert Heading FDA Could be Good for Antiaging Projects

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In April, aging research expert Norman E. (Ned) Sharpless, MD will become the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Sharpless is a 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar. Ned served on …