DARPA Robot submarine hunting ship boosts radar range by 6 times using parasail to put gear at 1500 feet altitude

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program has developed and built a technology demonstration vessel that is currently undergoing open-water testing off the coast of California and recently set sail with its first payload: a prototype of a low-cost, elevated sensor mast developed through the Agency’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems …

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Nearing affordable extraction of uranium from seawater, which would unlock over 800 times current reserves and with breeder reactors provide resources for billion years of current world power

The oceans hold more than four billion tons of uranium—enough to meet global energy needs for the next 10,000 years if only we could capture the element from seawater to fuel nuclear power plants. For half a century, researchers worldwide have tried to mine uranium from the oceans with limited success. In the 1990s, Japan …

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Antiproton attraction measured to be similar to protons

Researchers revealed evidence this week that the attractive force between antiprotons is similar to that between protons — and measured it. Specifically, the team measured two important parameters: the scattering length and the effective range of interaction between two antiprotons. This gave scientists a fundamental new way to understand the force that holds together the …

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DARPA Warrior Web Exosuit is undergoing outdoor Army tests on a 6 mile course

Harvard’s Warrior Web exoskeleton prototype is undergoing performance testing by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Soldiers wear the prototype underneath a full set of battle gear and hike a three mile course, including roadways and moderately rugged, wooded terrain. ARL technicians monitor the soldiers’ stride lengths and frequency, …

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China new nuclear JL-2 and DF-41 missiles will cover all US territory

China could soon target the United States with sea-based nuclear weapons as it is reinforcing its submarines with long-range nuclear ballistic missiles, a US congressional report has found. China’s military is set to acquire a reliable, hard-to-destroy sea-based nuclear deterrent, with a dozen JL-2 missiles that are being mounted on its JIN class submarines, according …

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LPP Fusion Crowdfunding at $125K of $200K target

Scientists at LPP Fusion, led by Chief Scientist Eric Lerner, are just one step away from technically proving out dense plasma focus fusion and you a few thousand other people can help for the final push. They are already 63% of the way to the $200,000 they needed for a few key experiments with 19 …

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Thorough and fairly complete third party data about China’s Economy

Adapted from methodology used by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book,” The China Beige Book is an 80 page quarterly report that uses both quantitative and qualitative data to track real-time conditions within the Chinese economy, both regionally as well as within each of eight key industries within each region. In addition to providing clients …

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Low-cost materials could make storing hours of power from a wind farm economically feasible

Harvard University researchers say they’ve developed a new type of battery that could make it economical to store a couple of days of electricity from wind farms and other sources of power. The new battery, which is described in the journal Nature, is based on an organic molecule—called a quinone—that’s found in plants such as …

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Could China Make claims to the Moon that could trigger a new space race ?

Glenn Harlan Reynolds (Instapundit) wrote in USA Today that he hopes China makes territorial claims to the moon to start a gold rush for space resources. On Saturday, a Chinese lunar probe made the first soft landing anyone’s made on the moon since 1976. The Chang’e-3 probe means that China is one of only three …

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If $82 billion is a pilot program for Chinese factory automation and robots then how many trillion dollars will the full national program be ?

Zhejiang, one province in China, will pilot a novel solution to rising worker wages: investing $82 billion over five years to help local factories partially automate production processes. In Zhejiang province, average assembly-line wages nearly tripled from 2005 to 2012, from $2,425 to $6,750 per year. And Zhejiang officials aren’t alone in their thinking. China …

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Scientific proof for quantumness for a special quantum system that does not yet exist

DWave Systems 512 qubit quantum annealing system was mentioned in an article that mainly talks about a new proof of quantumness for a specially built and as yet non-existent two qubit system. So the researchers are saying if you build a quantum system in the way that they describe then it would be easy to …

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