Superconducting sensor could detect submarines by the magnetic disturbance of their wake

The Debye effect could be used hunt submarines using the magnetic signatures of their wakes. Seawater is salty, full of ions of sodium and chlorine. Because those ions have different masses, any nudge—such as a passing submarine—moves some farther than others. Each ion carries an electric charge, and the movement of those charges produces a …

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Grumman Laser Beam Control System for Next-Generation Fighter will begin testing by 2019

Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force mature its plans to use directed energy systems for self-protection on current and future aircraft under a contract awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The laser weapon will be housed in a pod attached to a fighter-sized aircraft. The system will be tested on a tactical …

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Japan increases military spending and the Asia region has an arms buildup

The budget approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet increases military spending to a record level, reflecting Mr. Abe’s desire to bolster the defense of outlying islands that are at the heart of a territorial dispute with China. Military spending in the year beginning April 2016 is set to rise 1.5% to ¥5.05 trillion ($41.8 …

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George Church confident of reversing some aging in humans by 2022

George Church has expressed confidence that in just five or six years he will be able to reverse the aging process in human beings. George Church is among those who can claim at least partial credit for the innovation of CRISPR gene editing George Church says that there are more important things in the balance …

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In 2015 US denies oil market access to its ally Canada but grants access to Iran

The US administration rejected the Keystone Pipeline which hinders the closest ally of the USA, Canada, from getting its oil to markets While the US administration previously made a deal to get Iranian oil to market “It’s ironic that the administration would strike a deal to allow Iranian crude on the global market while refusing …

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How Fixing the Bay Bridge went from $250 million to a likely $13 billion including interest and financing costs

After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the Bay Area, official go estimates for rebuilding the damaged Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland. The first cost estimates, released in 1995, figured both east and west spans of the bridge could be upgraded for $250 million. In September 2013, the price tag for eastern span …

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Getting the functions and benefits of Star Trek Like Technology without the incorrect Star Trek Approaches

Phil Plait had a recent review of what Star Trek technology was possible but he categorized many technologies as not being possible without considering the functions commonly seen on Star trek shows and how those benefits could be delivered. Phil placed too much emphasis on the literal technobabble. Turbolifts – going up, down and sideways …

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Tweaking One Enzyme Doubles a C Elegans Worms Lifespan

a team of Korean researchers has found a way to modify a particular type of enzyme in roundworms to double their lifespan—and they suspect the same mechanisms might work in humans. Caenorhabditis elegans, the roundworm in question, may not look much like humans since they measure just one millimeter in length, but a number of …

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The useful future for exoskeletons is not the vision of iron man but old and crippled Batman using an exoskeleton

The comic book reference whenever exoskeleton developments are announced is Iron man. However, the major societal impact for exoskeletons and exosuits is to replace wheel chairs and crutches for the disabled and for frail elderly. This was shown in the Kingdom Come series in DC where an old and crippled Batman (Bruce Wayne) used an …

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Deep Learning and Deep Reinforcement Learning Tutorials

Graduate Summer School: Deep Learning, Feature Learning “Deep Learning, Self-Taught Learning and Unsupervised Feature Learning (Part 1 Slides1-68; Part 2 Slides 69-109)” Recent Developments in Deep Learning by Geoff Hinton Geoff Hinton presents as part of the UBC Department of Computer Science’s Distinguished Lecture Series, May 30, 2013. Professor Hinton was awarded the 2011 Herzberg …

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Pig hearts could be transplanted into humans after baboon success

A genetically engineered pig heart which was transplanted into a baboon has survived more than a year without being rejected, leading scientists to hope that animal parts could one day provide a limitless sources of organs. The hearts of genetically modified pigs could be transplanted into humans to solve the shortage of organ donors, scientists …

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