Second hardest transparent material developed from common industrial ceramic silicon nitride

Scientists have for the first time developed a transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic that is the second hardest material after diamond and can withstand substantially higher temperatures. The super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride can potentially be used under extreme conditions like in engines, researchers said. Scientists have synthesised the first transparent …

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Scientists unveil new form of matter: time crystals

most people, crystals mean diamond bling, semiprecious gems or perhaps the jagged amethyst or quartz crystals beloved by collectors. To Norman Yao, these inert crystals are the tip of the iceberg. If crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space, like the carbon lattice of a diamond, why can’t crystals also have a structure …

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Google’s Geoffrey Hinton Explains How Neural Networks Really Work and Deep Learning

Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Anti-aging Biotechnology, and Nanotechnology. Known for identifying cutting edge technologies, he is currently a …

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Towards roll to roll graphene production

An innovative new cheap and simple mass production technique, developed by the University of Exeter, is set to open up the global potential of the ‘wonder’ material graphene. A team of engineers from Exeter’s Centre for Graphene Science have developed a new method for creating entire device arrays directly on the copper substrates used for …

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Leadership, making a talent base and the building of silicon valley

What is it that’s magical about this place [Silicon Valley]? And is it something that could be replicated in other parts of the world? Everybody wants to replicate it. What they fail to understand is that replication is a 30- or 40-year effort. It’s not an overnight transformation. And it takes that long because the …

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MBDA Germany will demonstrate high energy combat lasers in 2017

MBDA Germany has edged closer to fielding a new deployable laser weapon system (LWS) following a series of day/night all-weather trials. Trials focus on beam guidance and tracking system High energy laser expected to be demonstrated in 2017 Conducted at the Bundeswehr’s military training ground at Putlos on the Baltic Sea from 4-14 October, the …

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Uber plan for flying taxis targets 2025-2030 and could spend $400 million- $1 billion to make it happen

Uber has released a 98 page plan for flying taxis Every day, millions of hours are wasted on the road worldwide. Last year, the average San Francisco resident spent 230 hours commuting between work and home—that’s half a million hours of productivity lost every single day. In Los Angeles and Sydney, residents spend seven whole …

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Molecular Nanotechnologists win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing molecular machines

Three pioneers in the development of nanomachines, made of moving molecules, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday. Bernard Feringa was the first person to develop a molecular motor; in 1999 he got a molecular rotor blade to spin continually in the same direction. Using molecular motors, he has rotated a glass cylinder …

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Small asteroid passes ten time closer than the moon

A small asteroid designated 2016 RB1 safely flew past Earth today at 10:20 a.m. PDT (1:20 p.m. EDT / 17:20 UTC) at a distance of about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers, or just less than 1/10th the distance of Earth to the moon). Because the asteroid’s orbit carried it below (or over) Earth’s south pole, it …

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Dark matter galaxy found that is the size of the Milky Way which is 10,000 times heavier than other dark matter galaxies

An Ultra Diffuse Galaxy (UDGs) has been discovered that is the mass of the Milky Way but 99.9% dark matter. Researchers used the 8-meter Gemini North telescope to see a halo of spherical clusters of stars around the galaxy’s core, similar to the halo that surrounds our Milky Way galaxy. Dragonfly 44’s mass is estimated …

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Space launch of a roll up solar array set for spring of 2017 and will boost power and reduce weight of space solar power

The U.S. Air Force has funded a test flight of the ROSA (Roll Up Solar Array) mechanism, now scheduled for a SpaceX launch in Spring 2017 to the International Space Station, where it will be deployed in space. ROSA is groundbreaking, a lightweight technology that rolls up and stows into a very compact volume, explains …

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