Amazon is Bringing Cloud Computing Economics and Convenience to Space Data Operations

Getting satellite data back to Earth is still more difficult than it should be. Large-scale satellite operators often build and run their own ground stations at a cost of up to one million dollars or more each; smaller operators enter into inflexible long-term contracts to make use of existing ground stations. Amazon will make space …

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China to get first 4 Su-35 Fighter Jets from Russia in 2016 and they will reverse engineer the AL-117S engine

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Air Force (PLAAF) is slated to receive the first four out of 24 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jets, the governor of Khabarovsk Krai, a federal subject located in the Russian Far East, said in a speech during the opening of a new aircraft production plan on September 15, according to …

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Russia PAK FA is technically comparable to the F-22 but Russia needs high oil prices to afford strategically meaningful numbers

Russia’s first fifth-generation fighter project, the “MiG 1.44,” produced a single prototype before cancellation. The advent of the F-22 Raptor, and the expectation that the United States would follow up with large numbers of F-35s, made the development of a fifth-generation fighter imperative for Russia. Perception of this need resulted in the award of a …

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Oil at lowest level since July 2004

AAA put the average U.S. gas price at $1.998 per gallon on Monday, while fuel-price tracking service GasBuddy.com calculated the national average at $1.995 a gallon. That’s the lowest price by either measure since March 25, 2009. Brent crude oil extended a slide on Monday to its lowest level in more than 11 years while …

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Paper-based test could diagnose hepatitis B and assess male fertility for less than $1

Scientists have developed a new paper device that analyzes DNA and could rapidly and inexpensively assess disparate conditions including hepatitis B and male infertility, which together affect millions of people around the world. The test, reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, could be of particular help diagnosing people in low-income areas. DNA …

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Alcoa Unveils Next-Generation Aluminum Materials Through Breakthrough Manufacturing Technology

Alcoa today unveiled breakthrough manufacturing technology, the Alcoa MicromillTM, that will manufacture the most advanced aluminum sheet on the market. The Micromill will enable the next generation of automotive aluminum products, and equip Alcoa to capture growing demand. Cars are about 10% aluminum now and could go to 20-30% in 2025. Key Facts * Micromill …

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Roadable VTOL Aircraft and Modular Cargo Systems

Advanced Tactics Inc., a small aerospace company, released details about its AT Transformer vehicle technology and announced that a full-scale technology demonstrator has completed its first driving tests. The interior volume is comparable to a Blackhawk helicopter, making it well-suited for cargo missions as well. In 2012, Advanced Tactics began work on the AT Panther …

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China nearing the world average in corruption where Italy and Kuwait are at the average

China has made modest improvements in perceived corruption and has moved up to a corruptipon level of 40 on the Transparency.org index. 0 is the most corrupt and 100 is the least corrupt. 43 was the global average in corruption in 2013. So China is just short of the global average in corruption. China is …

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