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combat laserUS Military is close to an operational combat laser on the AC-130J gunship

The combat laser for the AC-130J gunship is “rapidly moving” from the concept to the practice according to General Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command. Webb recently visited MIT Lincoln Labs to view its advancements, and saw …

air forceUS Navy, air force and army should have combat lasers in the 150 kilowatt to megawatt range in the 2020s

Mark Gunzinger, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, says that within just a few years, he expects far more powerful prototypes of more than 150 kilowatts. Within six to eight years, US forces could begin …

air forceIf Fast Radio Bursts are beamed solar sail propulsion then they are powering one million ton spaceships for up to ten thousand Kardashev 1+ alien civilizations

A new study by Manasvi Lingam and Avi Loeb at Harvard says that fast radio bursts (FRBs) could come from extraterrestrial radio beams being used as beacons or to power alien light sails. The source of FRBs, which are milliseconds-long …

air force2 megabytes encoded in DNA at density of 215 petabytes per gram but would cost $900 trillion to scale up to 215 petabytes

Researchers report that they’ve come up with a new way to encode digital data in DNA to create the highest-density large-scale data storage scheme ever invented. Capable of storing 215 petabytes (215 million gigabytes) in a single gram of DNA, …

direct energy weaponsPentagon studies ways to counter hypersonic missile threat from China, Russia

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency has launched a study of innovative ways to counter advanced missile threats such as ultra-high-speed maneuvering hypersonic missiles. The agency recently released a request for information that will seek to identify weapon concepts for defense …

air forceResearchers need more proof from Harvard of the claim for the creation of solid metallic hydrogen which is a holy grail of physics

Researchers doubt the Harvard claim that solid metallic hydrogen has been created Ranga Dias and Isaac Silvera, both physicists at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, first posted a report of their results on the arXiv preprint server last October, which …

direct energy weaponsLockheed talks up reducing F35 costs by at least ten percent

Secretary of Defense James Mattis last week directed his deputy to conduct a review of the F-35 fighter program with an eye to reducing the cost of the Pentagon’s biggest weapon program. The only situations where it might matter whether …

air forceNanocomp Technologies makes bulk carbon nanotubes 100 times longer at 1-10 millimeters instead of 5 to 20 microns

A new commercial manufacturing process for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) produces tubes in the range of 1–10 mm in length (5–12-nm dia.), two orders of magnitude longer than currently available CNTs, which typically have lengths from 5–20µm. “Despite attractive mechanical and …

air forceUS publishes Near Earth asteroid defense plan

The National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy (Strategy) and the forthcoming National Near Earth Object Preparedness Action Plan (Action Plan) together seek to improve our Nation’s preparedness to address the hazard of near-Earth object (NEO) impacts by enhancing the integration of …

air forceCanada will spend C$750 million to provide all Canadians minimum internet broadband 50 Mbps download / 10 Mbps upload, currently 82% have such access

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) toda declared that broadband access Internet service is now considered a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians. The CRTC is also setting ambitious new speed targets and creating a new fund that will …