Electric bikes could grow from 200 million today to 2 billion in 2050

There are 200 million electric bicycles ridden today and most are in China. China has had annual sales of about 30 million bikes sold for several years but about 25 million are replacements for worn out bikes. Growth exists, but it has slowed greatly. The Electric Bike Worldwide Report predicts that the electric bike industry …

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Carbon nanospikes can convert CO2 into Ethaol with a 63% yield and a room temperature reaction

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. “We discovered somewhat by accident that this material worked,” said ORNL’s Adam Rondinone, …

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Second careers are an issue now and not just for those who might live to a hundred or more

London Business School professor of management practice Lynda Gratton, argues that the trajectory of our lives—professionally and personally—remains trapped in a mind-set that applied when life spans were much shorter Gratton draws on her new book, The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, to explain why lives are moving from two …

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AlphaGo closes out the five match Go series with a win over Lee Sedol in the human versus computer competition

Google DeepMind’s program AlphaGo beat human Go World Champion Lee Sedol in the fifth match winning the 5 match series 4-1. 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 …

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Militaries using technology to mimic civilian vehicles like realistic versions of Autobots will violate the Geneva Convention

Under article 37 of the 1949 Geneva conventions, ruses such as camouflage, decoys, mock operations and misinformation are all permitted however, complete disguising as a civilian is not. ‘Adaptiv’ technology [developed by BAE Systems in Sweden] uses cameras on-board the target, such as an armored vehicle to detect the infrared readings of the background and …

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Russian President Putin declares Syria Mission Accomplished and the planned withdrawal of Russian Forces

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has abruptly declared that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops from Syria, saying the six-month military intervention had largely achieved its objective. The news on Monday, relayed personally to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in a telephone call from Putin, followed a meeting in the Kremlin with the …

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US Navy looks at three ways to kill everything which include Hypervelocity Projectiles and Railguns

The US Navy is adopting a philosophy of increased lethality and “three ways to kill everything.” Hypervelocity Projectiles (HPV) Among projects in the works for the US Navy is the development of new gun rounds, including the possibility of a smaller version of the electromagnetic projectile launching technology used by the rail gun weapon now …

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One operator controls 50 drones at one time

A team at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, has succeeded in launching 50 drones that were all piloted by a single person. The Zephyr drones they used are custom-made, largely from hobby parts, and cost about $2000 each. Getting so many into the air at once was challenging because they cannot be hand-launched …

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GE9X engine for the 777X will be 10% more efficient than any twin aisle engine

The GE9X was selected to power the new Boeing 777X. The GE9X will be the most fuel-efficient engine GE has ever produced on a per-pounds-of-thrust basis, designed to achieve a 10% improved aircraft fuel burn versus the GE90-115B-powered 777-300ER and a 5% improved specific fuel consumption versus any twin-aisle engine at service entry. In addition, …

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Electric Space Sail plans for leveraging 1000 meter tethers for interesting near term cubesat missions

ESAIL: Electric SAIL propulsion technology was presented in late 2014 The ESAIL EU FP7 project (2011-2013) developed laboratory prototypes (TRL 4-5) of the key components of the E-sail. The project involved five countries, nine institutes and had a EU contributed budget of about 1.7 million euros E-sail construction • Positive tethers (10-20 km length made …

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