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asiaElectric 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 …

armyEnergy Harvesting output voltage increased from 7 millivolts to 1 volt will enable better wearable electronics

Piezoelectric materials such as ZnO, as well as several others, have the ability to convert mechanical energy to electrical energy, and vice versa. “ZnO nanostructures are particularly suitable as nanogenerator functional elements, thanks to their numerous virtues including transparency, lead-free …

bikesRussia will deploy innovative special ammunition for better penetration of fortification and armor

Russia’s intendsto modernise much of its military in the coming years. Russia will spend about $600 billion from now to 2020 upgrading tanks, planes, missiles and ships. The commander of Russia’s Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense (RBhBD) troops, Maj. Gen. …

chinaChina could be biggest global investor by 2025 and gain geopolitically

China is expected to invest $169bn in infrastructure in the UK between 2014 and 2025, according to a report by law firm Pinsent Masons. Most of this money, $70bn, will go into Britain’s energy sector, with property and transport expected …

artificial intelligenceNew Multicore Optical Fiber allows for 21 times more bandwidth

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and the University of Central Florida (CREOL) in the USA, have successfully transmitted at a record high 255 Terabits per second over a new type of fiber allowing 21 times …

electric bikesScientists have synthesized first artificial yeast chromosome

Technology Review reports that scientists have synthesized an entire yeast chromosome, the first artificial chromosome for the kingdom of life that includes humans, plants, and fungi. Yeast with the artificial chromosome appeared to be just as happy as their “natural” …

batteriesHammers Slammers like Nuclear powered hovertanks would technically be feasible for the late 2020s and 2030s

Terrestrial energy is trying to develop integral molten salt nuclear fission reactors. These nuclear reactors would have about 20-200 times less volume than conventional nuclear fission reactors. The US, Europe and China are trying to develop supercritical carbon dioxide turbines …

batteriesDiefenbaker of Canada agreed to stop making major weapons in 1959 and wound down Canada’s military from 5% of GDP to about 2% of GDP over 6 years

Canada outsourced most of military to the USA starting in about 1957-1964 when defense spending went from about 5% of GDP to about 2.5% of GDP. It was the deal that the US pressured Canada into accepting in 1957-1964. Canada …

chinaRussia unveils plan for 21 new nuclear reactors by 2030 and includes two BN-1200 sodium cooled fast reactors

The Russian government has approved a plan to build 21 new nuclear power generation units across nine power stations by 2030 as part of a regional and territorial energy planning scheme. via nucnet.org The plan, released in a document published …

batteriesLithum Sulfur batteries good for 1500 charges are good enough for electric cars

Lithium Sulfur Battery could find use in mobile applications, and eventually, electric vehicles with 300-mile range. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated in the laboratory a lithium-sulfur (Li/S) battery that has …