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electric sailThrust Vectoring of an Electric Solar Wind Sail

The electric solar wind sail is a propulsion system that uses the solar wind proton flow as a source of momentum for spacecraft thrust. The momentum of the solar wind is transferred to the spacecraft by electrically charged light-weight tethers …

electric sailArmy fast tracking active protection to detect and destroy rocket propelled grenades and antitank missiles in milliseconds

The Army is fast-tracking an emerging technology which gives combat vehicles an opportunity identify, track and destroy approaching enemy rocket-propelled grenades in a matter of milliseconds. Called Active Protection Systems, or APS, the technology uses sensors and radar, computer processing, …

electric sailRussia developing underwater drone submarine to deliver megaton nuclear weapon

Russia is building a drone submarine to deliver large-scale nuclear weapons against U.S. harbors and coastal cities, according to Pentagon officials. The developmental unmanned underwater vehicle, or UUV, when deployed, will be equipped with megaton-class warheads capable of blowing up …

astronomyWill China be ground zero for joblosses from Robots ?

In 2014, Chinese factories accounted for about a quarter of the global ranks of industrial robots — a 54 percent increase over 2013. According to the International Federation of Robotics, it will have more installed manufacturing robots than any other …

electric sailLawrence Livermore able to scale antimatter production with more powerful lasers

Using ever more energetic lasers, Lawrence Livermore researchers have produced a record high number of electron-positron pairs, opening exciting opportunities to study extreme astrophysical processes, such as black holes and gamma-ray bursts. The current lasers are at 500-1000 joules. The …

electric sailGoogle Y lab could partner with countries for new more efficient cities

The Information reports in 2013, Google CEO Larry Page convened his direct reports, the company’s dozen or so senior vice presidents, for a project that would take up two days a week for a couple of months. About 100 other …

astronomyIHS projects that China will pass the USA on nominal GDP in 2024

IHS forecasts China will pass the United States as the largest world economy in nominal (currency exchange) GDP basis in 2024. Nextbigfuture believes China will pass the USA on nominal GDP in 2019 or 2020 because of growth and an …

electric sailUndersea tunnels and high speed rail will bring people and freight to mostly 8 hours trips or less from Beijing within China

Construction of an extraordinary underwater high-speed rail tunnel in China’s Bohai Strait is likely to start some time after 2016, Chinese media report. The proposed undersea link would stretch more than 100km under Bohai Bay to become the world’s longest …

astronomyIndia’s path from poverty from an MGI plan – the insights are applicable to other poor countries

India has made encouraging progress by halving its official poverty rate, from 45 percent of the population in 1994 to 22 percent in 2012. McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) has created the Empowerment Line, an analytical framework that determines the level …

electric sailProbably After Tesla Motors is the Worlds Biggest Car Company, Elon Musk will make an electric supersonic vertical takeoff and landing jet

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies, said today he may someday work to develop a supersonic, all-electric jet that could take off and land vertically. This would be more cost effective than Hyperloop at distances …