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3dBrain implants could enhance learning and mental capacity by detecting desired activity and enhancing information flows to and from the hippocampus

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The abilities to learn, remember, evaluate, and decide are central to who we are and how we live. Damage to or dysfunction of the brain circuitry that supports these functions can be devastating, leading to Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, PTSD, or many …

electric sailRetired US Admiral suggest railguns with Mach 5 shotgun pellets for anti aircraft and anti-missile steel cloud

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China is about 30 years from catching up to US miltary spending and about 40-50 years from catching up with a comparable military capability. Even after catching up on budgets, China would lag in training and other factors that would …

amazonOver 200 million electric bikes in China in 2013 and What to Look for in a $1000 E-bike

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People in China rode more than 180 million e-bikes (electric bikes) by the end of last year, up 36 percent since 2010, according to Wood Mackenzie Ltd. Average lead content in a two-wheel e-bike has dropped from about 13 kilograms …

economic impactTelepresence Robots from $350 to $16000

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Several remote telepresence robots have come to market over the past few years, and more are on the way. Shown below are drivable remote telepresence robots from MantaroBot, Vgo, Anybots, and Suitable Technology. A lower cost non-mobile desktop alternative from …

enabling technologyNASA Researchers Studying Advanced Nuclear Rocket Technologies

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Advanced propulsion researchers at NASA are a step closer to solving the challenge of safely sending human explorers to Mars and other solar system destinations. By using an innovative test facility at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., …

enabling technologyNanometer-scale diamond tips improve nano-manufacturing

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One of the most promising innovations of nanotechnology has been the ability to perform rapid nanofabrication using nanometer-scale tips. The fabrication speed can be dramatically increased by using heat. High speed and high temperature have been known to degrade the …

africaSpacex Grasshopper pictures and video

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TPM – SpaceX has over the past few months been testing a new experimental reusable rocket design, which the company calls “Grasshopper,” launching and landing it twice in two separate “test hops,” from its site in McGregor, Texas. Spacex’s ultimate …

carsIncremental Solar Electric Propulsion Improvement Enables Electric Propulsion Human Missions to the Moon, Asteroids, and Mars

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NASA FISO presentation – This Way To Deep Space Electric Propulsion Human Missions to the Moon, Asteroids, and Mars (27 pages) New solar array technologies (e.g. ROSA, FAST, Ultraflex) could provide the power for a high-­‐power SEP stage (with specific …

additive manufacturingIBM Researchers Demonstrate Initial Steps toward Commercial Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube Chip

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For the first time, IBM scientists precisely place and test more than ten thousand carbon nanotube devices in a single chip using mainstream manufacturing processes. Novel processing method helped pave the way for carbon technology as a viable alternative to …

enabling technologyPopular Science has an overall negative feature of Andrea Rossi but Hopeful on LENR

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Popular Science has a length feature on Andrea Rossi and his energy catalyzer. After a lot of Rossi background with some new reportage, conclusion is not favorable I removed all identifying information and sent the report to an expert at …