China Yuan Depreciation and India demonetization drive up Bitcoin market and value

The total value of all bitcoins in circulation hit a record high above $16 billion on Friday, as the web-based digital currency jumped 5 percent on the day to its highest levels in three years after more than doubling in price this year. The price of one bitcoin reached $875 on the Europe-based Bitstamp exchange, …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 338

1. Forbes James Conca – Oops! – Rick Perry Chosen To Head Energy Department The former Texas Governor is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to become the next Secretary for the Department of Energy (DOE). This is amazing given that Governor Perry wanted to kill the Department completely. Everyone seems fixated on shifting DOE away from …

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Intel will deliver 100X increase in deep learning training

Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel, says the Intel Nervana platforms will “produce breakthrough performance and dramatic reductions in the time to train complex neural networks.” She predicted that Intel would deliver a 100x increase in performance of deep learning training. Last week at SC16, Intel …

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Private Space Stations could start launching in 2020 and large multi-module stations able to hold 100 or more people by 2030

Bigelow Aerospace and Axiom Space — plan to launch habitat modules to orbit in 2020, with the aim of making some money off Earth. If all goes according to plan, private space stations will eventually form the backbone of commercial facilities that replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is currently funded through 2024. “Hopefully, …

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Hormone injection for men has been shown to be 96% effective as contraception

A hormone injection has been shown to be a safe and effective method of contraception – for men. US researchers say the jab was almost 96% effective in tests on around 270 men who were using it, with four pregnancies among their partners. However, a relatively high number developed side effects, including acne and mood …

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DARPA making robotic co-pilot for helicopters and all other planes

ALIAS ( ircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System) can fly a military helicopter and then move into another aircraft and fly that too— and ALIAS is not human. Driverless cars may have been making headlines of late, but DARPA’s ALIAS program has also been making great strides in the development of “digital pilot” technology. The brainchild …

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F35A caught fire prior to takeoff and others have crumbling insulation but what do you expect at $150 million each ?

An F-35A Joint Strike Fighter preparing for a training mission at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, caught fire just before takeoff, according to the Air Force. The Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, experienced what the service said was a “ground emergency” at about 12:20 p.m. eastern Friday at …

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Dog with nearly completely severed spinal cord has spinal cord repaired by team working towards human head transplant

Video footage seen by New Scientist appears to show a dog walking three weeks after its spinal cord was almost completely severed. Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero says the technique used to treat the dog will make a human head transplant possible next year. The idea is that someone paralysed from the neck down, for example, …

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Chief of Naval Operations confident US carrier fleets and aircraft can operate inside anti-access/area denial zones

The United States Navy is absolutely confident in the ability of its aircraft carriers and carrier air wings to fly and fight within zones defended by so-called anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) weapons. Both Russia and China—and to a lesser extent Iran—have been developing layered anti-ship and anti-aircraft defenses that would make it more difficult for the …

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New Dwarf Planet Beyond Neptune

An international team of astronomers have discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. The new object is roughly 700 kilometers in size and has one of the largest orbits for a dwarf planet. Designated 2015 RR245 by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center, it was found …

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Tensions will be high in many US cities after four police officers killed at a protest over the shooting by police of unarmed black men

Four Dallas police officers were killed and seven others were wounded. Two snipers shot the 11 from elevated positions during a protest. Two officers are in surgery and three are in critical condition. The shooting happened as protests were underway about two blocks from Dealey Plaza. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and …

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