124 minutes from Bordeaux to Paris instead of 205 minutes with higher speed train

This month a new high-speed railway line began operating between Paris and Bordeaux—reducing travel time from three hours twenty-five minutes to two hours and four minutes. This makes day trips between cities practical, and will further open up southwest France to visitors. Although there are currently multiple daily flights between cities, travel time between city …

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Pro-EU Macron wins French Presidency

Pre-election polls had forecast a sizable Macron victory, and he appeared to have delivered, with projections issued after polls closed showing him with around 65 percent of the vote. Macron promised to reform two institutions notoriously resistant to change: the European Union and the French bureaucracy. Macron promised to do more for the weaker EU …

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The shooting of Franz Ferdinand started WW1, will a new act of violence cause the breakup of the EU?

The murder of Franz Ferdinand started World War 1 over a century ago. Will a new act of terrorism in the coming days before the May 7th election lead to the breakup of the EU? It is generally expected that Marine Le Pen (anti-EU candidate for French President) will lose the runoff election for French …

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French Presidential runoff will be stark pro or anti EU choice

Right-wing politician Marine Le Pen claimed victory alongside centrist Emmanuel Macron for the French presidential runoff, with the future of the European Union at stake. Centrist Emmanuel Macron placed first and far-right leader Marine Le Pen placed second in initial exit polls in the first round of France’s presidential election, advancing them to a head-to-head …

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Second hardest transparent material developed from common industrial ceramic silicon nitride

Scientists have for the first time developed a transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic that is the second hardest material after diamond and can withstand substantially higher temperatures. The super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride can potentially be used under extreme conditions like in engines, researchers said. Scientists have synthesised the first transparent …

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Seeing the future of quantum systems allows for longer entanglement

Scientists at the University of Sydney have demonstrated the ability to “see” the future of quantum systems, and used that knowledge to preempt their demise, in a major achievement that could help bring the strange and powerful world of quantum technology closer to reality. The applications of quantum-enabled technologies are compelling and already demonstrating significant …

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Russia will complete a new advanced nuclear missile submarine and an improved attack submarine in 2017

The Project 955A nuclear submarine Prince Vladimir and the Project 885M Yasen-M nuclear-powered underwater cruiser Kazan will be floated out in 2017, Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk The Prince Vladimir was laid down in 2012 and will become the fourth submarine in the series of eight Borei-class underwater cruisers and the first submarine …

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DARPA awards $1.5 million to HRL Labs for oscillator with 500 times better temperature stabiilty for ultra low power atomic clocks

When it comes to military electronics – whether in the realm of communications, navigation, or tactical systems – timing and synchronization are critical. When deployed, even the best battery-fueled atomic clocks are less than ideal because of frequency variations under power cycling, long-term frequency drift, and temperature sensitivity. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) …

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More investment needed in quantum computing

The United States needs to invest more in quantum computing according to White House assistant director of cybersecurity Tim Polk. While the federal government has been funding quantum research for decades—quantum refers to a computing paradigm that relies on particles known as qubits instead of the traditional ones and zeros in classical computing—its global leadership …

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