High power microwaves and laser weapons

Directed-energy (DE) weapons, including high-energy lasers (HEL), high-power microwaves (HPM) and related radiofrequency technologies, offer the prospect of cost-effective precision attack or enhanced point defense and can provide warfighters with flexible nonkinetic employment options. DE weapons have finally demonstrated sufficient technical maturity that they may be integrated into naval, air and ground force structure for …

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Parody of Atlas robot testing

Auralnauts has a clip on YouTube. It has an imagined voice over conversation. It has a chat between Boston Dynamics employees testing the robot who are abusing the robot. The AI-powered machine decides to fight back against bullying. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers …

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$200,000 kickstarter for antimatter propulsion tests

Dreams of antimatter space propulsion are closer to reality than most rocket scientists could ever imagine, says former Fermilab physicist Gerald Jackson. In fact, if money were no object, he says an antimatter-driven spacecraft prototype could be tested within a decade. To that end, next month, Jackson and his Chicago-based Hbar Technologies firm are launching …

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Lightest and cheapest medical exoskeleton helps those paralyzed from the waste down to walk

Suitx has a $40,000 exoskeleton. The suit returns movement to wearers’ hips and knees with small motors attached to standard orthotics. Wearers can control the movement of each leg and walk at up to 1.1 miles per hour by pushing buttons integrated into a pair of crutches. Major Suitx features: A modular exoskeleton allowing the …

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Switchable material could enable new phase change memory chips

Two MIT researchers have developed a thin-film material whose phase and electrical properties can be switched between metallic and semiconducting simply by applying a small voltage. The material then stays in its new configuration until switched back by another voltage. The discovery could pave the way for a new kind of “nonvolatile” computer memory chip …

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Switchable material could enable new phase change memory chips

Two MIT researchers have developed a thin-film material whose phase and electrical properties can be switched between metallic and semiconducting simply by applying a small voltage. The material then stays in its new configuration until switched back by another voltage. The discovery could pave the way for a new kind of “nonvolatile” computer memory chip …

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India trying to reform to reach its economic growth potential

India’s robust growth rate is likely to level off in the coming year and could drop to as low as 7 per cent in an “increasingly grim” world economy, according to Arvind Subramanian, the government’s chief economic adviser. Releasing India’s annual economic survey on Friday ahead of next week’s budget, Mr Subramanian said India had …

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Disruptive advanced nuclear design is in pre-licensing design review

Terrestrial Energy announced that it is submitting its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) design to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for Phase I of its pre-licensing Vendor Design Review. During the course of this review, which is an optional feedback process offered by the CNSC, Terrestrial Energy will be demonstrating that the design meets …

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MFMP project publishes recipe for excess heat with low energy nuclear reactions aka cold fusion

On the LENR forum the MFMP project has published 18 steps for getting excess heat with low energy nuclear reactions (LENR aka cold fusion) 1. Bake Ni 2. Reduce Ni 3. Hydrogenate Ni 4. Mix: Ni + LiAlH4 + Li 5. Bake and vac reactor, add Nickel, vac warm, add H2, Vac 6. Heat to …

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US military expert proposes the US get into a contest with China over who can build bigger ships that will be in pushing matches

Jerry Hendrix believes that the next stage in the South China Sea conflict will have the Chinese Navy in ship sumo pushing matches with US Navy ships. Jerry Hendrix is the director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. A retired U.S. Navy captain, he is a …

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New hardware to lower cost of expanding up to 10 Gbps fiber-to-the-home

The cost of deploying fast fibre connections straight to homes could be dramatically reduced by new hardware designed and tested by University College of London researchers. While major advances have been made in core optical fibre networks, they often terminate in cabinets far from the end consumers. The so called ‘last mile’ which connects households …

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