Laser-activated superconductor

Shining lasers at superconductors can make them work at higher temperatures, suggests new findings from an international team of scientists including the University of Bath. Superconductors are materials that conduct electricity without power loss and produce strong magnetic fields. They are used in medical scanners, super-fast electronic circuits and in Maglev trains which use superconducting …

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Scientists Take Key Step Toward Custom-made Nanoscale Chemical Factories in bacterial microcompartments

Scientists have for the first time reengineered a building block of a geometric nanocompartment that occurs naturally in bacteria. They introduced a metal binding site to its shell that will allow electrons to be transferred to and from the compartment. This provides an entirely new functionality, greatly expanding the potential of nanocompartments to serve as …

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Microwave quantum tuning fork could lead to Quantum Information Processing and enhanced magnetic resonance devices

Researchers have switched an intrinsic property of electrons from an excited state to a relaxed state on demand using a device that served as a microwave “tuning fork.” The team’s findings could also lead to enhancements in magnetic resonance techniques, which are widely used to explore the structure of materials and biomolecules, and for medical …

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Stephen Hawking’s latest black-hole paper could be a fresh way to solve a black-hole conundrum

Almost a month after Stephen Hawking and his colleagues posted a paper about black holes online, physicists still cannot agree on what it means. Some support the preprint’s claim — that it provides a promising way to tackle a conundrum known as the black hole information paradox, which Hawking identified more than 40 years ago. …

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Russia using Generation 4.5 Su-35s fighter in Syria

The advanced supermaneuverable russian Su-35S multirole fighters have began combat missions in Syria. All Russian warplanes have recently been conducting operations with an obligatory cover provided by Russian and Syrian fighter jets as wells as modern air defense systems including the S-400 Triumf. The fighter has new avionics, a modern radar and advanced engines. It …

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F35 stealth fighter program resorting to systemic cheating and lying to pretend a bad project is not really worse

To try and get around software-associated delays, the F35 test program is being revised: some test points are being eliminated, reducing the total number of test points remaining for Block 2B from 529 down to 243; and some fixes are being deferred to the Block 3 program. Skipping and deferring tests that were previously deemed …

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Orion, Thunderwell and Nuclear Space Coverage From Nigel Cook’s Blog

A guest article by Joseph Friedlander    Nigel B. Cook’s Glasstone.Blogspot Blog has beautiful coverage of the Orion and Thunderwell projects. But it is lost in a huge blog page here. http://glasstone.blogspot.co.uk/2006/04/ten-largest-nuclear-tests.html Cook is a master researcher who digs up incredible piles of research on all topics nuclear and that long page is no exception. The following …

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Elon Musk on the twin revolutions of electrification and autonomous driving cars

In a BBC interview Elon Musk said [at about 5:20], “Every year, [Tesla Automotive] is doubling our total cumulative production. At the beginning of last year, we had 50,000 cars in total on the roads worldwide. And then last year we produced another 50,000 cars, so the total fleet of Tesla vehicles doubled last year, …

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One person show Bioviva – tests antiaging gene therapy on herself

Elizabeth Parrish, the 44-year-old CEO of a biotechnology startup called BioViva, says she underwent a gene therapy at an undisclosed location overseas last month, a first step in what she says is a plan to develop treatments for ravages of old age like Alzheimer’s and muscle loss. Parrish says she had received two forms of …

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Northrop Grumman all terrain hellhound has 100kw generator and could integrate a 30kw laser in months

At the Association of the United States Army conference, Northrop Grumman announced that they’re looking to integrate a 10-kilowatt solid-state fiber laser onto their newest tactical dune buggy. The Hellhound is a rear-engine vehicle with seating for six, weighs in at 13,000 pounds, loaded. It can be transported by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The most …

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Details on antimatter triggered fusion bombs

There seems to be no theoretical obstacles to the production of 10^18 antiprotons per day (the amount required for triggering one thermonuclear bomb), the construction of such a plant involves several techniques which are between 3 and 4 orders of magnitude away from present day technology. Considering the financial and energy investments needed to produce …

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