General Atomics shows off a combat laser module in the 50 kilowatt range

General Atomics has a new third generation combat laser. The technology was originally developed under the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS, Gen 1) program. The Gen 3 Laser employs a number of upgrades resulting in improved beam quality, increased electrical to optical efficiency, and reduced size and weight. The recently certified Gen …

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At least ten planets, moons and dwarf planets have liquid oceans in our solar system and they likely have at least microbial life

NASA has found many moons and dwarf planets with life-sustaining liquid water. At least ten planets, moons and dwarf planets have liquid oceans in our solar system and there is frozen water ice on the moon, Mars and all over the asteroids and other moons. NASA spacecraft have also found signs of water in permanently …

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New Air independent propulsion subs at less than half the cost eliminate the reasons for nuclear submarines

Nuclear submarines had certain advantages over diesel submarines. Nuclear submarines had greater submerged endurance of 90-100 days versus 3 days for conventional submarines. This was limited by the amount of food that could be carried. Nuclear submarines also had higher speed. Air independent propulsion (AIP) submarines use fuel cells, stirling engines, batteries or liquid oxygen …

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Fiber Reinforced plastic that is 20% lighter than aluminum

Efforts to produce lighter vehicles necessarily include engine parts, such as the cylinder casing, which could shed up to 20 percent of its weight if it were made of fiber-reinforced plastic rather than aluminum – without added costs. Such injection-molded parts are even suitable for mass production. Until now, carmakers have relied on aluminum to …

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Comcast will offer 2 Gigabit internet service to about 18 million subscribers by end of 2015

Comcast announced it will offer residential multi-gigabit broadband service to more than 1.5 million customers in Atlanta starting next month. Gigabit Pro is a symmetrical, 2 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) service that will be delivered via a fiber-to-the-home solution. Service will be offered broadly across the Atlanta metro area and will be the fastest residential Internet speed …

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Carnival of Space 389

1. Universe Today – Some of the Best Pictures of the Planets in our Solar System Saturn and its rings, as seen from above the planet by the Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute/Gordan Ugarkovic 2. Universe Today – Beagle 2: Found on Mars After An 11 Year Hunt The Beagle 2 landed in one …

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China will pass the nominal GDP of the EU in 2016 and the USA in 2019

The likely near term situation for when China will pass the exchange rate adjusted GDP for the USA and the collective GDP of Europe is becoming clearer based upon statistical method changes and more clearly apparent currency and GDP projections for the five years. December 16, 2014, China will be adjusting its GDP based upon …

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Accounting revisions and a business census will boost China’s GDP stats by about 15% for 2013-2015

China’s statistics bureau is predicted to announce results of its third national economic census this month after a year’s worth of interviews and data collection from millions of businesses. The past two, published in 2009 and 2005, prompted additions to gross domestic product estimates as the value of services was revised higher. This time around, …

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