Bitcoin set record high of $5380

Bitcoin has an intraday high of $5280 and ended yesterday at $5226. Week-on-week, BTC is up 18.75 percent, while month-on-month it’s up 23 percent. The new record broke a previous all-time high of $5,013 set in September. The cryptocurrency dropped to a low of $2,980 in mid-September on the news China had banned token sales …

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Accepting and Managing a nuclear North Korea or other alternatives

Michael Swaine, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, proposes accepting and managing a nuclear North Korea. Swaine says policymakers in the United States, China, South Korea, and Japan should adopt a more realistic approach focused on deterrence, containment, and an array of crisis management measures. * North Korea will not give up …

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Two US Aircraft carrier groups are off the Korean Coast

The USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups had joined up off the Korean coast. * Each carrier strike group usually contains two destroyers (each with a 96-cell vertical launch missile system primarily used for cruise missiles and anti-air weaponry * one cruiser (equipped with a 122-cell vertical launch missile system) …

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US Air Force wants to speed up hypersonic weapons development to stay ahead of China and Russia

On May 3, 2017, US Air Force senior leaders met to consider options to accelerate hypersonics research and development to break even more speed barriers and ensure continued technological superiority. Hypersonics refers to flying at five times the speed of sound, also known as “Mach 5,” or higher. From an Air Force perspective, it is …

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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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The Case that Europe is a superpower

Many view Europe as a spent force in global politics. Conventional wisdom states that world politics today is unipolar, with the United States as the sole superpower. Or perhaps it is multipolar, with China, India, and the rest rising to challenge Western powers. Either way, Europe’s role is secondary — and declining. The European Union, …

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Total global satellite plans could have around 20,000 satellites in low and mid earth orbits in the 2020s

Boeing’s plan to deploy a constellation of V-band satellites in non-geostationary orbit has prompted at least five companies, including SpaceX and OneWeb, to file me-too proposals with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The FCC had given companies until March 1 to disclose whether they also had plans to use the same V-band that Boeing had …

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Carnival of space 494

1. Universe Today – Here’s the Highest Resolution Map of Pluto We’ll Get from New Horizons Color mosaic map of Pluto’s surface, created from the New Horizons many photographs. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI 2. Universe Today – New Age in Weather Forecasting Begins with Spectacular 1st Images from NASA/NOAA GOES-16 Observatory 3. Universe Today – How to …

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New cancer drugs could treat lethal resistant prostate cancers

Men with aggressive prostate cancer that has stopped responding to conventional treatment could potentially benefit from a new class of cancer drug designed to overcome drug resistance, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the drugs, called Hsp90 inhibitors, specifically target and inactivate a mechanism commonly used by prostate cancer cells to evade the effects …

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Ray Kurzweil looks at progress and the future of nanotech, genetics and robotics over ten years after the Singularity is Near

Kurzweil identifies genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics as the three overlapping revolutions which will define our lives in the decades to come. In what ways are these technologies revolutionary? The genetics revolution will allow us to reprogram our own biology. The nanotechnology revolution will allow us to manipulate matter at the molecular and atomic scale. The …

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US Army wants nano drone to support soldiers 500 meter awareness and targeting assistance in urban and other settings

Army leaders want to build a nano drone that weighs less than a pound with the entire unmanned system not weighing more than three pounds, according to a Request for Information released on FBO.gov on March 1. The Army is calling its nano drone efforts, the Soldier Borne Sensors (SBS) program with Product Manager Soldier …

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