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futureChina’s military leaders talk up plans for the H-20 strategic bomber

An article published by the China Military Online website on 7 December has provided further insights into the requirements for China’s new strategic bomber. China is developing a new long-range strategic bomber referred to in the article as the H-20. …

asiaEntering the field of zeptosecond measurement

When light strikes electrons in atoms, their state can change unimaginably quickly. Laser physicists in Munich have measured such a phenomenon – namely that of photoionization, in which an electron exits a helium atom after excitation by light – for …

artificial intelligenceChina’s Type 001a carrier has nearly finished construction and should launch from drydock in early 2017

China’s domestic 001a aircraft carrier is nearly complete and could be ready for sea trials by early 2017 The carrier now awaits only the installation of its superstructure – also known as the “island” of an aircraft carrier. This part …

broadbandElectricity turned into light using graphene to create an optical “sonic boom”

When an airplane begins to move faster than the speed of sound, it creates a shockwave that produces a well-known “boom” of sound. Now, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have discovered a similar process in a sheet of graphene, in …

citiesFriday could see the successful launch of the NASA Bigelow Expandable space station module and a good Spacex reusable drone ship landing

SpaceX will try yet again to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a robotic ship in the Atlantic Ocean Friday (April 8). The landing attempt will come during the launch of SpaceX’s robotic Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space …

broadbandRobotic in orbit assembly of massive sails and laser propulsion elements for fast travel anywhere in the solar system and beginner interstellar capability

Robotic in orbit assembly and laser propulsion could enable vast increases in space capability while not significantly changing the world civilization energy budget. Robotic and additive manufacturing could enable massive frames and massive solar power arrays Tethers Unlimited is currently …

communicationNextbigfuture at 70 million pageviews and over 215 million Google plus views

Nextbigfuture will have a total of 70 million pageviews later today and has over 215 million Google plus views. Thanks to all of the readers and commenters. Looking forward to passing the 100 million pageview mark in 2017. Brian Wang …

broadbandEnergy harvesting from shoes could generate 10 watts per shoe

Researchers at the University of Wisconson have built an energy-harvesting technology that’s particularly well suited for capturing the energy of human motion to power mobile electronic devices. The technology could enable a footwear-embedded energy harvester that captures energy produced by …

broadbandWar and Peacetime Profiteering Update – Gerald Ford Aircraft Carriers over budget, years behind schedule and technologically doomed on arrival

The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier is now $6 billion over budget and will fall years behind schedule. The program is now $6 billion over budget, according to a review by McCain’s staff. And while the lead ship is expected …

futureDARPA and Navy developing advanced fab facilities for less supply line dependence

High-tech fabrication facilities are being developed to enhance ship maintenance and repair by enabling more cost-effective training and rapid onsite production of parts and components. DARPA and the Navy recently agreed to locate a fabrication laboratory, or Fab Lab, at …