Russia and Venezuela are running out of cash

Russia’s reserve fund could be depleted in mid-2017, perhaps a few months later,” said Ondrej Schneider, chief economist at the Institute of International Finance. Russia may start building up its Reserve Fund in the second half of 2017, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said January. This would be if oil prices average $50 per barrel and …

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Russia is modernizing Soviet era airborne combat laser program to match US and China combat lasers

Russia is also developing combat laser weapons alongside with the US said army general Yury Baluevsky, former Chief of the Russian General Staff. The US is field testing various combat 50-150 KW combat lasers on ships, trucks and fighter jets. Last year, China indicated that their combat lasers were shooting down drones. The Chinese laser …

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Upgraded Spacex Falcon 9.1.1 will launch 25% more than old Falcon 9 and bring price down to $4109 per kilogram to LEO

SpaceX’s new engine, the Merlin 1D, has been qualified for spaceflight in advance of its first launch. The engine, a heavily modified version of the Merlin 1C that powers SpaceX’s standard Falcon 9, will be utilised on what SpaceX dubs the “Falcon 9 version 1.1”, scheduled for its first launch in June. The Merlin series …

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Robot mimics almost all the major muscles in a human

Kenshiro robot body mirrors almost all the major muscles in a human, with 160 pulley-like “muscles”—50 in the legs, 76 in the trunk, 12 in the shoulder, and 22 in the neck. It has the most muscles of any other bio-inspired humanoid out there. The Japanese researchers decided to design a robot with the same …

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Big eCommerce Days in 2012 in China and the USA compared

Venturebeat-Last week Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba shocked the web with news that its subsidiaries Taobao (like a Chinese eBay) and T-mall (like Amazon) sold a massive $3.06 billion in product in a single 24-hour period. Three billion dollars is almost triple the entire 2011 Black Friday sales of e-commerce sites in the United States, and …

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Foxconn installs first 10,000 robots of planned million

Singularity Hub – a first batch of 10,000 robots — aptly named Foxbots — appear to have made its way into at least one Foxconn factory, and by the end of 2012, another 20,000 more will be installed. Foxconn is aiming to replace 1 million Foxconn workers with robots within 3 years. According to a …

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Turing Gamebot – multiplayer first person shooter, people cannot tell between computer NPC and human controlled players

The UT^2 game bot, created by computer scientists Jacob Schru, Igor Karpov and Risto Miikkulainen, won the Humanlike Bot Competition at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2012). “The idea of the competition is to evaluate how we can make game bots, non-player characters (NPCs) controlled by AI algorithms, appear as human as …

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Canadian Point Lepreau nuclear power station authorized for restart

Canadian regulators have authorised the restart of the Point Lepreau nuclear power station at low power. The announcement comes days after Bruce A1, also undergoing major refurbishment, received permission to restart. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is allowing New Brunswick Power to begin activities to restart the single-unit plant so that safety tests can …

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Democracy Flaws – You have to be relatively intelligent to realize your areas of incompentence

Live Science – The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and …

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New system would assess odds of life on other worlds

Within the next few years, the number of planets discovered in orbits around distant stars will likely reach several thousand or more. But even as our list of these newly discovered “exoplanets” grows ever-longer, the search for life beyond our solar system will likely focus much more narrowly on the relatively few of these new …

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Brillouin Energy energy pulse process and respectable advisors

New Energy and Fuel has some additional information about Brillouin Energy Corp. I covered Brillouin Energy a few days ago Brillouin Energy is in Berkeley California has another Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) method in the development and proving stage. The new method comes at fusion from a different path than the Rossi E-Cat. Brillouin …

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