Blue Origin will launch suborbital test pilots in 2017 and commercial passengers in 2018

Blue Origin is on track to launch suborbital test pilots in 2017 and then commercial passengers in 2018 Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, …

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Russia promotes its ferrite fiber

A subsidiary of the Russian Electronics Holding Company (itself a subsidiary of Rostec) has developed a ferrite fiber designed for protecting the electronics of armored vehicles, air defense missile systems and aircraft against enemy electronic warfare (EW) systems, according to the Izvestia daily. Ferrite fiber features a low specific weight and a high flexibility and …

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Swedish researchers edit healthy human embryos

Scientists in Sweden have become the first to edit the genetic material in healthy human embryos. Fredrik Lanner is attempting to edit genes in human embryos to learn more about how the genes regulate early embryonic development. He hopes the work could lead to new ways to treat infertility and prevent miscarriages. He also hopes …

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2020 predictions Internet of things devices is around 20 to 30 billion

Gartner forecasted that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016, 5.5 million new things will get connected every day. Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will support total services spending of $235 billion in 2016, …

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Flexible optical non-volatile memory

A precisely matched combination of a semiconducting polymer and photoactive molecules allowed the production of a highly efficient optical memory element. It is configured to save and delete information using light and not an electrical circuit as usual. One cell composed of such memory elements can store up to 256 times more information than existing …

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Advanced Candu reactors for China will be able to use recycled uranium from light water reactors

Canada and China have agreed to form a new joint venture to develop to market and construct the Advanced Fuel Candu Reactor (AFCR) in China. The deal was signed by Canada’s SNC-Lavalin, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and Shanghai Electric. The reactor reuses used fuel from light water reactors. The joint venture company is expected …

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Robot will finally automate sewing in the garment industry

A new robot by Sewbo could automate the feeding of fabric into sewing machines. Zornow has created a process by which a robotic arm guides chemically stiffened pieces of fabric through a commercial sewing machine. Sewbo has used an industrial robot to sew together a T-shirt, achieving the long-sought goal of automation for garment production. …

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China claims to have successfully developed quantum radar and can easily detect stealth planes

The 14th Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) has successfully developed China’s first quantum radar system last month, Xinhua News Agency reported. The system, which is based on the technology of single photon detection, counts as yet another major milestone for China in quantum research. The quantum radar system was developed by the …

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China Experimenting With Catapult Launched Carrier Aircraft

China has stepped up development of Catapult-Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) operations for its carriers, with the appearance of a Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne fighter with CATOBAR apparatus and continued construction of supporting land-based infrastructure. In mid-September photos surfaced online of a J-15 with what appears to be a catapult launch bar on …

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US Marines want laser armed version of VTOL Xplane

LightningStrike is the first aircraft in history designed to demonstrate the following: Distributed hybrid-electric propulsion ducted fans Innovative synchronous electric-drive system Both tilt wing and canard for vertical take-off and landing High efficiency in both hover and high-speed forward flight Aurora Flight Sciences was recently awarded a six-month $2.9M contract from NASA for continued development …

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