US engineering big upgrades for M1A2 SEP v4 Abrams tanks starting in 2021 to match Russian Armata and other new tanks

The Army is now engineering a far-superior M1A2 SEP v4 Abrams tank variant for the 2020s and beyond –designed to be more lethal, faster, lighter weight, better protected, equipped with new sensors and armed with upgraded, more effective weapons, service officials said. Advanced networking technology with next-generation sights, sensors, targeting systems and digital networking technology …

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Tiny MEMS gravity sensor could detect drug tunnels, mineral deposits and trigger a commercial revolution larger than MEMS motion sensors

A new device the size of a postage stamp can detect 1-part-per-billion changes in Earth’s gravitational field—equivalent to what the gizmo would experience if it were lifted a mere 3 millimeters. The technology may become so cheap and portable it could one day be mounted on drones to spot everything from hidden drug tunnels to …

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Breakthrough for customizing heat resistant ceramics into complex shapes for jet engines, ion drives and many other applications

Researchers at HRL Laboratories, LLC, have achieved a new milestone in 3D printing technology by demonstrating an approach to additively manufacture ceramics that overcomes the limits of traditional ceramic processing and enables high temperature, high strength ceramic components. The researchers began with a vat of resin containing silicon, carbon and oxygen. They shone a pattern …

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China will upgrade supercomputer to 100 petaflops in 2016 instead of 2015 with applications like genomics and scramjet combustion

System designer for the multiple iterations of the Tianhe machines, Dr. Yutong Lu, revealed that the Tianhe-2 supercomputer will be receiving its upgrade in 2016. However, due to the trade restrictions, they won’t be boosting their supercomputer with more Xeon Phi cores. Rather, the novel architecture they developed will deliver the system the extra 45 …

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Lonemind has a list of the top 25 futurists

Lonemind has a list of the top 25 futurists. I, Brian Wang / Nextbigfuture is listed about 7th. Although the list may not be in any particular order. 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 …

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Russia’s unmanned next generation fighter is being based off the MIG Skat Stealth UCAV prototype

Russian designers are proceeding with development of an unmanned “sixth-generation” fighter jet, according to former Air Force chief Pyotr Deinekin. “The sixth generation of aircraft will most likely be pilotless. Naturally, we are actively working on this, “Deinekin said in an interview with RIA Novosti. Russian military aircraft maker MiG said in May it was …

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Nuclear Energy Blog Carnival 225

The Nuclear Energy Blog Carnival 225 is up ANS Nuclear Cafe. Neutronbytes – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia plans to kick off a much talked about $80 billion program to shift 15% (17 GWe) of its electric generating capacity from fossil fuels to nuclear reactors. Bogdan Maglich says that the cause of 50 years of …

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60 minutes ran a segment claiming that Clean Technology has crashed and this has caused howling from those who support renewable power

CBS has the script from “The Cleantech Crash” which aired on Jan. 5, 2014. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Shachar Bar-On, producer. Silicon Valley got Washington excited about it. President Bush was an early supporter, but the federal purse strings truly loosened under President Obama. Hoping to create innovation and jobs, he committed north of …

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1 million qubit quantum computers by 2025

Dwave Systems is doubling qubits every year. They are releasing every two years with four times the qubits. 2013 512 qubits 2015 2048 qubits 2017 8192 qubits 2019 64000 qubits 2021 256000 qubits 2023 1 million qubits 2025 4 million qubits 2027 16 million qubits But there are a few other approaches to quantum computers …

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High Speed Rail in China are an enabler of Super City Clusters

China’s High Speed Rail Morgan Stanley has a 64 page analysis of high speed rail in China. China’s complete national coverage for its HSR network makes the economic case different than one off HSR lines in California. HSR is about half the cost of a comparable air ticket. There are environmental benefits. China does have …

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