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artificial intelligence24 Cities in northern China have issued air pollution red alerts and low visibility is causing flight cancellations

Heavy smog has engulfed large parts of northern China for a fourth straight day, with the environment ministry warning that some firms in the region were continuing to flout emergency restrictions and dozens of flights out of Beijing cancelled. Some …

algorithmsChina approves $36 billion of subways and other links to reduce commutes over an area twice the size of South Korea from several hours to mostly 60 minutes or less

China has approved a 247-billion-yuan ($36-billion) railway plan to improve transport links between the capital Beijing, the port city of Tianjin, and the neighboring province of Hebei, part of plans to integrate the three areas into a mega-city. The plan …

artificial intelligenceUS China Trade Wars in the near term and long term

President elect Trump claimed during his campaign that he would designate China as a “currency manipulator,” imposing a 45 percent tariff on imported Chinese goods. He has also urged opposition to TPP and globalization. Experts at a seminar held by …

communicationsIsrael will equip all Merkava 4 tanks and Namer Heavy APCs with Trophy Active Protection Systems

Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) plans to continue the acquisition of Trophy active protection systems (APS), to equip every new Merkava 4 tank and Namer Heavy Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) with active protection, providing significant additional protection for every tank …

artCombat Lasers and hybrid power for Next-Generation US Combat Vehicle

The US Army’s Next-Generation Combat Vehicle will probably run on alternate-power sources, have directed-energy weapons, advanced-composite armor and an active protection system. “There’s a solid four years of analysis that has to occur” before decisions are made on procurement requirements, …

darpaChina stabilizes GDP growth at about 6.5-7%

China’s economy performed better than expected in the third quarter and the country’s debt risks are under control, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday. “China’s economy in the third quarter not only extended growth momentum in the first half but …

artificial intelligenceGeorge Church gives an update on the field of genetics

Award-winning geneticist, molecular engineer, chemist and Harvard Medical School professor Dr. George M. Church discusses human genomics and compute technologies at the 2016 Bio-IT conference. Church predicts that de Novo sequencing and inSitu sequencing will be in use within 1-2 …

aircraftPortable chemical cooler can maintain cold chain for vaccines which will save millions of lives

A new portable cooling device to improve vaccine transportation in developing countries has been announced as the UK winner of the 2016 James Dyson Award. ISOBAR can keep vaccines cold for up to six days and can be recharged on …

darpaThe antibody aducanumab reduces Aβ plaques in Alzheimer’s disease

Aducanumab, an antibody developed by the University of Zurich, has been shown to trigger a meaningful reduction of harmful beta-amyloid plaques in patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. These protein deposits in the brain are a classic sign of Alzheimer’s disease …

imagingSouth Korea mass producing tritium breeder pebbles for the $20 billion international experimental nuclear fusion reactor project

South Korea’s state-run laboratory said Wednesday that it has successfully developed a technology for the mass production of tritium breeder pebbles for nuclear fusion energy. The technology allows the annual production of more than 50 kilograms of tritium breeder pebbles, …