Not a Russian cyberattack just criminally incompetent PG & E, Con Ed and ineffective government

Major power outages caused chaos on mass transit systems in both New York and San Francisco Friday, with parts of both cities’ systems still suffering ongoing outages or delays into the pre-weekend afternoon commute. Los Angeles also had a major power outage shortly after San Francisco and New York. Some have worried that the power …

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Acceleration in projected growth of global robotics industry

In 2016, International Data Corporation (IDC) has identified robotics as one of six Innovation Accelerators that will drive digital transformation by opening new revenue streams and changing the way work is performed. IDC forecasted global spending on robotics and related services to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% from more than …

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AI could be hugely impactful on jobs but we can compare to past innovations and dot.com era

Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese Internet search giant Baidu and co-inventor of the Google Brain, believes there are other, more immediate risks concerning AI that aren’t getting enough attention. “I think that the conversation is distracting governments and society from the real ethical issues facing AI,” Ng tells TIME. “And we shouldn’t whitewash these …

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Spacex hopes to being launches again January 2017

Spacex is finalizing the investigation into our September 1 anomaly and are working to complete the final steps necessary to safely and reliably return to flight, now in early January with the launch of Iridium-1. This allows for additional time to close-out vehicle preparations and complete extended testing to help ensure the highest possible level …

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Elon Musk envisons Mars colony with Geodesic domes and big underground which may be strikingly similar to Babylon 5 TV show

Elon Musk answered questions on Reddit about Spacex and his Mars plans. Elon’s Vision of the Mars Colony Initially, glass panes with carbon fiber frames to build geodesic domes on the surface, plus a lot of miner/tunneling droids. With the latter, you can build out a huge amount of pressurized space for industrial operations and …

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Sub launched Blackwing UAV can control a swarm of unmanned robotic subs and other UAVs

AeroVironment, a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, announced the United States Navy has successfully demonstrated the use of its submarine-launched BlackwingTM UAV to link with a swarm of unmanned undersea vehicles and communicate with the submarine combat control system during the Annual Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) on August …

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Graphene Quantum Dots in Quantum Computing

Electrons reveal their quantum properties when they are confined to small spaces. Scientists from TU Wien (Vienna), Aachen and Manchester have created tiny quantum dots in Graphene. In a tiny quantum prison, electrons behave quite differently as compared to their counterparts in free space. They can only occupy discrete energy levels, much like the electrons …

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Chinese researchers have an improved aircraft engine alloy

China’s news.ifeng.com is hailing a new alloy as being a success in China’s program 973 an aircraft engine project. Chen was funded at Nanjing Polytechnic University and the state’s Program 973. It seems that the new alloy will allow an engine built with it to operate at 150-200 degrees celsius higher temperature. Inferior engine alloys …

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Oil down 3 percent as optimism over Saudi, Russia deal cools but markets are up

Brent oil fell 3 percent on Tuesday, erasing early gains after top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia dashed expectations of an outright supply cut by agreeing only to freeze output if other big exporters joined them. Benchmark Brent prices jumped briefly through $35 a barrel after Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to keep output at …

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Exercise to slow aging is most important for those aged 40 to 65

Almost any amount and type of physical activity may slow aging deep within our cells, a new study finds. And middle age may be a critical time to get the process rolling, at least by one common measure of cell aging. Dating a cell’s age is tricky, because its biological and chronological ages rarely match. …

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China has upgraded anti-drone and mortar laser weapon

On November 7, 2015, a CCTV newscast showed that China is making great progress in this new weapons area, showing images of a laser weapon, the Low Altitude Guardian II (LAG II), destroying airborne targets at a military test site. It is China’s most powerful laser weapon in the public domain (there are reports of …

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