US Aegis destroyer demonstrates the ability to shoot down a maneuvering antiship missile like China’s DF missiles

The US Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), an Aegis baseline 9.C1 equipped destroyer, successfully fired a salvo of two SM-6 Dual I missiles against a complex medium-range ballistic missile target, demonstrating the Sea Based Terminal endo-atmospheric defensive capability and meeting the test’s primary objective. The test was conducted …

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NASA proposes asteroid redirect mission with ion engine 20 times more powerful than recent Dawn mission

NASA has a proposed asteroid redirect mission which would use an ion propulsion that is 20 times bigger than the recent Dawn mission to Ceres and Vesta. NASA is developing a first-ever robotic mission to visit a large near-Earth asteroid, collect a multi-ton boulder from its surface, and redirect it into a stable orbit around …

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Stem cell derived neurons regenerate damaged corticospinal tracts of rats

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, with colleagues in Japan and Wisconsin, report that they have successfully directed stem cell-derived neurons to regenerate lost tissue in damaged corticospinal tracts of rats, resulting in functional benefit. “The corticospinal projection is the most important motor system …

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia could send tens of thousands of troops into Syria and a possible prelude to full blown Russia-Middle East war

The Turkish military has hit Kurdish and Syrian regime targets as Ankara considered a ground assault with Saudi troops, further complicating efforts to end the war just days after the US and Russia agreed on a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria within a week. State-run news agency Anatolia said the armed forces shelled Syrian Kurdish …

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Graphene chip 200 times more sensitive than silicon and will be lower cost

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a new material that can potentially replace the silicon widely used in sensor chips in appliances, paving the way for smaller and cheaper electronic products. A new graphene-based sensor chip is more than 200 times more sensitive than current chips available in the market that …

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Germany ramping up mach 20 hypersonic commercial plane and spaceplane project

SpaceLiner is an advanced concept for a suborbital, hypersonic, winged passenger transport, which is currently under investigation at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, or DLR) since 2005. The DLR projected that, if funded and development is continued, it could field an operational spaceplane in the 2035-2040s. It appears that Germany …

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China military will become independent of Russian technology by 2025

Robert Farley, assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, said China’s dependence on Russian supplies and technology will come to an end in the next 10 years. Despite the extraordinary steps that China’s defense industry has taken in the last decade, it remains depressingly dependent on …

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NASA Selects Astronauts for First U.S. Commercial Spaceflights of SpaceX Dragon and Boeing CST-100

“Today, NASA announced that it has selected four, veteran astronauts to be the first to fly to space on commercial carriers,” said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “Their selection allows NASA to move forward with the training necessary …

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Russia trying to sell 100,000 ton heavy aircraft carriers

Russia’s Krylovsky State Research Center (KRSC) has developed a new multipurpose heavy aircraft carrier design called Project 23000E or Shtorm (Storm). A scale model of the ship is going to be demonstrated for the first time at the International Maritime Defence Show 2015 in St Petersburg from 1-5 July, Valery Polyakov, the deputy director of …

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Russia will build eight more nuclear reactors in Iran

1. Russia has agreed to build up to eight new nuclear power reactor units in Iran – four at Bushehr and four at another, yet to be determined site. Unit 1 at the Bushehr nuclear power plant is a VVER V-446 pressurised water reactor unit, which began commercial operation in September 2013. After years of …

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China could have 800 million outbound tourists over the next 5 years

China’s President Xi outlined at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum how much the world stands to gain from a rising China. He said 500 million Chinese tourists will go abroad over the next five years. This is a conservative estimate. In 2013, 98 million Chinese traveled abroad. That’s an increase of 18% compared to the …

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