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air forceChina starting construction of supercarrier with electromagnetic launch but using older heavier fighter jets

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The weight of China’s J15 fighter is one of the key reasons China will use an electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) on China’s third carrier. Construction of the third carrier is expected to start next year and will use electromagnetic …

magneticTheoretical Research on Magnetic Sails for stopping interstellar probes at other stars

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Research in interstellar travel technologies has seen a paradigm change over the last few years. Early concept studies, like Project Orion and the Daedalus project, envisioned gigantic fusion based starships. The perspective changed however when efforts to develop miniaturized satellites, …

astronomythe drug everolimus boosts flu vaccine response by 25% in people over 65 and rejuvenates the immune system

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Novartis found that giving low doses of a drug called everolimus to people over 65 increased their response to flu vaccines. It did, by about 20 percent. Yet behind the test was a bigger question about whether any drug can …

futureGoogle cloud division head is correct that even if Kurzweil is right and Technological Singularity is 2045, the current odds are she will not live to see it

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Diane Greene, head of Google’s cloud division, said in an interview at the Code Enterprise conference Tuesday in San Francisco, “Nobody expected some of the advances we are seeing as quickly as we’re seeing them,” she added. “I don’t expect …

astronomyMark Skilton of Warwick Business School provides answers to Nextbigfuture on the Microsoft purchase of Linkedin

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Mark Skilton, of Warwick Business School, is a Professor of Practice in the Information Systems and Management Group and researches technology ecosystems around defining value and monetization. He is the author of Building digital ecosystem architectures and Building the digital …

magnetNew device could improve cancer detection

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A new University of British Columbia-developed method to isolate cancer cells that have escaped from a tumour could soon pave the way for improved diagnosis and treatment. The simple process involves a special device that squeezes cells in a blood …

computersChina using air pollution to reduce the effectiveness of enemy combat lasers

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The presence of microscopic particles in the air causes lasers to lose their intensity. Lasers naturally lose intensity over distance due to particulates in the air, a problem that grows much worse if a laser tries to penetrate a cloud, …