US Makers and 3D printers are massively inferior to China’s manufacturing hubs

3D printers are interesting and there is some utility for the Maker movement in the USA but they are massively inferior to China’s manufacturing hubs. There is a new $120,000 3D printer furnace for desktop metal parts that are lower cost. It is 100 times faster than laser metal sintering machines. China’s manufacturing hubs are …

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Game changing 3D printers for low cost metal parts

A startup will soon launch game changing 3-D printers that can fabricate metal parts cheaply and quickly enough to make the technology practical for widespread use in product design and manufacturing. The company, Desktop Metal, has raised nearly $100 million from leading venture capital firms and the venture units of such companies as General Electric, …

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Google lawsuit against Uber could mean multi-billion dollar settlement and possibly jail for some

Google’s Waymo self driving car company has sued Uber. The lawsuit alleges former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski secretly downloaded 14,000 files proprietary technical files before leaving to found self-driving truck startup Otto. Uber acquired Otto last summer and put Levandowski in charge of its self-driving efforts. Wired describes the situation. “From what we know in …

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Japanese Billionaire is creating a $100 billion investment fund to be a leading developer of AI for Kurzweil’s Technological Singularity

SoftBank Group Corp.’s Masayoshi Son his belief that computers will exceed humans in intelligence in three decades, and that within this period he expects one computer chip to have the equivalent of a 10,000 IQ. “I really believe this,” he said at a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. The …

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George Church indicates reversal of aging will be a reality within ten years

While discussing creating a hybrid elephant – wooly mammoth using CRISPR genome editing, Harvard’s George Church predicted that reversal of aging will be a reality within ten years. Nextbigfuture suspects that this could mean clearly reversing aging in mice cells as a proof in principle in ten years. But evidence suggests Church does mean full …

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Fukushima had high radiation readings because readings are now being made very close to the damaged fuel – Overall Radiation levels have been decreasing and damaged fuel rods are highly radioactive

On Thursday, February 2, 2017, Tepco posted images recorded inside the thick steel-reinforced concrete pedestal that supports the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of Fukushima Daiichi unit #2. A company spokesperson explained what the images visually indicated, and mentioned that radiation had caused “flickers” in the pictures which were used to estimate the possible radiation levels …

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China will spend trillions for automation, robotics, 3D manufacturing and research

While the USA has been extremely concerned about losing jobs (particularly manufacturing jobs to China), China performed a survey of businesses in the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and found that 25% had moved or were planning to move their businesses out of China. Half were going to other Asian countries and 40% to …

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NASA sending robot mission to arrive in 2030 at largest metallic asteroid in solar system

NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed …

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Current Flywheels moving to Superconducting flywheels using carbon fiber or carbon nanotubes

In 2015, Japan built the world’s largest-class superconducting flywheel power storage system with a superconducting magnetic bearings. The completed system is the world’s largest-class flywheel power storage system using a superconducting magnetic bearing. It has 300-kW output capability and 100-kWh storage capacity, and contains a CFRP (carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic) flywheel. This flywheel is 2 meters in diameter …

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German Nuclear Fusion Stellerator operating with error rate of less than one in 100,000

A team of researchers from the US and Germany have now confirmed that the Wendelstein 7-X (W 7-X) stellerator is producing the super-strong, twisty, 3D magnetic fields that its design predicted, with “unprecedented accuracy”. The researchers found an error rate less than one in 100,000. “To our knowledge, this is an unprecedented accuracy, both in …

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Pentagon could easily save $125 billion over 5 years in bureaucratic waste and inefficiency

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post. Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous …

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