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materialsTaiwan plans to acquire stealth fighters and do more with a defense budget 15-20 times smaller than China’s budget

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Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense plans to acquire new-generation stealth fighter jets with short or vertical takeoff and landing capabilities to deter Chinese military action against Taiwan, it said in its Quadrennial Defense Review released yesterday. The military plans to …

materialsChina will raise defense budget by about 7% in 2017 with official number announced on Sunday

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China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy. Total defense spending would account for about 1.3 percent of projected gross domestic …

metamaterialsAccurate IMF forecasts for nominal GDP and PPP GDP for next few years

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The IMF predictions for nominal GDP and PPP were inaccurate in the early 2000s, because of adjustments that shifted purchasing power parity and currency fluctuations. Currency is still fluctuating as the Chinese yuan has weakened enough to eliminate projected nominal …

cloakingUS Air Force says unfocused and disjointed hypersonic development is losing to focused efforts in Russia and China

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Here is a link to a 16 page unclassified Summary of A Threat to America’s Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power High-speed maneuvering weapons The U.S. lead in the technologies of high-speed flight is in question, particularly as it pertains to …

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

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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 …

active cloakDARPA Robot submarine hunting ship boosts radar range by 6 times using parasail to put gear at 1500 feet altitude

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DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program has developed and built a technology demonstration vessel that is currently undergoing open-water testing off the coast of California and recently set sail with its first payload: a prototype of …

materialsBiohacking – converging on you #gsummit

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Hannes Sjoblad is a SU Alumn (2010) and co-founder of the Sweden-based biohacker network Bionyfiken. Bionyfiken is a chartered non-profit which unites DIY-biologists, hackers, makers, body modification artists and health and performance devotees. In this role, Hannes is actively exploring …

metamaterialsKC-46 is US Air Forces third most expensive program after the F35 and the Long Range bomber and it is entering initial production

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The US Air force awarded Boeing a $2.8 billion modification to a previously awarded contract for the first two lots of low-rate initial production of the KC-46A Pegasus refueling tanker. The KC-76A is based on the 767. Boeing designed the …

computersSecond layer of information in DNA confirmed

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Leiden theoretical physicists have proven that not only the genetic information in DNA determines who we are, but also DNA’s mechanics. Helmut Schiessel and his group simulated many DNA sequences and found a correlation between mechanical cues and the way …

buildingsLPP Fusion needs some crowdfunding help to keep tests going and reach a better funding milestone

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Focus fusion is funding raising for each test firing of its pulse fusion system. It will take about $150,000 to fire 200 shots. This is $750 per shot. Shots at present are cleaning remaining impurities from the machine and it …