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

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 GDP gains in 2016. IMF nominal GDP projections Purchasing power parity had a large adjustment …

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

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 military applications. Several countries around the world have been quite busy establishing their own capabilities, …

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

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 and APC. Each Trophy system integrates an early warning and battle management radar covering 360 …

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

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 a low-cost, elevated sensor mast developed through the Agency’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems …

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Biohacking – converging on you #gsummit

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 the edges of human-machine integration. Hannes work and insights into near- and inbody technology has …

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

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 KC-46 to carry passengers, cargo and patients. The aircraft can detect, avoid, defeat and survive …

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Second layer of information in DNA confirmed

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 DNA is folded. Watson and Crick When James Watson and Francis Crick identified the structure …

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

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 may take quite a few more, 100-200, to get to the purity level they need. …

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New Russian mach 6 hypersonic missile will enter production 2018 and then be used on ships, submarines, bombers

Russia’s 3M22 Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is expected to enter into production in 2018. The new weapon-which is capable of speeds of around Mach 5.0-Mach 6.0 is currently in testing The hypersonic missile-which is a component of the 3K22 Zircon system-will be incorporated into the nuclear-powered Project 11442 Orlan -class battle cruiser Pyotr Veliky When …

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Will the Singularity Artificial General Intelligence winners be Hedge Fund Managers, the Military and Spy Agencies ?

When Artificial Intelligence (AI) work began over 50 years ago, the AI field was directly aimed at the construction of “thinking machines”—that is, computer systems with human-like general intelligence. The whole package, complete with all the bells and whistles like self, will, attention, creativity, and so forth. But this goal proved very difficult to achieve; …

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Lunar Fuel and refueling greatly reduce cost of a Mars Mission

A MIT group has found that taking a detour to the moon to refuel would reduce the mass of a Mars mission upon launch by 68 percent. The most mass-efficient path involves launching a crew from Earth with just enough fuel to get into orbit around the Earth. A fuel-producing plant on the surface of …

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