India $100 billion defense upgrade programme and bigger procurement over next ten years

India, the second most populous nation in the world, is in the midst of a $100-billion defense upgrade program. India cleared proposals worth nearly $3.5 billion in June. In the last half of 2014, $19 billion in military procurement was approved. India is the world’s largest arms importer with the United States recently overtaking Russia …

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Navy Carrier drone selection in 2015 and first flight 2018

The United States Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program is to develop an aircraft carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle to provide an unmanned intelligence and strike asset to the fleet. The UCLASS will be “an autonomous aircraft capable of precision strike in a contested environment, and it is expected to grow and expand …

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Anode-less lithium ion battery could last twice as long at 1200 Wh per liter

Solid Energy Systems is developing “Anode-less” battery designs with ultra-thin metal anode improves the cell-level energy density by 50% compared to graphite anodes and 30% compared to silicon-composite anodes. It would be a new kind of lithium-ion battery that could let portable electronics such as smartphones and smart watches last twice as long between charges. …

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One atom thick silicene transistors created

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering have created the first transistors made of silicene, the world’s thinnest silicon material. Their research holds the promise of building dramatically faster, smaller and more efficient computer chips. Made of a one-atom-thick layer of silicon atoms, silicene has outstanding electrical properties but has …

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Trillions needed for World Energy Infrastructure Buildout to 2030

India needs to invest $250 billion over the next five years to tackle chronic energy shortages and provide power for all its 1.2 billion people, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said. Nearly 40 percent of India’s 1.2 billion residents do not have access to reliable electricity, a gap that President Modi has pledged to eliminate in …

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Regenerative medicine could reach a technological takeoff point with genetic understanding of regeneration in 2-3 years and possible human treatments in 10-20 years

Sometime in the next few decades, humans may be able to regrow a finger here, a toe there – and maybe even fresh patches of beating heart tissue. Human hearts are among the most promising targets: “Fifteen years ago we would have said 50 years, but it could be as soon as 10 years from …

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Tesla Repays $451 million Government loan ten years early and will get about $188 million this year selling Zero Emission credits

Tesla Motors announced that it has paid off the entire loan awarded to the company by the Department of Energy in 2010. In addition to payments made in 2012 and Q1 2013, today’s wire of almost half a billion dollars ($451.8M) repays the full loan facility with interest. Following this payment, Tesla will be the …

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Casimir effect theoretically could stabilize and manipulate higher dimensions for warp drive

Arxiv – the Casimir e ffect may serve as a mechanism to mediate higher dimensional stability, and also as a possible mechanism for creating a small but non-zero vacuum energy density. Chapters of 120 page dissertation on Casimir effect 1. we review the nature of the quantum vacuum and discuss the diff erent contributions to …

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Cheap and efficient Hydrogen Extraction from Biomass appears to be a gamechanger

Virginia Tech researchers liberates high-purity hydrogen under mild reaction conditions at 122 degree Fahrenheit and normal atmospheric pressure. The biocatalysts used to release the hydrogen are a group of enzymes artificially isolated from different microorganisms that thrive at extreme temperatures, some of which could grow at around the boiling point of water. This discovery is …

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IEC Bussard Fusion Project gets two more years of funding

The Navy is funding EMC2 an additional $5.3 million over next 2 years to work on the problem of pumping electrons into the Polywell. Big new pulsed power supply to support the electron guns (100+A, 10kV). WB-8 has been operating at 0.8 Tesla (8 times stronger magnetic field than any previous version). There was a …

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Revised California High Speed rail budget at $68.4 billion

California High-Speed Rail Program Draft Revised 2012 Business Plan (212 pages) The Authority has confidence that the cost of delivering the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles/Anaheim system, in accordance with Proposition 1A performance standards, is reduced by almost $30 billion, now estimated at $68.4 billion. Under the phased approach, and consistent with Proposition 1A, construction of any …

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