Within 80 days Elon Musk should reveal a detailed design for the Mars Colonial Transport Rocket

Elon Musk has indicated that Spacex would reveal the design for a Mars Colonial Transport Rocket by the end of the year. This means the design should be revealed within 80 days. SpaceX began development of the large Raptor rocket engine for the Mars Colonial Transporter before 2014, but the MCT will not be operational …

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Pew Survey finds 23 of the 39 countries believe China has or will surpass the USA as the leading superpower

In 23 of the 39 countries surveyed, majorities or pluralities said China has overtaken or will overtake America as the world’s leading superpower. Pew surveyed 38,000 people in March and April. More have a favorable view of the U.S. compared with China. * 63 percent have a positive view of America * 50 percent have …

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United States continuing oil boom

The most recent estimate for US daily crude oil production for the week ended Jan 1, 2013 was 7.041 million bpd. The more precise October, 2012 monthly results were 211,434,000 crude oil barrels produced in the US in the month of October. This value means 6.82 million barrels per day in October, 2012. The weekly …

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NASA Exoskeleton Could Give Astronauts, Paraplegics Improved Mobility and Strength

NASA and The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) of Pensacola, Fla., with the help of engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, have jointly developed a robotic exoskeleton called X1. The 57-pound device is a robot that a human could wear over his or her body either to assist or inhibit movement …

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Canada Revises GDP Statistics upwards by 2.6%

Statistics Canada revised Canada’s historical GDP statistics from 1981 to 2012 Revisions to the growth in GDP over the revision period were not substantial. Over the entire 1982 to 2011 period, the mean absolute revision to the annual nominal growth rate in GDP was 0.15 percentage points, while the mean absolute revision to the annual …

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They’re Baaack – Blacklight Power

BlackLight Power, Inc. (BLP) today announced a major breakthrough in clean energy technology, which experts agree holds tremendous promise for a wide range of commercial applications. The announcement comes on the heels of BlackLight’s recent completion of a $5 million round of financing to support commercial development of its new process for producing affordable, reliable …

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An Unexpected Clue to Thermopower Efficiency

An n-type semiconductor on top of a p-type semiconductor creates a vertical electric field (E, green arrow), while diffusion creates a depletion layer near the junction (orange), where the electric field is strongest. Heating one end of the device creates a heat gradient at right angles to the electric field (del T, red arrow). Electrons …

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Carnival of Space Week 82

Space Disco converted thirty entries into a video carnival This includes this sites contribution of an article on Winterberg’s concept for fusion propulsion and power. Centauri Dreams wonders if the Earth could survive the sun turning into a red giant. Check out the carnival at Space Disco for a lot more. Brian WangBrian Wang is …

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Yeast life span extended to equivalent of 800 yeast years

Biologists have created baker’s yeast capable of living to 800 in yeast years without apparent side effects. The basic but important discovery, achieved through a combination of dietary and genetic changes, brings science closer to controlling the survival and health of the unit of all living systems: the cell. The study is scheduled to appear …

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