Per Capita GDP prediction method with 97% accuracy using economic freedom, average IQ, trading block membership and oil usage

Economic Freedom and average citizenry IQ — plus slight tweaks from trading block membership and oil predicted GDP per capita for every country with a high .97 correlation (r) with actual GDP per capita. This is not scientific but uses a few factors that can be adjusted to correlate to per capita GDP both historically …

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China Prepares the Chang E2 Lunar Probe

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software China’s second lunar probe, the Chang’e-2, will fly much faster than its predecessor and reach lunar orbit within a shorter period of time. China is set to launch the Chang’e-2 lunar probe at the end of the year. The country launched its first lunar probe, Chang’e-1, …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 18

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software The 18th Carnival of Nuclear energy is up at the ANS Nuclear Cafe Nextbigfuture provided an article about the General Atomic EM2 reactor which was presented at the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) meeting held in late August. Nuclear and defense supplier General Atomics announced in February, …

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Russian T50 Fighter

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software The Russians have a new “stealth” fighter, the T50, which is claimed to be better than the US F-22 fighter. The F22 has been in production since 2005 and the T50 is expected 2015. The US is expected to procure 187 of the F22s and then …

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The Economist Argues Against Bubbles in China

The Economist magazine argues that similarities between China today and Japan in the 1980s may look ominous. But China’s boom is unlikely to give way to prolonged slump. * James Chanos, a hedge-fund investor, says that China is “Dubai times 1,000, or worse* Another hedge fund, Pivot Capital Management, argues that the chances of a …

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The X51A Hypersonic demonstration vehicle Goes for a Spin on a B52

The X-51A WaveRider is expected to fly as fast as 4,000 mph (Mach 6). But in its first flight Dec. 9, it stayed firmly tucked under the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress. The WaveRider’s first hypersonic test flight, set for mid-February 2010. On that mission, a B-52 will release the WaveRider 50,000 feet over the …

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Road Trains and Dynamically Reconfigurable Modular Vehicles

The EU is working on road trains, where cars have electronics to allow them to automatically follow lead vehicles driven by professional drivers. A new EU project SARTRE is being launched to develop and test technology for vehicles that can drive themselves in long road trains on motorways. This technology has the potential to improve …

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Rarefaction Wave Tank Gun to be Shown at 26th Army Science Conference

The Sonic RAREFACTION WAVE GUN (RAVEN) is a Projectile Launch Method that achieves:– Unprecedented Reductions in Recoil Impulse. It can shoot faster, cooler and can be lighter than a current gun while packing the same punch or more. The latest raven gun will be shown at the 26th Army Science conference Dec 1-4, 2008 in …

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Uranium Mining Forecast to 2020

The uranium mining forecast was from the Uranium 2008 report (joint report of the IAEA and OECD). The forecast and expected mine openings are on page 48, 49 of the report. Anticipated New Mines 2007 China Qinlong 100tU/year Kazakhstan Appack LLP-West Mynkuduk 1,000 tU/year in 2010 Kazakhstan Karatau LLP-Budennovskoye 1,000 tU/year in 2009 South Africa …

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Status of air taxi services

Here is the wikipedia list of very light jet (VLJ) operators. Many of the VLJ operators are starting “air taxi services”. Dayjet which is flying with 12 aircraft in Florida has an on demand service. DayJet brings affordable, on-demand regional jet service to poorly connected businesses, communities and individuals across the Southeast. Today’s service launch …

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