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australiaFactoring Russia into the US–Chinese equation on hypersonic glide vehicles

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Hypersonic glide vehicles are a growing factor in strategic stability calculations. These systems are characterized by speed, precision and manoeuvrability, which can be applied to defeat missile defences. Traditional calculations of strategic stability rely on the ability to undermine an …

3dSpotting planets and unseen objects in our solar system and beyond with current and near future telescopes

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Adam Crowl describes the magnitude (telescope visibility) of new planets in our solar system. Currently the Pan-STARRS1 Sky Survey is trying to capture everything that can be seen from Hawaii down to a magnitude of +22. Eventually Pan-STARRS hopes to …

energyWorld’s Thinnest Electric Generator

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Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in a unique electric generator …

energyLawrenceville Plasma Physics raised $182000 from the crowdfunding effort and another $135,000 from new investors

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The crowdfunding campaign of LPPFusion, Inc. and the Focus Fusion Society was a great success, raising $182,000, or 91% of our original goal of $200,000. (This includes $2,000 in Bitcoins not counted in the number on the Indiegogo website.) We …

commercializationArtificial Intelligence for banking – but not programmed trading for big companies but advice for the 1%

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DBS Bank and IBM today announced an agreement in which DBS will deploy IBM’s Watson cognitive computing innovation to deliver a next- generation client experience. This collaboration is part of an ongoing journey by DBS to shape the future of …

casimir forceUK company plans high altitude solar and wind energy generating drones

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UK-based New Wave Energy plans to build the first high altitude aerial power plant, using networks of unmanned drones that can harvest energy from multiple sources and transmit it wirelessly to receiving stations on the ground. The network of drones …

nanostructuredRanking of best and worst run States in America

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24/7 Wall Street has an updated report on the best and worst run states for 2013 Good governance involves raising and spending enough to provide for the well-being of the population without risking the state’s long-term stability. To determine how …

beam pen lithographyFocus Fusion impurities measured and indicate that the tungsten electrode will provide a performance boost in a few months

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Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP) researchers believe that the main problem impeding higher density and yields in LPP’s FF-1 device is metal impurities in the plasma. A new optical-UV spectrometer from Ocean Optics, has been used to measure the impurities and …

energyThe Climate change report will confirm that the rate of warming has slowed or been flat since 1998

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Climatologists and climate-change deniers agree on at least one thing this week: everyone is awaiting the landmark U.N. report on climate change that will be presented at next week’s meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report …

computer memoryGoogle, Elon Musk, China are raising the bar on competition and forcing more aggressive technological target setting

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Google is using Solve for X and major projects like self driving cars and Google Glass to attempt to leapfrog the competition to achieve radical improvement. Google’s latest effort is to legitimize efforts to achieve radical life extension with their …