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nanowireSuperconducting nanowires created that are promising for future quantum computers

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Dutch researchers have successfully developed nanowires allowing individual electrons to be captured by a ‘quantum dot’ on which superconductivity can take place. These nanowires could make powerful quantum computers. The combination of a quantum dot and superconductivity makes it possible …

futureCRISPR gene editing will be used in living humans to counter aggressive lung cancer

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Chinese scientists have become the first in the world to use a revolutionary new gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 on living humans. Scientists at Sichuan University in Chengdu have injected a person with aggressive lung cancer with cells modified using …

batteriesRussia develops materials for hypersonic aircraft

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Hypersonic (speeds over 5 times the speed of sound) material needs to withstand extreme temperature of up to 1,500 degrees Celsius for a long time. Russia already has developments in carbon-based composite materials. “We have achieved significant results in this …

batteriesChina to help Sudan develop East Africa’s first nuclear plant

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China and Sudan have signed a framework agreement for the construction of the east African country’s first nuclear power plant. Sudan – one of China’s main suppliers of oil – was on the list of priorities for Chinese reactor sales …

economic impactZaptec Plasma lightning pulses could reduce space mining infrastructure by 100 times for moon, Mars and asteroid mining

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Shackleton Energy Company (SEC) and Zaptec sign a Memorandum of Understanding to explore how technologies developed by Zaptec for the oil and gas industry can be utilised in lunar mining. SEC is focusing on building a supply chain for extraction …

computerCochlear Implant Also Uses Gene Therapy to Improve Hearing and electrode triggered gene therapy could improve other machine body connections

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The electrodes in a cochlear implant can be used to direct gene therapy and regrow neurons. The researchers behind the work are investigating whether electrode-triggered gene therapy could improve other machine-body connections—for example, the deep-brain stimulation probes that are used …

computersChina is a solid number two country in size of economy and military spending but is still not a superpower vs US, EU or old soviet block

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Worldcrunch has an article that makes the case China is still many years from becoming a superpower. China neither is at the heart of a multilateral regime nor does it have a single significant ally. It must permanently juggle a …

3dAGI researcher Ben Goertzel seeks $300,000 to build an intelligent robot

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The Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) researcher Ben Goertzel was interviewed for Next Big Future in 2009. Goertzel is overseeing a team of researchers in Hong Kong and elsewhere, trying to develop his OpenCOG project, but the program is currently resource-constrained. …

commercializationDrones and precision farming

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Drones are projected to be mostly utilized for precision agriculture and public safety (police, medical and fire departments). One industry group projects an $82 billion economic impact from drones operating in the U.S. in 2015-2025. Precision agriculture management practices can …

futureUrban is better than Rural for the Environment

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It is better for the environment for people to live in cities than the same number of people to live in rural areas. Having larger numbers of people occupying a smaller area, confines and contain the human impact. Urbanization reduces …