nanowires

energyLaser-heated nanowires produce micro-scale nuclear fusion with record efficiency

Using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires, CSU scientists and collaborators have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab. They have achieved record-setting efficiency for the generation of neutrons – chargeless sub-atomic particles resulting from …

bootstrapping nanotechnologyImproved Artificial Intelligence will allow pilots to control drone wingmen

F-35s, F-22s and other fighter jets will soon use improved “artificial intelligence” to control nearby drone “wingmen” able to carry weapons, test enemy air defenses or perform intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance missions in high risk areas, senior Air Force officials …

computersRussia will complete a new advanced nuclear missile submarine and an improved attack submarine in 2017

The Project 955A nuclear submarine Prince Vladimir and the Project 885M Yasen-M nuclear-powered underwater cruiser Kazan will be floated out in 2017, Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk The Prince Vladimir was laid down in 2012 and will become …

australiaSupercomputers find a way of making ‘imitation graphene’ from salt

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), the Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (TISNCM), the National University of Science and Technology MISiS (Russia), and Rice University (USA) used …

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

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 …

energyLong March 6 and Long March 5 can be converted into ICBMs with multiple independently targetable warheads

China’s Long March 6 (CZ-6) carrier rocket can also be used to fire 20 missile warhead at once. The Long March 6 was used to luanch 20 microsatellites. Microsatellites can be switched to warheads. They had a successful launch. A …

energyChina economy has slowed but still has strength

Michael Ivanovitch is president of MSI Global, a New York-based economic research company. He wrote a piece for CNBC which looks at the positive side of China’s economy. Chinese are just warming up for their big ‘Belt and Road’. In …

energyPossible Polar Cap on Pluto

For the first time, images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto – the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in mid-July. The images were captured in early …

futureNew Horizon starts Photographing Pluto in preparation for close approach in July

A Nasa probe is to start photographing the icy world of Pluto, to prepare itself for a historic encounter in July. The New Horizons spacecraft has travelled 5 billion km (3 billion miles) over nine years to get near the …

bootstrapping nanotechnologyNeutral Particle Beam Magsails for fast interplanetary delivery of small cargos

At Centauri Dreams, James Benford looks more closely at particle beam driven magsails. He has found a problem for interstellar missions but promise for interplanetary missions and an interplanetary infrastructure. The first column shows a fast interplanetary probe, with high …