Elon Musk and Others Plan the Details for a City on Mars

Elon Musk wrote a 16-page article that described a plan to reduce the cost to bring one person to Mars down to $100,000. Elon Musk has a ballpark assumption that allocating one-ton of mass is enough for the passenger, supplies, and luggage. Improving the Cost Per Ton to Mars from $10 Billion $200,000 Elon sees …

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California Governor Newsom Wants to Complete High-Speed Rail From Merced to Bakersfield

Newsom said California will complete a 110-mile (177 km) high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield. This would not meet the requirements of the original bond measure. California had originally planned to build a 520-mile system in the first phase that would allow trains to travel at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour …

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Metal Remains of the Starman Roadster Will Eventually Crash into Earth, Venus or the Sun

In February, 2018, SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy which placed a Tesla Roadster with the Starman into on an Earth and Mars crossing orbit. The Roadster-Starman will come within a lunar distance of the Earth within the next 100 years. Researchers were able to statistically determine the probability of the Tesla colliding with the Solar …

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Quantum Computing on the Cloud

Quantum computing has emerged as one of the most talked about emerging technologies in Silicon Valley and beyond–but it is also perhaps one of the most poorly understood. The most pressing questions about quantum computing come from the enterprise user community, which is searching for clarity on the following points: What types of real-world problems …

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China Will Have Four Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carriers by 2035

Wang Yunfei, a naval expert, told the South China Morning Post that China will have four nuclear-powered aircraft carriers with electromagnetic launchers by 2035. Those carriers are expected to be comparable in size and launch capability to US aircraft carriers. China would have two smaller diesel powered aircraft carriers. In 2018, China started building another …

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Elon Musk Says the SpaceX Super Heavy Will Land Tail First

Elon Musk described various aspects of the SpaceX Super Heavy booster. The Superheavy booster will land tail first. The stainless body will not need any extra heat shielding. Rocket booster temperatures won’t go much above 600 Kelvin on hottest parts of main body & maybe around 1200K on base, which uncooled steel can handle. Starship …

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NASA Shows Ultima Thule is not a Snowman But a Flat Pancake and a Walnut

Newly released NASA images contain important scientific information about the shape of Ultima Thule double asteroid. Above – Scientists’ understanding of Ultima Thule has changed as they review additional data. The “old view” in this illustration is based on images taken within a day of New Horizons’ closest approach to the Kuiper Belt object on …

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Will 1000 ExaFlop Supercomputers Come from Brute Force Scaling or New Technology?

Next year the world will have its first ExaFlop Supercomputer. This supercomputer will likely be built in China. The USA will follow about 12 months after with the A21 ExaFlop supercomputer in 2021. Ten researchers from China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) recently published a paper that describes pushing current technologies to 1000 times …

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IBM Investing $2 Billion in an AI Center and Targets 1000 Times Improvement by 2029

IBM will invest $2 billion to develop artificial intelligence hardware and boost AI performance by 1000 times over the next ten years. IBM is partnering with State University of New York to develop an AI Hardware Center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany. New York will also provide a subsidy of $300 million. The IBM …

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