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astronomyChina ratifies the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement

China announced on Saturday that it has ratified the emissions-cutting agreement reached last year in Paris, giving a big boost to efforts to bring the accord into effect by the end of this year. The United States was also expected …

MarsNanosatellite global quantum network

Singapore-built satellite makes and measures light particles pair by pair. You can’t sign up for the quantum internet just yet, but researchers have reported a major experimental milestone towards building a global quantum network – and it’s happening in space. …

colonizationWill the first Mars crew be multi-year pioneers who build up Mars facilities for permanent colonization preparations

Elon Musk said 2022 would mark the first use of the Mars Colonial Transporter, a spaceship that’s big enough to carry scores of people to Mars. The first MCT would be uncrewed. Elon Musk’s schedule calls for that first crewed …

laserSpacex will use Falcon Heavy for 2018 Mars Mission, then at least two Falcon Heavies in 2020 and then a Mars Colonial Transporter in 2022

Starting as soon as 2018, Musk’s SpaceX plans to fly an unmanned spacecraft to Mars. The unmanned flights would continue about every two years, timed for when Earth and Mars are closest in orbit, and, if everything goes according to …

MarsGoogle Hartmut Neven predicts that within 10 years there will only be quantum machine learning and no machine learning on classical computers

Google is working on error corrected adiabatic (analog) quantum computer designs. Tehy work less like a conventional computer and are less well understood theoretically. And they would still need a way to deal with errors. But the burden of error …

asteroidsTransparent and flexible high-performance supercapacitors based on single-walled carbon nanotube films

supercapacitors can store several times more charge in a given volume or mass than traditional capacitors, have faster charge and discharge rates, and are very stable. Over the past few years, researchers have begun working on making supercapacitors that are …

moonsSolid state RF technology enables cheap and portable battery and solar powered microwave

Wayvtech will launch the Adventurer portable battery or solar powered microwave by next year. It has 200 watts of power and can run for 30 minutes on lithium ion batteries. It is about the size of a water thermos and …

futureVenezuela has high crime rate and economic collapse – kidnappers demand payment in dollars

The tumbling value of Venezuela’s national currency, the bolivar, has compelled kidnap groups to change their modus operandi, reported Sumarium. Relatives and associates of kidnap victims told Sumarium their captors had demanded between $7,000 and $10,000 in ransom. An unidentified …

astronomyVenezuela has high crime rate and economic collapse – kidnappers demand payment in dollars

The tumbling value of Venezuela’s national currency, the bolivar, has compelled kidnap groups to change their modus operandi, reported Sumarium. Relatives and associates of kidnap victims told Sumarium their captors had demanded between $7,000 and $10,000 in ransom. An unidentified …

colonizationDARPA converts Stent into strentrode for recording neural activity

A DARPA-funded research team has created a novel neural-recording device that can be implanted into the brain through blood vessels, reducing the need for invasive surgery and the risks associated with breaching the blood-brain barrier. The technology was developed under …