North Dakota Bakken oil production jumped over 10% in October, 2017

North Dakota Bakken oil production jumped over 10% in October to 35 million barrels in the month which is up from 31.6 million in September. This puts its just short of previous production peaks in 2015. Rystad Energy’s comprehensive well data for the United States shows that domestic oil production could pass 9.9 million barrels …

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Global Economy Faltering from long duration of weak growth and Financial Risks are increasing

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecasts global growth at 3.2 percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2017, a downward revision of 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively, compared with the January 2016 Update. “Lower growth means less room for error,” said Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Economic Counsellor and Director of Research. “Persistent slow …

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TensorFlow – Google’s latest machine learning system, is open sourced for everyone

Google is announcing TensorFlow, its open ­source platform for machine learning, giving anyone a computer and internet connection (and casual background in deep learning algorithms) access to one of the most powerful machine learning platforms ever created. More than 50 Google products have adopted TensorFlow to harness deep learning (machine learning using deep neural networks) …

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BGI creates micropigs the size of a medium sized dog to be sold as pets

On 23 September, at the Shenzhen International Biotech Leaders Summit in China, BGI revealed that it would start selling the pigs as pets. The animals weigh about 15 kilograms when mature, or about the same as a medium-sized dog. The institute quoted a price tag of 10,000 yuan (US$1,600) for the micropigs, but that was …

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Nuclear Fusion Company Helion Energy and others have received ARPA-E funding

ARPA-E has provided a combined $30 million in funding for nuclear projects Helion Energy – Staged Magnetic Compression of FRC Targets to Fusion Conditions received $3,971,264 in funding Helion Energy will investigate staged magnetic compression of field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas, building on past successes to develop a prototype that can attain higher temperatures and fuel …

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Air Force should certify Spacex Falcon 9 no later than June 2015 and Allow Spacex to nearly Halve the cost of Air Force Launches

The Air Force expects to certify SpaceX no later than June to compete for space launches, under an updated agreement that streamlines the certification process Once certified, SpaceX, with its Falcon 9 launch vehicle, can compete for national security space launches against United Launch Alliance, the Boeing-Lockheed Martin team that currently has a monopoly on …

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US Navy 30 year ship building plan update

2015 Congressional Research report – Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress The Navy’s proposed FY2016 budget requests funding for the procurement of nine new battle force ships (i.e., ships that count against the Navy’s goal for achieving and maintaining a fleet of 306 ships). The nine ships include two Virginia-class …

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Lockheed 30kw combat blasts a truck from over a mile

A 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system from Lockheed Martin successfully disabled a vehicle engine from a distance of more than one mile. In the test — said to represent the highest power ever documented by a laser weapon of its type — the beam from the Advanced Test High Energy Asset, or ATHENA, quickly burned …

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CNES Partners with Google to deploy Global 100,000 Internet Loon Ballon Networks

The French space agency, CNES, on Dec. 11 said it is partnering with Google on the Google X Project Loon to deploy more than 100,000 balloons in the stratosphere to provide high-speed Internet to regions without it. CNES has maintained an active balloon launch program for studies of upper-atmospheric air currents, the chemical composition of …

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Looking ahead to being ten times richer and looking back at being ten times poorer

Nextbigfuture described a future where China helps build out the infrastructure that the rest of the developing world needs over the next few decades. The shortfall of infrastructure is lowering the potential GDP growth by 2-3% in many countries. An extra 2% GDP growth globally would accelerate the arrival of a world with a quadrillion …

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Where are profits from iPhone and iPad sales going ? Some of it is going into the Apple Mothership HQ.

Here are pictures and video of Construction progress of Apple’s Mothership campus HQ in Cupertino. Apple new donut or spaceship headquarters are partway through constructionin Cupertino, California. Construction is to be completed in 2016. According to Apple’s project schedule, the roadwork will be completed by the end of 2014, while earthwork and the planting of …

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