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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Debt Agency forecasts economic slowdown in China but no financial crisis

Fitch estimated that China’s GDP growth would slow to 6.4 percent in 2017 and 5.7 percent in 2018. But Fitch added that while continued fund outflows from the mainland were likely to continue to pressure the currency and foreign reserves, that wasn’t likely to be “systemically threatening.” Earlier this month, China reported that its foreign …

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Near term Improved batteries will enable commercialized flying cars

Technologies are maturing and converging to make small, affordable airplanes feasible says Brian German, an aerospace researcher at Georgia Tech. German argues that lighter and more powerful electric motors, batteries that can store more energy, and more sophisticated aviation software could transform the market for small aircraft. Each time batteries improve, electric airplanes can be …

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DARPA project willl advance metal 3D printing by improving speed, cost and repeatability

The third and final phase of the DARPA Open Manufacturing program is slated to begin before year’s end, and will continue through to mid-2018. The DARPA OM program seeks to develop an Integrated Computational Material Engineering framework that can accurately predict the properties of 3D printed metal components. DARPA indicates that uncertainties in materials and …

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China’s first domestic aircraft carrier the Type 001A reported to be launched Dec 26, 2015

China is ready to launch its first domestically built aircraft carrier, known as the Type 001A, on Dec. 26 to mark the 122th birthday of Mao Zedong, according to Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao. President Xi Jinping reportedly visited the Dalian Shipyard to inspect the progress of work on the carrier in August. Previous reports …

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Micromotors remove carbon dioxide in the lab and could eventually be scaled to remove from ocean

Machines that are much smaller than the width of a human hair could one day help clean up carbon dioxide pollution in the oceans. Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have designed enzyme-functionalized micromotors that rapidly zoom around in water, remove carbon dioxide and convert it into a usable solid form. The proof …

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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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US Navy megawatt high energy laser vision

The U.S. Navy has deployed on a command ship in the Persian Gulf its first laser weapon capable of destroying a target. The amphibious transport ship USS Ponce has been patrolling with a prototype 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System since late August, according to officials. The laser is mounted facing the bow, and can be fired …

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Coal is Still Dominant and no solution is being scaled to meet the challenge of cheap energy

Far East and African demand for energy will be realized in majority by coal in the next 25 years. Majority = 60%, in this case. This is not consistent with the loud plea to cut CO2 output and tomorrow’s IPCC report will have a stronger warning that time is running out. Coal, which now accounts …

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China has Risen to Number One in Purchasing Power and Wesley Clark Call for a New Long Term China Strategy and a Global Leadership Partnership

The International Monetary Fund reports that in 2014, China, not the United States, has the world’s largest economy. The official point of China passing the US is in October. By the end of 2014, China will make up 16.48% of the world’s purchasing-power adjusted GDP (or $17.632 trillion), and the US will make up just …

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