Quantum Simulator ‘Entangles’ Hundreds of Ions

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have “entangled” or linked together the properties of up to 219 beryllium ions (charged atoms) to create a quantum simulator. The simulator is designed to model and mimic complex physics phenomena in a way that is impossible with conventional machines, even supercomputers. The techniques could …

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Japans technological strengths in advanced submarines

Japan discussed the technological strengths of their submarines compared to French and German competition. Japanese submarines can dive much longer without having to surface. This is a significant technology. Japan’s Ministry of Defense has said it plans to replace conventional lead-acid batteries with more powerful lithium-ion cells, which will enable the vessels to cruise at …

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SolarCity Unveils World’s Most Efficient Rooftop Solar Panel with 22% efficiency and lower manufacturing cost

SolarCity has built the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module efficiency exceeding 22 percent. The new SolarCity panel generates more power per square foot and harvests more energy over a year than any other rooftop panel in production, and will be the highest volume solar panel manufactured in the Western Hemisphere. SolarCity …

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IARPA crowd prediction moving to commercial spinoff and lessons on making better predictions

You can pre-register for beta testing of a commercial crowd prediction spinoff of the IARPA Good Judgement project. The Good Judgment Project out-performed all other research teams in geopolitical forecasting. The Good Judgment Project was a four-year research study organized as part of a government-sponsored forecasting tournament. Thousands of people around the world predict global …

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Pictures of several of China’s large drone designs and some nearly have the wingspan of a 747

China is developing at least five models of large-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), reports Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet. Based on Duowei’s research, China is currently developing the “Sharp Sword” combat UAV, the “Soar Dragon” high altitude long endurance (HALE) UAV, the “Condor” drone series, the “Sky Wing 3” UAV and the …

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US Crude oil production heading 11 to 15 million barrels per day depending upon the scenario and a quick look at Peak Oil people are saying now

The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecast for US crude oil production is for an increase to about 11 million barrels per day and then having a plateau. When US crude oil production gets past 10.1 million barrels per day then it will have passed the old production peak in 1970. This will take a …

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US Dollar domination did not begin until the US GDP surpassed the entire British Empire

Michael Pettis points out why there will be a long gap between when China is the largest economy on all measures and when the RMB will become a dominant currency.The USA was the world’s largest economy for fifty years prior to WW1, and Germany the world’s second largest economy, and yet the US dollar was …

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Russian plans building a dozen new guide missile destoyer and then a supercarrier

Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy Admiral Igor Kasatonov recently announced that Russia would build its first aircraft carrier – although construction will begin only after 2025. The National Interest, citing Itar-Tass News Agency, reported that the proposed carrier would be able to hold about 100 aircraft and would use a catapult take-off system. In …

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New year and new Navy gatling guns for USA and China

The Phalanx, or CIWS, is an area weapon engineered to use a high rate of fire and ammunition to blanket a given area, thus destroying or knocking threats out of the sky before they reach a ship. The Phalanx CIWS, which can fire up to 4,500 rounds per minute, has been protecting ship platforms for …

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Magnitudes and Scaling for Measuring and Comparing Civilization transformation

There are not clear measures of Civilization transformation. I believe that there can be measures and units devised to measure civilization transformation. I think getting up to ten points for each aspect breadth scale of impact speed of impact. First the breadth of the transformation is needed. This would look at the either the number …

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