Planetary Resources Arkyd-6 launched and deployed successfully

The Planetary Resources Arkyd-6 spacecraft was launched and deployed in space. This 6U cubesat is packed with power including 17 computing elements. The Arkyd-6 spacecraft has successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre onboard PSLV-C40 and has entered into its target orbit. The Arkyd-6 will validate water detection technology and cost-saving design methodology. The …

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Planetary Resources delivers Arkyd 6 asteroid mining technology demo for launch Dec 2017

Planetary Resources is planning to mine the asteroids in the 2020s. Planetary Resources delivered the Arkyd-6 spacecraft, their second technology demonstrator. The spacecraft has officially begun its journey to the launch pad. In the weeks leading up to launch day, they’ll be sharing with you information on the Arkyd-6. It was moved like rollon luggage …

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Nvidia is the new Intel and its chips are used by most of the 3000 AI startups worldwide

In a fascinating bit of silicon serendipity, it turns out that the same technology that can conjure up a gorgeous alien landscape or paint a picture-perfect explosion is also nearly optimal for the hottest area of AI: deep learning. Deep learning enables a computer to learn by itself, without programmers having to code everything by …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 316

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 316 is up at Fukushima Commentary Neutron Bytes – What about nuclear energy in UK after Brexit? There are a lot of opinions about the impacts on energy policy and investments in the UK following the non-binding vote to leave the European Union. The UK Parliament has to take the …

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Genetically engineered HIV Vaccine moves to phase I human trial in summer of 2017 and other vaccine candidates in various trial stages

A vaccine for HIV developed by Oregon Health Sciences University in collaboration with the California National Primate Research Center at the University of California, Davis, is moving toward clinical trials. The vaccine uses another virus, cytomegalovirus, or CMV, as a “backbone” to carry small pieces of HIV into the body and arm the immune system. …

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Russia has anti-UAV microwave cannon and world deadliest air to air missile with active radar homing

Russia has a super-high-frequency gun capable of deactivating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and the warheads of precision weapons at an impact range of ten kilometers which ensures 360 degrees of perimeter defense. Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC), part of Rostec Corporation, has announced that it developed a super-high-frequency gun for BUK missile systems. The …

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Focus on practical plasmonic and metamaterial applications

The field of plasmonics and metamaterials has attracted a great deal of interest over the past two decades, but despite the many fundamental breakthroughs and exciting science it has produced, it is yet to deliver on the applications that were initially targeted as most promising. This focus examines the primary fundamental hurdles in the physics …

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Lasers in space could trap and shape reflective dust into telescopes with diameters wider than a planet for detailed imaging of exoplanets

Here we look in detail at the Phase I report for Orbiting Rainbows. NASA provided the funding for a phase 2 study project. They would use several lasers to trap and shape billions of reflective dust particles into single or multiple lenses that could grow to reach tens of meters to thousands of kilometers in …

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Zenncars reports independent tests say the Eestor Supercapacitor Technology works

ZENN Motor Company Inc. (TSXV: ZNN; “ZENN” or the “Company”), announced the findings of four independent reports on the testing of the capacitor technology developed by its 71.3% owned subsidiary, EEStor Inc. (EEStor”) Zenncars and EEstor had made big claims about supercapacitors with the energy density of batteries or even higher but with superfast charging …

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Star Trek Turbolifts will be reality in 2016 with multidirectional elevator

ThyssenKrupp develops the world’s first rope-free elevator system to enable the building industry face the challenges of global urbanization. MULTI is ThyssenKrupp’s latest offering in its extensive repertoire of elevator technologies, representing a landmark revolution in the elevator industry and a new and efficient transport solution for mid and high-rise buildings. ThyssenKrupp places linear motors …

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A Working theory of high temperature superconductors finds magnetism as the quantum glue and is able to predict properties

Physicists have identified the “quantum glue” that underlies a promising type of superconductivity — a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity without current loss. Superconductivity arises when two electrons in a material become bound together, forming what is called a Cooper pair. Groundbreaking experiments performed by Freek Massee and Milan …

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