Pentagon could easily save $125 billion over 5 years in bureaucratic waste and inefficiency

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post. Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous …

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Spacex filed with FCC to operate 4400 satellites and Elon Musk Spacex shares are worth $8.1 billion

Today, SpaceX filed with the FCC to obtain the rights to operate 4,400 satellites to offer internet services from orbit, a plan that was announced last year. Elon Musk’s trust currently owns 54% of the outstanding stock of SpaceX and has voting control of 78% of the outstanding stock of SpaceX. Google and Fidelity’s investment …

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India’s second domestic aircraft carrier will be nuclear powered and have electromagnetic launchers but will not arrive for about twenty years

When INS Vishal, the Indian Navy’s second indigenous aircraft carrier enters service, it will be a technologically cutting edge warship, on par with the world’s most advanced carriers. The navy’s finalised specifications include nuclear propulsion, a catapult launch system based on the new US “electro-magnetic aircraft launch system” (EMALS) and the capacity to embark 55 …

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Unlocking the potential for ultra-lightweight and flexible 3D-printed metallic materials

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) engineers have achieved unprecedented scalability in 3D-printed architectures of arbitrary geometry, opening the door to super-strong, ultra-lightweight and flexible metallic materials for aerospace, the military and the automotive industry. In a study published online July 18 in Nature Materials (link is external), LLNL engineers report building multiple layers of fractal-like …

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Reaction Engines secures €10 million funding to enable development of SABRE demonstrator engine

Reaction Engines Ltd. announces today the signing of a €10m Development Contract with the European Space Agency, finalizing the UK Government’s £60m commitment. Reaction Engines Ltd., today announces the signing of a €10m European Space Agency (ESA) contract which will enable the development of a ground based demonstrator of SABRE, a new class of aerospace …

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Augmented reality Pokemon game added $8 bilion in value to Nintendo and will transform mobile and augmented reality gaming

Pokémon fever is sweeping the globe thanks to a new augmented-reality version of the monster-collecting game, which sees players hunt through real-world locations for digital critters. Pokémon Go officially launched on iPhone and Android last week in the US, Australia and New Zealand, but people worldwide have been unofficially downloading the app and heading out …

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Molecular mechanical computer design 100 billion times more energy efficient than best conventional computer

Ralph Merkle, Robert Freitas and others have a theoretical design for a molecular mechanical computer that would be 100 billion times more energy efficient than the most energy efficient conventional green supercomputer. Removing the need for gears, clutches, switches, springs makes the design easier to build. Existing designs for mechanical computing can be vastly improved …

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Progress to the 600 series of Terminator Robot

Kyle Reese – The 600 series had rubber skin, we spotted them easy. But these are new, they look Human, sweat, bad breath, everything. Very hard to spot [Quote from the first Terminator movie] Humanoid robots could soon look even more human thanks to a soft, stretchable skin. The skin is called hyper-elastic light-emitting capacitor. …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 300

The Carnival of Nuclear energy 300 is up at Neutron Bytes Atomic Insights – All-nuclear power grids are not only feasible, but proven and operating today It is already well-proven that it’s possible to operate village and small town sized electrical grids using nuclear power plants designed for responsiveness, reliability, ease of operation and maintainability. …

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MIT Won the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Contest

MIT grad students beat out more than 100 other teams with their design for a passenger-carrying Hyperloop “pod,” and will now start building a small-scale prototype to test this summer next to SpaceX’s headquarters The Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands were the next runners-up. Auburn University won in the category of best overall …

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