China has a new long range bomber program

The head of the Chinese air force, Ma Xiaotian, stated that China is developing a new long-range bomber. “We are now developing a new generation of long-range bomber, and you’ll see it in the future,” Ma told the Global Times without elaborating. China has been ramping up research into advanced new military equipment, including submarines, …

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Two billion at risk of Zika Virus in Africa and Asia

More than two billion people could be at risk from Zika virus outbreaks in parts of Africa and Asia, according to scientists writing in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Populations in India, Indonesia and Nigeria are some of the most vulnerable to transmission, the researchers said. They used data on air traveller numbers to help model …

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South Korea debating making a nuclear submarine in response to North Korea’s submarine launched nuclear missile

South Korea has renewed calls to deploy nuclear-powered submarines on the battlefront, refueling debate about using the advanced weapons against North Korean ballistic missile threats. The communist state marked its first successful firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile last week, undermining South Korea’s resolve to neutralize threats via land-based missile defense systems. “The SLBM launch …

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Spacex plans to use a lot more carbon fiber for lighter rockets as reusing stages justifies higher expenses for better rockets

Spacex plans to use a lot more carbon fiber components instead of aluminum in their rockets. SpaceX aims to hold down expenses by reusing rockets and spacecraft. Originally, the company made rockets mostly out of aluminum to keep costs low, using carbon fiber only for a few parts, such as connecting joints. Japanese materials maker …

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Chinese J-20 production version spotted

The fourth low production rate copy of the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter has been spotted The J-20 will fly at up to 1305 mph The appearance of LRIP aircraft suggests that the type is nearing introduction into service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. A number of J-20s have been seen on satellite imagery …

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Russia’s air force and precision guided weapons make a military that is geopolitical useful and effective

The United States military had problems in the Vietnam war but introduced precision guided weapons in the first Gulf war. Russia’s air force cannot match the United States in terms of the number of 5th generation planes. This primarily matters in terms of a WW3 or pre-WW3 showdown. However, Russia’s nuclear weapons and conventional capability …

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Uranium Seawater Extraction Makes Nuclear Power Completely Renewable

America, Japan and China are racing to be the first nation to make nuclear energy completely renewable. The hurdle is making it economic to extract uranium from seawater, because the amount of uranium in seawater is truly inexhaustible. James Conca at Forbes describes the latest developments with uranium seawater extraction. James has some update from …

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Combo therapy may slow down Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers propose a novel combination therapy consisting of an agent for chelating redox-active metals (Fe2+) and an antioxidant to reduce damage caused by residual oxygen free radicals, in addition to resveratrol, a modulator of AMPK and sirtuin pathways (nuclear transcription). The addition of resveratrol may have the capacity to increase activity of the NAD+- dependant …

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Engine upgrades in the 2020s could make the F-35 engine longer lasting to reduce eventual operating costs by 30% for the project $1.5 trillion program

Pratt and Whitney are working on a block one improvement to the F135 engine (used on the F-35 stealth fighter) which will offer between a 7% and 10% improvement in thrust, as well as between 5% and 7% better mission fuel burn, and is undergoing testing now. Although higher thrust and better fuel burn have …

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Adjusting the estimated of global fish catch

Tens of millions more tonnes of fish have been taken from the seas than are recorded in official statistics, suggests a huge and controversial project aiming to estimate the ‘true catch’ of the world’s fishing industry. The work is detailed in a paper in Nature Communications by fisheries researchers Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller of …

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Planetary Resources And Luxembourg are partnering to Advance Space Asteroid Mining

Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the banking institution Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement (SNCI). This partnership with Luxembourg’s SpaceResources.lu initiative will advance technologies and lines of business toward the exploration and utilization of …

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