Submarine drones could grow a lot kelp in the open ocean

Marine BioEnergy is collaborating with a research team at the University of Southern California, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. US Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has provided $2.1 million in funding for a proof of concept. Kelp grows best 100 and 300 meters beneath the surface, or where there are …

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Bangladesh building up military in a regional arms race

Bangladesh will domestically build 6 guided missile frigates and has ordered two submarines from China. They have two Chinese Ming-class submarines on order which are to be delivered by 2019. The total submarine order is about $200 million. In the past, the Bangladesh Army has been equipped with Chinese tanks, its navy has Chinese frigates …

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18 years and an extra $1 trillion over 30 years to build 355 ship navy

The Navy would have to spend $102 billion annually build, operate and maintain a 355-ship fleet over the next 30 years, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office issued on Monday. This would be more than one-third greater than the amount appropriated for fiscal year 2016 for today’s 275-ship fleet. In total …

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Dune will get another attempt at a feature movie adaptation

Denis Villeneuve has been nominated for Oscars for his movie “Arrival” and his “Blade Runner 2049” sequel arrives in October. Denis has been hired to make a new feature movie version of the science fiction classic Dune. Frank Herbert wrote six novels in the “Dune” series, beginning in 1965. The books were adapted into David …

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NRAM forecasted to consolidate DRAM with Flash memory to disrupt enterprise storage starting in 2018

Nano-Ram, the first non-volatile memory chip to exploit carbon-nanotube technology, appears poised for commercialization in 2018. BCC Research expects this technology to be more disruptive to enterprise storage, enterprise servers and consumer electronics than flash memory, enabling a wave of innovation in those products. It was the recent licensing agreement to manufacture NRAM commercially by …

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Bill Gates and other billionaires have a New Model for Investing in Energy Innovation and will ramp funding to $30 billion by 2020

By the middle of this century, the world will use twice as much energy as we use today. There’s good news in this: more energy means better lives and stronger economies. But it also means the world needs a new energy supply—one that doesn’t contribute to climate change. Climate change is a serious threat, especially …

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Beyond Dome City colonies to Shell Worlds or Paraterraforming as a shortcut to making planets habitable

Existing covered areas and domes on Earth are in the 30-40 acre ranges and with costs of $400 million to 1 billion. There is also strong material (EFTE) which is 100 times lighter than glass and which can lower costs by 4 times. Very large geodesic domes could cover several square miles on Mars. Mars …

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Human wall climbing technology is here but it takes three different paddles to climb brick, metal and smooth walls

About ten years ago at DARPA began the Z-man project to enable soldiers to climb the walls of buildings Nextbigfuture had been tracking the project all of that time. In 2006, nextbigfuture had incorporated advanced wall climbing in a set of predictions of the future based on the anticipated success of the Z-man and several …

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Asia supergrid could transmit renewable electrical power or low cost power from coal plants

GEIDCO wants to create an electric grid that connects all of Asia and then follow that with a grid that connects the entire world. GEIDCO – the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Co-operation Organization is a China-based group that now has agreements with energy companies in China, South Korea, Russia and Japan, as well as …

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China’s five year electricity plan is 19% more coal and 40% more power in general, double US power in 2025 and plans Asia and Worldwide Supergrid

China’s coal power generation capacity will grow as much as 19 percent over the next five years even as the world’s biggest energy consumer expands use of non-fossil fuels. While coal-fired plant capacity will increase, it will still remain below 1,100 gigawatts, National Energy Administration Chief Engineer Han Shui said Monday in a webcast posted …

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