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chinaWill President Trump use Taiwan relations to bargain for better terms with China like President Carter and Nixon did ?

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There has been some concern that President Trump will use Taiwan relations as a point of negotiation with China for more favorable business terms. A review of Taiwan-China-USA In one of the most dramatic announcements of the Cold War, President …

euv lithographyRussia is an active but shrinking geopolitical player where the future will be mostly bipolar between USA and China

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By the 2030s — Russia may become less dangerous than Iran, which military strategist Andrew Krepinevich forthcoming study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments ranks currently at No. 3. Krepinevich’s analysis of Russia is similar to Nextbigfuture. Nextbigfuture …

economic impactNo desktop CPU performance gains and high memory prices

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Intel’s latest desktop processor (Kaby Lake) offers no performance improvement over its predecessor. In a few years, Intel’s Optane, a superfast SSD (solid state drive) and DRAM replacement that could ultimately unify memory and storage, could cause a radical change …

asiaCarrie Fisher aka Princess Leia has died

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Carrie Fisher, the actress best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia Organa, has died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60. Fisher wed musician Paul Simon in 1983. It was an explosive marriage, according to Homeward Bound: The Life …

appleLike Tony Stark Making Technology from Scraps

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Take some metal scraps from the junkyard; put them in a glass jar with a common household chemical; and, voilà, you have a high-performance battery. “Imagine that the tons of metal waste discarded every year could be used to provide …

businessFoxconn reaches 40,000 robots of original 1 million robot automation goal

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In 2011, Foxconn had announced a plan to replace 500,000 mainland Chinese workers with 1 million robots over the next 3-5 years. Foxconn is the company that builds Apple’s iPhone and iPad hardware and many of the android smartphones as …

computersNASA proposes asteroid redirect mission with ion engine 20 times more powerful than recent Dawn mission

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NASA has a proposed asteroid redirect mission which would use an ion propulsion that is 20 times bigger than the recent Dawn mission to Ceres and Vesta. NASA is developing a first-ever robotic mission to visit a large near-Earth asteroid, …

chinaWorld’s first 1,000-processor chip

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A microchip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors has been designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The energy-efficient “KiloCore” chip has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second …

chinaShipping containers full of capacitors will enable flexible railgun designs for shipboard and fixed or mobile land based railguns

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The US Navy will be taking its futuristic Railgun out of the lab where it has been tested for to past eight years. Over the next two years, railguns will be tested in open firing ranges and eventually at sea, …

chinaDARPA demo day highlights exoskeletons, robotic arms and nanotechnology

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Here are some highlights from the DARPA demo day Assembling nano structures from atoms to products DARPA is working on a number of micro-technologies; one example is the effort to build a machine that can assemble nano-structures. The incredibly-intricate structures …