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scienceZubrin fixes the Drake equation to allow for interstellar travel and biosphere reboots

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In 1961, radio astronomer Frank Drake developed a pedagogy for analyzing the question of the frequency of extraterrestrial civilizations. Robert Zubrin shows a couple of significant mistaken assumptions by Drake. Robert Zubrin wrote this for Centauri Dreams. Drake equation defines …

dronesDefending against Russia’s 100 megaton nuclear tsunami drone torpedos in Cold War 2.0

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Russia has development of 100 megaton and megaton class tsunami generating nuclear drone weapons. The weapon could explode in shallow waters off of a coastline and generate a tsunami hundreds of feet high. Such a tsunami could devastate all of …

batteriesToyota has reduced the rare earth materials used in electric vehicle magnets by 50%

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Toyota has developed the world’s first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet. Neodymium magnets are used in various types of motors such as the high-output motors found in electrified vehicles, use of which is expected to increase rapidly in the future. The new …

chinaChina shows stealth drone that appears to copy the US X47B drone

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China has shown a flying wing stealth drone called the Star Shadow which appears to copy the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator. The Star Shadow UAV will a radar cross-section characteristics of 0.1 square meters. According to …

exoskeletonsChina reveals military exoskeletons which are behind current US exoskeletons

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China has a new lighter and stronger military exoskeleton. Refinements in weight, ergonomics, and power supply could boost the second-generation exoskeleton’s coefficiency ratio. Norinco claims that the reduced weight increases battery performance. Other companies in China are working on exoskeletons …

air forceUS military targets reducing time to overhaul ships, planes, tanks by 25%

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One-third of the US Navy’s destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious ships are under significant repair. Maintenance issues have grounded two-thirds of the US Navy’s strike fighters. The military will use a new, computer-based database to manage logistics, maintenance and the supply …

chinaChina moving to full scale hypersonic missile production and US will spend about $10 billion per year on missile defense

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The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has a request for $9.9 billion in 2019. Part of the request is $120 million to develop hypersonic missile defenses, a big increase from the $75 million in fiscal 2018. “China’s hypersonic weapons development …

asteroidsSpaceX Falcon Heavy will let us reach 15 times more asteroids than current rockets

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Martin Elvis at Harvard University describes how the SpaceX Heavy allows us to reach over 40% of the asteroids where before we could reach 3%. This is because the SpaceX Heavy allows higher speeds (delta-V aka change in velocity) to …

spaceBuilding lighter and huge in the low gravity of space

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Popular Mechanics has discussed how humanity can make large objects in the low gravity of space. Nextbigfuture has tracked the near term technology that would let us build Death Star size objects. The first Death Star had a diameter of …

air forceThe USA is no longer guaranteed future military technology dominance

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The US has enjoyed complete military dominance since about 1985. The Soviet Union and now Russia is competitive with the number of nuclear weapons. Th Soviet Union also had a total volume of tanks and armored vehicles which the USA …