China helps Afghanistan set up a counterterrorism base

China is helping Afghanistan to set up a mountain brigade in Afghanistan to boost counterterrorism efforts. Afghanistan said there would be no Chinese military personnel of any kind on Afghan soil at any time. Sources close to the Chinese military earlier told the Post that China had funded and started building a training camp for …

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Form of your robotic destructor will not be Mini slaughterbot drones but a Waymo self driving car

UC Berkeley professor Stuart Russell and the Future of Life Institute have created video titled “Slaughterbots” that depicts a future in which humans develop small, hand-sized drones that are programmed to identify and eliminate designated targets. The Berkeley professor fears this particular scenario but it is not that big a deal. He and his people …

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DARPA funds $65 million for safer genetic engineering and technology to fight bioterrorism

DARPA created the Safe Genes program to gain a fundamental understanding of how gene editing technologies function; devise means to safely,A responsibly, and predictably harness them for beneficial ends; and address potential health and security concerns related to their accidental or intentional misuse. DARPA announced awards to seven teams that will pursue that mission, led …

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Commercial AI will start sorting through ISIS intelligence data within 6 months

Within six months the US military will start using commercial AI algorithms to sort through its masses of intelligence data on the Islamic State. “We will put an algorithm into a combat zone before the end of this calendar year, and the only way to do that is with commercial partners,” said Col. Drew Cukor. …

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The shooting of Franz Ferdinand started WW1, will a new act of violence cause the breakup of the EU?

The murder of Franz Ferdinand started World War 1 over a century ago. Will a new act of terrorism in the coming days before the May 7th election lead to the breakup of the EU? It is generally expected that Marine Le Pen (anti-EU candidate for French President) will lose the runoff election for French …

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Claimed solid metallic hydrogen sample was lost

The claimed solid metallic hydrogen sample has been lost on February 11. It was being stored at temperatures around 80 Kelvin (-193 degrees Celsius and -316 degrees Fahrenheit), and at incredibly high pressures between two diamonds in a type of vice. Further testing caused the diamonds to break and the vice to fail, and the …

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Thirty meter telescope project likely shifting to Canary Islands instead of Hawaii

One of the world’s biggest telescope projects might be forced to move its location to a different continent. The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) was due to be built in Hawaii, but ran into opposition with indigenous groups which consider its proposed site sacred. Now the TMT’s board says a site in the Canary Islands, Spain, …

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Biggest ever 3-D mapping of 35 million galaxies begins Construction Phase

A 3-D sky-mapping project that will measure the light of millions of galaxies has received formal approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to move forward with construction. Installation of the project, called DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument), is set to begin next year at the Nicholas U. Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National …

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Automated detection and patching of software vulnerabilities demonstrated by DARPA cyber challenge winner

Automated system outperforms competing machines in high-stakes final event aimed at revolutionizing software vulnerability detection and patching Capping an intensive three-year push to spark a revolution in automated cyber defense, DARPA today announced that a computer system designed by a team of Pittsburgh-based researchers is the presumptive winner of the Agency’s Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC), …

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F35 using open air ranges and simulation to prepare to fight layered integrated air defenses and missiles like Russia’s S500

The Air Force F-35 is using “open air” ranges and computer simulation to practice combat missions against the best Chinese and Russian-made air-defense technologies – as a way to prepare to enemy threats anticipated in the mid-2020s and beyond. Surface threats from air defenses is a tough problem because emerging threats right now can see …

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Ultraresponsive touch devices up to 100 inches on diagonal in size enables new applications

Cima NanoTech, a developer and manufacturer of transparent conductive film solutions, is has large ultra responsive large touch screens. SANTE® ProTouch module is the industry’s first high performance projected capacitive (pro-cap) solution for large format touch screens that can be mass-produced in high volumes. With ultra fast response and excellent touch performance, this module enables …

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