Adam Savage built a functional Star Trek Captain Kirk Chair

Adam shares the story of his Star Trek Captain’s Chair, which he became obsessed with building from scratch after acquiring an insufficient replica. With the help of friend Jeremy Williams, Adam spends a day wiring in the electronics to bring his new Enterprise command chair to life. After much problem solving and troubleshooting, the effort …

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Multi-use non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse drone is an operational system in US air force

Boeing’s “CHAMP,” is short for Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project. It is a non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon. CHAMP carries a small generator that emits microwaves to fry electronics with pinpoint accuracy. It targets not nations or cities but individual buildings, blacking out their electronics rather than blowing up physical targets (or people). In 2012, …

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Electric Solar Sails for mission to Uranus and for de-orbiting satellites

1. Coulumb Drag Devices: Electric Solar Wind Sail Propulsion and Ionospeheric Deorbiting * Plasma brake thrust is 16 times larger in pure oxygen plasma than in pure proton plasma * There is an altitude dependence. Below 700 km the thrust would continue to increase until 400-500 km (provided there is the right hardware design) Abstract …

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DARPA plans to harness biology and master neurotechnologies

DARPA today released Breakthrough Technologies for National Security, a biennial report summarizing the Agency’s historical mission, current and evolving focus areas and recent transitions of DARPA-developed technologies to the military Services and other sectors. One of DARPA’s four main areas of focus is to harness biology. Harness Biology as Technology: To leverage recent breakthroughs in …

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If India can consistently outperform China on GDP growth by 3% per year then should catch up on per capita GDP in about 40 years

HSBC and rating agency Fitch have forecast India’s gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at 8.3 per cent in 2016-17. China is likely to have GDP growth at 6.5-7.0% in 2016 and 2017. The IMF has China having per capita GDP on a purchasing power parity basis of $13993 in 2015 and India with $6167. …

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China, India and Russia have supersonic cruise missiles and are nearing hypersonic cruise missiles

The Chaoxun-1 (CX-1) is a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) built by a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), a major Chinese space and defense company. According to CASC, the CX-1 is a two-stage ASCM with a range of up to 280 km while carrying a 260-kilogram warhead. The missile also …

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Alexa ranks Nextbigfuture as the second Science news and media weblog

Alexa ranks Nextbigfuture as the second science news and media weblog. Nextbigfuture is about the ten thousandth site overall in the United States and about 50,000th worldwide per Alexa traffic ranking. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked …

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China and Russia are leaders in Illicit Financial Flows

The Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003-2012 report reaffirms the $1 trillion estimate of unrecorded money shifting yearly out of emerging market and developing countries. They use the World Bank Residual Method and International Monetary Fund Direction of Trade Statistics. Both are dependent on data filed by governments with these institutions. Global Financial Integrity …

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Mars Curiosity Rover measures a tenfold spike in methane which could mean life on Mars

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill. “This temporary increase in methane — sharply up and then back down — tells us there must be some relatively localized …

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Vote and comment on new logo designs for Nextbigfuture

Vote and comment on new logo designs for Nextbigfuture. Thanks for any input. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Anti-aging …

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Ultra wealthy have twice as much private equity than public stocks

Almost US$13 trillion of the world’s UHNW (ultra high new worth, those with over $30 million) wealth is held in private company holdings, nearly twice the amount held in public company stakes. The combined wealth of the world’s UHNW individuals – defined as those with US$30 million and above in net assets – increased by …

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