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californiaAC-130 combat laser tests might start by the end of this year with low kilowatt proof of concept

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Air Force Special Operations Command plans to install and test combat lasers on AC-130 gunships within a year. General Atomics and other companies have been spending their own research and development (IRAD) money on the capability. AFSOC hasn’t “decided where …

energyTrump suggests a large order for Boeing F/A 18XT Super Hornets could be imminent instead of some F35A

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President Donald Trump suggested that a larger purchase of Boeing Co.’s F/A-18 Super Hornet may be in the offing. “We are looking seriously at a big order,” Trump said Friday of the fighter jet, with another Boeing plane, the newest …

economic impactTrump is close to appointing pro aging reversal head for the FDA and one who would move to faster drug approvals

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President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is considering a Silicon Valley investor close to billionaire Peter Thiel to head the Food and Drug Administration, according to people familiar with the matter. Jim O’Neill, the Thiel associate, hasn’t been officially selected, according …

economic impactRussia developing microwave based electromagnetic pulse weapon that will be used on unmanned sixth generation hypersonic combat drones

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Russia will arm its sixth-generation combat drones with microwave weapons. These weapons, which disable an aircraft’s electronic equipment, already exist today “and can hit targets within a radius of tens of kilometers,” said Vladimir Mikheev, a director of state-owned Russian …

bakkenGlobal Economy Faltering from long duration of weak growth and Financial Risks are increasing

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The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecasts global growth at 3.2 percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2017, a downward revision of 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively, compared with the January 2016 Update. “Lower growth means less …

car14 kg Radar Carrying UAV Extends Ship’s Horizon 25 nautical miles

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Lacking reliable launch and retrieval capabilities, particularly in high sea states and strong winds, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) often support maritime forces from shore, relying on large, long endurance platforms that can carry multiple payloads, including maritime search radar. The …

futureAthletes may skip Olympics in Brazil over concerns over Zika Virus causing deformed future children

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The spreading Zika virus that has been linked to microcephaly (abnormally small brains and heads) in newborn babies in Brazil and other countries has raised concerns about this summer’s Olympics in Brazil, and that includes concerns from high-profile athletes. “If …

canadaTensorFlow – Google’s latest machine learning system, is open sourced for everyone

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Google is announcing TensorFlow, its open ­source platform for machine learning, giving anyone a computer and internet connection (and casual background in deep learning algorithms) access to one of the most powerful machine learning platforms ever created. More than 50 …

energyNuclear Fusion Company Helion Energy and others have received ARPA-E funding

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ARPA-E has provided a combined $30 million in funding for nuclear projects Helion Energy – Staged Magnetic Compression of FRC Targets to Fusion Conditions received $3,971,264 in funding Helion Energy will investigate staged magnetic compression of field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas, …

albertaLow Volume Production of Small Electric Passenger Planes

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Liaoning General Aviation Academy hopes to sell 100 two passenger electric planes within three years. They plan to build a dedicated manufacturing plant that can make 100 a year in Shenyang. It will sell for $163,000, lithium batteries included. The …