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Five ways to apply CRISPR gene editing

CRISPR gene-editing technology has the potential to treat—and possibly cure—any number of diseases and there are currently five ways it can be delivered into humans. 1. Gels and creams for anti-HPV. – Among the first attempts to use CRISPR in

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Traveling Wave Direct Energy Conversion of Fission Reaction Fragments

Fission fragment direct energy conversion (FFDEC) into electricity can dramatically improve the specific mass of fission-based electric propulsion rocket. An EPRI study by A. G. Tarditi, J. H. Scott focused on the conversion via traveling wave DEC (direct energy conversion),

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Fission Fragment Nuclear Propulsion Variants and Technical Details

The problem with space nuclear propulsion is NOT raw power, but how to eliminate waste heat. The more efficiently we can generate thrust, the less waste heat produced. Can we have our cake and eat it too? Can we have

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ICOs and VC investment in the blockchain

PitchBook has an update for Q3 2017 of ICOs and venture capital investment in the blockchain. * regulatory statements in China and the US have yet to temper market enthusiasm for the red-hot cryptocurrency and ICO market. Regulatory action against

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Turning 1 million tons of used nuclear fuel by 2050 into energy

The amount of used nuclear fuel will continue to increase, reaching around 1 million tonnes by 2050. The uranium and plutonium that could be extracted from that used fuel would be sufficient to provide fuel for at least 140 light

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40 years too late- Bill Gates says ctrl-alt-delete should have been one button

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says if he could go back in time, there’d be something more intuitive than the two-handed Ctrl-Alt-Delete command to interrupt a process. In 2013 Gates said it was “mistake” requiring the three keys before logging in

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China will more than double nuclear energy by mid 2020s

China plans to more than double its atomic power capacity in the next decade, bucking the trend of consolidation in western Europe and North America. The Asian nation’s expansion will contribute to a 6.6 percent increase in global nuclear capacity

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Time did not run out 1.5C Carbon countdown clock, now 20 more years

As recently as 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had indicated that there we would CO2 emissions would soon exceed the level where 1.5 degree celsius warming over the industrial (1870) level would occur. The Mercator Group has

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ASEAN has strong GDP growth

ASEAN’s combined nominal gross domestic product (GDP) is already over US$2.8 trillion (S$3.8 trillion) and if counted as a single entity, it would rank sixth in the world, behind the United States, China, Japan, India and Germany. The younger countries

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Anti-missiles shooting down at North Korea could intercept

Joe Cirincione makes the easonable case that the USA could not successfully shoot down the North Korean ICBMs. Joe Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund and the author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late. The

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Ethereum scaling to a lot more transactions

Vitalik Buterin created Ethereum. He projects that Ethereum will have Visa scale transaction per second in a couple of years. Currently Bitcoin is processing a bit less than 3 transactions per second and Ethereum is doing five a second. Uber

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Israel fighting in Syria and war with Hezbollah in Lebanon seems close

In November, 2015, Israeli officials believed that the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has amassed around 150,000 rockets, including a number of long range Iranian-made missiles capable of striking Israeli cities from north to south. The estimates represent a 50 percent

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Canada has 5th most millionaire households in the world

Canada moved up to fifth last year on a list of countries with the most millionaire households, according to a Boston Consulting Group report that shows the United States was again at No. 1. There were 485,000 millionaire households in

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Harry Dean Stanton, actor in Alien and many other movies has died

Harry Dean Stanton died at the age of 91. He was in nearly 200 movies. He was in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dillinger (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974) (small role as FBI agent. Hey Frankie let’s

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Next Big Futures from now to 2027

In 2011 Nextbigfuture projected a Mundane Singularity, where certain emerging technologies would start to have development and impact by Dec 2016. There were various updates and the last update was in January of 2017. I need to update and alter

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Cold War and War on Terror Casualties and De-escalation

There was an analysis on Quora of the number of deaths associated with the Cold War. The USA did contain communism and then communism failed economically. The USSR and China have now converted to some form of capitalism. Although Russia

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USA Actually achieved its objective and won the Vietnam War

There is an interesting assessment of the Vietnam War. In order to determine who won and who lost the war it asks three questions (1) what was the goals of the involved parties. (2) What price did they have to

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New Approach to Simulate Chemistry with Quantum Computing

IBM scientists have developed a new approach to simulate molecules on a quantum computer that may one day help revolutionize chemistry and materials science. The scientists successfully used a seven-qubit quantum processor to address the molecular structure problem for beryllium

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UK Shows off mockup of 50 kw combat laser mounted in turret

The UK showed a mockup of a 50 kw Dragon Fire combat laser mounted in a turret. Dragonfire system will be a 50kW class directed energy weapon designed for use on both land and sea. Laser weapons have key advantages

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Japan trials driverless cars and buses to move aging population

Japan is starting to experiment with self-driving buses in rural communities such as Nishikata, 115 km (71 miles) north of the capital, Tokyo, where elderly residents struggle with fewer bus and taxi services as the population ages and shrinks. The

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