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Spacex heading to 40 launches per year without including Spacex internet satellite launches

Spacenews has an interview with Spacex CEO Gwynne Shotwell. Here are the highlights. * Spacex will increase 2018 launches by 50% to up to 30 launches over 2017 and then go to 30-40 launches per year. Those will not include

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Tom Baker returns to Dr Who to complete lost episode

The Fourth Dr Who, Tom Baker, returns to film new footage to complete Shada, an episode that was abandoned due to a BBC strike. Baker last appeared as the Doctor in 1981, when the character regenerated and the role was

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NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Video on the first Interstellar Object

Scientists were surprised and delighted to detect –for the first time– an interstellar asteroid passing through our solar system. Additional observations brought more surprises: the object is cigar-shaped with a somewhat reddish hue. The asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers,

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Spacex dedicated tanker versions of BFS for orbital refueling business

SpaceX indicated that will have orbital refueling in Elon Musks IAC 2017 presentation. Tanker versions of the BFS (top half of the BFR) will enable an orbital refueling business. Spacex may also buying propellants from in-space resources for refueling missions

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China DF-41 ICBM to be deployed in 2018 is actually 8-13 years late

Around 2000, the US Department of Defense expected China to deploy the DF-41 missile between 2005 and 2010. The three-stage solid-fuel DF-41 is larger than the DF-31 missile, and has a range of up to 13,000-15000 kilometers. The DF-41 has

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Net was already unfair but how will it become more unfair without net neutrality ?

Big Internet (Google, Facebook) and Big Cable and Big Telecom already had net advantages and sold advantages to those willing to pay for it. How will the pending FCC ditching of net neutrality make things worse ? FCC Chairman Ajit

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Carnival of Space 536

1. Universe Today -Triton’s Arrival was Chaos for the Rest of Neptune’s Moons A recent study offers a possible explanation as to why Neptune’s system of satellites differs from those of other gas giants; it also indicates that Neptune’s proximity

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Weaponsized drones vs Anti-drone systems

The US had Predator drones and other large drones with sidewinder missiles and other missiles for quite a while. Smaller and cheaper quadcopter drones have had machine guns and grenade launchers mounted on them with stabilization systems. Drone Swarms launched

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Robotic convoying key to making Tesla trucks an economic home run

Canada’s Loblaw supermarkets is pre-ordering 25 Tesla electric trucks by placing a $5000 downpayment on each. They will also convert all of their fleet of 350 trucks to Tesla electric trucks by 2030. Tesla will not complete their first trucks

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7% GDP growth in Vietnam, Philippines start of a fintech-AI-reform powered long World Economic Boom

There could finally be return to a global economic boom (GDP growth over 4%) similar to the PC and internet boom of the 1990s and early 2000s. The Boom years of the 1960s and early 1970s at over 5% global

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New underwater and aerial drones, sensors, small satellites mean exposed stealth planes and submarines

Stealth planes and submarines currently have the great advantage of being very hard to detect. For stealth planes that can be detected but when it is too late to react. Mass production of new underwater and aerial drones with new

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US government should support Spacex and quickly develop moon bases

Spacex expects they will receive additional funding from the U.S. government for the BFR and Raptor engine. Spacex would still build the BFR even without government money. The US Air Force is supporting the Raptor engine development with about $74

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Aging Reversal tests in dogs by 2019 and then in human tests by 2022 if that works

George Church is a Harvard Professor -serial entrepreneur of many multi-million dollar and even billion dollar biotech companies. George Church describes the roadmap for to human aging reversal treatments We will see the first aging reversal test in dog trials

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Secret of cancer immunity in Elephants are multiple cancer protection genes

Bigger creatures should have more cancer risk. However, Elephants do not have high rates of cancer. They have some kind of protection. * elephants have 20 extra duplicates of p53, a tumor suppressor gene. * they also duplicate copies of

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Slate reports that Bill Gates investment in Arizona land is a regular real estate investment

There was a flurry of speculation that Bill Gates was going to build a smart city in Arizona but it is almost certainly an ordinary real estate investment. Bill Gates uses Cascade Investment for investment in stocks like railways, waste

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Adam Crowl looks at details of sending Spacex BFR to the moon and Titan

Adam Crowl is going to write a journal article out his blog post analyzing the details and choices for sending the Spacex BFR to the moon and Titan. The article is at his Crowlspace website. The Spacex BFR carries 1100

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Mach Effect Propulsion 2016 – it is proven, replicated and will scale to fast interstellar travel

Woodward in 2016 indicates that there were multiple experimentalists replicating the initial experiments. Woodward is convinced it is proven, replicated and will scale to fast interstellar travel. It will take some decades to achieve but the effects are their and

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New Firefox quantum browser uses 30% less memory than other browsers

Firefox is releasing its new quantum browser which uses 30% less memory than other browsers. Firefox Quantum is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology stolen

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Softbank buys 14% of Uber for $10 billion

Uber Technologies Inc. approved SoftBank Group Corp.’s offer to buy a multibillion-dollar stake in the ride-hailing company, setting the stage for one of the largest private startup deals ever. The agreement lets SoftBank and other firms invest up to $1

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Startup Blue Frontiers is building Seastead in French Polynesia

Blue Frontiers is the first seasteading company. Floating Islands can mitigate sea level rise. Rising seas are hurting island and coastal nations. Environmentally conscious technologies will create opportunities. French Polynesia is ready to innovate and become resilient to the threat.

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