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US Air Force requests more next generation aircraft and other new technology funding

The US Air force 2018 budget request released Tuesday includes $25.4 billion for research, development, test and evaluation programs — an increase of $5 billion, or 26 percent, from the amount enacted for the current year, according to budget documents.

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Supervision for US Soldiers using Tactical Augmented Reality that replaces night vision, GPS and more

A new technology called “Tactical Augmented Reality,” or TAR, is now helping Soldiers precisely locate their positions, as well as the locations of friends and foes, said Richard Nabors. It even enables them to see in the dark, all with

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Era of decisive short wars is over short of near genocide

short of total genocide, no country regardless of its war-withal can hope to achieve a decisive victory with a “short war” in today’s world. As the US is discovering eight years, trillion dollars, and over 25,000 casualties later—in Afghanistan. That

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Saab has camouflage that works against infrared and radar for vehicles

The U.S. Army´s 2nd Cavalry Regiment, stationed in Vilsek, Germany, is now evaluating Saab’s Barracuda Mobile Camouflage System (MCS) on their Stryker fighting vehicles. This is the first field evaluation of the MCS conducted by the U.S. Army. The MCS,

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Hybrid Airship, which is largest aircraft currently flying, has successful test flight

The Airlander 10 combines technology from airplanes, helicopters and airships. It is designed to fly at altitudes of 6,100 meters for up to five days when manned. It is the largest aircraft currently flying. It is 92 meters (310 feet)

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Moody’s downgraded China credit from A1 to Aa3 on expected slower growth and rising debt

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded China’s credit ratings on Wednesday for the first time in nearly 30 years, saying it expects the financial strength of the economy will erode in coming years as growth slows and debt continues to rise. The

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DARPA XS-1 spaceplane could have test flights by 2020

DARPA will soon select a company to build its robotic XS-1 space plane. After downselect, a critical design review shuold take place in 2018, and a series of flights could be made as early as 2020. The XS-1 space plane

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Mice embryos from skin cells and by 2037 human embryos from skin cells

By 2027 to 2037 scientists will likely be able to create a baby from human skin cells that have been coaxed to grow into eggs and sperm and used to create embryos to implant in a womb. The process, in

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Infrared telescopes should be able to spot Dyson sphere like constructs to 652 light years

Professor Zaza, University of Georgia, hase extended the idea of Freeman Dyson and has shown that a supercivilization has to use ring-like megastructures around pulsars instead of a spherical shell. He reexamined the same problem in the observational context and

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Electric Car will have lower cost of ownership than gas cars starting in 2018 with Tesla 3 and the Tesla 3 with add-ons will be profitable

UBS analysts tore down the Chevy Bolt, the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle (EV) with a range well above 200 miles. They gained key insights to understanding the content and profitability of EVs, especially Tesla’s upcoming Model 3. Their findings

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Plasma propulsion could become effective and useful for higher altitude aviation, airships and eventually space access

Berkant Göksel at the Technical University of Berlin and his team now want to fit plasma engines to planes. “We want to develop a system that can operate above an altitude of 30 kilometers where standard jet engines cannot go,”

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Tabby’s has been dimming 1% per day for the last two days

For years, astronomer Tabetha Boyajian and her colleagues have been waiting for the mysterious light dips to happen at Tabby’s star so that they could collect more data and try to get to the bottom of the mystery. The star

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3D printing of fusing and bomb structure could make bombs times lighter but still as deadly

The Air Force Research Lab are working on a lighter Mother of All bombs which still has similar explosive power. The Advanced Ordnance Technologies program will make bombs structured to be lighter by using 3D-printed reconstructed loads within the bomb

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US Railgun is being test fired a few times per hour now and by the end of the year at 10 shots per minute

The US Navy railgun program is making great technical progress according to the Office of Naval Research program manager Tom Boucher. The Navy is now working towards installing railguns at permanent land-based test sites which would provide more and better

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Google will put mini-TPUs into upcoming cellphones

Nextbigfuture talked to an attendee of 2017 Google IO and he reported that Google will be putting mini versions of the second generation TPU (tensor processing unit) into all new google cellphones. The TPU is optimized for artificial intelligence and

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By 2022, China’s Navy will outnumber the US and in the 2030s will achieve qualitative parity

China’s Navy will have a larger number of ships and submarines than the US Navy in 2030. China’s navy will be approaching 500 ships by 2030 and the US Navy will have between 300 and 350 depending upon which budgets

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China on track for over $1 trillion One Belt One Road investment by 2021

China One Belt, One Road is promising more than $1 trillion in infrastructure and spanning more than 60 countries from now to 2021. * power plants in Pakistan are part of an expected $46 billion worth of investment * tunnels

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By 2020 hundreds of earth sized exoplanets should be discovered and many will have basic atmosphere elements detected

Currently there are 3486 confirmed exoplanets (mainly from the Kepler Space telescope survey) and there are 4496 exoplanet candidates and 581 multiplanet systems. We are within about 11 months of the launch of the TESS space telescope. The Transiting Exoplanet

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Waymo partners with Lyft and Judge says Uber cannot use stolen Waymo information

1. Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google’s parent Alphabet and Lyft are teaming up to road test autonomous cars in a potential challenge to Uber Technologies. In its statement, Lyft said Waymo holds ‘‘today’s best self-driving technology.’’ The

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Towards Ultrasonic whispering over distances of 30 meters

An experimental device lets you whisper in the ear of someone up to 30 meters away. The wearable tech uses ultrasound to beam a speaker’s words directly to a targeted individual without anyone else overhearing what is being said. It

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