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Elon Musk is concerned about peak population of developed countries

Half the world’s nations have fertility rates below the replacement level of just over two children per woman. Countries across Europe and the Far East are teetering on a demographic cliff, with rates below 1.5. On recent trends, Germany and

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DNA mutations blamed on CRISPR more likely because mice were close Appalachia-like relations

In May, a study claimed that the revolutionary CRISPR gene editing technique can cause thousands of unwanted and potentially dangerous mutations. The authors called for regulators to reassess the safety of the technique. But doubts were raised about these claims

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32 people arrested because of China Straddle bus scam

The Straddle bus project gained worldwide attention when it was shown at various trade fairs in 2016 and with coverage 2009 to 2016. The project was also covered at Nextbigfuture. Time listed the Straddle bus as one of the top

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Carbon nanotube reinforce Composites can reduce space vehicle mass by 30%

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is keenly interested in nanotechnology – an approach that can reduce the mass and improve the performance of aerospace systems. NASA computer modeling analysis has shown that composites using carbon nanotube reinforcements could lead

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USA and China getting close to flying Hypersonic demo airplanes

Lockheed Martin plans to build the fly the first prototype of a mach 6 SR-72 hypersonic plane as early as 2018. the SR-72 will be a strike and reconnaissance aircraft that tops Mach 6. Hypersonic technologies, including a combined cycle

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Japan wants to manned trips to the moon by 2030 with NASAs help

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the moon sometime around 2030, according to new proposals from the space agency. This is the first time JAXA has publicly explored sending astronauts anywhere beyond

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India nearing completion of 500 MW commercial fast breeder reactor

India plans to commission its first fast breeder reactor (FBR) by the end of this year at Kalpakkam in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. India’s Prototype Fast Breed Reactor will produce 500MW of power. India would be the second

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Carnival of Space 516

Carnival of Space 516 is up at links through space. Planetaria – New Horizons team successfully observes transit of next KBO target, and clouds on Pluto. Images of seven possible clouds on Pluto, as seen by New Horizons. The other

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China overall PPP GDP will pass US+Japan+Germany combined by 2022

The IMF has increased the projected GDP growth for China to 6.7 percent in 2017 and average annual growth of 6.4 percent between 2018-20. Previous predictions from the IMF had China at 6.2% or less GDP growth from 2018 to

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Future China Insurance market to 2030

China continues to have an economy that is growing at about 6 to 6.5% over the next three years and about 5-6% for a few years afterward. China’s middle and affluent classes continue to grow. This has and will continue

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Neutrinos as drivers of supernovae

Stars exploding as supernovae are the main sources of heavy chemical elements in the Universe. In these star explosions, radioactive atomic nuclei are synthesized in the hot, innermost regions during the explosion and can thus provide insights into the unobservable

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Major climate model corrections needed to correct water loss from leaves

Errors in how scientists account for water loss from leaves may be skewing estimates of how much energy plants make through photosynthesis and cause errors in the models of how individual leaves function and even of the global climate. The

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IBM has made Carbon nanotubes transistors smaller and faster than silicon

IBM scientists have made carbon nanotube transistors smaller and faster silicon transistors. Carbon nanotube transistors have long had the potential to be better than silicon, but this is the first time when that promise has been realized. Now IBM and

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Graphene dialysis membrane is ten times faster at filtering and will become 100 times faster

MIT engineers have fabricated a functional dialysis membrane from a sheet of graphene — a single layer of carbon atoms, linked end to end in hexagonal configuration like that of chicken wire. The graphene membrane, about the size of a

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Elon Musk tunnel to LAX would reduce travel time from an hour to five minutes

Elon Musk and his Boring company have begun digging a tunnel from his Spacex facility in Westwood to Los Angeles Airport. The tunnel will have sleds installed which will move cars at 125 miles per hour. The tunnel and sled

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Top 12 Social media sites and messaging app ranked by user counts

1. Facebook has reached 2 billion users 2. Google’s YouTube’s 1.5 billion 3. Facebook’s WhatsApp 1.2 billion 4. Facebook Messenger 1.2 billion 5. WeChat had 938 million users in May 2017 (23% growth YoY) 6. QQ 861 million in Q1

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Microsoft and Kaspersky comment on newest ransomeware attack

Microsoft has commented on the newest ransomeware attack. The attack is effecting airlines, banks, and utilities across Europe. “Our initial analysis found that the ransomware uses multiple techniques to spread, including one which was addressed by a security update previously

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Spacex had two successful launches in one weekend and has new titanium fins able to handle indefinite number of flights with no service

Spacex had two successful launches this past weekend and successfully recovered the first stages of each launch. New titanium grid fins worked even better than expected. Should be capable of an indefinite number of flights with no service. — Elon

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Progress to stable laser propelled sails

Stable flight of a laser sail is an essential requirement of beam-driven propulsion. Centauri Dreams talked to James Benford about work towards stable beam flight. It places considerable demand upon the shape of the sail and beam. James Benford takes

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New class of exoplanets found

Nearly 3,500 exoplanets have been confirmed so far. In a new Caltech-led study, researchers have classified these planets in much the same way that biologists identify new animal species and have learned that the majority of exoplanets found to date

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