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NASA Space Telescopes Pinpoint Elusive Brown Dwarf

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to observe a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object. This technique is useful for finding

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China’s belt and road is integrating countries in Asia, Africa and Europe into China’s financial, industrial and infrastructure model into one global value chain

The ultimate purpose of the Belt and Road Initiative is deep economic integration through the development of global value chains. Importantly, the initiative is supposed to abide by market rules. Either geopolitical considerations were never taken into account or everything

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Tesla Plans Gigafactory 2 in Europe next year and will boost factory automation and ramp up production for Model 3

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel are in Germany today to announce the acquisition of a German engineering group, Grohmann Engineering. Following the announcement, they held a press conference during which Musk emphasised that Tesla is planning “significant

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Air Force wants next generation fighter to be operational by 2025-2029

In January, 2017, the US Air Force the service will begin an 18-month analysis of alternatives that will help determine the PCA (Penetrating Counter Air) platform by examining the ability to reach supersonic speeds in different configurations while maintaining a

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China develop military power projection capabilities

China’s military is developing ships, submarines, aircraft, intelligence systems and foreign bases in a bid to become a global military power, according to a forthcoming congressional China commission report. Global Firepower list China behind Russia and both behind the USA

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Genetically modified superwheat that boosts harvest by 20 to 40%

Genetically modified wheat crops could see a leap in yields after glasshouse trials showed a massive 40% increase in grain output. Researchers focusing on making the photosynthesis process in wheat plants more efficient are hoping to have the first field

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New Alzheimers Drug successfully targeting plaques

A new was proven safe and effectively “switched off” the production of toxic amyloid proteins that lead to the sticky plaques seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. If the tablet, produced by pharmaceutical giant Merck, is also shown to

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Grumman Laser Beam Control System for Next-Generation Fighter will begin testing by 2019

Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force mature its plans to use directed energy systems for self-protection on current and future aircraft under a contract awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The laser weapon will be housed in

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Combat Lasers and hybrid power for Next-Generation US Combat Vehicle

The US Army's Next-Generation Combat Vehicle will probably run on alternate-power sources, have directed-energy weapons, advanced-composite armor and an active protection system. "There's a solid four years of analysis that has to occur" before decisions are made on procurement requirements,

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China successfully launched the new Long March 5 rocket

The new Long March 5 rocket launched successfully on Thursday. The rocket could be used to support a Chinese space station and send an uncrewed mission to Mars. The new Long March 5 rocket launched successfully from the Wenchang Space

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Harvard researchers created solid metallic hydrogen in the lab and studied it – This is already huge but could be fantastic if properties are as predicted

Harvard researchers have studied and observed solid hydrogen under pressure at low temperatures. With increasing pressure we observe changes in the sample, going from transparent, to black, to a reflective metal, the latter studied at a pressure of 495 GPa.

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Possible reasons for the unusual dimming of Tabby’s star include super-advanced aliens

About 1480 light-years away from Earth, a star is doing something astronomers have never seen before. Every now and then, at random intervals, its light dips by as much as 22 percent (observed by the Kepler space telescope). That's way

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Silicon Valley Airbus wants to create VTOL prototype by 2017 with commercialization by 2020 and eventual volumes 100 times more than helicopters

The Silicon Valley outpost of Airbus Group aims to redefine the future of flight. The mission A³ is to build the future of flight now, by disrupting Airbus Group and its competitors before someone else does. Project Vahana started in

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Like Tony Stark Making Technology from Scraps

Take some metal scraps from the junkyard; put them in a glass jar with a common household chemical; and, voilà, you have a high-performance battery. "Imagine that the tons of metal waste discarded every year could be used to provide

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Diamond nanothread may become as ubiquitous as plastic for clothes, cars and space elevators

Queensland University of Technology Dr Haifei Zhan is leading a global effort to work out how many ways humanity can use a newly-invented material with enormous potential – diamond nanothread (DNT). First created by Pennsylvania State University last year, one-dimensional

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DARPA provides last contract award on current hypersonic programs but will start new hypersonic programs and have two 2019 test flights

DARPA awarded Raytheon a $174.7 million contract today for a program designed to develop technologies that would enable weapon systems to fly more than five times the speed of sound — the third and final contract expected for the agency's

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New materials and technology will make a new supersonic passenger jet four times cheaper than the Concorde

Times have changed since the supersonic Concorde was made. Eli Dourado is the director of the Mercatus Center’s Technology Policy Program discusses the changes in technology that will make a new commercial supersonic passenger jet. Modern materials such as carbon

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Gallium Nitride almost as wear resistant as diamond

Gallium nitride (GaN) has emerged as one of the most important and widely used semiconducting materials. Its optoelectronic and mechanical properties make it ideal for a variety of applications, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs), high-temperature transistors, sensors and biocompatible electronic implants

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Nanoscale memristor computing device smaller than a 50 nanometer cube

Engineers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a design for a functional nanoscale computing device. The concept involves a dense, three-dimensional circuit operating on an unconventional type of logic that could, theoretically, be packed into a block no bigger than

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Hormone injection for men has been shown to be 96% effective as contraception

A hormone injection has been shown to be a safe and effective method of contraception – for men. US researchers say the jab was almost 96% effective in tests on around 270 men who were using it, with four pregnancies

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