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Russia developing 152 mm tank gun and small battlefield nuclear weapons

Russia in considering upgrading future T-14 main battle tnks to use the 2A83 152 mm gun instead of its current 2A82 125 mm gun. The 2A83 gun has a high-speed APFSDS shell with a 1,980 m/s muzzle velocity, only dropping

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US Army developing mach 3 to mach 6 tungsten kinetic energy projectile

The US army is developing the Kinetic Energy Projectile. The projectile will move at mach 3 to mach 6. Lawrence Livermore tested it on a mach 3 sled in 2013.

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How does LPP Fusion rank against other nuclear fusion projects ?

LPP Fusion released on April 10, 2017 a new video series, “The New Fusion Race”, providing the first ranking of the world’s leading efforts to achieve fusion energy. The film compares objective measures of the results that various projects have

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Setting up the conditions for rapid learning and improvement – Business clusters and vibrant innovation ecosystems

There was an analysis of why the Soviet Union fell behind the USA and the west so badly in key technology. In 1957, the Soviet Union surprised the world by successfully launching Sputnik, the first artificial Earth satellite, and then

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US Navy, air force and army should have combat lasers in the 150 kilowatt to megawatt range in the 2020s

Mark Gunzinger, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, says that within just a few years, he expects far more powerful prototypes of more than 150 kilowatts. Within six to eight years, US forces could begin

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General fusion building a larger plasma injector and engineering for a working prototype

General Fusion claims to have succeeded in sustaining plasma fuel with a small, prototype injector just 40 centimeters in diameter, a significant technical hurdle. They now plan to proceed with building a larger plasma injector and a working prototype of

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China’s service sector projected to reach 72% of economy by 2030 which is about Japan’s current level

China is projected to grow the service share of the economy over the next 13 years. China should reach a service level share of about 72% in 2030. This will be about the level of Japan and Germany today. The

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Google probably has over ten million servers

Google data centers process an average of 40 million searches per second, resulting in 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year. Google was spending $20 billion per year on its data centers in 2014 and now

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New version of the Boeing F18 would work with F-35s

Boeing is developing a new Block III version of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to complement the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The most important upgrade is long-range IRST system—which is designed to be a counter-stealth sensor, Gillian said. The

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Don Rickles – Mr Warmth, Mr Potato Head has died at 90

Don Rickles (born May 8, 1926) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Don has died at the age of 90. He was best known as an insult comic. He was also an actor, playing both comedic and dramatic roles

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President Trump says US will "solve" the nuclear threat from North Korea with or without China help

US President Donald Trump has said the United States will "solve" the nuclear threat from North Korea, with or without China's help. "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you,"

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Will President Trump use Taiwan relations to bargain for better terms with China like President Carter and Nixon did ?

There has been some concern that President Trump will use Taiwan relations as a point of negotiation with China for more favorable business terms. A review of Taiwan-China-USA In one of the most dramatic announcements of the Cold War, President

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US Air force plans to have independent robotic hypersonic drones for spying and attacking in the 2040s

US Air Force weapons developers expect to operate reusable hypersonic drones by the 2040s. The Air Force and DARPA plan to have an improved hypersonic air vehicle by 2023. * hypersonic weapons likely to be operational in the mid-2020s* unmanned

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Disruptive space technologies from Aerojet Rocketdyne include a 200 kilowatt electric thruster with about 2000 ISP

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, is showcasing disruptive space technologies at the 33rd annual Space Symposium, April 3-6. Aerojet Rocketdyne technologies on display include: 3-D Printing: Aerojet Rocketdyne has been researching this innovative technology for more than

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Control of Soft Robots Using Magnetic Fields

A team of engineering researchers has made a fundamental advance in controlling so-called soft robots, using magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded in soft robotic devices. The researchers have already created several devices that make use of the

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Progress to megacity integration

China is breaking the administrative barriers between Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei. This will enable coordinated development. Transportation, education, medical, economic, ecological services are moving towards integration in the cities which make up the 130 million person Jing-jin-ji megacity area. General manufacturing enterprises are

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Director of Testing says F35 needs years and billions to get near combat usable but DOD says US taxpayers should be fine with barely usable for $100+ billion and 12 years late

The parting messages of Michael Gilmore, the now-retired Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, from his final 62 page F35 report. When will you make the Milestone C/Full-Rate Production decision?• Director Test and Evaluation Answer: Since the Milestone C/Full-Rate Production

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White Washing Movies Tank

Other than Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning 2000 action drama “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — which hauled in $128 million at the U.S. box office but didn’t do nearly as much business in China (although the country’s box office was significantly smaller

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Billionaries and funding Moon and Mars exploration

Two billionaires, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, are leading companies that are creating new space flight capability. However, adventurous billionaires could be very important to the first manned flights to Mars. NASA has so far been unwilling to divert the

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