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Amazon building an app that matches truck drivers to shippers

Amazon is building an app that matches truck drivers with shippers, a new service that would deepen its presence in the $800 billion trucking industry. The app, scheduled to launch next summer, is designed to make it easier for truck

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Exosuits and Exoskeletons will be hitting milestones and ramping up from 2017-2026

The DARPA Warrior Web program aims to significantly lower the “metabolic cost” — or energy expenditure — of troops operating in the field, and reduce the physiological burden of the gear that they carry, which can exceed 100 pounds. They

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Deepmind AI targets Starcraft

Demis Hassabis, cofounder of Google-owned firm DeepMind, and Jeff Dean, who leads the Google Brain project, have both hinted that StarCraft will be their next target, while Facebook researchers have just released an open-source platform designed to help people develop

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China inducting J20 stealth fighters into air force as active service planes

At least six J-20s stealth fighters are in active service, with four tail numbers 78271,78272,78273 and 78274 identified. And another six are ready to be delivered by end of Dec 2016 According to the Chinese aviation expert Dafeng Cao who

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Elon Musk on Trump advisory board and other Spacex news

1. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum has picked up Uber Technologies’ Travis Kalanick and SpaceX’s Elon Musk. The two appointees join a board headed by private equity titan Stephen Schwarzman, who heads the multi-billion-dollar private equity firm

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Uber launches self driving cars in San Francisco

In September, Uber introduced the world’s first Self-Driving Ubers to the Steel City. Three months later, we’re bringing Volvo XC90s to San Francisco. They are incredibly excited to work with Volvo to pair our state-of-the-art self-driving technology with Volvo’s outstanding

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US Air Force progresses on engineering challenges to enable 10-100 KW combat lasers on C130s and then fighter jets

The US Air Force is increasing computer simulations and virtual testing for its laser-weapons program to accelerate development and prepare plans to arm fighter jets and other platforms by the early 2020s. To help model the effects of such technologies,

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DARPA funds 30 KW X4 liquid piston engine that is 90 times lighter than a conventional 2700 lb military 30 KW diesel generator

DARPA has awarded LiquidPiston Inc. $2.5 million to continue development of a new, patented, high-efficiency, lighter-weight rotary engine. LiquidPiston, a developer of advanced combustion engine technology, received the award for the first phase of a program to realize the full

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Ukraine has rebuilt 250,000 person army but Russia will hold escalation advantage for years

Russia and Ukraine are the two countries with the largest land armies in Europe. They have been locked in a conflict for three year and have repeatedly come close to escalating to all-out war. On Dec. 1, Ukraine announced it

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Trump attacking government and military procurement spending problems via tweet shaming

Donald Trump is bent on reforming government spending, one tweet at a time. This morning just before 9a.m., the president-elect lashed out at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program on Twitter, promising to change the game after he enters office.

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DARPA wants to control hundreds of air and ground drones from single controllers by providing a selection of swarming tactic options

DARPA's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program seeks to empower dismounted troops with technology to control scores of unmanned air and ground vehicles at a time Urban canyons—with their high vertical structures, tight spaces, and limited lines of sight—constrain military communications, mobility,

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US Congressional report warns that China is getting even better at stealing US military technology and secrets

US intelligence agencies determined that several years ago China stole secrets relating to the F-35 jet fighter from a US contractor. The design secrets were detected in China’s new J-20 stealth fighter and the J-31. The stolen secrets included details

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Beyond Dome City colonies to Shell Worlds or Paraterraforming as a shortcut to making planets habitable

Existing covered areas and domes on Earth are in the 30-40 acre ranges and with costs of $400 million to 1 billion. There is also strong material (EFTE) which is 100 times lighter than glass and which can lower costs

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Large inflatable structures on Mars

There are currently large air supported structures on Earth for covering football and baseball stadiums. These structures are built to support a lot of snow and withstand strong winds. They could be used for large early Mars colonies In a

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Nanotero raises another $21 million to commercialize nanotube memory

Nantero Inc., the nanotechnology company developing next-generation memory using carbon nanotubes, today announced the closing of an over $21 million financing round. The lead investor in the round was Globespan Capital Partners and also included participation from both new and

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Thin film nanocrystal from Australia could make thin as glass night vision goggles that do not need external power

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have designed a nano crystal around 500 times smaller than a human hair that turns darkness into visible light and can be used to create light-weight night-vision glasses. Professor Dragomir Neshev from ANU

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China building a Malaysian version of Shenzhen and pan asian high speed rail

China is building a trans-asia high speed rail line in south east asia and helped build a $100 billion city in Malaysia, just across the border from Singapore. China has begun building a high speed rail that will connect Myanmar’s

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New material could lead to erasable and rewriteable optical chip

A military drone flying on a reconnaissance mission is captured behind enemy lines, setting into motion a team of engineers who need to remotely delete sensitive information carried on the drone's chips. Because the chips are optical and not electronic,

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Platypus venom could be used for diabetes treatment

Australian researchers have discovered remarkable evolutionary changes to insulin regulation in two of the nation's most iconic native animal species – the platypus and the echidna – which could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in

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Amazon opening cashier less stores, drive thru stores and large IKEA like chain stores and is targeting 2000 physical stores of different formats

Amazon.com unveiled Monday its first small-format grocery store, Amazon Go, one of at least three brick-and-mortar formats the online retail giant is exploring Amazon hopes to ultimately operate more than 2,000 grocery and convenience stores across the US in a

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