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Star lifting to mine star matter could explain dimming of Tabby’s star

Arxiv – A physically inspired model of Dip d792 and d1519 of the Kepler light curve seen at KIC8462852, by Eduard Heindl1 , Furtwangen University, Germany The star KIC 8462852 shows a very unusual and hard to comprehend light curve.

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Building clean solar, wind and nuclear energy keeps costs lower by reducing supply chain pressures

Bjorn Lomborg calculated using the best peer-reviewed economic models show the cost of the Paris promises – through slower gross domestic product growth from higher energy costs — would reach $1 trillion to $2 trillion every year from 2030. U.S.

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Deep learning on Computronium versus the human brain

Cognitive Scientist Joscha Bach was asked what ingredients of human-level artificial intelligence we seem to be missing, and how to improve AI forecasts more generally. Before we can implement human-level artificial intelligence (HLAI), we need to understand both mental representations

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Google cloud division head is correct that even if Kurzweil is right and Technological Singularity is 2045, the current odds are she will not live to see it

Diane Greene, head of Google’s cloud division, said in an interview at the Code Enterprise conference Tuesday in San Francisco, “Nobody expected some of the advances we are seeing as quickly as we’re seeing them,” she added. “I don’t expect

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Exoplanet space telescope will launch in December 2017

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a planned space telescope for NASA's Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method. It is planned for launch in December 2017. The primary mission objective for TESS is to

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Millimeter accurate GPS in smartphones and self driving cars would result from tiny atomic clocks

Designer Carbon Materials Ltd is developing advanced nanomaterials for a range of applications, including energy harvesting, bio-sensing and quantum nanoelectronics. They are producing designer endohedral fullerene molecules with tailored electronic properties. Designer Carbon Materials Ltd is a spin-out company from

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Nvidia Xavier chip 20 trillion operations per second of deep learning performance and uses 20 watts which means 50 chips would be a petaOP at a kilowatt

While Moore’s Law for traditional CPU-based computing is on the decline, Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia CEO says that we are just on the precipice of a new Moore’s Law-like curve of innovation—one that is driven by traditional CPUs with accelerator kickers,

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Diamonds as the ultimate semiconductors for superior sensors and power devices

Professor Mutsuko Hatano joined Tokyo Tech with the goal of developing diamond-based semiconductors for use in power electronics and sensors. "While we think of diamonds as very expensive jewelry, they can actually be made using methane and hydrogen. Diamonds are

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China’s new mach 6 hypersonic missile has over twice the range of best US air to air missile and new drones could create a stealth plane targeting network

A Chinese J-16 strike fighter recently test-fired a mach 6 hypersonic missiles to successfully destroying the target drone at a very long range. The hypersonic missile has a range of between 200-310 miles. The U.S. military’s own longest-range air-to-air missile,

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Attempted statistical lies that try to link French Nuclear Power Plants and Childhood Leukemia

There was a flawed Geocap Study in 2012 which suggested a possible excess risk of AL [childhood acute leukemia] in the close vicinity of French NPPs [nuclear power plants] in 2002–2007. France gets 80% of its electricity from nuclear energy.

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Carnival of Space 484

Carnival of Space 484 is up at Everyday Spacer Universe Today – New Theory of Gravity Does Away With Need for Dark Matter Unlike the traditional view of gravity as a fundamental force of nature, Verlinde sees it as an

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Japan will build a 130 petaflop AI cloud infrastructure supercomputer in 2017

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) to build a 130 petaflop supercomputer in 2017. It will be called the AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI). The US is also planning to build a

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Looking for life on Mars — in Chile

Two geoscientists at Arizona State University have made a discovery among hot springs in Chile that may spur scientists to revisit a location on Mars explored several years ago by NASA's Spirit rover. The discovery involves fingerlike structures that form

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China and the USA have a combined $1 trillion truck freight market and companies are racing to self driving trucks

China does not have restrictions on testing autonomous (self driving) vehicles. A number of companies are developing automation technologies that promise to lower costs, reduce accidents, and improve overall efficiency for the trucking industry by allowing drivers to make longer

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Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what's in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have determined. Scientists examined part of Mars' Utopia

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World Energy 2040 and a closer look at India’s energy plans

In the International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) Reference case, world net electricity generation increases 69% by 2040, from 21.6 trillion kilowatthours (kWh) in 2012 to 25.8 trillion kWh in 2020 and 36.5 trillion kWh in 2040. Electricity is the world’s

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Canada plans to phase out coal power by 2030

Catherine McKenna, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced an important part of the vision for a clean-growth economy: the acceleration of the transition from traditional coal power to clean energy by 2030. Traditional coal-fired electricity does not use

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Debating the Paris climate agreement is it $5 trillion to 2030 or $100-200 trillion by 2100 or is it both

Bjorn Lomborg is president and founder of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and a visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School. The election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in both houses have terrified environmentalists and climate campaigners, who have declared that

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Serious climate action addresses soot first instead of CO2 since it would be cheaper, faster and more effective

Whatever happens to the global climate. There have not been serious or effective political action to reduce effects on the climate. Nothing Obama did was serious. Bush 2 stumbled into something that happened while he was president. Which was natural

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Looking at CO2 production and CO2 in the atmosphere in the same units of tons

The world is currently at about 403.74 parts per million CO2. The countries of the world are now producing over 37 billion tons of CO2 per year. Although our output of 37 gigatons of CO2 is tiny compared to the

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