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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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Elon Musk confident Spacex can achieve at least 100-fold reduction in the cost of space access and plans reflying within 24 hours of landing

“At this point I’m highly confident that it’s possible to achieve at least 100-fold reduction in the cost of space access,” Musk said after yesterdays demonstration of a reusable first stage booster. Spacex plans to try to land the second

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Improved software enables Tesla cars to use autopilot at speeds up to 80mph

The autopilot function on newer Tesla cars will function at speeds up to 80 mph. New software to enable the improvement started streaming into its vehicles on Wednesday. Prior to the over-the-air version 8.1 update, Model S and Model X

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Architectural Design for 99.99% of a space elevator but does not solve for main problem of the tether

Architects have a system is referred to as the Universal Orbital Support System (UOSS). It calls for placing a large asteroid into orbit over earth, a high strength cable can be lowered towards the surface of earth from which a

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Pilot Commercial plants for Spray on Solar cells will start in 2018

A future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles — and at prices potentially far cheaper than today’s silicon-based panels could begin in 2018. Solar researchers and company executives

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Quantum computer startup Rigetti Computing Raised $64 Million

Rigetti Computing, a leading quantum computing start-up, announced it has raised $64 million in Series A and B funding. Rigetti Computing is building a cloud quantum computing platform for artificial intelligence and computational chemistry. Rigetti recently opened up private beta

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Silicon Valley’s pursuit of extreme life extension

The New Yorker magazine looks at silicon valley's anti aging activities. It covers the usual work and ideas of Aubrey de Grey (SENS repairing 7 kinds of aging related damage) and Ray Kurzweil (Singularity and uploading). Unity Biotechnology Unity Biotechnology

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India and Russia failing to agree on terms for joint fifth generation stealth fighter program

India and Russia have failed to make progress on one of their most prestigious defense deals—the co-development and production of the Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), known in India as the Perspective Multi-role Fighter (PMF). The most recent stumbling

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ASEAN should have four countries with over a trillion dollar GDP by 2030

Four ASEAN Countries will become trillion dollar economies by 2030 Southeast Asia is expected to be one of the world’s fastest growing regions, with four ASEAN nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand – expected to join the ranks

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Justice League Trailers actually look good

The DC movies have been underwhelming other than the Dark Knight Series and a few of the Batman movies before them and the first Superman movie. The first Justice League movie looks ok based on the trailers. Fueled by his

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Russia designing submarine that will use composite materials for the hull and other parts and fire hypersonic Zircon missiles

Russia will start building multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarines of the fifth generation in 2020. Companies of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) are ready to start the work in 2020, when 885 Yasen project is completed. The Russian Husky submarine will be

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Telsa reveals first Model 3 release candidate

Tesla revealed the first model 3 release candidate. The model 3 is critical for Tesla to move toward mass market cars. It will cost about $35,000 and they have over 300,000 pre-orders. It could take Telsa from an 80,000 car

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Critical step in cellualr repair of damaged DNA identifi edwhich could be big for reversing aging and human trials will start within six months

UNSW researchers have identified a critical step in the molecular process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA – and it could mean big things for the future of anti-ageing drugs, childhood cancer survivors and even astronauts. It could lead

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French election in May 2018 will decide the future of Europe

The fate of the EU could be decided April 23-May 7, when the French vote for a new president in their elections. If a pro-European candidate doesn’t win there, the European project may instead be forced into a long, cold

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Some aging reversal in appearance, liver, muscle and other functions with cell penetrating peptides in very old mice

Researchers have rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function. The team at Erasmus University Medical Center, in the Netherlands, are planning human trials for what they hope is a treatment for old

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China working on reusing rocket stages and will try to use parachutes and airbags to recover stages

China is developing a rocket stage and engine recovery system at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology in Beijing. It uses using a set of multiple parachutes, which are stored in the first stage of the rocket, which is

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