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Peter Thiel on Trump, Seasteading and making futures more like the Jetsons or Star Trek

Peter Thiel has given strong support to Donald Trump. One could have predicted Mr. Thiel’s affinity for Mr. Trump by reading his 2014 book, “Zero to One,” in which he offers three prongs of his philosophy: 1) It is better

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Fat can be used to Help Wounds Heal Without Scars, skin regeneration and not scarring

Doctors have found a way to manipulate wounds to heal as regenerated skin rather than scar tissue. The method involves transforming the most common type of cells found in wounds into fat cells – something that was previously thought to

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Nanocomp Technologies makes builk carbon nanotubes 100 times longer at 1-10 millimeters instead of 5 to 20 microns

A new commercial manufacturing process for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) produces tubes in the range of 1–10 mm in length (5–12-nm dia.), two orders of magnitude longer than currently available CNTs, which typically have lengths from 5–20µm. “Despite attractive mechanical and

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Wearable biosensors can flag illness, Lyme disease, risk for diabetes; low airplane oxygen

A new wave of wearable sensors allows frequent and continuous measurements of body functions (physiology), including heart rate, skin temperature, blood oxygen levels, and physical activity. We investigated the ability of wearable sensors to follow physiological changes that occur over

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World economic forecasts are for US to double growth to about 3.6% per year and China

President-elect Donald Trump's policies have the potential to trigger a new age in U.S. economic growth that could serve as a global template, according to a Deutsche Bank forecast. Gross domestic product growth would be double its current level under

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Dental pulp stem cells can be stimulated to restore teeth and reduce the use of fillings

A new method of stimulating the renewal of living stem cells in tooth pulp using an Alzheimer’s drug has been discovered by a team of researchers at King’s College London. Following trauma or an infection, the inner, soft pulp of

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103 Perdix Microdrone swarms by FA18 Super Hornets

In one of the most significant tests of autonomous systems under development by the Department of Defense, the Strategic Capabilities Office, partnering with Naval Air Systems Command, successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California.

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Tabby star could have brightened after consuming a planet and is now dimming back to normal

Arxiv – Secular Dimming of KIC 8462852 Following its Consumption of a Planet The Kepler-field star KIC 8462852, an otherwise apparently ordinary F3 main-sequence star, showed several highly unusual dimming events of variable depth and duration. Adding to the mystery

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Self driving minivans from Google spinoff Waymo and Tesla has version 2 of autopilot

Google’s new fully self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans are here. Waymo, the company’s self-driving spin-off, says the vehicles will be hitting the road at the end of January 2017. Waymo CEO John Krafcik said that by building its own LIDAR sensors,

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Another informative talk by Aubrey de Grey on life extension

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Universal Quantum computers could replace supercomputers within 5 years

Some researchers are predicting that the market for "universal" quantum computers that do everything a supercomputer can do plus everything a supercomputer can not do — in a chip that fits in the palm of your hand — are on

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DARPA developing temporary 30 day underwater fiber-optics communications networks

DARPA’s Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program recently completed its initial phase, successfully developing concepts and technologies aimed at restoring connectivity for U.S. forces when traditional tactical networks are knocked offline or otherwise unavailable. The program now enters the next

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Air Force getting bids for defensive lasers on fighter jets

The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) related to its efforts to field a laser-based self-protection system for its tactical combat aircraft. The laser will be housed in a supersonic flight-capable pod to be developed

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F-35 could be cancelled or cut back in huge political fight in January and February. National Reviews urges Trump to Cancel F35

Mike Fredenburg at the National Review urges Trump to cancel the F35. His arguments are* negotiating a better price on incomplete, crippled fighters will not save taxpayers any money in the long run — because the prices being negotiated between

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Gigafactory Battery-cell production begins

The start of Tesla Gigafactory battery mass production is a huge milestone in Tesla’s quest to electrify transportation, and it brings to America a manufacturing industry—battery cells—that’s long been dominated by China, Japan, and South Korea. More than 2,900 people

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Cost of US wars from 2001 to 2016 is about $4.79 trillion

As of August 2016, the US has already appropriated, spent, or taken on obligations to spend more than $3.6 trillion in current dollars on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria and on Homeland Security (2001 through fiscal year

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Possible timeline for the emergence of a true space age in the 2020s

Here is a possible timeline for the emergence of a true space age over the next 20 years. In 2017 and 2018, we see Spacex complete the development of the Raptor engine and the launch of the Falcon Heavy. The

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2000 Multi-passenger coordinated Ridesharing minibuses could replace 95% of New York Taxis, keep travel time close and reduce traffic by 75%

A MIT team found that 95 percent of demand would be covered by just 2,000 ten-person vehicles, compared to the nearly 14,000 taxis that currently operate in New York City. Carpooling options from companies like Uber and Lyft could reduce

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Spacex targets January 8, 2017 return to flight

Spacex plans to resume rocket launches on Jan. 8, using revised operational practices developed in response to a fiery accident that occurred during routine ground preparations last fall. The tentative blastoff date for the Falcon 9 from California’s Vandenberg Air

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Robotic ride sharing electric vehicles should create a perfect storm for accelerated elimination of combustion vehicle usage by 2030s

Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s forecast for EVs to displace about 8 million barrels a day of demand by 2035. That will rise to 13 million barrels a day by 2040, which amounts of about 14 percent of estimated crude oil

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