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Japan’s Slow Demographic Apocalypse – 90,000 per year are dying and rotting alone in Japan

Experts estimate about 30,000 people per year are dying alone in Japan and many have bodies discovered weeks later. Yoshinori Ishimi, who runs the Anshin Net service that cleans up afterwards, believes the true figure is “twice or three times

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Alibaba starts $1.5 billion anti-poverty fund

Alibaba Group on Friday launched a 10 billion yuan (US$1.51 billion) fund to support China’s ambitious poverty alleviation campaign. The Alibaba Poverty Relief Fund will have the $1.51 billion donated over the next five years. China has already lifted more

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Largest quantum simulations using 53 qubit trapped ions and another with 51 Ryberg atoms

The University of Maryland has created the largest quantum simulation using 53 trapped-ion qubits. It is the largest quantum simulation ever performed with high- efficiency single-shot measurements of individual qubits. This provides access to arbitrary many-body correlators that carry information

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Economies of China, USA, India from 2017 to 2030

Here is a projection of the GDP in nominal and purchasing power parity terms for China, India and the USA out to 2030. On an exchange rate basis, China should pass the USA in the mid-2020s. India should pass Japan

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Pacific Rim Uprising Trailer

Pacific Rim 2 – Uprising will be out March 23, 2018. Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju

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Spacex reusable rockets will start saving significant money in 2018 and Ariane is doomed

The German Aerospace Center, DLR, conducted an analysis of Falcon 9 first-stage reuse and concluded that SpaceX could begin to realize significant cost savings with as few as 20-25 launches per year, lower than previous outside assessments. SpaceX has launched

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Super robot muscles for lifting 1000 times its own weight is like a duck lifting a car

Researchers have created origami-inspired artificial muscles that add strength to soft robots, allowing them to lift objects that are up to 1,000 times their own weight using only air or water pressure. The team constructed dozens of muscles using materials

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Samsung graphene coating for batteries to fully charge in about 15 minutes not 75 minutes

Samsung has created a graphene ball coating for use inside a regular li-ion battery cells, which will increase the overall capacity by up to 45 percent and speeding up charging by five times. Nature Communications – Graphene balls for lithium

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Step to fully decoding the biology of blood vessel growth which will help fix major medical problems

Researchers have identified a signaling pathway that is essential for the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels. This can be used to improve blood flow in ischemic tissue which will help with fixing atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and peripheral

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Bitcoin has another record as it passes $9300 and could reach $10,000 in days

Bitcoin has passed $9300 and has reached $9396. The combined market value for all cryptocurrencies is nearing $300 billion. Bitcoin’s market capitalization is now $157 billion.

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ASEAN and India focus of global growth for next decade

India will have more population than China in 2022 and ASEAN (Ten Southeast Asian countries) has more population than Europe. India and ASEAN will both have nominal GDP between France and Germany from 2019 to 2023. ASEAN and India should

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Adding blockchain angle causes a surge in stock prices

Blockchain-related stocks provide an alternative for investors who want in on the boom but are wary of buying cryptocurrencies directly. Companies that touch anything related to blockchain see a surge in their stock price. * Riot Blockchain Inc., formerly known

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Spacex heading to 40 launches per year without including Spacex internet satellite launches

Spacenews has an interview with Spacex CEO Gwynne Shotwell. Here are the highlights. * Spacex will increase 2018 launches by 50% to up to 30 launches over 2017 and then go to 30-40 launches per year. Those will not include

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Tom Baker returns to Dr Who to complete lost episode

The Fourth Dr Who, Tom Baker, returns to film new footage to complete Shada, an episode that was abandoned due to a BBC strike. Baker last appeared as the Doctor in 1981, when the character regenerated and the role was

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NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Video on the first Interstellar Object

Scientists were surprised and delighted to detect –for the first time– an interstellar asteroid passing through our solar system. Additional observations brought more surprises: the object is cigar-shaped with a somewhat reddish hue. The asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers,

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Spacex dedicated tanker versions of BFS for orbital refueling business

SpaceX indicated that will have orbital refueling in Elon Musks IAC 2017 presentation. Tanker versions of the BFS (top half of the BFR) will enable an orbital refueling business. Spacex may also buying propellants from in-space resources for refueling missions

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China DF-41 ICBM to be deployed in 2018 is actually 8-13 years late

Around 2000, the US Department of Defense expected China to deploy the DF-41 missile between 2005 and 2010. The three-stage solid-fuel DF-41 is larger than the DF-31 missile, and has a range of up to 13,000-15000 kilometers. The DF-41 has

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Net was already unfair but how will it become more unfair without net neutrality ?

Big Internet (Google, Facebook) and Big Cable and Big Telecom already had net advantages and sold advantages to those willing to pay for it. How will the pending FCC ditching of net neutrality make things worse ? FCC Chairman Ajit

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Carnival of Space 536

1. Universe Today -Triton’s Arrival was Chaos for the Rest of Neptune’s Moons A recent study offers a possible explanation as to why Neptune’s system of satellites differs from those of other gas giants; it also indicates that Neptune’s proximity

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Weaponsized drones vs Anti-drone systems

The US had Predator drones and other large drones with sidewinder missiles and other missiles for quite a while. Smaller and cheaper quadcopter drones have had machine guns and grenade launchers mounted on them with stabilization systems. Drone Swarms launched

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