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Carnival of Space 478

1. Brown Spaceman – How direct fusion drive will revolutionize space travel Direct Fusion Drive (DFD) has made lots of headway recently as it’s demonstrated huge benefits for spaceflight and exploration. This is the Princeton Satellite systems work and not

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Multi domain concept is the army, drones and cyber capabilities projecting power into the air and sea

Over the last 25 years, land forces (armies) have been high-demand consumers of joint force capabilities, operating beneath an umbrella of air and maritime supremacy. If the joint force is to succeed, the land force must now give as well

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US Navy new Ford Carrier is already 2 years late and is delayed again with no new delivery date

The US Navy’s expensive new Ford aircraft carrier will miss the Navy’s November delivery deadline. That’s the latest slip for the $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford, which is being built at Huntington Ingalls Industries. The carrier was originally expected

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Steve Wozniak thinks Artificial Intelligence will not be as threatening as feared and will have far more benefits

Steve Wozniak does not think that greater than human intelligence Artificial Intelligence will be a human economy killer or a human killer in general. At one point I had concerns about AI because if you replace brains and then all

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Next generation Columbia submarines will have quieter electric drive, cost about $5 billion each and become operation 2030 through 2041

The Columbia class submarine program, previously known as the Ohio replacement program (ORP) or SSBN(X) program, a program to design and build a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to replace the Navy’s current force of 14 Ohio-class

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Major breakthrough in transistor size by creating gate only 1 nanometer long

For more than a decade, engineers have been eyeing the finish line in the race to shrink the size of components in integrated circuits. They knew that the laws of physics had set a 5-nanometer threshold on the size of

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Analysis of nearest Rocky Exoplanet Proxima B suggests it is an ocean planet with 120 miles of water covering the whole world

A rocky extrasolar planet with a mass similar to that of the Earth was recently detected around Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our sun. This planet, called Proxima b, is in an orbit that would allow him to have

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Boeing fears Spacex Raptor engine – CEO vows to put humans on Mars before Spacex but needs over $60 billion for Space Launch System

Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg sees a commercial space-travel market with dozens of destinations orbiting the Earth and hypersonic aircraft shuttling travelers between continents in two hours or less. And Boeing intends to be a key player in the

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Dubai Hyperloop Competition

The Government of Dubai is planning to build Hyperloop infrastructure in the near future between two great global cities, Dubai and Fujairah City in the neighboring Emirate of Fujairah. The government aims to reduce the transportation time between these two

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Metamaterials reduces the reflection of radar might make stealth aircraft invisible to microwaves

Iowa State researchers Liang Dong and Jiming Song are working on technology that could someday make a microwave invisibility cloak for stealth aircraft a reality. Along with assistance from Iowa State students, they've developed a flexible, stretchable, and tunable "meta-skin"

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US Army says Ground Warfare is on the cusp of being fundamentally transformed to become intensely lethal

Gen. Mark Milley, the Army Chief of Staff, says the world is on the cusp of a fundamental change in the character of ground warfare. A revolution is perhaps five to 10 years away. The US Army is expecting to

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Dexmo exoskeleton combines Virtual reality with haptic force feedback

The Dexmo exoskeleton allows its wearer to touch, grasp, and feel virtual objects as if they were real. A virtual baseball feels firm in the hand, an egg fragile. Pick up a digital rubber duck while wearing the Dexmo, and

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Paris Climate agreement will come into legal force after the EU ratifies next week

India –the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases — ratified the Paris climate agreement Sunday. With India's signature, 62 countries have signed the pact. It will come into force legally after it is ratified by at least 55 countries between them

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There is liquid water in the rest of the solar system that is 50 times Earth’s volume of water on 8-17 moons and asteroids

As of December 2015, the confirmed liquid water in the Solar System outside Earth is 25-50 times the volume of Earth's water (1.3 billion cubic kilometers). The locations of subsurface oceans are on Europa, Enceladus, Ganymede, Titan, the asteroid Ceres,

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Saturn’s Moon Dione has a 40 mile thick Ocean under 60 miles of Ice

A subsurface ocean lies deep within Saturn’s moon Dione, according to new data from the Cassini mission to Saturn. Two other moons of Saturn, Titan and Enceladus, are already known to hide global oceans beneath their icy crusts, but a

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Global middle class numbers over 1 billion based on having between $8,500 and $47,000 in net financial assets

The Allianz Global wealth report split all households/individuals into global wealth classes in order to analyze how wealth is distributed at the global level. The division is based on the average global net per capita financial assets, which came in

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Allianz global wealth report says the best years are over

Allianz unveiled the seventh edition of its "Global Wealth Report", which puts the asset and debt situation of households in more than 50 countries under the microscope. Based on the findings of the report, it seems that the best years

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China’s next stealth fighter the FC31 Gyrfalcon will continue to close the technology gap with the USA

China is working on a second prototype of its FC31 (aka J31) fighter. It is a smaller jet than the China's J20. China should have 12 of the J20s built by 2017. The FC31 could begin deployment around 2022. The

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Broad Group USA targets their first USA pre-fabricated skyscraper by end of 2019

China's Broad Group presented at the Offsite Construction Expo Sept. 21 to 22 in Washington, DC. The expo was an effort to draw more attention to permanent modular construction, the Modular Building Institute, National Institute of Building Sciences and other

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Spacex 61 page presentation on the Interplanetary Transport System and the sustainable Mars colony plan

Spacex and Elon Musk have the 61 page presentation of the Interplanetary Transport System and the plan from early exploration to a sustainable colony on Mars However, besides the test firings of the new Raptor engine that is needed for

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