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Beyond Dome City colonies to Shell Worlds or Paraterraforming as a shortcut to making planets habitable

Existing covered areas and domes on Earth are in the 30-40 acre ranges and with costs of $400 million to 1 billion. There is also strong material (EFTE) which is 100 times lighter than glass and which can lower costs

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Large inflatable structures on Mars

There are currently large air supported structures on Earth for covering football and baseball stadiums. These structures are built to support a lot of snow and withstand strong winds. They could be used for large early Mars colonies In a

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Nanotero raises another $21 million to commercialize nanotube memory

Nantero Inc., the nanotechnology company developing next-generation memory using carbon nanotubes, today announced the closing of an over $21 million financing round. The lead investor in the round was Globespan Capital Partners and also included participation from both new and

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Thin film nanocrystal from Australia could make thin as glass night vision goggles that do not need external power

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have designed a nano crystal around 500 times smaller than a human hair that turns darkness into visible light and can be used to create light-weight night-vision glasses. Professor Dragomir Neshev from ANU

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China building a Malaysian version of Shenzhen and pan asian high speed rail

China is building a trans-asia high speed rail line in south east asia and helped build a $100 billion city in Malaysia, just across the border from Singapore. China has begun building a high speed rail that will connect Myanmar’s

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New material could lead to erasable and rewriteable optical chip

A military drone flying on a reconnaissance mission is captured behind enemy lines, setting into motion a team of engineers who need to remotely delete sensitive information carried on the drone's chips. Because the chips are optical and not electronic,

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Platypus venom could be used for diabetes treatment

Australian researchers have discovered remarkable evolutionary changes to insulin regulation in two of the nation's most iconic native animal species – the platypus and the echidna – which could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in

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Amazon opening cashier less stores, drive thru stores and large IKEA like chain stores and is targeting 2000 physical stores of different formats

Amazon.com unveiled Monday its first small-format grocery store, Amazon Go, one of at least three brick-and-mortar formats the online retail giant is exploring Amazon hopes to ultimately operate more than 2,000 grocery and convenience stores across the US in a

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Moon Express targets trips to the moon at $10,000 per person by 2026 and will use rocket with 3D printed parts

Naveen Jain, founder of Moon Express, sees moon exploration as part of a larger, ten-year vision that could span anywhere from research facilities for needed Mars-bound technologies to honeymoon destinations. That, and he’s eyeing SpaceX as a natural launch partner

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US Electric car sales now over 1% of total US car sales

US electric car sales were 1.1% of total US cars sales in November, 2016 The Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 are coming in the next year — as well as significantly updated versions of the Nissan LEAF, BMW i3,

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Russia developing Improved engines, weapons and bombs for the T-50 PAK-FA for F-22 competitive performance

Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has started ground testing a next-generation engine for the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter according to a statement by the company. The PAK-FA—which is under development—is currently powered by a pair of 33,000-pound thrust

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Research suggests blackhole or wormhole tidal forces would not spaghettify the body

Some researchers believe a singularity can be removed from a black hole (have no event horizon) and this would be a wormhole. They modelled observers (objects like a chair, a scientist, and a spacecraft ) as an aggregation of points

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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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