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Top 12 Social media sites and messaging app ranked by user counts

1. Facebook has reached 2 billion users 2. Google’s YouTube’s 1.5 billion 3. Facebook’s WhatsApp 1.2 billion 4. Facebook Messenger 1.2 billion 5. WeChat had 938 million users in May 2017 (23% growth YoY) 6. QQ 861 million in Q1

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Microsoft and Kaspersky comment on newest ransomeware attack

Microsoft has commented on the newest ransomeware attack. The attack is effecting airlines, banks, and utilities across Europe. “Our initial analysis found that the ransomware uses multiple techniques to spread, including one which was addressed by a security update previously

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Spacex had two successful launches in one weekend and has new titanium fins able to handle indefinite number of flights with no service

Spacex had two successful launches this past weekend and successfully recovered the first stages of each launch. New titanium grid fins worked even better than expected. Should be capable of an indefinite number of flights with no service. — Elon

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Progress to stable laser propelled sails

Stable flight of a laser sail is an essential requirement of beam-driven propulsion. Centauri Dreams talked to James Benford about work towards stable beam flight. It places considerable demand upon the shape of the sail and beam. James Benford takes

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New class of exoplanets found

Nearly 3,500 exoplanets have been confirmed so far. In a new Caltech-led study, researchers have classified these planets in much the same way that biologists identify new animal species and have learned that the majority of exoplanets found to date

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Earth being unusually dry for a habitable world would be a Fermi Paradox soft landing

As noted in a Nextbigfuture article in April, the Earth is an unusually dry for a habitable planet. David Brin points out that this is the safest and best “soft landing” to the Fermi Paradox. That the universe is filled

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Russia Armata tank will outmatch the Abrams in active armor and triple range missiles

Russian will start operational evaluation of the most advanced Armata tank starting in 2019 and they will have laser guided missiles with 3 times the range of the newest American tank. The T-14 Armata is equipped with an unmanned turret

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Another week and another F35 grounding

Another week and another F35 grounding. This time it was a bad software upgrade to the ALIS ground support system has grounded the Marine Corps F-35B squadron based in Yuma, Arizona, the F-35 Joint Program Office announced. The Air Force’s

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Elon Musk Rapidly Climbing to Richest Person

In May, 2016, Elon Musk’s net worth according to Forbes had climbed to $15 billion, but Tesla stock has risen about 20% and is at $18.6 billion. Elon has 33.6 million shares of Tesla (about 19% of the company) worth

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Cable free elevator has been built and it will boost capacity and cut wait times in half

Thyssenkrupp has built the first rope (cable) free elevator. This will enable system like the Star Trek Turbolift which can move up down and side to side. This is elevator industry’s holy grail. It ends the 160-year reign of the

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Canadian Sniper has a 3.54 kilometer confirmed kill which over 1 km past old record

A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 meters (2 miles). The 3.54 kilometer confirmed kill is 1065 meters

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Near term technology for global big brother

A few thousand microsatellites with deployable telescopes could provide constant image monitoring of the earth at 0.25 meter to 0.5 resolution. This would scale up persistent drone monitoring to a global scale. There would be issues of data transmission and

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China has the potential to safely sustain strong 6+% GDP growth over the medium term

The IMF now projects China’s GDP growth at 6.7 percent in 2017 and an average annual growth of 6.4 percent between 2018-20 period. The First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund David Lipton said the IMF was confident

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US may build one aircraft carrier every three years and no new Russian carriers

The US Navy would be able to buy aircraft carriers more quickly and increase its carrier fleet from 11 to 12 under 2018 budget plans being written by the House Armed Services Committee. The legislation unveiled by the committee Tuesday

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Boeing claims hypersonic passenger commercial planes will be operating within ten to twenty years

Boeing has pledged to make hypersonic passengers planes a reality – and says they could be operating within a decade. ‘I think in the next decade or two you’re going to see them become a reality,’ Boeing Chairman and CEO

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Russian hypersonic missile needs to have movement to live up to threat hype

The russian Zircon mach 6 to mach 8 hypersonic missile has been claimed to be able to overwhelm existing missile defenses. Russia has claimed the missile could be ready by 2018. However, existing anti-missile systems are getting some success countering

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Soldier carried cyberweapons were used to successfully stop a tank assault in a training exercise

The US Army used cyber weapons and electronic warfare (EW) technology to thwart a simulated tank assault at a training exercise conducted at the Army National Training Center at California.A The exercise reinforced the need for the EW and cyber

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DARPA wants AI and robots to know what is and is not proper behavior like the fictional C3P0

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are making virtual and robotic assistants increasingly capable in performing complex tasks. For these “smart” machines to be considered safe and trustworthy collaborators with human partners, however, robots must be able to quickly assess a

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Actor who played Vir Cotto on Babylon 5 has died

Stephen Furst has died at the age of 63. He was famous for his role in the movie Animal House and the TV series Babylon 5. Babylon 5 was a ground breaking science fiction show which had great writing and

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The future of work is you with a computer, not you replaced by a computer

Alphabet’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt cited a study by McKinsey released at the Viva Tech conference in Paris on Thursday, which suggested 90 percent of jobs are not fully automatable. The Alphabet chairman said that while some of the routine

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