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Future hunger risks will be reduced with progress eliminating extreme poverty and improved crops

Achieving the transformation to sustainable agriculture is a major challenge. Changes will need to be made in a way that does not jeopardize the capacity of the agriculture sectors crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry – to meet the world’s food

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Semiconductor for next generation power electronics

Researchers have demonstrated the high-performance potential of an experimental transistor made of a semiconductor called beta gallium oxide, which could bring new ultra-efficient switches for applications such as the power grid, military ships and aircraft. The semiconductor is promising for

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Astronomer searches for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet

SF State astronomer Stephen Kane is searching for signs of life in one of the extrasolar systems closest to Earth. As one of the world’s leading “planet hunters,” Kane focuses on finding “habitable zones,” areas where water could exist in

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Tesla Model 3 production could hit 183,000 cars in 2018 as electric cars start going prime time hitting 15-25% of all cars by 2025

Morgan Stanley said it has increased its expectations for the Tesla Model 3, now saying the launch will take place later this year, and raised its sales forecast for Teslas overall to 183,000 in 2018 from its previous target of

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Star Trek Axanar case is settled so we will only get two 15 minute shorts and not feature length show

Axanar Productions is pleased to announce that we have reached a formal resolution to the lawsuit brought against Alec Peters, and the fan film production, AXANAR, by CBS Studios, Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation. Since the beginning of the lawsuit,

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Creating atomic scale graphene nanoribbons

Silicon crystals are the semiconductors most commonly used to make transistors, which are critical electronic components used to carry out logic operations in computing. However, as faster and more powerful processors are created, silicon has reached a performance limit: the

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Chip-sized, high-speed terahertz modulator raises possibility of faster data transmission

Tufts University engineers have invented a chip-sized, high-speed modulator that operates at terahertz (THz) frequencies and at room temperature at low voltages without consuming DC power. The discovery could help fill the “THz gap” that is limiting development of new

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Life-Saving Device Could Transform The Medical Market in 2017

A little-known biotech company is poised to potentially earn millions in revenue with the planned upcoming release of a breakthrough technology that could prevent massive numbers of strokes with a simple test that is affordable and accessible to the average

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South Korea making a 1000 kilometer per hour low pressure tube high speed train that will go from Seoul to Busan in 30 minutes

South Korea is seeking to develop a train-like public transport concept that is almost as fast as the speed of sound up 1,000 km / h, the Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) said Tuesday. The state-run institute will join forces

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Russia is modernizing military to updated 1980s technology but could drop to level of Pakistan in terms of world power by 2050

Russia's 2011–20 State Armaments Program’s major benchmarks emphasised the percentage of modern equipment in service: 30% of total by 2015 and 70% by 2020. Their success in that pursuit has been mixed, and exact numbers are hard to find, but

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Long term economic disappointment possible for India

The IMF has cut the GDP growth forecast of India for the current fiscal year to 6.6 percent from its previous estimate of 7.6 percent citing the "temporary negative consumption shock" of demonetisation announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on

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AI has success in art and music by researchers figuring out how to break up the work of creativity into AI solvable tasks

One of Ray Kurzweil's predictions on the path to the Technological Singularity is that Artificial intelligence will be making art and music. Ray Kurzweil's "2019" predictions which actually are 2011 to 2029 predictions that are on the Technological Singularity timeline

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Oxfam does not tell people that the bottom 20% have more debt than assets and that means weird statistics

The Credit Suisse global wealth report for 2016 is available. It is based upon the work of James Davies, Rodrigo Lluberas and Anthony Shorrocks. The bottom 20% have negative wealth. The -0.2% of the bottom 10% is more than the

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Spacex has successful launch and good landing of the first stage

Spacex has a successful return to flight. The mission was a success with successful deployment of all satellites and the first stage landed on the drone ship Over the next 14 months, the company plans six additional Falcon 9 launches

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Seeing the future of quantum systems allows for longer entanglement

Scientists at the University of Sydney have demonstrated the ability to "see" the future of quantum systems, and used that knowledge to preempt their demise, in a major achievement that could help bring the strange and powerful world of quantum

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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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