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Investigation confirms Russian missiles shot down Malaysian jet over Ukraine

A Dutch-led investigation team said Wednesday that the surface-to-air missile that downed a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people aboard, came from Russia and was fired from territory held by pro-Moscow separatists. Investigators stopped short

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Hummingbird lightest folding bike and Flykly electric bike convertion Smart Wheel

The lightest folding bike in the world. 6.5 KG. It’s a carbon fiber bike for commuters and it’s ready for the market. The Hummingbird Bike weighs only 6.5 kg and comes in two specs: single speed and 5-speed. The folding

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Progress towards developing safe graphene implants

Engineers from MIT and Tsinghua University in Beijing have precisely simulated how electrical power may generate heat between a single layer of graphene and a simple cell membrane. While direct contact between the two layers inevitably overheats and kills the

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Selective breeding in Russia domesticated Foxes over a 50 year program and could selection be used to create friendly Artificial Intelligence

Cats and dogs were domesticated by humans thousands of years ago to be pets and companions. Sheep, goats and other animals were domesticated for food. But there may be more to it than that. People who have tried to simply

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Gold nanowire coated in a manganese dioxide shell can be charged 400,000 times

Researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. The breakthrough work could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans for computers,

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Hybrid material opens the door to new possibilities in graphene applications

Many scientists consider graphene to be a wonder material. Now, a team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in linking graphene with another important chemical group, the porphyrins. Porphyrins are well-known because of their striking

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Journey to center of icy moons

Masahiro Ono, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Journey to the Center of Icy Moons; Robert Mueller, NASA Kennedy Space Center NASA NIAC update starts at about 26 minutes in the video. Read more »

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Paris Climate Change Agreement on track to come into effect by the end of this year

1. The Paris Climate Change Agreement crossed the first of two thresholds required for it to enter into force after 31 governments yesterday formally submitted their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. It is expected to cross the second

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Advanced Candu reactors for China will be able to use recycled uranium from light water reactors

Canada and China have agreed to form a new joint venture to develop to market and construct the Advanced Fuel Candu Reactor (AFCR) in China. The deal was signed by Canada's SNC-Lavalin, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and Shanghai Electric.

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The Rich do not need genetic enhancement for unfair advantages

Embryonic gene editing holds the promise of dramatically enhancing people by making them healthier and more resistant to disease throughout their lives. It also has the potential to make them much smarter, stronger and faster. Despite these possible benefits, Americans

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US Senate Committee approves $19.5 billion 2017 budgtet for NASA

Members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed a bipartisan bill authorizing $19.5 billion for NASA. The bill includes wording to have a crewed Mars mission by 2041. It also requires NASA to send astronauts on private rockets to

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UK Dragonfire project funded for combat lasers

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is finalising the agreement of a £30M contract with UK DRAGONFIRE, an UK industrial team led by MBDA, to conduct the Laser Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) Capability Demonstrator. UK DRAGONFIRE will achieve, through

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HPE getting developers up to speed on persistent memory to get ready for memristor systems

An emerging class of persistent memories (HP Memristors) aims to break a bottleneck in storage access time that is one of the obstacles in delivering higher computing performance. However both the chips and a programming model for them are still

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George Church gives an update on the field of genetics

Award-winning geneticist, molecular engineer, chemist and Harvard Medical School professor Dr. George M. Church discusses human genomics and compute technologies at the 2016 Bio-IT conference. Church predicts that de Novo sequencing and inSitu sequencing will be in use within 1-2

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D-Wave systems next quantum chip will 1000X faster and will revolutionize machine learning

Dwave's next quantum chip, due in 2017, will be able to handle 2,000 qubits which is double the usable number in the existing D-Wave 2X system chip. It will be capable of solving certain problems 1,000x faster than its predecessor.

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Elon Musk next big rocket will be called the Interplanetary Transport System as he eyes solar system colonization

On Sept. 27, during a session at the International Astronautical Congress, Elon Musk will provide details about his Mars mission and colonization plans for the first time in a public forum. However, he tweeted the name of his new megaspaceship

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First Ciliary Stroke Motion Microrobots

A research team led by Professor Hongsoo Choi developed microrobots with high propulsion efficiency in highly-viscous fluid environments, applying propulsion techniques that mimic the ciliary stroke motion of paramecia. The research team at DGIST developed ciliary microrobots with high propulsion

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Adding 1000 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity by 2050

The nuclear industry can achieve the momentum required to create an additional 1000 GWe of new capacity by 2050, Agneta Rising, director general of the World Nuclear Association said. This target is essential, she said, if the world is to

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NASA and DARPA working towards quiet supersonic planes with XPlanes

The return of supersonic passenger travel is one step closer to reality with NASA's award of a contract for the preliminary design of a low boom flight demonstrator aircraft. This is the first in a series of X-planes in NASA's

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Robot sales and growth are solid but not yet showing growth that might drive mass human unemployment

Robots for the automation of industrial tasks are on the rise in North America, according to a recently-released industry report from the Association for Advancing Automation. More than $800 million in orders were placed in the first half of 2016,

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