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Air force research lab roadmaps for game changing hypersonic vehicles, directed energy weapons and drones

Air Force Research Laboratory is working on key technologies in hypersonic air vehicles, directed-energy weapons and autonomy, or human-machine teaming, that will be “game-changers” Air Force Research Laboratory scientists and engineers have developed an unarmed “cruise missile-like vehicle” that reached

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New Russian mach 6 hypersonic missile will enter production 2018 and then be used on ships, submarines, bombers

Russia's 3M22 Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is expected to enter into production in 2018. The new weapon-which is capable of speeds of around Mach 5.0-Mach 6.0 is currently in testing The hypersonic missile-which is a component of the 3K22 Zircon

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Molecular mechanical computing design 2000 times more energy computation efficient than the upper bound estimate for the human brain

Up until now computer designs that have been theoretically known have been less energy efficient than the human brain. We could project supercomputers that could reach an exaFLOP and perhaps a zettaFLOP but the designs typically need megawatts to gigawatts

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Armored ground vehicles are testing combat lasers in the 10 kilowatt range nowand railguns tests, 30 kilowatt lasers next year

The Fires Battle Lab at Fort Sill is now experimenting with new weapons technology that could potentially replace the howitzers and air defense missile systems of today.Two laser systems and a railgun were demonstrated for the media at Thompson Hill

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Gene therapy has been used to reverse shortening telomere aging marker by 20 years in a human beings white blood cells

Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of Bioviva USA Inc. has become the first human being to be successfully rejuvenated by gene therapy, after her own company's experimental therapies reversed 20 years of normal telomere shortening. Telomere score is calculated according to telomere

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New stronger steel will affordably make cars lighter and more fuel efficient

NanoSteel®, a leader in nanostructured steel materials, today announced the delivery of its first advanced high strength steel (AHSS) to General Motors for initial testing. Designed to provide automakers with a new standard in material performance, the sheet steel is

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Offtopic- Music Icon Prince found dead and early deaths of Rock stars and Wrestlers

Prince (57) died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, near Minneapolis, on April 21, 2016, after suffering flu-like symptoms for several weeks Other big music related deaths in 2016. Maurice White -founder of Earth Wind

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India will buy 36 French Rafale Fighter Jets for nearly $9 billion

India has agreed to pay $8.8 billion to France's Dassault for 36 fighter jets as sources from both countries hinted a long-delayed deal to purchase the aircraft was imminent. The final agreement is set to be signed in India in

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Update on laser enrichment of uranium

Australian company Silex Systems is considering taking an equity position in Global Laser Enrichment (GLE), the exclusive licensee for its laser uranium enrichment technology, after GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy announced its intention to exit the company. GLE is a joint venture

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3d printing of rocket parts and liquified natural gas fuel could also dramatically lower launch costs

Reusable rockets could greatly lower rocket launch costs but two other significant emerging technologies are 3D printing and liquified natural gas rocket fuel. Liquefied natural gas, which is a commercially available form of methane, could have several advantages as a

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China Bohai undersea tunnel will be over twice as long as Chunnel and should break ground this year

The Bohai Strait Tunnel or Dalian-Yantai Tunnel project proposes the construction of an underwater tunnel to connect Dalian on the Liaodong Peninsula to Yantai on the Shandong Peninsula. Another name for the project is Cross-Bohai-Strait channel. Crossing the Bohai Strait

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US Air Force ramping up to spend $15+ billion per year on the F35 stealth fighter

The US military has already spent over $100 billion developing the F35 fighter. Spending will be ramping up from 2016 to 2020 and will dominate US fixed wing military aircraft spending through the 2020s and beyond. Read more »

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US Air Force Hypersonic weapons roadmap

There will be a 50 percent increase in the Defense Department’s 2017 budget request for hypersonic research. The Air Force plans to test a hypersonic missile by the end of the decade. Patrick Tucker at Defense One provided an excellent

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Megawatt beam propulsion by 2023 and Gigawatts by 2030

Billionaire Yuri Milner is spending $100 million to work out the technology for ground based laser based beam propulsion for interstellar travel. California Polytechnic State University researchers propose a 100 kilowatt space based laser system capable of probing the molecular

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All of the technology is nearly ready for megawatt space based laser systems for science and planetary defense

California Polytechnic State University researchers propose a system capable of probing the molecular composition of cold solar system targets such as asteroids, comets, planets and moons from a distant vantage. Their concept utilizes a directed energy beam to vaporize or

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Chip used to restore use of paralyzed hands in spinal injured patient

Doctors implanted a chip in Mr. Burkhart’s (24 year old with a 5 year old neck injury) brain two years ago. Seated in a lab with the implant connected through a computer to a sleeve on his arm, he was

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Journey to the Center of Icy Moons

In Jules Verne’s classic science fiction, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Professor Otto Lidenbrock and his company descend into an Icelandic volcano to explore it in the name of science, discover a vast subterranean ocean among other unexpected

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E-Glider: Active Electrostatic Flight for Airless Body Exploration

The environment near the surface of airless bodies (asteroids, comets, Moon) is electrically charged due to Sun's photoelectric bombardment. Charged dust is ever present, even at high altitudes (dust fountains), following the Sun's illumination. We envisage the global scale exploration

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Light Weight Multifunctional Planetary Probe

The Tension Adjustable Novel Deployable Entry Mechanism (TANDEM) is a specially configured tensegrity structure that is designed to act as the frame of a deployable heat shield. TANDEM combines the infrastructure used for the Entry, Decent, and Landing sequence as

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Billionaire Yuri Milner is spending $100 million to prove out laser pushed nanosails that would reach 5% of lightspeed

Billionaire Yuri Milner is spending $100 million on a probe that could travel to Alpha Centauri within a generation—and he's recruited Mark Zuckerberg and Stephen Hawking to help. Yuri Borisovich is a Russian entrepreneur, venture capitalist and physicist. He founded

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