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Start Shipyards with drawingless plans could lower costs by 15% for third aircraft carrier

Newport News Shipbuilding is in the midst of several pilot programs aimed at creating a Smart Shipyard that could accommodate “drawingless” plans for the Enterprise CVN-80 aircraft carrier, company officials told USNI News. Huntington Ingalls Industries President and CEO Mike

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China to help Sudan develop East Africa’s first nuclear plant

China and Sudan have signed a framework agreement for the construction of the east African country's first nuclear power plant. Sudan – one of China's main suppliers of oil – was on the list of priorities for Chinese reactor sales

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Researchers microwave a graphene composite to toughen wellbore oil and gas well walls

Wellbores drilled to extract oil and gas can be dramatically reinforced with a small amount of modified graphene nanoribbons added to a polymer and microwaved, according to Rice University researchers. The Rice labs of chemist James Tour and civil and

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ORNL laser method could dramatically reduce cost of carbon fiber polymer composites for lightweight and more energy efficient cars

Joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products could become less expensive and the joints more robust because of a new method that harnesses a laser’s power and precision. The process, developed by a

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ARPA-E seeks Enabling Technologies for Ultra-Safe and Secure Modular Nuclear Energy Systems

ARPA-E is looking to fund projects that will enable accelerated development and regulatory acceptance of modular1 nuclear energy options involving either Gen III+ or Gen IV design features. If made technically and economically viable, modular nuclear reactor technologies can augment

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Venezuela has high crime rate and economic collapse – kidnappers demand payment in dollars

The tumbling value of Venezuela's national currency, the bolivar, has compelled kidnap groups to change their modus operandi, reported Sumarium. Relatives and associates of kidnap victims told Sumarium their captors had demanded between $7,000 and $10,000 in ransom. An unidentified

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A hundred super ground penetrator bombs might be needed to reach deep bunkers using superconcrete

The GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) is a U.S. Air Force, precision-guided, 30,000-pound (14,000 kg) "bunker buster" bomb. This is substantially larger than the deepest penetrating bunker busters previously available, the 5,000-pound (2,300 kg) GBU-28 and GBU-37. In 2012, the

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Future F-35 fighter could control 10 to 100 drones

The Air Force’s chief scientist said F-35 fighter jet pilots will someday control a swarm of drones flying alongside the fighter jet to boost sensing, reconnaissance and targeting functions. “The more autonomy and intelligence you can put on these vehicles,

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US Army Studies Russian-Ukraine War for revolution in tank and drone warfare for modern close combat war lessons

The US Army has a project called The Russia New Generation Warfare study. It is an analysis of how Russia is re-inventing land warfare in the mud of Eastern Ukraine. Speaking recently at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

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General Dynamics delivered the first new Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer to the US Navy

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works delivered the first Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer to the Navy on Friday, Naval Sea Systems Command announced. The delivery of the 16,000-ton Zumwalt (DDG-1000) optimized for stealth and operations close to shore follows last month’s

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US Army will shoot down drones, mortars and small planes with lasers, rapid fire guided grenades and missiles

The US Army is currently testing High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck (HELMTT) with a 10 kilowatt laser. They are destroying drones and other targets in field tests. They will upgrade the 10 kilowatt laser to a 60 kilowatt laser

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Australia and partners Boeing, BAE Systems and DLR (German Aerospace Center) have a successful mach 7.5 hypersonic missile test

Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky today congratulated an Australian-United States team on the success of an experimental hypersonic flight at the Woomera Test Range. The experimental rocket reached an apogee of 278 km, achieving the targeted speed of Mach

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Vicarious will show off their progress to Artificial General Intelligence later this year

Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence startup Vicarious is developing a new way of processing data, inspired by the way information seems to flow through the brain. The company’s leaders say this gives computers something akin to imagination, which they hope will

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Billion dollar startup Otto developing $30,000 self driving kit to retrofit freight trucks

Levandowski left Google earlier this year to pursue his vision at Otto, a San Francisco startup the he co-founded with two other former Google employees, Lior Ron and Don Burnette, and another robotics expert, Claire Delaunay. Otto is aiming to

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Zika Virus link to shrunken baby brains confirmed and the case for delaying the Olympic games in Brazil

The Zika virus could spread to Europe this summer, although the likelihood of an outbreak is low to moderate, the World Health Organization has said. Areas most at risk are those where Aedes mosquitoes may spread the virus, like the

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Magnetoshell Aerocapture for Manned Missions and Planetary Deep Space Orbiters

It is clear from past mission studies that a manned Mars mission, as well as deep space planetary orbiters will require aerobraking and aerocapture which use aerodynamic drag forces to slow the spacecraft. Aerocapture would enable long term studies of

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Diamond on silicon chips are running at 100 Gigahertz and can also make power chips for directing 10,000 volts

Diamond computer chips running at 100-GHz have been demonstrated by Akhan Semiconductor. They are currently using design rules in the 100s of nanometers. Developers are focusing on power applications on 12-inch wafers. They hope to drive down the costs of

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New 60 gram wearable pendant for cardiac monitoring

A new cardiac monitoring system, theACT (Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry) from LifeWatch AG was approved to go on the market in 2015. It consists of two physical units: a small pendant with four cardiac electrodes and a smartphone programmed to be

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Machine-learning techniques could revolutionize materials science

Researchers are using computer modeling and machine-learning techniques to generate libraries of candidate materials by the tens of thousands. Even data from failed experiments can provide useful input1. Many of these candidates are completely hypothetical, but engineers are already beginning

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Highlights of US report to Congress on China’s Military in 2016

the 2016 Annual Report to congress on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’sRepublic of China has been published (156 pages) In 2015, China unveiled sweeping organizational reforms to overhaul the entire military structure. These reforms aim to strengthen the

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