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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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Readers can submit questions for Randall Mills of Brilliant Light Power

Nextbigfuture will interview Randall Mills of Brilliant Light Power shortly (still scheduling but probably next week) Nextbigfuture has covered Brilliant Light Power aka Blacklight Power for many years. The company and its founder Randall Mills claim new power. Brilliant Light

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Terrestrial Energy applying for $800M to $1.2B US loan guarantee to make a breakthrough first commercial molten salt nuclear reactor

Terrestrial Energy USA has been invited by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to submit the second part of its application for a US federal loan guarantee to support the licensing and construction of its Integrated Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR).

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Uber should be operating 100 self driving cars by the end of this year

Uber bought 100 Volvo XC90s that it hopes to retrofit with self-driving technology and have driving down the streets of Pittsburgh by the end of this year. While it’s probable that Uber bought the Volvos at a discount, the 2017

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Boeing 737 Max jets will launch the age of $69 one way trans-Atlantic fares and it should start in March 2017

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA hopes to sell one-way tickets to Europe for $69 as early as 2017 by flying from U.S. airports that have low fees, Chief Executive Officer Bjørn Kjos said in an interview. Norwegian has 100 737 MAX

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Russia also working on airplane mounted combat lasers

Russia is working on a plane equipped with a new-generation airplane based combat laser, a source in the Russian defense industry. The laser is being referred to as the A-60. It is part of the Sokol-Eshelon project. There was Soviet

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New programming language delivers fourfold speedups on Big Data problems

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are presenting a new programming language, called Milk, that lets application developers manage memory more efficiently in programs that deal with scattered data points in large data sets.In tests on

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Jeff Bezos has designs for larger reusable rockets than the Spacex Falcon Heavy

Jeff Bezos on Monday unveiled a heavy-lift reusable rocket expected to compete against Elon Musk’s SpaceX and other companies for commercial satellite launches before the end of the decade. Blue Origin has revealed designed for rockets larger than Spacex and

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DARPA working on safe Gene Editing Research

DARPA's Safe Genes program aims to build a biosafety and biosecurity toolkit to reduce potential risks and encourage innovation in the field of genome editing The Safe Genes program could help unlock the potential of advanced gene editing technologies by

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Carnival of Space 474

The Carnival of Space 474 is up at Urban Astronomer Universe Today – NASA’s EM Drive Passes Peer Review, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up Artist's concept of an interstellar craft equipped with an EM Drive. Credit and Copyright: Mark

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Small asteroid passes ten time closer than the moon

A small asteroid designated 2016 RB1 safely flew past Earth today at 10:20 a.m. PDT (1:20 p.m. EDT / 17:20 UTC) at a distance of about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers, or just less than 1/10th the distance of Earth to

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Boeing testing blended wing plane for potential new super-efficient subsonic plane within 10 years

Boeing is back in the wind tunnel testing one of its most innovative and potentially game-changing advanced concepts: the Blended Wing Body. Testing is underway through the end of September at the NASA Langley Research Center 14- by 22-Foot Subsonic

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Drones armed with anti-laser lasers that trick controls of enemy lasers into missing the drone

To defend against military lasers, Adsys Controls of Irvine, California, has created Helios, which can be carried on drones. To do much damage, an offensive laser needs to remain focused on its target for several seconds. Helios stops a laser

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Floquet Time Crystals could exist and break time translation symmetry

Researchers have defined what it means for time translation symmetry to be spontaneously broken in a quantum system, and show with analytical arguments and numerical simulations that this occurs in a large class of many-body-localized driven systems with discrete time-translation

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Single low dose anti-malaria drug successful in mice

Scientists say they have found a new compound that stops malaria in animal studies with a single, low dose. Tests in mice showed the one-off treatment prevented infection for the full 30 days of the study. The chemical compound fought

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