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Looking at CO2 production and CO2 in the atmosphere in the same units of tons

The world is currently at about 403.74 parts per million CO2. The countries of the world are now producing over 37 billion tons of CO2 per year. Although our output of 37 gigatons of CO2 is tiny compared to the

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US Seawolf class submarines are bigger and faster and can deploy Navy SEALS and tap undersea fiber cables

The US Seawolf class submarines are special. They are newer, bigger, faster and more heavily armed than standard attack submarines, the nearly $3-billion-per-copy Seawolfs have been fitted with hundreds of millions of dollars in unique equipment and are assigned to

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Only the costs of the Space Launch System are going to the moon

NASA is requesting help to minimize the production, operations, and maintenance (POM) costs of the Space Launch System (SLS), Orion, and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS). SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft are costing more than $3 billion per year in development

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Elon Musk claims solar roof looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and generates electricity

Elon Musk says the Tesla solar roof will actually cost less to manufacture and install than a traditional roof—even before savings from the power bill. “Electricity,” Musk said, “is just a bonus.” If Musk’s claims prove true, this could be

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China will need to subsidize and import natural gas to reach target of 10% of overall energy mix

China plans to boost natural gas from 6% of its energy usage to 10% by 2020. However, to affect a large-scale transition from coal to natural gas in China will be far more difficult than it has been in the

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DARPA extends surface submarine hunting drone tests

DARPA is extending testing of its sub-hunting drone able to travel autonomously for up to 90 days using sensors and sonar technology to search for enemy submarines and other airborne and undersea threats. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or

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DARPA ordering a second large ship launched drone aircraft that will make destroyers and frigates into mini-aircraft carriers

Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), seeks to greatly increase the effectiveness of forward-deployed small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates by enabling them to serve as mobile launch and recovery

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The US military should look to Sweden for military innovation and not just IKEA furniture

IKEA is the most influential retailer of the last 25 years. One of seven major parts of IKEA success is they have pricing that is inexpensive but not cheap. There are stores that sell products for less than Ikea, like

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Private Space Stations could start launching in 2020 and large multi-module stations able to hold 100 or more people by 2030

Bigelow Aerospace and Axiom Space — plan to launch habitat modules to orbit in 2020, with the aim of making some money off Earth. If all goes according to plan, private space stations will eventually form the backbone of commercial

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Outline of Numbers mentioned for a Trump Defense Buildup

President Elect Trump wants an even larger military than we have now, modernized and in some cases larger than at any time since Vietnam. There were various numbers mentioned during the campaign but it is not clear what will actually

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Wearable Terahertz Scanning Device for Inspection of Medical Equipment and the Human Body

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a portable and wearable terahertz scanning device made using arrays of carbon nanotubes, for applications including non-invasive inspection of equipment such as syringes, and imaging of cancer cells, blood clots, and teeth.

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Rundown of World views on the Trump Presidency

Carnegie Endowment has a rundown of how countries in the world are viewing the Trump presidency. Russia a cautious hope The Kremlin did not anticipate Trump’s electoral victory. It was preparing for Hillary Clinton and the prospect of U.S.-Russian relations

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Gigawatt scale solar thermal generates steam for enhanced oil recovery

Using solar thermal technology to grab more oil from the earth is now a major opportunity, to the tune of $114 billion, according to the head of Glasspoint Solar. Solar thermal-enhanced oil recovery is a technique where steam produced from

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Zubrin improves the Spacex Mars plan and points out reusable Falcon heavy can be a globespanning rocketplane with Boeing 737 capacity

Robert Zubrin, Longtime Mars Colonization advocate, gives a Critique of the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System. Zubrin was struck by many good and powerful ideas in the Musk plan. However, Musk’s plan assembled some of those good ideas in an extremely

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Reviewing the 31 page Trump Economic Plan by two Senior Academic Policy Advisors

Nextbigfuture is reviewing what are the detailed policies of those who will be shaping the future US and world economy. Peter Navarro is a business professor at the University of California-Irvine; he holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

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Robotic Huey Helicopters are on the way

the goal of the futuristic Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program created by Virginia-based Aurora Flight Sciences is to create robotic Huey helicopters. The program integrates another Aurora-created system, the tactical autonomous aerial logistics systems, or TALOS, in order

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Foxconn’s operating profit is up on as increased deployment of robots and automation improves cost control

Key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, benefited from cost control on growing use of automation in its factories, but its bottom line dropped due to smaller gains in non-operating income. In the quarter

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Israel will equip all Merkava 4 tanks and Namer Heavy APCs with Trophy Active Protection Systems

Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) plans to continue the acquisition of Trophy active protection systems (APS), to equip every new Merkava 4 tank and Namer Heavy Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) with active protection, providing significant additional protection for every tank

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NASA Space Telescopes Pinpoint Elusive Brown Dwarf

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to observe a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object. This technique is useful for finding

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China’s belt and road is integrating countries in Asia, Africa and Europe into China’s financial, industrial and infrastructure model into one global value chain

The ultimate purpose of the Belt and Road Initiative is deep economic integration through the development of global value chains. Importantly, the initiative is supposed to abide by market rules. Either geopolitical considerations were never taken into account or everything

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