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Bermuda Triangle problem likely just overhyped and not increased incidence of microbursts

In 2016, A satellite image showing peculiar hexagonal clouds over the ocean area known as the Bermuda Triangle is prompting speculation about whether they may represent a recurring phenomenon responsible for decades of unexplained disappearances in the region. Seen from

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FDA approves $475K Leukemia gene therapy treatment with 83% success rate

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced what the agency calls a “historic action” — the first approval of a cell-based gene therapy in the United States. The FDA approved Kymriah, which scientists refer to as a “living drug”

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China and India innovation forecast

China Science and Technology Exchange Center has a new 87 page report with a comprehensive analysis and rating of the national innovative competitiveness of the BRICS countries last year, with China on top, followed by Russia, South Africa, Brazil and

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Top fifteen cryptocurrencies and twelve have billion dollar market cap

Here are the top fifteen cryptocurrencies by capitalization. In the top 15, 12 have over a billion dollars in market capitalization and three others are very close to a billion dollar market cap. Cryptocurrencies are a digital currency in which

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Bitcoin at $4600 and could hit $5000 this week

Bitcoin touched $4600 in price on Tuesday. Two days ago prior to the price spike, prominent financial analyst and the host of RT’s Keiser Report Max Keiser stated that the demand for bitcoin will likely rise in the upcoming days

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Neuralink could get up to $100 million for high bandwidth brain computer interface

Elon Musk’s Neuralink will invest $100 million on a high bandwidth brain computer interface. Neuralink has raised the $26.96 million of a technically still-open funding round that could grow to $100 million, according to a new SEC filing. Neuralink could

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Predicting when China could pass the USA on nominal GDP

The IMF has a relatively smooth forecast for nominal GDP growth out to 2022 for all countries. The forecast China to close the gap from $7 trillion less than the USA in nominal GDP in 2020 to $6 trillion less

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Yield curve signals possible economic slowdown in China starting later in 2018

Despite its imperfections, the interest yield curve in China has been useful in signaling acceleration and slowdowns in economic growth over the past decade. China’s yield curve is signaling a coming slowdown for China’s economy that could be exacerbated by

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Carnival of Space 524

The Carnival of Space 524 is up at Urban Astronomer. Universe Today – Mars Express Captures Mars’ Moving Bow Shock For many decades, astronomers have been aware that bow shocks form upstream of a planet, where interaction between solar wind

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Strongest resistive magnet created with 41.4 tesla

National magnet lab reached a record of 41.4 teslas at 1:10 p.m. on Aug. 21 with a resistive magnet. It was the culmination of two and a half intense years of design and development. In so doing, the lab reclaimed

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Twisted carbon nanotubes can harvest energy and store 250 watts per kilogram

An international research team led by scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea has developed high-tech yarns that generate electricity when they are stretched or twisted. Researchers describe “twistron” yarns and their possible

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Surplus volunteer computer power for Microbiome Immunity Project

The Microbiome Immunity Project is a new, IBM-facilitated citizen science project by scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of California San Diego, and the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute. It will use the surplus

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Improved jet engines are key to longer range sixth gen fighter and improved F35

The US Air Force is finalizing technology requirements for a new fighter jet to enter service sometime in the 2030s. Known as “Penetrating Counter Air,” the new fighter will replace the F-22 Raptor and maintain American air superiority in future

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Alliance Rubber funds research for graphene infused rubber bands

Arkansas Business reports Alliance Rubber of Hot Springs recently signed an agreement with University of Sussex professor Alan Dalton to study how the compound graphene could be used in rubber products. Alliance Rubber intends to help determine exactly how this

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Construction of China to Thailand High Speed rail to start in October

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok issued a statement over the weekend, announcing that next month China and Thailand will sign two contracts to start work on the first phase of the much-hyped railway project with actual construction beginning promptly in

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WOW Air has one way airfares from the US to Europe starting at $99

WOW air is a low-fare, long-haul airline based in Iceland. The airline was founded in November 2011 and serves 37 destinations across Europe, North America, and Asia. WOW air is committed to providing the cheapest flights to and from Iceland

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Longevity fund companies target breakthrough antiaging

23 year old Laura Deming started the Longevity Fund which just closed its second fund with $22 million. The first fund was for $4 million. Longevity fund companies target breakthrough antiaging technology including addressing senescent cells, new genome editing, mTorc

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More durable and longer lasting lithium-ion batteries with nanosheet anodes

Singapore researchers have a new generalized method of producing anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The anodes are made from metal oxide nanosheets, which are ultrathin, two-dimensional materials with excellent electrochemical and mechanical properties. This will enable more durable and longer

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Closer to Flash Memory Successor

New resistive random access memory (RRAM), could form the basis of a better kind of nonvolatile computer memory, where data is retained even when the power is off. Nonvolatile memory is already familiar as the basis for flash memory in

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China embraces embryo selection and state health could cover it within ten years

There is spreading awareness in China of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a procedure that helps couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) to avoid passing on genetic mutations that could cause disease or disability in their children. Fertility doctor Qiao typically

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