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DARPA making robotic co-pilot for helicopters and all other planes

ALIAS ( ircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System) can fly a military helicopter and then move into another aircraft and fly that too— and ALIAS is not human. Driverless cars may have been making headlines of late, but DARPA’s ALIAS program

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China and Philippines reclaiming land for four islands near Davao as China leverages the world largest dredging fleet

China and the Philippines were planning to build four artificial islands. The four new artificial islands appear to be planned around Davao. They will be developed for mixed-use, business and residential purposes along the coastline under a P39-billion reclamation project

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Anti-Aging Startup Raises $116 Million With big VCs and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Backing

Unity Biotechnology said Thursday that it attracted support for the Series B funding round from traditional biotech investors including Fidelity Management and Research Co., Arch Venture Partners, Partner Funds Management and Venrock. The San Francisco-based startup is also backed by

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Marine megadrone will have all the weapons, sensors of an F-35 and do everything a manned F-35 can do except displace the F-35 budget

The US Marines want a lot from the MUX drone platform which they plan to have operational capability by 2026. The future platform is a Group 5 which is the largest class of military drone. It will be equipped to

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New molecule may help fight obesity by converting ‘bad’ fat to ‘good’ fat

Research suggests that activation of a chemical called Beta-LGND2 by the estrogen receptor Beta (ER-Beta) reduces obesity and metabolic diseases in mice by converting bad fat (white fat) to good fat (brown fat). This is significant as brown fat increases

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Drones with AI can identify armed and unarmed people at a mock middle east compound

The Pentagon has put artificial intelligence at the center of its strategy to maintain the United States’ position as the world’s dominant military power. It is spending billions of dollars to develop what it calls autonomous and semiautonomous weapons The

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First full level 4 autonomy self driving truck delivery was 50,000 cans of Budweiser beer

A commercial truck,with $30,000 worth of hardware and software from San Francisco startup Otto made the world’s first autonomous truck deliver. The delivery was 50,000 cans of Budweiser. The truck self drove 120 miles south to Colorado Springs. The technology

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Positron Dynamics Vision of Antimatter Catalyzed Fusion

A few days ago Nextbigfuture interviewed Ryan Weed of Positron Dynamics and in 2015there was a youtube video which Ryan Weed had explained their antimatter fusion propulsion effort. Ryan had two later videos. One for Wired and one for TEDx.

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Firmamentum, division of Tethers Unlimited, gets contract for demo of on orbit spiderfab manufacturing which will revolutionize space construction

Firmamentum, a division of Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI), announced that it has signed a contract with Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, to prepare a flight demonstration of in-space manufacture of a component

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Vector rocket will be second stage of DARPA spaceplane for cheap daily microsatellite launches

DARPA has contracted Vector to help develop a microsatellite launcher. Vector will tweak its first-stage "Vector-R" rocket for use as a second-stage rocket on DARPA's spaceplane. Second, Vector will develop a smaller "advanced prototype" Vector-R upper stage — this time

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Industrial robots are getting Deep Learning capabilities which will faster at adapting to production changes

The USA and Canada have been losing jobs to offshore competition for almost half a century. From 2000 to 2010 alone, 5.6 million jobs disappeared. Only 13 percent of those jobs were lost due to international trade. The vast remainder,

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Next generation planes will either by large or they will use new engines that switch between performance and fuel efficiency

The United States Air Force is in the process of completing its initial research on a next-generation air superiority capability to replace the Boeing F-15C Eagle and Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighters. Once such research is completed, the service will

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Mars Schiaparelli probe exploded on impact

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to Europe's Schiaparelli test lander, which arrived at Mars on Oct. 19. The new image shows a bright spot

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4DS Memristor achieves technical milestone of memory cells denser than 3D flash with commerciallization in the 2019 timeframe

4DS has demonstrated Interface Switching ReRAM cells at a 40 nanometer geometry, representing significant progress in scalability and yield. This 40nm geometry, demonstrated by 4DS, is smaller than the latest generation of 3D Flash – the most dominant non-volatile memory

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First Gulf War motivated accelerated military modernization in China

The National Interest illustrates how the first Gulf War prompted China to update its military. In 1990 China's military was inferior to Iraq and Iraq was vastly inferior to the USA By 1990, the technical sophistication of the PLA had

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More evidence for Planet 9 suggests it should be visible by several existing telescopes and astronomers are confident of finding it directly in the next 16 months

The hypothetical giant planet 9, which is thought to be about 10 times more massive than Earth, will be discovered within 16 months or so, astronomer Mike Brown predicted. The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet's existence

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3-D wiring technique is progress to scalable quantum computers

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum

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Bendable electronic paper display can have ten thousand dots per inch of resolution and use ten times less power than a Kindle

New electronic paper is less than a micrometer thick, bendable and giving all the colors that a regular LED display does and needs ten times less energy than a Kindle tablet. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed the

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Nanocrystalline diamonds grown on a diamond base enables anvil with 264 gigapascal of pressure and target is 1 terapascal which is the pressure at the center of Saturn

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers will use pressures greater than those found at the center of the Earth to potentially create as yet unknown new materials. In the natural world, such immense forces deep underground can turn carbon into

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Lockheed proposes stealth fighter project with Mitsubishi Heavy

Lockheed Martin has proposed developing a new Japanese stealth fighter with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the U.S. defense giant's president told The Nikkei. Lockheed Martin's proposal was made in response to a call from Japan's Ministry of Defense, which is weighing

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