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Hybrid airships nearing significant commercialization

Three hybrid airship projects are currently attracting the most attention: the Airlander 10, which just launched this month, in England; Lockheed Martin’s LMH-1; and Pasternak’s Aeroscraft Pasternak’s Aeroscraft ML866, ML868 and ML86X Pasternak’s surveillance-airship business is worth millions, but wealth

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Russia upgrading current and future submarines with new missiles and underwater robotic drones

Russia is developing unmanned underwater vehicles for deployment by fifth-generation submarines. New fifth generation nuclear submarines are expected to have advanced stealth, noise-reduction, automated reconnaissance and warning systems, Russian Navy's Commander-in-Chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov said last fall. "[Unmanned submarine drones]

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Daimler demos truck platooning to save 7% on fuel and has network connected 365000 trucks already

Today, on the A52 autobahn near Düsseldorf, Daimler Trucks presented an impressive example of the possibilities opened up by the digital connection of trucks: Three WiFi-connected, autonomously driving trucks operated on the autobahn with authorisation for public traffic as a

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Magnetic memory chips at theoretical limit for low energy will use one million times less energy per computer operation

In a breakthrough for energy-efficient computing, UC Berkeley engineers have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can actually operate at the lowest fundamental energy dissipation theoretically possible under the laws of thermodynamics. This means that dramatic reductions in

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African researcher wants to bring teaching tablet to Ethiopian children

African researchers have recently launched the YaNetu teaching tablet crowdfunding project. This effort aims to bring an AI based educational tablet to African children. The researchers hope to create: – An Android-based teaching tablet for primary school age children in

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Alphago explained by Demi sHassabis

Demi explains the policy and value neural networks. Policy is neural network trained to make reasonable moves based upon supervised learning of 100,000 games. Value network is built from tens of millions of games to be able to determine what

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Carnival of Space 450

1. Universe Today – Bold Euro-Russian Expedition blasts free of Earth en route to Mars in search of Life's Indicators Artists concept of ExoMars spacecraft separation from Breeze M fourth stage. Credit: ESA The cooperative Euro-Russian ExoMars 2016 expedition successfully

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Morphing wind turbine will be part of 50 MW wind turbine 400 meters across and 479 meters tall

Researchers are giving wind turbines blades that are 200 meters (656 feet) long and the new turbine will reach 479 meters (1,574 feet) into the sky – a height that's 30 meters (100 feet) taller than the Empire State Building.

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A full sized beating bioengineered human heart has been made with hearts recellularized with stem cells

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have taken some initial steps toward the creation of bioengineered human hearts using donor hearts stripped of components that would generate an immune response and cardiac muscle cells generated from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs),

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DARPA using peripheral nerve stimulation to accelerate learning

The body’s branching network of peripheral nerves connects neurons in the brain and spinal cord to organs, skin, and muscles, regulating a host of biological functions from digestion to sensation to locomotion. But the peripheral nervous system can do even

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Trump is on a clear path to the Republican nomination but Republican leaders preparing a 100 day political guerrilla war

Trump still needs to win most of the remaining delegates to avoid a contested convention. However, an analysis where Trump maintains his current level of support has him winning enough delegates for the Republican nomination. The polling of the upcoming

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Gene drive and the future of weaponized insects and the elimination of public health threats like Zika Virus Mosquitoes

In March of 2015, researchers at the University of San Diego reported the successful implementation of Gene drive. Using gene drive to engineer a single mosquito out of 10,000 would cause 100 percent of them to carry the new trait

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NASA is in the process of getting another peer reviewed EMDrive paper published

Paul March indicated on the NASA Spaceflight forum that NASA Eagleworks is getting another EMDrive paper through peer review. Paul March also endorsed the technical information and insights of forum member Rodal on the topic of EMdrive. Rodal indicates the

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NASA Principal Technologist lays out strategy to develop advanced space propulsion over the next 25 years

NASA Principal Technologist Ronald J. Litchford looks at the strategic development of improved space propulsion. Deep space transportation capability for science and exploration is fundamentally limited by available propulsion technologies. Traditional chemical systems are performance plateaued and require enormous Initial

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Will the Singularity Artificial General Intelligence winners be Hedge Fund Managers, the Military and Spy Agencies ?

When Artificial Intelligence (AI) work began over 50 years ago, the AI field was directly aimed at the construction of "thinking machines"—that is, computer systems with human-like general intelligence. The whole package, complete with all the bells and whistles like

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12 Navy Future SSBN(X) Nuclear Missile Submarines will cost about $96 billion to procure

The US Navy has identified the Ohio replacement program, also known as the SSBN(X) program, as the Navy’s top priority program. The Navy wants to procure the first Ohio replacement boat in FY2021, and the $773.1 million in AP funding

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Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement

The US Navy has been procuring Virginia (SSN-774) class nuclear-powered attack submarines since FY1998. The two Virginia-class boats requested for procurement in FY2017 are to be the 25th and 26th boats in the class. The 10 Virginia-class boats programmed for

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The engines and other components of the planned B21 stealth bomber

The planned B21 stealth bomber will likely use a pair of unaugmented 28,000lbs-class F135s engines from the F-35 With some tweaks, such as an increased bypass ratio, a version of the F135 could probably produce more than 30,000lbs of thrust

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Militaries using technology to mimic civilian vehicles like realistic versions of Autobots will violate the Geneva Convention

Under article 37 of the 1949 Geneva conventions, ruses such as camouflage, decoys, mock operations and misinformation are all permitted however, complete disguising as a civilian is not. ‘Adaptiv’ technology [developed by BAE Systems in Sweden] uses cameras on-board the

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Crowdfunding project aims to give children in developing world an AI-enhanced tablet

Artificial Intelligence researcher Ben Goertzel has launched a crowdfunding effort on indiegogo to develop an AI teaching tablet for children in developing countries. The project, called the YaNetu AI Teaching Tablet aims to create a tablet computer that will use

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