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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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Tesla Plans Gigafactory 2 in Europe next year and will boost factory automation and ramp up production for Model 3

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel are in Germany today to announce the acquisition of a German engineering group, Grohmann Engineering. Following the announcement, they held a press conference during which Musk emphasised that Tesla is planning “significant

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Air Force wants next generation fighter to be operational by 2025-2029

In January, 2017, the US Air Force the service will begin an 18-month analysis of alternatives that will help determine the PCA (Penetrating Counter Air) platform by examining the ability to reach supersonic speeds in different configurations while maintaining a

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China develop military power projection capabilities

China’s military is developing ships, submarines, aircraft, intelligence systems and foreign bases in a bid to become a global military power, according to a forthcoming congressional China commission report. Global Firepower list China behind Russia and both behind the USA

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Genetically modified superwheat that boosts harvest by 20 to 40%

Genetically modified wheat crops could see a leap in yields after glasshouse trials showed a massive 40% increase in grain output. Researchers focusing on making the photosynthesis process in wheat plants more efficient are hoping to have the first field

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New Alzheimers Drug successfully targeting plaques

A new was proven safe and effectively “switched off” the production of toxic amyloid proteins that lead to the sticky plaques seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. If the tablet, produced by pharmaceutical giant Merck, is also shown to

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Grumman Laser Beam Control System for Next-Generation Fighter will begin testing by 2019

Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force mature its plans to use directed energy systems for self-protection on current and future aircraft under a contract awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The laser weapon will be housed in

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Combat Lasers and hybrid power for Next-Generation US Combat Vehicle

The US Army's Next-Generation Combat Vehicle will probably run on alternate-power sources, have directed-energy weapons, advanced-composite armor and an active protection system. "There's a solid four years of analysis that has to occur" before decisions are made on procurement requirements,

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China successfully launched the new Long March 5 rocket

The new Long March 5 rocket launched successfully on Thursday. The rocket could be used to support a Chinese space station and send an uncrewed mission to Mars. The new Long March 5 rocket launched successfully from the Wenchang Space

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