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Elon Musk tweets picture of his tunneling machine as he plans to make tunneling up to ten times faster

Elon Musk has tweeted out a picture of his tunneling machine. Last week, Musk admitted that “they don’t really know what they are doing” when it comes to digging holes, but he sees an opportunity to significantly increase the speed

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Process for producing ammonia that generates electricity instead of consuming energy. 500 million tons of ammonia are made each year for fertilizer

Nearly a century ago, German chemist Fritz Haber won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for a process to generate ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen gases. The process, still in use today, ushered in a revolution in agriculture, but now consumes

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Trump may fund the Spacex Mars Colonization plan

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, has made trips to Trump Tower. He met with Trump and the Washington Post has ben reliably told, discussed Mars and public-private partnerships. Elon Musk and SpaceX have the bold dream of

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Spacex will have to fix turbopumps for next version of Falcon 9 to qualify it for NASA manned flights

The Wall Street Journal indicates a forthcoming report from the US Government Accountability Office focuses most closely on issues with turbopumps in SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. The report has found a "pattern of problems" with the turbine blades within the

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Dune will get another attempt at a feature movie adaptation

Denis Villeneuve has been nominated for Oscars for his movie "Arrival" and his "Blade Runner 2049" sequel arrives in October. Denis has been hired to make a new feature movie version of the science fiction classic Dune. Frank Herbert wrote

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A decelerating gravity slingshot and solar pressure could be used to slow an interstellar solar sail travelling up to 4.6% of lightspeed

In April last year, billionaire Yuri Milner announced the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative. He plans to invest 100 million US dollars in the development of an ultra-light light sail that can be accelerated to 20 percent of the speed of light

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Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Librarus won a poker tournament against professional players

Libratus, an artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University, made history by defeating four of the world’s best professional poker players in a marathon 20-day poker competition, called “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante” at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

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Researchers find lost continent Mauritia part of break of ancient 200 million year old Gondwana super-continent

Lava-covered piece of continent is an ancient remnant, left over from the break-up of the supercontinent, Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago. Scientists have confirmed the existence of a “lost continent” under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius

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2017 terahertz science and technology roadmap

Here is a 50 page 2017 terahertz science and technology roadmap from the Journal of Physics D- Applied Physics Science and technologies based on terahertz frequency electromagnetic radiation (100 GHz–30 THz) have developed rapidly over the last 30 years. For

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Accuracy of optical radar increased

An international consortium is working to implement a new approach to increase the accuracy of optical radar's function. An optical radar is a device for estimating the distance, comprised of emitter sending an optical signal (for example laser beam), a

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Russia launching its quietest submarine

The fourth Yasen-class submarine, the Krasnoyarsk, has passed critical tests of its structures and pressure hull, according to Russia’s TASS news agency. It’s supposed to be the most quiet nuclear-powered attack sub ever to enter the Russian fleet. As TASS

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Comparison Review of F-35C and Advanced Super Hornet has been Ordered

Defense Secretary James Mattis is ordering a Pentagon review to compare the capabilities and cost between the emerging carrier-based Lockheed Martin F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter and an upgraded version of the Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, according to

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Organovo bioprinting human tissue for drug testing and within 6 years for implanting human livers

Organovo designs and create functional human tissues using our proprietary three-dimensional bioprinting technology. Their goal is to build living human tissues that are proven to function like native tissues. With reproducible 3D tissues that accurately represent human biology, they are

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Printed human body parts could be available for human transplants within a few years

Every year about 120,000 organs, mostly kidneys, are transplanted from one human being to another. Sometimes the donor is a living volunteer. Usually, though, he or she is the victim of an accident, stroke, heart attack or similar sudden event

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Tsunami prevention with massic deep ocean sound waves

Devastating tsunamis could be halted before hitting the Earth’s shoreline by firing deep-ocean sound waves at the oncoming mass of water, new research has proposed. Dr Usama Kadri, from Cardiff University’s School of Mathematics, believes that lives could ultimately be

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Medical first,children had cancer cured with genetically engineered T-cells from another person

Doctors in London say they have cured two babies of leukemia in the world’s first attempt to treat cancer with genetically engineered immune cells from a donor. Experiments, which took place at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, raise the possibility

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US Navy will fire 150 kilowatt laser on a test ship in 2018 and then from carriers and destroyers in 2019

The U.S. Navy is moving at warp speed to develop lasers with more lethality, precision and power sources as a way to destroy attacking missiles, drones aircraft and other threats. The USNavy plans to fire a 150-kw weapon off a

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DWave next redesign will allow for higher connection density 4000 qubits by late 2018 and expansion beyond 10,000 qubits

D-Wave is also working on a fifth model, which will provide even greater capacity and connectivity and a closer fit to scientists’ needs. It will likely to launch within two years, the machine will again double the number of qubits,

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Dwave adiabatic quantum system can factor numbers up to 200,000 and a lot larger likely in the 40 bit range

There are adiabatic factoring algorithms and methods. Dwave is focused on optimization problems, however the system can be used to solve other problems including factoring. In November 2014, it was discovered that this 2012 adiabatic quantum computation had also factored

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Terrestrial Energy notifies nuclear regulator of planned 2019 molten salt reactor licensing application

Terrestrial Energy USA announced today it had informed the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of its plans to license a small modular reactor (SMR) in the USA. Terrestrial said it intends to start "pre-application interactions" with the regulator this year

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