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DARPA XS-1 spaceplane could have test flights by 2020

DARPA will soon select a company to build its robotic XS-1 space plane. After downselect, a critical design review shuold take place in 2018, and a series of flights could be made as early as 2020. The XS-1 space plane

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Mice embryos from skin cells and by 2037 human embryos from skin cells

By 2027 to 2037 scientists will likely be able to create a baby from human skin cells that have been coaxed to grow into eggs and sperm and used to create embryos to implant in a womb. The process, in

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Infrared telescopes should be able to spot Dyson sphere like constructs to 652 light years

Professor Zaza, University of Georgia, hase extended the idea of Freeman Dyson and has shown that a supercivilization has to use ring-like megastructures around pulsars instead of a spherical shell. He reexamined the same problem in the observational context and

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Electric Car will have lower cost of ownership than gas cars starting in 2018 with Tesla 3 and the Tesla 3 with add-ons will be profitable

UBS analysts tore down the Chevy Bolt, the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle (EV) with a range well above 200 miles. They gained key insights to understanding the content and profitability of EVs, especially Tesla’s upcoming Model 3. Their findings

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Plasma propulsion could become effective and useful for higher altitude aviation, airships and eventually space access

Berkant Göksel at the Technical University of Berlin and his team now want to fit plasma engines to planes. “We want to develop a system that can operate above an altitude of 30 kilometers where standard jet engines cannot go,”

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Tabby’s has been dimming 1% per day for the last two days

For years, astronomer Tabetha Boyajian and her colleagues have been waiting for the mysterious light dips to happen at Tabby’s star so that they could collect more data and try to get to the bottom of the mystery. The star

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3D printing of fusing and bomb structure could make bombs times lighter but still as deadly

The Air Force Research Lab are working on a lighter Mother of All bombs which still has similar explosive power. The Advanced Ordnance Technologies program will make bombs structured to be lighter by using 3D-printed reconstructed loads within the bomb

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US Railgun is being test fired a few times per hour now and by the end of the year at 10 shots per minute

The US Navy railgun program is making great technical progress according to the Office of Naval Research program manager Tom Boucher. The Navy is now working towards installing railguns at permanent land-based test sites which would provide more and better

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Google will put mini-TPUs into upcoming cellphones

Nextbigfuture talked to an attendee of 2017 Google IO and he reported that Google will be putting mini versions of the second generation TPU (tensor processing unit) into all new google cellphones. The TPU is optimized for artificial intelligence and

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By 2022, China’s Navy will outnumber the US and in the 2030s will achieve qualitative parity

China’s Navy will have a larger number of ships and submarines than the US Navy in 2030. China’s navy will be approaching 500 ships by 2030 and the US Navy will have between 300 and 350 depending upon which budgets

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China on track for over $1 trillion One Belt One Road investment by 2021

China One Belt, One Road is promising more than $1 trillion in infrastructure and spanning more than 60 countries from now to 2021. * power plants in Pakistan are part of an expected $46 billion worth of investment * tunnels

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By 2020 hundreds of earth sized exoplanets should be discovered and many will have basic atmosphere elements detected

Currently there are 3486 confirmed exoplanets (mainly from the Kepler Space telescope survey) and there are 4496 exoplanet candidates and 581 multiplanet systems. We are within about 11 months of the launch of the TESS space telescope. The Transiting Exoplanet

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Waymo partners with Lyft and Judge says Uber cannot use stolen Waymo information

1. Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google’s parent Alphabet and Lyft are teaming up to road test autonomous cars in a potential challenge to Uber Technologies. In its statement, Lyft said Waymo holds ‘‘today’s best self-driving technology.’’ The

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Towards Ultrasonic whispering over distances of 30 meters

An experimental device lets you whisper in the ear of someone up to 30 meters away. The wearable tech uses ultrasound to beam a speaker’s words directly to a targeted individual without anyone else overhearing what is being said. It

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US Navy could stick with Nimitz for next three carriers then cut over to Gerald Ford

Popular Mechanics talks about the difficulty, cost and delays of switching the design of the Gerald Ford Carrier to old and reliable steam launchers. The Nimitz aircraft carriers are still more advanced than any aircraft carrier from Russia, China or

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$23 billion for no launches by 2018 and no new rocket engines but NASA has advanced welding technology

NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon, the U.S. space agency

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Bladerunner 2049 official trailer

The Bladerunner sequel is coming out October 6, 2017. Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of

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Towards an Economically Viable roadmap to large scale space colonization

Al Globus and Joe Strout have an analysis that space settlements in low (~500 km) Earth equatorial orbits may not require any radiation shielding at all. This is based on a careful analysis of requirements and extensive simulation of radiation

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Unidentified Giant sea creature washes up in Indonesia

The carcass of a giant sea creature has washed up in Indonesia. It was originally thought to be a type of giant squid but it seems to have bones and a fin. This would suggest it is some kind of

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China’s One Belt One Road loans up to $100 billion in total

China has lent $100 billion so far for One Belt and One Road projects. The Hassyan clean coal project in the United Arab Emirates received two loans worth $2.3 billion, a gas transporter based in Azerbaijan secured $600 million and

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