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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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​Simple Origami fold may hold the key to designing Pop-up Furniture, Medical Devices and Scientific Tools

Mahadevan and his team have characterized a fundamental origami fold, or tessellation, that could be used as a building block to create almost any three-dimensional shape, from nanostructures to buildings. The folding pattern, known as the Miura-ori, is a periodic

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Harvard creates three-dimensional actuated scalable snapology-origami-inspired transformable metamaterial

Imagine a house that could fit in a backpack or a wall that could become a window with the flick of a switch. Harvard researchers have designed a new type of foldable material that is versatile, tunable and self actuated.

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American ability to establish air superiority in the 2020s against China and Russia will not be assured and the US could have a fighter gap in the 2030s

Rand Corporation had a study that in 2017 it would take 10 to 20 times the number of US planes to achieve 50% attrition of the Chinese airforce in a conflict in the South China Sea compared the number of

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Solarcity gigafactory for solar cells could make solar plus batteries cheaper than fossil fuels

“Right now [Solarcity] can sell you energy in 14 states at a rate lower than what you’re currently paying the utility,” says SolarCity chief technology officer Peter Rive. The Buffalo gigafactory for solar sets us up for a future where

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Nextbigfuture at 70 million pageviews and over 215 million Google plus views

Nextbigfuture will have a total of 70 million pageviews later today and has over 215 million Google plus views. Thanks to all of the readers and commenters. Looking forward to passing the 100 million pageview mark in 2017. Read more

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European Central Bank launches sweeping stimulus plan

The European Central Bank cut all its main interest rates, expanded its bond-buying stimulus program and offered new cheap long-term loans to banks, making an unexpectedly aggressive move to boost inflation and economic growth in the 19 countries that share

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Blue Origin shows off its production plant and BE4 rocket engine and other development plans

Blue Origin is the other rocket company run by a billionaire. They are also trying to develop reusable rockets. The billionaire is Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazom.com. Jeff Bezos has moved Blue Origin out of semi-stealth mode. For almost four

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Deep Learning for Robots: Robotic arms training in parallel to cut overall training time and reduce errors

While we’ve recently seen great strides in robotic capability, the gap between human and robot motor skills remains vast. Machines still have a very long way to go to match human proficiency even at basic sensorimotor skills like grasping. However,

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Nanoscale rotor and gripper push DNA origami to new limits

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have built two new nanoscale machines with moving parts, using DNA as a programmable, self-assembling construction material. In the journal Science Advances, they describe a rotor mechanism formed from interlocking 3-D DNA

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