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Amazon making Ringworld, Snow Crash and Lazarus One TV series

Amazon is dramatically ramping up its production for next year, moving forward with three new high-concept series (ringworld, Snow Crash and Lazarus One). These new efforts represent a significant production investment from the studio, which is currently in preproduction, production

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Proposed acceleration of superchopper replacement starting in 2025

Bell Helicopter is so confident in their new V-280 tilt-rotor prototype that they want the Pentagon to accelerate the Future Vertical Lift program by five to eight years. This would pull production of the first future helicopter replacement, twice as

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Bitcoin back above $4000 as AirSwap could allow circumvention of China’s restrictions

The price of Bitcoin seems to be shrugging off China ICO (initial coin offering) ban as the price is back above $4000. Michael Oved helped Virtu Financial Inc. become the most consistently profitable market maker in the history of electronic

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Musk new Mars Plan in 12 hours will be far less than $10 billion

SpaceX and Lockheed Martin will unveil their latest plans for getting people to Mars. Lockheed’s idea centers on a six-person space station, which company representatives have said could be orbiting the Red Planet by 2028 or so. But no one

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Proposed US Tax plan

Here are the known highlights of a proposed US tax plan which would still have to get passed and enacted via the US legislative system. * experts put the tax cuts in the range of $5 trillion over the next

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Synthetic DNA coverts stem cells to heart muscle is potential tissue regeneration treatment

A newly discovered DNA-targeting molecule could inspire the first tissue regeneration therapies. The synthetic molecule can cause stem cells to transform into heart muscle cells. The scientists responsible for the new molecule believe their breakthrough could be used to turn

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Advertising Has Finally Broken Into Gaming

Gen-Xers and Millennials are the first generations in history born to the video gaming age. And they’ve been ‘gamified’ from birth, with 2.6 billion people playing video games worldwide, and it is generally accepted by industry pros that Americans alone

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Progress Against Tetanus, H.I.V. and Malaria

The Americas has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that used to be responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 newborns every year in the Americas. The elimination of the disease was declared this year in Haiti,

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Five ways to apply CRISPR gene editing

CRISPR gene-editing technology has the potential to treat—and possibly cure—any number of diseases and there are currently five ways it can be delivered into humans. 1. Gels and creams for anti-HPV. – Among the first attempts to use CRISPR in

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Traveling Wave Direct Energy Conversion of Fission Reaction Fragments

Fission fragment direct energy conversion (FFDEC) into electricity can dramatically improve the specific mass of fission-based electric propulsion rocket. An EPRI study by A. G. Tarditi, J. H. Scott focused on the conversion via traveling wave DEC (direct energy conversion),

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Fission Fragment Nuclear Propulsion Variants and Technical Details

The problem with space nuclear propulsion is NOT raw power, but how to eliminate waste heat. The more efficiently we can generate thrust, the less waste heat produced. Can we have our cake and eat it too? Can we have

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ICOs and VC investment in the blockchain

PitchBook has an update for Q3 2017 of ICOs and venture capital investment in the blockchain. * regulatory statements in China and the US have yet to temper market enthusiasm for the red-hot cryptocurrency and ICO market. Regulatory action against

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Turning 1 million tons of used nuclear fuel by 2050 into energy

The amount of used nuclear fuel will continue to increase, reaching around 1 million tonnes by 2050. The uranium and plutonium that could be extracted from that used fuel would be sufficient to provide fuel for at least 140 light

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40 years too late- Bill Gates says ctrl-alt-delete should have been one button

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says if he could go back in time, there’d be something more intuitive than the two-handed Ctrl-Alt-Delete command to interrupt a process. In 2013 Gates said it was “mistake” requiring the three keys before logging in

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China will more than double nuclear energy by mid 2020s

China plans to more than double its atomic power capacity in the next decade, bucking the trend of consolidation in western Europe and North America. The Asian nation’s expansion will contribute to a 6.6 percent increase in global nuclear capacity

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Time did not run out 1.5C Carbon countdown clock, now 20 more years

As recently as 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had indicated that there we would CO2 emissions would soon exceed the level where 1.5 degree celsius warming over the industrial (1870) level would occur. The Mercator Group has

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ASEAN has strong GDP growth

ASEAN’s combined nominal gross domestic product (GDP) is already over US$2.8 trillion (S$3.8 trillion) and if counted as a single entity, it would rank sixth in the world, behind the United States, China, Japan, India and Germany. The younger countries

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Anti-missiles shooting down at North Korea could intercept

Joe Cirincione makes the easonable case that the USA could not successfully shoot down the North Korean ICBMs. Joe Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund and the author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late. The

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Ethereum scaling to a lot more transactions

Vitalik Buterin created Ethereum. He projects that Ethereum will have Visa scale transaction per second in a couple of years. Currently Bitcoin is processing a bit less than 3 transactions per second and Ethereum is doing five a second. Uber

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Israel fighting in Syria and war with Hezbollah in Lebanon seems close

In November, 2015, Israeli officials believed that the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has amassed around 150,000 rockets, including a number of long range Iranian-made missiles capable of striking Israeli cities from north to south. The estimates represent a 50 percent

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