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Canada has 5th most millionaire households in the world

Canada moved up to fifth last year on a list of countries with the most millionaire households, according to a Boston Consulting Group report that shows the United States was again at No. 1. There were 485,000 millionaire households in

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Harry Dean Stanton, actor in Alien and many other movies has died

Harry Dean Stanton died at the age of 91. He was in nearly 200 movies. He was in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dillinger (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974) (small role as FBI agent. Hey Frankie let’s

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Next Big Futures from now to 2027

In 2011 Nextbigfuture projected a Mundane Singularity, where certain emerging technologies would start to have development and impact by Dec 2016. There were various updates and the last update was in January of 2017. I need to update and alter

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Cold War and War on Terror Casualties and De-escalation

There was an analysis on Quora of the number of deaths associated with the Cold War. The USA did contain communism and then communism failed economically. The USSR and China have now converted to some form of capitalism. Although Russia

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USA Actually achieved its objective and won the Vietnam War

There is an interesting assessment of the Vietnam War. In order to determine who won and who lost the war it asks three questions (1) what was the goals of the involved parties. (2) What price did they have to

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New Approach to Simulate Chemistry with Quantum Computing

IBM scientists have developed a new approach to simulate molecules on a quantum computer that may one day help revolutionize chemistry and materials science. The scientists successfully used a seven-qubit quantum processor to address the molecular structure problem for beryllium

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UK Shows off mockup of 50 kw combat laser mounted in turret

The UK showed a mockup of a 50 kw Dragon Fire combat laser mounted in a turret. Dragonfire system will be a 50kW class directed energy weapon designed for use on both land and sea. Laser weapons have key advantages

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Japan trials driverless cars and buses to move aging population

Japan is starting to experiment with self-driving buses in rural communities such as Nishikata, 115 km (71 miles) north of the capital, Tokyo, where elderly residents struggle with fewer bus and taxi services as the population ages and shrinks. The

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Russian rockets, proliferation and space and military missile programs

Ron Paul has made the argument that the USA should continue to buy the Russian RD-180 rocket which was permitted since 1995. The RD-180 is a rocket engine designed and built in Russia. It features a dual combustion chamber, dual-nozzle

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Biotech Breakthrough Could Save Millions Of Lives And Billions Of Dollars

Someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes in the United States. Globally, 15 million people suffer a stroke every year. It’s debilitating physically and financially—but one little-known company has developed a medical device that hopes to challenge that deadly

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Intel and Tencent cooporating on Blockchain

Tencent also signed a cooperation framework agreement with Intel to develop blockchain technology for Tencent’s TUSI IoT (Internet of Things) laboratory and promote the establishment of security capabilities in Internet of Things applications. Blockchain is a new application mode in

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Germany will fall short of 2020 emissions target by around amount of shuttered German nuclear power

The German government has targeted a 40 percent reduction of GHG emissions by 2020, as compared to 1990 levels, but with less than three years to go the country remains far from achieving that goal. Berlin already admitted that the

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10% of US households could be millionaires by 2021 and other millionaire insights

The number of U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more, not including primary residence (NIPR), increased by 400,000 to reach a record 10.8 million in 2016, according to Spectrem Group’s Market Insights Report 2017. In every

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Massive geothermal plants would generate Gigawatts of power and prevent Supervolcano risk

Brian Wilcox of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology came to the conclusion that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat. There are around 20 known supervolcanoes on Earth, with

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China mostly fixing its GDP statistics problems by 2019

Fifteen years ago, if you added up the gross domestic product of all China’s 31 provinces, you’d get a number more than 10 per cent larger than the official national total. By around 2019, the country will “nearly eliminate” that

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Science Fiction author Jerry Pournelle has died

Instapundit relayed information from Alex Pournelle that Science Fiction author Jerry Pournelle has died. Wikipedia also confirms the death of Jerry Pournelle. Jerry Pournelle wrote online at Chaos Manor. In 1985, Footfall, in which Robert A. Heinlein was a thinly

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Putin, China, USA see Artificial Intelligence as key to future geopolitical power

Putin addressed 16000 Russian Schools with the following statement: “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind,” he said, via live video beamed to 16,000 selected schools. “Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will

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Russia getting 100 new Armata tanks and USA upgrades Abrams again

The Russian Ground Forces are expected to receive up to 100 third-generation T-14 Armata main battle tanks (MBT), by 2020 and not the old plan for 2500 new tanks by 2020. The T-14, an armored vehicle based on the “Armata”

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Billionaire Paul Allen funds sensors to measure three times deeper in the ocean

Every day, 3800 robotic floats bob up and down, tracking temperatures in the world’s oceans, which sop up an estimated 90% of the heat from global warming. In the course of a decade, the international Argo array has provided one

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Breakthrough toward highly scalable silicon quantum processor

Nature Communications – Silicon quantum processor with robust long-distance qubit couplings Practical quantum computers require a large network of highly coherent qubits, interconnected in a design robust against errors. Donor spins in silicon provide state-of-the-art coherence and quantum gate fidelities,

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