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Carnival of Space 518

The Carnival of Space 518 is up at Everyday Spacer Blasting News – Moon Express reveals its plans for private lunar exploration The first probe Moon Express intends to launch is the Lunar Scout, which the company hopes to launch

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Unsinkable aluminum foam

Russians have added porosity to aluminum so that it can be lower density than water. Ships with porous aluminum foam would be unsinkable even with holes in the hull so long as the water that leaks in does not go

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Engineering for athletes to exceed their limits

MIT 3-Sigma Sports aims to solve the biggest engineering problems across sports. The program connecting students and faculty with alumni and industry partners who work together to improve athletic performance by using engineering to enhance endurance, speed, accuracy, and agility

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Supertiny cameras could shrink from pill size to dust size

The pill-sized cameras in today’s mobile phones may seem miraculously tiny, given that a decade ago the smallest cameras available for retail sale were the size of a pack of cards. Ali Hajimiri of the California Institute of Technology will

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Impossible Mission Moonbase Commander dead at 89

Martin Landau played a master of disguise on the Mission: Impossible TV series, Commander John Koenig and as a broken-down Bela Lugosi in his Oscar-winning performance in Ed Wood, has died. He was 89. He attended the Actors Studio, becoming

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Google Robot factory raises sterile mosquitos, automated device will release a million per week

Debug Fresno is a study in the summer of 2017, pending approval from state and federal regulators, to test a potential mosquito control method using sterile insect technique. The study would be conducted by Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District, MosquitoMate, and

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Dockless bike sharing problems

Obike has been told to remove its “obstructive” bicycles from some London streets, just days after it launched a cycle-hire scheme to rival ‘Boris Bikes’ in London. Apparently Amsterdam which is the granddaddy of bikesharing has had issues with bikes

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Canada and some other NATO countries plan to increase defense spending

Defense spending by NATO countries has generally been declining as a percent of GDP for the last 25 years. Canada is currently spending at 1% of GDP and most NATO countries are below a 2% of GDP agreement. Canada plans

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GA 3 megajoule railgun firing and building new 10 megajoule railgun in 2018

In May, 2017, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced they successfully fired hypersonic projectiles with an enhanced Guidance Electronics Unit (GEU). They were successful in tests during multiple firings from their three mega joule (3 MJ) Blitzer™ railgun system. The

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Super tiny drones will be made with computer chips that are 100 times more energy efficient

Engineers have worked made drones the size of a bumblebee and loaded them with even tinier sensors and cameras. Almost every part of a drone has been made smaller, except for the brains of the entire operation — the computer

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Atomic Cloud Observations go beyond Heisenberg limits

Researchers used laser light to link caesium atoms and a vibrating membrane. The research, the first of its kind, points to sensors capable of measuring movement with unseen precision beyond Heisenberg limits. A number of experiments – demonstrate that Heisenberg’s

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Over 99% of available solar spectrum captured with new 44.5% efficient solar cell

Scientists have designed and constructed a prototype for a new solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the energy in the solar spectrum. The new design converts direct sunlight to

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Improved artificial spider silk created

Researchers have made improved artificial spider silk, and it is ‘spun’ from a material that is 98% water. The fibers, which resemble miniature bungee cords as they can absorb large amounts of energy, are sustainable, non-toxic and can be made

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Very small modular nuclear fission reactors for military and space applications

The Defense Science Board has a 99 page report which proposes that the US military fund the development of very small nuclear reactors for forward remote operating bases. The Task Force reviewed several nuclear reactor concepts that differ in size

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Harvard projects 7.7% annual GDP growth from now to 2025 for India

The Center for International Development at Harvard University (CID) has GDP growth projections from now to 2025. Canada and Japan have surprisingly high average GDP growth from 2017 to 2025. If China were to maintain 1.54% more growth than the

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Carnival of Space 517

1. The Evolving Planet – United States to experience first coast to coast total solar eclipse in 100 years! The solar eclipse will be most visible along a path that goes from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21. 2.

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Why education, healthcare and some other things cost ten times more than they used to and ten times more than elsewhere

There are many examples where costs have gone up well over ten times in education, healthcare and other areas but have not had the proportional improvement. Some importnant things cost 10 times as much, 10 times more than they used

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AI determines that more educated residents and not raw income improves neighborhoods

Four years ago, researchers at MIT’s Media Lab developed a computer vision system that can analyze street-level photos taken in urban neighborhoods in order to gauge how safe the neighborhoods would appear to human observers. Now, in an attempt to

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SENS antiaging progress

Fightaging reviews 15 years of SENS antiaging research. Go to this link to donate to SENS where your money can have the most impact on improving human longevity. Here is the highlights of since 2015. 2015 * The SENS Research

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Breakthrough high temperature ceramic for hypersonic planes and much more

Materials that can withstand very high temperatures well over 2000 degrees (up to 3000 degrees celsius) can enable hypersonic vehicle, better rockets, better reentry vehicles and other space and military applications. The new material ihas a rate of material loss

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