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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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China test fired new missiles

China has conducted a number of weapons tests, which included the launch of a new missile type in the northeastern Bohai Sea close to the Korean Peninsula, the Information Bureau of China’s Ministry of National Defense announced on May 9.

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Molecular magnets closer to application in quantum computing

In a Nature Communications publication, the results of the collaboration between scientists of the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), the University of Parma, ISIS and the University of Manchester, the (Cr7Ni)2 dimer has been used as a benchmark system to demonstrate the

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Carnival of Space 508

The Carnival of Space 508 is up at The Evolving Planet Universe Today – Only 10 Light-Years Away, there’s a Baby Version of the Solar System Astronomers are understandanly fascinated with the Epsilon Eridani system. For one, this star system

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Containment, Marshall Plans and Global Power

Many analysis of global power and being a superpower often compare nations or regional power blocs based upon who would win or lose in an all out military conflict. Nations and groups can also analyze situations and potential conflicts and

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Device generates power while purifying air of air pollution

Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven have succeeded in developing a process that purifies air and, at the same time, generates power. The device must only be exposed to light in order to function. “We use a

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Printing at over 125000 dots per inch or 400 times the resolution of an iPhone 7 display

A new printing process can print images at 100,000 dpi, suggesting much higher resolution than can be obtained using pigmenting. Some test images were just 50 nanometres wide and were printed at a resolution of 127,000 DPI (dots per inch).

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Pro-EU Macron wins French Presidency

Pre-election polls had forecast a sizable Macron victory, and he appeared to have delivered, with projections issued after polls closed showing him with around 65 percent of the vote. Macron promised to reform two institutions notoriously resistant to change: the

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Spacex set for second booster relaunch in June

SpaceX’s second re-launch of a previously used Falcon 9 rocket booster is targeted for next month, for a mission launching a Bulgarian communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center. The turnaround time between missions will be significantly shorter — five months

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A Crazier World would make Bitcoin and Etherium Stronger

Bitcoin and Etherium have been surging for months. There seems to be an increasing amount of capital flows into bitcoin from around the globe. “The biggest driver right now is you’re starting to see institutional investors take a keen interest

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UK team indicates over 50 photons needed for Boson Sampling Quantum Supremacy

Scott Aaronson talked about the China quantum computer researchers achieving 5 photon boson sampling and the theoretical work of a Bristol team. The Bristol give numerical evidence that BosonSampling, with n photons and m modes, can be approximately simulated by

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China builds five qubit quantum computer sampling and will scale to 20 qubits by end of this year and could any beat regular computer next year

Chinese researchers have built a 10 qubit quantum computer. China builds ten qubit quantum computer, They will scale to 20 qubits by end of this year and could beat the performance of any regular computer next year with a 30

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US Navy To Field New Drones, Combat Lasers and ships with Railguns

The US Navy is making progress developing unmanned systems and directed energy weapons. Congress would like to see more effort operationalizing and fielding these technologies. The Navy has done a good job getting test versions of the laser weapon system

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China’s One Belt One could be many trillions in investment in the 2020s

China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative is likely to have “modest” short-term impact on total investment and overall economic growth in the vast region, says Oxford Economics. Launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, OBOR aims to create

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First body transplant will be in China within ten months

Prof. Sergio Canavero, a neurosurgeon from Torino, Italy, is planning the world’s first transplantation of a human head (aka body transplant) within ten months. He gave an interview to OOOM magazine. Sergio is together with various teams in the US,

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