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Branson Unveils 1,400mph Airliner

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Want to have lunch in London and dinner in New York? Denver-based Boom Supersonic plans to make that a possibility.

An image of Boom Supersonic’s first prototype. Image courtesy of Boom Supersonic

News of the exciting technology first broke in April, but Boom Supersonic has finally unveiled its first prototype

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Japan to Build World Record Computer

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Japan is reportedly planning to build a 130-petaflops supercomputer costing $173 million (£131 million) that is due for completion next year.

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Satoshi Sekiguchi, a director-general at Japan’s ‎National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, where the computer will be built, told Reuters: “As far as we know, there

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Huge Smog Filter is Apparently Working in China

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Studio Roosegaarde‘s smog-sucking vacuum tower is actually cleaning up the air in China.

Smog Filter

The Smog Free Tower has been installed in Beijing, a city notorious for its air pollution, and the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently announced the air around the tower is in

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Airbus: Where’s Our Flying Car!

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European aerospace giant Airbus has quietly lifted the curtain on an ambitious Silicon Valley project called Vahana. It’s a pilotless passenger aircraft that aims to someday add a vertical component to your commute.

Think of Uber-like air taxis that can beat the traffic on Highway 101 by flying over it. Airbus has shared few details

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TrackingPoint: Precision Guided Rifle Bullets (Video)

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Automatic Ballistics Guidance system

 

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U.S. and Brits Jointly Developing Cyber Attack Offensive

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British spies are developing an offensive cyber capability to attack terrorists, hackers and rogue states, finance minister George Osborne said on Tuesday (17 November) after warning that Islamic State (Isis) militants wanted to launch deadly cyber-attacks of their own. Osborne said IS fighters were trying to develop the ability to attack Britains infrastructure such as

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Will the World’s Strangest Reactor Save Fusion?

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If you’ve heard of fusion energy, you’ve probably heard of tokamaks. These doughnut-shaped devices are meant to cage ionized gases called plasmas in magnetic fields while heating them to the outlandish temperatures needed for hydrogen nuclei to fuse. Tokamaks are the workhorses of fusion—solid, symmetrical, and relatively straightforward to engineer—but progress with them has

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Drone Piloting Schools Opening Across China

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New aviation schools are opening across China to meet a growing demand for commercial pilots to fly small, remote-controlled aircraft, or drones.

It is estimated the country’s maintenance, mapping, filming and agricultural industries will need more than 10,000 drone pilots this year.

There are currently less than 1,000 people licensed to

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Another Major Stride Made in Quantum Computing (Video)

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The significant advance, by a team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney appears today in the international journal Nature.

Artist’s impression of the two-qubit logic gate device developed at UNSW. Each electron qubit (red and blue in the image) has a ‘spin’, or magnetic field, indicated by the arrows. Metal

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A Dry Run to Save Earth?

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Scientists are preparing to send two spacecraft to knock an asteroid off course, as part of a practice for what they would do if a rock was threatening the future of humanity.

Artistic Concept of Asteroid Deflection

The joint US-European Aida (Asteroid Deflection & Assessment) mission will send a small spacecraft to crash into

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Google’s Military Robot Test by USMC

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Spot is electrically operated and walks on four hydraulically actuated legs The latest version of a walking, quadruped battlefield robot from Boston Dynamics, the military robotics maker owned by Google X, was tested by U.S. Marines last week.Spot weighs about 70kgs, is electrically operated and walks on four hydraulically-actuated legs. It’s controlled via wireless

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Concerns Over Latest F-35 Testing…. Will it Ever End?

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After nearly 15 years of schedule delays and highly criticized cost increases, U.S. military officials and defense contractors confidently proclaimed the much maligned Joint Strike Fighter program back on track when the Marine Corps declared its version of the F-35 fighter jet combat-ready last month.

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However, the fifth generation

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DOJ Issues New Guidelines for Cell Phone Snooping

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The DOJ has issued new guidelines governing stingray use that bring such deployments into marginally better alignment with fundamental civil rights — but there are some significant limitations to the new policies as well.

Stingray Cell Snooper

First, the good news: The new recommendations specifically state that these devices are to be used in

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An Interesting Yet Disturbing Progression in Artificial Intelligence

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Androids are being developed that have an uncanny resemblance to people. A pinnacle example is an android crafted by roboticist David Hanson that resembles the famous and deceased science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. What makes android Dick so remarkable isn’t so much his appearance as it is his ability to hold an intelligent conversation.

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A Computer Algorithm can now Accurately (100%) Predict if you will Develop Psychosis

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A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode. Although the language of thinking is deliberate—let me think, I have to do some thinking—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; thoughts occur suddenly and escape

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Current State of Cryogenic Sleep

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Long-term cryogenic sleep or hibernation may be useful for space travel. But with NASA backing out of the project, earthbound applications may be more likely.

Cryotubes Keeping the Space Faring Robinson Family in “Stasis” During their Journey

NASA wants to make space travel to Mars efficient — by transporting astronauts while they sleep during

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Nearly Complete Brain Grown by Researchers

The tiny brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, is not conscious. Photograph: Ohio State University

Research team say tiny brain could be used to test drugs and study diseases, but scientific peers urge caution as data on breakthrough kept under wraps

The tiny brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, is not conscious. Photograph: Ohio State University

An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab

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IBM’s Brain Inspired Processor

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The TrueNorth chip is based on non–von Neumann architecture using contemporary silicon technology.

IBM True North Neuro-synaptic Processor

Scientists have developed a brain inspired computer chip which mimics the neurons inside your brain.

The chip consumes just 70 milliwatts of power and can perform 46 billion synaptic operations per second.

Since

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The Artificial Leaf?

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Melbourne researchers say it may only be a matter of years before the artificial leaf is fueling every community, house and car on the planet.

The machine they have designed relies on a so-far largely untapped fuel source — hydrogen — and draws heavily on the plant process of photosynthesis, in which

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China Rolls Out Humanless Factory

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The gravest fear that has rippled through humanity from the technology industry is that, someday, almost all of our jobs will be replaced by robots.

While that fear is often laughed off as something that will only happen far into the future, the truth is that it’s actually happening right now.

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