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Sep 11, 2016

Tech groups urging Congress to sue Obama admin to block giving control of Internet to authoritarian regimes

Posted by in categories: energy, government, internet

An alliance of technology organizations and conservatives are urging Congress to file suit against the Obama administration to block the transference of control over Internet domain names to an international board. The alliance claims that doing so will give authoritarian regimes power to decide who can and cannot have a presence on the web, Fox News reported Saturday.

Since 1998, a division of the U.S. Commerce Department called the National Telecommunications Information Administration, or NTIA, has issued domain names. But in September the Obama administration is set to allow the U.S. government’s contract to lapse so that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will then be operated by a global board of directors, and the responsibility will fall to it instead.

Critics of the administration’s decision fear that it will allow Russia, China and Iran to then have a stake in governing the Internet, giving them “de facto” power to tax domain names and quash free speech.

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Sep 11, 2016

How Israel Stole the Bomb

Posted by in categories: materials, military

Exclusive: When Israel launched a covert scheme to steal material and secrets to build a nuclear bomb, U.S. officials looked the other way and obstructed investigations, as described in a book reviewed by James DiEugenio.

By James DiEugenio

In 1968, CIA Director Richard Helms was presented with a disturbing National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) stating that Israel had obtained atomic weapons, a dangerous development that occurred earlier than the CIA had anticipated.

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Sep 11, 2016

Latest SpaceX-plosion Sparks a Legal Battle in Israel — The Motley Fool

Posted by in categories: law, space travel

But last week’s disaster in Florida could leave SpaceX still mostly unscathed.

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Sep 11, 2016

Cybathlon: World’s first ‘bionic Olympics’ gears up

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, transhumanism


Competitors prepare for a contest involving electronic arms and robotic exoskeletons.

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Sep 11, 2016

16 Scientists From China To Watch

Posted by in category: futurism

Interesting read.

The Asian superpower is boosting basic research funding in its 13th five-year plan—a boon for this list of scientists and the wider R&D community.

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Sep 11, 2016

China’s first sky train off assembly line

Posted by in category: transportation

All aboard the Sky Train.

China’s first sky trains came off the assembly line in the city of Nanjing on Saturday, with China becoming the third country to master sky train technology, after Germany and Japan.

The Nanjing Puzhen Company Limited, affiliated to China’s largest State-owned rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Corporation Limited (China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation), took only four months to design and complete the elevated railway trains, said CRRC.

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Sep 11, 2016

Largest global innovation conference to kick off in Russia

Posted by in categories: business, economics

Moscow, Sep 11 (IANS) The announcement of the Russia-US ceasefire deal for Syria, paving the way for new negotiations on the latter’s future, comes ahead of a major global conference here next week under the auspices of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).

The Spain-headquartered IASP is the largest worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation, uniting technology parks, business incubators and institutions, and it has a Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Its mandate is to contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology.

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Sep 11, 2016

US Air Force advances rocket technology

Posted by in categories: energy, military, satellites

The United States is one step closer to eliminating its reliance on Russian technology to launch its military satellites.

The Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator, a U.S. Air Force technology effort focused on development of Oxygen Rich Staged Combustion rocket engine technology, has recently completed its first full-scale component test at 100-percent power.

The development of Oxygen Rich Staged Combustion technology has been deemed a critical technology for the nation to help eliminate the United States’ reliance on foreign rocket propulsion technology.

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Sep 11, 2016


Posted by in category: military

F-35 with Lasers.

Absolutely” put laser guns on its f-35s.

As if the F-35 wasn’t enough of a technological marvel already, now the military wants to stick laser guns on it. But who will build them?

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Sep 11, 2016

Will Quantum Computers Transform The Next Century?

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

Hmmmm; I suggest that “Kate” needs to follow up with the research teams at the University of Sydney, MIT, ORNL, and University of China who have already proven and shared insights and techniques to stabilize QC, make it scalable (as we are already seeing Google leverage), and trace particles throughout entanglement. I really do not like ready articles that misleads the public because the author was lazy in not doing their own research and homework on their topics.

Today I’d like to speak about quantum computers and to share my ideas of their purpose in the nearest future. As you know, applying the laws of quantum mechanics it’s actually possible to create a new type of computing machine, enabling to solve some of the issues, being currently unable to resolve even upon the use of the most powerful machines. As a result, the speed of major complex computations will significantly increase, for instance, the messages sent via quantum coupling lines will be impossible to capture or to copy. Sounds quite fantastic, isn’t it? Furthermore, today we already have working prototypes of future quantum computers. So, let’s consider this topic more precisely.

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