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Jul 24, 2016

South China Sea Dispute: Contested Seabed Contains 11 Billion Barrels Of Oil – Reports

Posted by in category: economics

Beneath the vast area in the South China Sea is potentially oil-rich grounds enough to give any country’s economy a significant boost, reports show.

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Jul 24, 2016

Boss threatens to sack staff who buy an iPhone

Posted by in category: mobile phones

When buying an iPhone in China can get you fired. My guess his motto is “Lets Make China Great Again”.

The patriotic boss in Hangzhou has also offered cash rewards of up to 2,500 Yuan for employees to switch to made-in-China phones.

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Jul 24, 2016

Russia Ready To Build Nuke-Powered Aircraft Carrier For India

Posted by in categories: government, military, nuclear energy

Russia has agreed to build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier jointly with India.

According to sources close to the Indian Navy, Kremlin recently sent a letter to the Indian Defence Ministry in which the offer was made. A senior Navy officer told the press: “A Russian military delegation offered India the Project 23000E ‘Storm’ (E stands for export-oriented, Eksportny) heavy aircraft carrier several weeks ago.” The officer, who wished to remain anonymous, said that the Narendra Modi government was considering the offer and would make a final decision soon.

Speaking at a press conference in the Indian capital a couple of days ago, the officer said: “The surface combatant is known to have a full displacement of about 100,000 tonnes and a price of about USD 5.7 billion. The proposed carrier has been jointly developed by the Krylov State Research Centre (KGNC) and the Nevskoye Design Bureau (NPKB), a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation. The building of the Project 23300 ‘Storm’ aircraft carrier is supposed to take about 10–11 years.”

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Jul 24, 2016

This unstoppable missile has Russia in its sights

Posted by in category: military


The technical details of air-to-air missiles are extremely complicated, but the concept is simple — destroy your target before the target destroys you.

One way to improve the odds is to add an air-breathing ramjet engine to give the weapon a boost. That’s the design philosophy behind the Meteor, a 419-pound rail-launched MiG killer which entered service for the first time with the Swedish air force on July 11.

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Jul 24, 2016

Artist’s vibrant murals are urban gateways to other dimensions (Video)

Posted by in category: futurism

Amazing art.

Repetitive strokes of spray paint make up these eye-popping murals that transform boring urban landscapes.

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Jul 24, 2016

‘I think this is the reason I was born,’ SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son shares his dream

Posted by in category: futurism

SoftBank’s ARM acquisition was 40 years in the making.

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Jul 24, 2016

DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge Aims To Beat Viruses for Good

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI, security

Get ready, set, GO!!!

The culmination of the Cyber Grand Challenge, the world’s first tournament of automated computer security systems hosted by DARPA, will take place next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Jul 24, 2016

AI: NASA’s Curiosity rover can now choose its own laser targets on Mars

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space


Who’s calling the shots now? After nearly four years on the job, NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally making certain scientific decisions on its own. The Martian explorer now picks some of the rock targets to blast with the laser on its ChemCam instrument.

A software upgrade known as AEGIS allows the rover to make key decisions when Mars is out of sync with Curiosity’s handlers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, delivering more data in less time. It’s the first time a robot has been able to choose such science targets autonomously on any planetary mission.

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Jul 24, 2016

Why are we still building space tech down here on Earth?

Posted by in category: space

Want to build stuff for Space; well you may need to move from earth to a spacelab. I can see the job ads “want to see and experience other planetary worlds; live for adventure, see space; sleep near Mars, etc.”

Any robust future in space will almost certainly require a way to build there — and that future might not be as far out as you think!

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Jul 24, 2016

Engineered bacteria deliver an anti cancer tumor toxin in mice before self-destructing

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

I never get tired of hearing more information on this research.

A synthetic genetic circuit programmed into an attenuated Salmonella enterica subspecies can be used to systemically deliver an anti-tumor toxin into mice with cancer. The circuit allows the bacterial cells inside a tumor to synchronously self-destruct by lysis, releasing the toxin directly in the tumor.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a strategy for using synthetic biology in therapeutics. The approach enables continual production and release of drugs at disease sites in mice while simultaneously limiting the size, over time, of the populations of bacteria engineered to produce the drugs.

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