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China's Second Aircraft Carrier (Shandong) to Start Sea Trials

China's second aircraft carrier might conduct its first sea trials in February, military analysts said after Taiwan media reported that China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning sailed near the island on Friday. China launched itsShow More Summary

Russia is Expanding its Naval Base in Syria

A plan to expand the Russian naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus has been formally approved in Moscow. On 29 December Russian President Vladimir Putin formally signed into law a plan that was agreed by Moscow and Damascus on 18 January 2017. Show More Summary

China is Banning Bitcoin Miners

As China’s crackdown on cryptocurrencies broadens to bitcoin miners, some of the industry’s biggest players are shifting operations overseas. Bitmain, which runs China’s two largest bitcoin-mining collectives, is setting up regional headquarters in Singapore and now has mining operations in the U.S. Show More Summary

Terminator Times #40

Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles): The US will provide Lebanon with ScanEagle drones. A drone struck a US Army helicopter.The US Army Research Lab designed quickly 3d printable drones. The USAF is retiring the MQ-1 Predator this summer.The...Show More Summary

Thales Alenia Participating With THree Companies in Studying the Deep Space Gateway

Thales Alenia Space is partnering with three U.S. companies that are working on NASA studies of concepts for the proposed Deep Space Gateway, leveraging its expertise in space station and cargo module development. Thales announced Dec. Show More Summary

China is Building 2 Molten Salt Thorium Reactors

The cash is to develop two “molten salt” reactors in the Gobi Desert in northern China. Researchers hope that if they can solve a number of technical problems the reactors will lead to a range of applications, including nuclear-powered...Show More Summary

Stealth Saga #70

Su-57: The F-35 hater team is now hating on the Su-57. The Su-57 will start production in 2018 (supposedly) with 12 'pre-production' aircraft delivered in 2019.The Su-57 is making progress on the engine and other development milestones, but concerns remain. Show More Summary

NASA Evaluating Placing Deep Space Gateway Propulsion Module on EM-2 SLS Launch

While NASA engages spacecraft industry help in studying concepts for design, development, test, and evaluation of the Power Propulsion Element (PPE), it is also studying where the anchor component of the proposed Deep Space Gateway (DSG) would orbit the Moon and how it would get there when launched as a part of Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2). link.

How the US Says Russia Violated the INF Treaty

The word is that U.S. administration has finally identified the cruise missile that it suspects to violate the INF Treaty. In his remarks at the Wilson Center, Christopher Ford of the National Security Council said that the missile is known in Russia as 9M729. Show More Summary

Pondering the Precambrian #7

Proterozoic: NeoProterzoic:The Tarim Craton may have been connected to the North India Block rather than Australia within the supercontinent of Rodinia during the Tonian.Has evidence of mountain building during the Tonian been foundShow More Summary

WISE & NEOWISE Cannot Find Planet Nine

A 3pi Search for Planet Nine at 3.4 microns with WISE and NEOWISEAuthors:Meisner et alAbstract:The recent 'Planet Nine' hypothesis has led to many observational and archival searches for this giant planet proposed to orbit the Sun at hundreds of astronomical units. Show More Summary

Coinbase was Supporting Bitcoin Cash

We’re excited to announce that customers will be able to buy, sell, send and receive Bitcoin Cash on Coinbase. You can read more about Bitcoin Cash on our FAQ page. Sends and receives are available immediately. Buys and sells will be available to all customers once there is sufficient liquidity on GDAX. Show More Summary

Has Russia Given up on Developing a Rail Based Nuclear Missile?

A news article published on Russian government daily newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Dec. 2 says Moscow has given up on the development of a rail-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). link.So it seems.But then, this isn't the first time the rail based nuclear weapons have been canceled. And revived.

Terminator Times #39

Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/UAVs): The US Air Force is incorporating the laser guided small diameter bomb on its Reapers.Two dozen Reapers are being sent to be based in Florida.Niger approved armed US drones in its country. Some think this is a bad idea. Show More Summary

India Preparing for March 2018 Chandrayaan-2 Lunar Mission

The launch of the next Moon mission could be just four months away. India plans to return to the Moon in a big way with the ambitious Chandrayaan-2, which includes an orbiter, lander, and a small rover. If it all succeeds, it will be...Show More Summary

Europe Wants its own X-37B, called the Space Rider

Space Rider is a re-entry vehicle, the evolution of the IXV (Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, launched by Vega in February 2015), capable of ‘navigating’ up to 2 months in low Earth orbit before returning to earth. Re-entry enables the recovery of all the useful load that can be analysed, and the vehicle to be reused for a new mission. Show More Summary

Stealth Saga #69

Have Blue & Tacit Blue: A test pilot that flew both the Tacit Blue and Have Blue prototypes recounts his experiences. X-2: Japan will conclude the X-2 program in March 2018. The RCS was better than expected and all the data required was gathered in 34 flights. Show More Summary

A/2017 U1 "Oumuamua:" More on our Interstellar Visitor

Systematic takes another look at the strange visitor.Scientists are dazzled by our interstellar visitor.The visitor is definitely weird.Is Oumuamua really interstellar in nature?Where did Oumuamua come from? The Local Association? From...Show More Summary

Russian Test the Moscow Missile Defense System

On November 23, 2017 the Air and Space Defense Forces (VKS) conducted a successful test of an interceptor of the Moscow missile defense system. The test took place at the Sary-Shagan test site. The launch was conducted by the crews of the VKS air and missile defense army. link.

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