Lockheed confirms it’s building the unmanned hypersonic SR-72 aircraft
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The next generation of aircraft, and warfare, will be hypersonic and as China and Russia make big advances in the space the US is stepping up its game   The US has been playing around with hypersonic aircraft for decades now, the most public... Read more
Travel to Mars for $200,000 on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Express
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk wants you to live on Mars but today’s ticket price of $10 Billion is too high for most individuals so he has a plan to get it down to just $200,000   Last year Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla,... Read more
Maiden flight of SpaceX rocket that will take tourists to the Moon lifts off in three months
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Falcon Heavy will be one of largest rockets ever built and one day it could be the spacecraft that makes Humanity an interplanetary species   Elon Musk has been tweeting again and this time he’s telling everyone that the highly anticipated Falcon Heavy... Read more
Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where threats can lurk anywhere authorities are calling out for new surveillance systems that can watch entire areas, or cities, in real time, and industry is answering them   Yesterday at the Paris Airshow Elbit Systems, an Israeli defence company, demonstrated their... Read more
NASA gets ready to trial SEXTANT, its galactic navigation technology
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are no accurate maps of deep space but now NASA are creating their own deep space Galactic Positioning System (GPS) using pulsars as galactic beacons   If you want to travel in deep space, for example, aboard Stephen Hawking’s interstellar spaceship, which admittedly... Read more
Russian researchers have created a ‘Quantum safe’ blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s quantum computers will be able to crack at least seventy percent of all today’s encryption algorithms within minutes, but now Russia says they’ve created the ultimate, secure blockchain technology   Researchers at the Russian Quantum Center (RQC) announced earlier this week that they’ve... Read more
Watch: SpaceX sticks another great landing
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SpaceX’s re-useable rockets have helped revolutionise and lower the cost of space exploration, and the Falcon 9 just stuck another landing   SpaceX, whose larger reusable Falcon Heavy rockets will one day take colonists to Mars, successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket for the... Read more
Hackers have found a new way to hack Samsung’s iris security system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric security systems are awesome, until they’re hacked, and increasingly companies and individuals are finding that their latest and greatest biometric security systems are easier to hack than the password systems they replaced   Criminals know you love taking selfies, and they love your... Read more
Terrorists are using ‘Photo morph’ fraud to circumvent border security
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies race to create new biometric security systems, criminals are busy finding new ways to beat them and the Photo Morph is the latest example   Biometric systems, like the ones being rolled out in the airports in Australia,  were supposed to be... Read more
World first as scientists create the first Black Hole on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It can be said that science fiction writers have a love affair with black holes, and now a team of American scientists have managed to spontaneously create a molecule sized one here on Earth   Black holes are without question the most powerful objects... Read more
Space adventurers could be the first true ‘Designer humans’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space is the harshest environment known to man and the idea of creating the world’s first genetically altered humans who can survive its extremes “naturally” without the need to take their artificial environments with them is gaining traction   At last year’s International Astronautical Congress... Read more
DARPA splurges $50million to help spies upload information to their brains ‘Matrix’ style
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You think that it’s inevitable that the machines will come for your job, but as we get closer to being able to upload knowledge to our brains “Matrix” style, the tables could be about to turn…   Being a spy, or a solider for... Read more
The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The colossal distances involved in getting to Mars means that shipping equipment to Mars will be an expensive herculean effort so experts want everything to be made in situ   A new 3D printing technique could let the first humans on Mars print everything... Read more
Researchers have captured the first images of a Dark Matter web
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dark matter makes up 25% of the known, and unknown, universe but very little is known about it, however bit by bit it’s giving up it’s mysteries   Researchers at the University of Waterloo have captured the first composite image of a dark matter... Read more
A theoretical physicist just found a way for us to reach Light Speed
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Travelling at light speeds, or “Warp,” is standard fare for every sci-fi film, but now, even though there are significant technological barriers to overcome, it looks like we could achieve it…   The fun world of theoretical physics frees us all from the shackles... Read more
US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The automation of war, and warfare, is accelerating as countries race to embrace new AI powered autonomous platforms   The US Marines, who recently announced they want their own fully autonomous F-35’s are getting their “Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology” platform, also... Read more
The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone
  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Militaries around the world are weaponising AI and drones to create semi, or fully, autonomous weapons platforms and the pace of development is accelerating   Earlier this week the US Air Force (USAF) announced that it has managed to turn  an F-16 fighter... Read more
Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike powered rocket set for 2018 launch
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s rockets are expensive, complex multi stage systems, but ARCA’s new Aerospike powered rocket will be the world’s first single stage rocket to travel from Earth to orbit   Today, every rocket that’s launched into space is what is known in the... Read more
Russia gets ready to test its new, ‘unbeatable’ hypersonic missile system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hypersonic weapons have the ability to change the balance of global warfare and render many of today’s defensive weapons systems obsolete   The race to develop unstoppable weapons capable of defeating all of today’s military defence systems is getting much too close for comfort,... Read more
SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Re-using rockets, let alone the world’s largest, is fraught with technical challenges but Musk is confident he can overcome them and dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration   On Friday, after the successful re-use of its Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk surprised people... Read more
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