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
SpaceX makes history launching its first recycled rocket
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to re-use rockets cuts the cost of launches down by a hundred fold, paving the way for cheaper, more affordable space travel   Earlier today SpaceX successfully demonstrated their ability to re-use a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket – the same rocket that... Read more
Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People have been using satellites to take photos of the Earth for decades but until now you’ve never been able to search it to find things of interest, or combine it with other data to identify patterns   Recently a company called Planet increased... Read more
The US Army just 3D printed a grenade launcher and grenades
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will let armies print bespoke weapons and equipment out in the field on demand and change military supply chains, and warfare forever   3D printing has come a long way, companies are using it to print new buildings and sneakers, doctors are... Read more
Jeff Bezos announces plans to create the world’s first Moon delivery service
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As agencies around the world race to begin establishing bases and villages on the Moon we’re going to need a company that can help transport all the equipment and supplies   The cost of going into space has plummeted over the past few years,... Read more
Researchers have created a Dark Matter map of the universe
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dark matter makes up over eighty percent of the universe and holds our galaxies together so being able to map it could help us understand how galaxies and the universe formed   For the first time ever scientists at Yale University have figured out... Read more
US Army to develop artificial human skin and powdered blood
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blood has to be stored carefully, and skin is in short supply but new developments would mean they’re available anywhere, anytime   Researchers, doctors and bio-technicians at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research are working on new, more efficient ways to administer blood... Read more
Elon Musk announced SpaceX is sending two private citizens to the Moon
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Man hasn’t returned to the Moon since first landing on it 45 years ago, and this will be the first time we go back   Yesterday afternoon at 4PM EST SpaceX CEO and polymath Elon Musk, who was recently in Dubai selling 200 self-driving... Read more
NASA’s possible-impossible plasma engine roars into life
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that humanity will one day become an interstellar species and engines like these might be the ones to get us there, wherever “there” is   Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and looks through a porthole cut into the side... Read more
Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of devices today that are too small, or lack the computing power to accommodate a traditional camera, new micro-cameras overcome all those issues   It seems that you can’t go anywhere nowadays without a camera tracking you but as ubiquitous as... Read more
Researchers hack classified air gapped systems using drones and LED’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Air gapped systems are used to hold and protect top secret data, and they’re becoming increasingly vulnerable to hacks   Air gapped computer systems have always held a special fascination for hackers – firstly because of the challenge that surrounds being able to hack... Read more
NASA just discovered seven Earth like planets
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more Earth like planets we discover the more new homes we find for humanity when we finally become an interstellar species   Not just one, but seven Earth sized planets that could potentially harbour life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too... Read more
Massive new satellite network can watch everyone on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new, bolstered, space satellite system to keep watch over the world   Planet, a global satellite company, who recently bought mini-sat company Terra Bella from Google, is used to breaking records. In 2014, a rocket exploded with a payload of 26 of the... Read more
Scientists get ready to take the world’s first photo of a Black Hole
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Taking a photo of a Black Hole was always thought to be impossible, until now and it’s going to be awesome   Scientists believe they are on the verge of obtaining the first ever picture of a black hole, and in order to accomplish... Read more
Dubai heads to Mars, announces 2117 colonisation plans
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai and the UAE aren’t just shining a light on the future, they’re building it, and now their latest ambition is to colonise Mars   Earlier this week Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined Elon... Read more
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