A review my favorite space launch and propulsion systems

Accelerating future had reviewed systems for getting into space in 2006 I had covered the EM drive but is definitely one of the long shots with a lot of unknowns in the science (ie. I seriously doubt that it will work). My preferences are for: Bussard IEC fusion earth to orbit spaceship. Credit: Tom Ligon …

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Thermoelectronic advances

Recent quantum dots are three times better than thermoelectric devices from the mid-1990’s. There are quantum wells that get 4.5ZT. Vehicle efficiency technology gets about 176 million per year The new thermoelectronics are not magic technology. They are part of one of the highest value US government research programs. The advanced versions should be ready …

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Carnival of Space week 31

Carnival of space 31 is up at outofthecradle.net My contribution is my article on combining the newly announced nuclear “battery” with Vasimr plasma propulsion engine technology. there is discussion about the Chinese space program which currently has a probe orbiting the moon There is discussion about the economic develop of the moon Out of the …

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Stabilizing Iraq using In depth understanding and connection with the local people

A seven section article from Wired about how the situation in Iraq has been stabilized. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, …

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Molecular map for aging created for Mice

Previous studies have studied gene expression changes during aging in just one tissue. The new work stands out because it is much larger and more complete, including aging data for 16 different tissues and containing over 5.5 million expression measurements. One noteworthy result is that some tissues (such as the thymus, eyes and lung) show …

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Nuclear battery can be used to help blunt peak oil

The technology recognized is a self-stabilizing nuclear power source invented by Dr. Otis Peterson. It is a compact device capable of generating high levels of thermal power and is self-regulating to a constant temperature of operation. I think that a few thousand of these devices should be used for enhanced recovery of oil from the …

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Google funding renewable energy cheaper than coal

Google is funding renewable energy cheaper than coal Google.org is working with two companies that have promising scalable energy technologies: eSolar Inc., a Pasadena, CA-based company specializing in solar thermal power which replaces the fuel in a traditional power plant with heat produced from solar energy. eSolar’s technology has great potential to produce utility-scale power …

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