Lightbridge planning first full scale nuclear reactor tests for metallic fuel that could uprate existing reactors by 10 to 17%

Lightbridge, a nuclear engineering company based in Tysons Corner, Virginia, is planning the first tests in a full-scale reactor of new fuel rods that have been engineered to boost power output of existing nuclear reactors by 10 to 17 percent. Crucially, the tests will determine whether the technology can work safely. Inserted in a conventional …

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China, Russia and Canada win big in a warmed world and India and Africa lose big

[Ludwig Maximilians University] Russia, Canada and China are projected to gain farmland this century as the world warms up due to climate change, even as global crop-growing capacity may decline, a German study showed. Climate change could add 5.6 million square kilometers (2.2 million square miles) of land for crops in the 2071-2100 period compared …

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Carnival of Space 373

The Carnival of Space 373 is up at Photos to Space Universe Today – What Is This Bizarre Ball That The Curiosity Rover Found On Mars? Universe Today – India’s MOM Captures First Image of the Red Planet Nextbigfuture – By merging two seemingly conflicting theories, Laura Mersini-Houghton has mathematically proven black holes can never …

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Revolution in Seamless Intelligence by 2022

Nine technical leaders within the IEEE Computer Society surveying the current states and progressions of 23 different technologies that could change the computer industry by 2022. The technologies include 3D printing, big data and analytics, open intellectual property movement, massively online open courses, security cross-cutting issues, universal memory, 3D integrated circuits, photonics, cloud computing, computational …

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Over 110 million views of Nextbigfuture

Nextbigfuture has over 69 million views on Google Plus. Google statistics for Nextbigfuture have over 43 million page views. Combined that is over 110 million pageviews and views. There have been over 15,000 comments in the last three months. Thanks for the readership and support. If you liked this article, please give it a quick …

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Asteroid Act could immediately unlock billion dollar in asteroid mining business with potential for trillions

Private companies want to mine asteroids for fuel, and build filling stations in space. A bill now in front of the US Congress would help by allowing them to own what they discover – but it might, if passed, meet stiff international opposition. According to Chris Lewicki (Planetary Resources), it currently costs nearly $2bn (£1.2bn) …

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Economist and Libertarian Theorist David Friedman support for the American Foreign Legion Proposal

David Director Friedman is an economist, physicist, legal scholar, and libertarian theorist. He is known for his writings in market anarchist theory, which is the subject of his most popular book, The Machinery of Freedom (1973, revised 1989 and 2014). He has authored several other books and articles, including Price Theory: An Intermediate Text (1986), …

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First close loop system that can adjust spinal cord signals in real time to enable synchronized stepping movement despite paralysis an other spinal cord therapies

Swiss scientists severed the spinal cords of a half-dozen rats and then implanted flexible electrodes into the lower part of their spinal cords. The animals were also given a type of drug known as a serotonin agonist, which Courtine says readies the spinal cord to communicate with the legs, an ability that’s depleted after an …

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Prediction market success

Brian Wang is participating in another season of the Good Judgement Project. The Good Judgment Project is a four-year research study organized as part of a government-sponsored forecasting tournament. Thousands of people around the world predict global events. Their collective forecasts are surprisingly accurate. The latest season started August 20th. I was provided with $50,000 …

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