China plans on at least 110 nuclear reactors by 2030 and many will be 1400 megawatts or larger

China is planning to have at least 110 nuclear reactors running by 2030. China, the world’s largest energy consumer, is likely to add five or six nuclear reactors every year from 2016 to 2030, according to estimates in the draft 13th Five-Year Plan. “By then, nuclear power will account for 8 to 10 percent of …

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Elon Musk identifies electric aircraft, genetics and neuron scale brain computer interfaces as high potential technologies

Elon Musk, CEO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors, Inc, was at Startmeup Hong Kong and talked about what he thought were areas of technological opportunity. At 37 minutes into this video Elon Musk talks about high potential technology like Hyperloop which he currently does not have time to address electric aircraft genetics …

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SpaceX Plans to Send People to Mars by 2025 and Elon Musk wants to personally visit space by 2021

Elon Musk personally wants to visit the space station within the next five years and thinks that his company will send somebody to Mars by 2025. Speaking at the StartmeupHK Festival in Hong Kong this week, Musk said that he had already taken parabolic flights to prepare for space, but had not done much else. …

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Breakthroughs in high power fiber lasers enables four times faster drilling through hard rock

Foro Energy is commercializing high power lasers for the oil, natural gas, geothermal, and mining industries. Foro energy can deliver multi-kW laser power over multi-mile distances. In the past 15 years, high power fiber laser costs have dropped by 100X+ with modular, solid state construction for rugged field transportation. However, long distance transmission of high …

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Lack of nuclear energy and air pollution from China makes bad air quality in Japan

The restart of the third nuclear reactor in Japan to clear post-Fukushima safety rules on Friday is a small step in the country’s quest to reestablish atomic energy as part of its energy mix. Kansai Electric Power Co. resumed operations at the No. 3 unit of its Takahama plant near the ancient Japanese capital of …

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USA is not buying the cheaper and deadlier AIP stealth submarine capabilities but the rest of the world is

Advances in modern, ultra-quiet conventional diesel-electric submarines are a serious challenge to US nuclear submarines and aircraft carrier groups The threat of super-stealthy diesel submarines being deployed around the world has been present for decades. Still, newer boats are coming armed with advanced anti-ship weapons and are being combined with new air-independent propulsion systems (AIP) …

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Genetically Modified Mosquito May Become Weapon Against Zika Virus

Genetically modified mosquitoes that would help fight the Zika virus are getting urgent attention from U.S. regulators as global health officials raise alarms about the pathogen’s spread. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the final stages of reviewing an application from Intrexon Corp.’s Oxitec unit to conduct a field trial in the Florida …

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Stocks jump worldwide as Japan stimulates with negative interest rate

Stocks jumped worldwide and the yen slumped on Friday after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by adopting negative interest rates, while hopes the Federal Reserve will slow the pace of future U.S. rate hikes also underpinned stock gains. The BOJ unexpectedly cut a benchmark rate below zero in a bold move to stimulate the …

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China pitches rules it would like for “outer space, cyberspace, deep sea and polar regions

China has outlined its preferred framework for international rules on internet governance, couching them as a push for peaceful development of the four “new frontiers” of “outer space, cyberspace, deep sea and polar regions.” Wang Qun, China’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and director-general of the nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affair, last week addressed …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 297

1. From Atomic Insights: Clean energy, sustainable energy – both terms include nuclear energy During a Democratic Party debate, Senator Sanders said he wants to move away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Governor Martin O’Malley declared that he believes in science and has a plan that will result in a 100% …

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F35 stealth fighter program resorting to systemic cheating and lying to pretend a bad project is not really worse

To try and get around software-associated delays, the F35 test program is being revised: some test points are being eliminated, reducing the total number of test points remaining for Block 2B from 529 down to 243; and some fixes are being deferred to the Block 3 program. Skipping and deferring tests that were previously deemed …

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