Nuclear War Analysis

The current nuclear arsenal will not kill all humans and the pattern of nuclear explosions for a nuclear war between the largest nuclear powers will not destroy civilization, let alone kill all people or even half of all people. The greatest risks from a total nuclear war are from fire and starvation and not from …

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Battery Prices Drops Slows

BloombergNEF reports that volume-weighted average battery prices only fell 6% to $132 per kilowatt-hour in 2021. This is down from $140/kWh in 2020 (in real 2021 dollars). The 6% drop was less than an expected 9% drop. Bloomberg is expecting battery prices to go up slightly in 2022 before returning to about current levels in …

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27th Successful SpaceX Launch for 2021

SpaceX had another successful launch which is their 27th launch of 2021. The Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, and five Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which will be stationed in the …

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High Resolution Camera the Size of a Grain of Sand

Researchers at Princeton University and the University of Washington have developed an ultracompact camera the size of a coarse grain of salt. The system relies on a technology called a metasurface, which is studded with 1.6 million cylindrical posts and can be produced much like a computer chip. Impacts: * Next level miniturization * better …

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China and Xpeng November Deliveries

China EV startups have announced November deliveries. Xpeng has pulled ahead of Nio by a lot. Nio and Xpeng had both been making about 10,000 cars per month for the past few months, but Xpeng has pushed beyond 15000 per month. In July, Li Auto, XPeng and Nio were all about 8000 July deliveries. NIO …

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Billionaires $1.8 Funding for Commercial Fusion Maybe by 2030

Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) announced it has closed on more than $1.8 billion in Series B funding to commercialize fusion energy. This money will be used construct, commission, and operate SPARC, the world’s first commercially relevant net energy fusion machine. They will also start work on ARC, the first commercial fusion power plant, which includes …

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