China looks to ramp up nuclear power construction

There are calls to start construction on as many as 500 new nuclear reactors domestically in China by 2050, and even more abroad, China could single-handedly more than double the number of reactors worldwide. China will need to build as many as 10-12 reactors a year, roughly double France’s record pace in the 1980s. Experts …

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Spacex Heavy Animation Video showing reuse

When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Thrust at liftoff is equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft operating simultaneously. Animation shows the Spacex heavy boosters returning SOURCES – Youtube Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and …

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Nanoparticles Anchored to Graphene and Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Foam for Supercapacitors double the best commercial energy density at 39 watt hours per kg

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a novel nanometer scale ruthenium oxide anchored nanocarbon graphene foam architecture that improves the performance of supercapacitors, a development that could mean faster acceleration in electric vehicles and longer battery life in portable electronics. The researchers found that supercapacitors, an energy storage device like batteries and …

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World Aquaculture production increased by 10 million tons in 2012 compared to 2010

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports around 80 million tonnes of fish were caught “wild” in 2011-12 and global aquaculture production set another all-time high at more than 90 million tonnes, including nearly 24 million tonnes of edible plants like seaweeds. In total, the world harvested an extra 10 million tonnes of aquatic food …

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Human to Mars Advocate Robert Zubrin has a company to convert natural gas that would be flared into CO2 and hydrogen

In 1996, Zubrin founded and is president of Pioneer Energy, a Research and Development firm Colorado. The company’s focus is to develop mobile Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) systems that can enable CO2-based EOR for both small and large oil producers in the United States. The company has also developed a number of new processes for …

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New system allows for high-accuracy, through-wall, 3-D motion tracking

A new system, dubbed “WiTrack”, uses radio signals to track a person through walls and obstructions, pinpointing her 3-D location to within 10 to 20 centimeters — about the width of an adult hand. “Today, if you are playing a game with the Xbox Kinect or Nintendo Wii, you have to stand right in front …

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DARPA funds improved bullet proof robotic mule as baby steps to the Star Wars imperial walker continue

Robotics experts at unmanned vehicles expert Boston Dynamics will develop an enhanced version of the company’s Legged Squad Support System (LS3) robot under terms of a $10 million contract awarded by DARPA. Boston Dynamics is developing the four-legged LS3 to help Army and Marine Corps infantry to carry as much as 400 pounds of a …

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Magnetic power inverter: AC voltage generation from DC magnetic fields

Researchers have developed a method that allows power conversion from DC magnetic fields to AC electric voltages using domain wall (DW) motion in ferromagnetic nanowires. The device concept relies on spinmotive force, voltage generation due to magnetization dynamics. Sinusoidal modulation of the nanowire width introduces a periodic potential for a DW, the gradient of which …

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