Railgun test firing at 5600 mph and 100 mile range

Smartplanet – the first Navy railgun prototype was developed by military contractor BAE systems and a second railgun was developed by General Atomics. General Atomics recently announced a successful test firing shortly after the delivery of their “Advanced Containment Launcher” to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virgina. Both railguns have proved capable of …

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Iraq sees oil exports reaching 6 million barrels per day by 2017

Iraq laid out more milestones on its path back to oil producing power, targeting 6 million barrels per day exports by 2017, and confirming it was currently pumping more than neighbor and fellow OPEC member Iran. Iraq milestone targets for oil exports Year Exports Total Production 2012 2.6 million bpd 3.2 million bpd 2013 2.9 …

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Carnival of Space 252

The Carnival of Space 252 is up at Venus Transit. Centauri Dreams looks at the question of whether our civilization would be detectable from another star, assuming a level of technology not much higher than our own. The upcoming Square Kilometer Array may help make detecting other civilizations more likely, but will it be as …

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Apple and Foxconn maximum 76 hour work weeks and one billion mobile phones

1. WSJ – Apple and Foxconn have agreed to reducing work hours to a maximum of 40 hours a week and limiting overtime to a maximum of 36 hours a week—the legal maximum in China—by July 2013. Currently works hours aren’t strictly enforced at the local level, and up to 100 hours a week is …

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New technology platform for molecule-based electronics

Eurekalert – Researchers at the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen have developed a new nano-technology platform for the development of molecule-based electronic components using the wonder material graphene. At the same time, they have solved a problem that has challenged researchers from around world for ten years. Since its discovery in 2004, graphene …

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Bakken Oil, Eagle Ford, Utica Shale and other US Oil

1. Harold Hamm, multi-billionaire CEO of Continental Resources, estimates that entire Bakken oil field, fully developed, has 24 billion barrels. Continental Resources has seen its “proved reserves” of oil and natural gas (mostly in North Dakota) skyrocket to 421 million barrels this summer from 118 million barrels in 2006. Continental expects their reserves and production …

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Fusion energy without radioactivity: laser ignition of solid hydrogen–boron (11) fuel

Fusion energy without radioactivity: laser ignition of solid hydrogen–boron (11) fuel (8 pages) by Heinrich Hora, George H. Miley, M. Ghoranneviss, B. Malekynia, N. Azizic and Xian-Tu. He. (H/T Talk Polywell) The advent of ultra-high power lasers allows laser power levels that are about 1000 times the power of all the power stations in the …

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Lawrenceville Plasma Physics technical updates on dense plasma nuclear fusion project

Lawrenceville Plasma Physics is continuing to examine the causes of the shot-to-shot variability that affects FF-1 (as it does all DPFs to date) and the reason that we, in general, are getting lower fusion yields than our theory expects Previously we have traced this to a too-early generation of the electron and ion beams that …

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Russia, NASA to hold talks on nuclear-powered spacecraft

UK Register – Russia, the US and other nations are to discuss cooperation on building a nuclear-powered spacecraft, according to the head of Roscosmos – the Russian space agency. Anatoly Perminov, Roscosmos chief, tells state-owned newswire RIA Novosti that nuclear spacecraft plans are to be discussed with NASA on April 15. Perminov added that “countries …

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Suggestion to raise radiation limits from the Journal Nature

Nature – A long shadow over Fukushima The long-term response to Fukushima will have to be pragmatic. The Japanese authorities may have to rewrite the rule-book, as they have begun to do in allowing doses of 250 mSv for radiation workers. After an accident, it may be appropriate to set exposure limits for members of the …

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Kiev opened Chernobyl as Tourist Hot Spot in February 2011

Wikitravel guide to Chernobyl. Visitors to the Chernobyl exclusion zone normally come as part of a tour group. One-day packages which include transportation and food cost around $150-$200, or up to $300 if there’s only one of you. Things to see: Chernobyl reactor 4: You’ll not be able to get too close, but the nearest …

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