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analysisNASA Did Not Accept an Unlimited Budget for Sending Humans to Mars But Elon Musk Would

The New York Magazine describes how President Trump offered some people at NASA to imagine and propose an Apollo-style crash program to get humans to Mars. NASA described getting to humans to Mars in the 2030s. Trump asked if the …

analysisSpaceX Stainless Steel Rocket Will Be Lighter, Stronger and Have 65X Lower Cost Material

Elon Musk explained to Popular Mechanics why SpaceX switched to a 300 series alloy of stainless steel. Advanced carbon-fiber structure made very slow progress and the cost per kilogram was $135. There is a lot of cutting and they would …

analysisNuclear Power Has Saved 3 Million Lives

Going to nuclear power and uranium would be many times faster than replacing fossil fuels with renewables. There is a constant stream of death and sickness from fossil fuels. Japan and Germany went to more coal. Renewables can be better …

analysisProfitably Fix Half of the Global Warming Problem and Save 2.4 Million Lives per Year

Fixing CO2 is a harder problem than fixing soot and air pollution. Carbon dioxide is a gas. It is harder to split the carbon dioxide out of a smokestack than it is to filter out soot and particulates. Carbon dioxide …

analysisMicro-reactors As Cheap As Natural Gas Without Air Pollution

This article looks at the mid-2020 timeline for micro-reactors which has strong Department of Defense interest. Nextbigfuture has been interviewing the project lead, Venkat Rao, for what was the Los Alamos Megapower micro-reactor. Nextbigfuture will also be talking to Westinghouse …