Indian President Kalam wants two thirds of nuclear fuel from Thorium

India is targeting 24 GW on nuclear power by 2020 and 50 GW by 2030. Two thirds of the nuclear fuel should be thorium. As per the present plan of the Bhabha Atomic Research Corporation (BARC) and the Nuclear Power Corporation, the capacity by 2020 is expected to be increased to 24,000 MW. ‘There is …

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6 Gbps wireless connection record

From physorg.com, the CSIRO ICT Centre today announced that it has achieved over six gigabits per second over a point to point wireless connection with the highest efficiency (2.4bits/s/Hz) ever achieved for such a system. At the demonstration, the team will transmit 16 simultaneous streams of DVD quality video over a 250 metre link with …

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First molecular simulation of a long DNA strand shows unexpected flexibility

Virginia Tech researchers used novel methodology and the university’s System X supercomputer to carry out what is probably the first simulation that explores full range of motions of a DNA strand of 147 base pairs, the length that is required to form the fundamental unit of DNA packing in the living cells — the nucleosome. …

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Traffic accidents

Freeman Dyson talks about world war 2 and includes some information about traffic accidents. His point about traffic accidents (which kill 1.2 million people per year worldwide and about 44,000 per year in the USA) :Smeed (Dysons boss in WW2) also had a fatalistic view of traffic accidents. He collected statistics on traffic deaths from …

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