IPCC draft recommends more nuclear power

From the BBC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) draft report suggests solutions to mitigate climate change, such as capturing and burying emissions from coal-fired power plants, shifting to renewable forms of energy and more use of nuclear power. The findings of the report will be used by governments and international organisations to map out …

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The Global Boom in coal

The world is building a lot of coal-fired power to go with all of the coal-fired power it already has. This is horrible because air pollution from coal kills more than one million people every year. We need to use all other means to reduce the increase in coal usage, this means more nuclear as …

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Korea making 1300 HP Superconducting motor for 2010

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. (Doosan) and the Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) – have utilized AMSC’s proprietary high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire to successfully develop and demonstrate a very compact, high-efficiency superconductor 1300HP motor for civilian and military applications. This news follows the announcement three weeks ago that AMSC had successfully completed …

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One step closer to being able to turn on and off the decay of a nuclear isomer

Researchers at Livermore studied an isomer of Thorium-229. This isomer is unique in that its excitation energy is near optical energies, implying that one day scientists may be able to transition Th229 nuclei between the ground and isomeric states using a table-top laser. “This would then be the first time human control would be exerted …

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