Russia-Ukraine Buildup 2021

Ukraine’s army commander Gen Ruslan Khomchak says Russia has deployed 28 battalion tactical groups near Ukraine’s eastern border and in Crimea. This is 20,000-25,000 troops. Russian officials have not confirmed that, nor given any precise figures. The Russian military has confirmed that an airborne assault brigade – about 4,000 troops – is being redeployed to …

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After Four Years of Being Crushed by SpaceX, Europe Forms a Working Group

In 2014, Arianespace had 60% of commercial launch but they were passed by SpaceX in launch market share in 2017. Paris and Rome have created a “working group on the future of European launchers” which will deliver conclusions in September. SpaceX was third place in number of launches in 2014 and 2015. SpaceX passed Russia …

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Perovskite Tandem Solar Will Start Taking Solar to 43% Energy Conversion

Oxford Photovoltaic is building the world’s first volume manufacturing line for perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cells. Oxford is working with leading photovoltaic equipment supplier, Meyer Burger. They will install a silicon heterojunction solar cell line, enhanced with production equipment for the perovskite top cell. The fully integrated line will be built at an industrial site in …

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ESA Ariel Space Telescope Will Survey Atmospheres of 1000 Exoplanets Starting in 2029

ESA’s exoplanet mission Ariel, scheduled for launch in 2029, has moved from study to implementation phase, following which an industrial contractor will be selected to build the spacecraft. Ariel, the Atmospheric remote-sensing infrared exoplanet large-survey mission, addresses one of the key themes of ESA’s Cosmic Vision programme: What are the conditions for planet formation and …

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Ten Exaflop European Supercomputer in 2021

The European supercomputer Leonardo, managed by Cineca, that will be installed at the end of 2021 in the new data center located in Bologna, will be based on Atos BullSequana XH2000 technology, and feature nearly 14,000 NVIDIA Ampere architecture-based GPUs and NVIDIA Mellanox HDR InfiniBand. It will deliver 10 exaflops of FP16 AI performance. It …

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Sweden Was Not Overrun Without a Full Coronavirus Economic Lockdown

Sweden did not lockdown its economy or close its schools in response to the coronavirus. They did ban gatherings of over 50 people. Sweden has been able to keep most of its economy open. Sweden’s deaths per million from Coronavirus is lower than Italy, Spain, France, UK, Netherlands and Ireland. Sweden is only slightly worse …

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Second Quarter Up to -40% GDP Growth From the Great Lockdown

The World is projected to have over $9 trillion in economic losses from the Great Lockdown. This assumes a relatively prompt and successful reopening of the world economy. The Second quarter could see the US and other major economies with up to -40% GDP growth. China’s GDP was negative in the first quarter this year. …

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USA And Europe COVID-19 Curves Flattening

The Washington IHME models are being adjusted downwards for COVID-19. The US death estimates were over 90,000 and are back to 81,000. There are hopes that the lower range of 40,000 to 65,000 deaths could be achieved. The adoption of mask-wearing by most Americans should reduce the spread and improve the numbers. Europe is now …

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April 5 Status of Coronavirus in Europe and USA

France, Spain, Italy, USA, UK, Belgium and Netherlands are the global hotspots for coronavirus. Belgium and the Netherlands have much smaller populations but have about half of the deaths per capita of Spain and Italy. Will the lockdowns and sheltering in place and reasonable access to testing enable countries to reach peak cases in April? …

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Update on Copenhagen Atomics Molten Salt Fission From CTO

Aslak Stubsgaard, CTO of Copenhagen Atomics provided an update to Nextbigfuture on their development of a Molten Salt nuclear fission reactor. They are a molten salt reactor company developing a 100MW(th) thorium molten salt reactors with an initial load plutonium from spent fuel. The reactors are designed to be roughly the size of a 40-foot …

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