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chinaChina has started loading pebble bed fuel into new reactor which will begin operation later this year

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The loading of spherical fuel elements has begun at China’s Shidaowan HTR-PM – a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) demonstration project. The unit is scheduled to begin operating later this year. The first of the graphite spheres was loaded within the …

chinaFrench election in May 2018 will decide the future of Europe

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The fate of the EU could be decided April 23-May 7, when the French vote for a new president in their elections. If a pro-European candidate doesn’t win there, the European project may instead be forced into a long, cold …

energyModern Anti-tank weapons could be used to support Ukraine and deter Russian Aggression

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For more than two years, Ukraine has been outgunned battling Russian-backed rebels and Russian soldiers in Crimea. Given that peace agreements have failed to end the conflict and Russia consistently lies about not helping rebels fight Ukrainian forces, should America …

canadaWill Solar and Wind Surpass Hydro by early 2020s ?

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Several energy analysts who are pro-solar and wind believe that they will dominate global energy and not face limitations based upon grid issues and other factors The pro-solar case is based upon massive scaling of lower cost solar and low …

chinaLunar Xprize landings are targeted for 2017

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The Google Lunar XPrize challenges privately funded teams to be the first to land on the moon, travel 500 meters, and send back pictures, for a $20 million jackpot. Although science was never the primary driver for the prize, the …

air pollutionChips for Deep learning continue to leapfrog in capabilities and efficiency

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Deep learning has continued to drive the computing industry’s agenda in 2016. But come 2017, experts say the Artificial Intelligence community will intensify its demand for higher performance and more power efficient “inference” engines for deep neural networks. The current …

algorithmsRoadmap for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing

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dditive manufacturing (AM) is a high-priority technology growth area for U.S. manufacturers. Innovative AM processes that fabricate parts layer-by-layer directly from a 3-D digital model have great potential for producing high-value, complex, individually customized parts. Companies are beginning to use …

canadaFirst Walk away Safe, Molten-Salt nuclear plant that would be cheaper than coal power likely to be set up in Indonesia

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ThorCon Is a block constructed, passively safe, molten-salt, nuclear fission power plant It is passively safe and has multiple layers of passive safety. The design is modular and lowcost. 500MW units can be factory built and shipped to the site …

energyBlack Carbon Mitigation and climate

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Several studies have demonstrated that carefully selected measures to prevent the release of microscopic BC particulate products arising from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass can reduce near-term warming and improve human health. BC is not the only …

chinaBoom Supersonic will be flying a supersonic demonstrator late in 2017 to eventually make efficient and affordable 45 passenger mach 2.2 supersonic commercial jet

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The Boom Suepersonic XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator is their first step toward routine supersonic flight. “Baby Boom,” as we like to call her, is the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet and the fastest civil aircraft ever made. XB-1 will flight …