China begins construction of small modular floating reactor and a land based small modular reactor

Construction of China’s first floating nuclear power plant has officially begun, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced. The demonstration unit is expected to be completed by 2020. China Guangdong Nuclear Power Research Institute deputy chief engineer and small reactor lead designer Rui Min said that, unlike the pouring of first safety concrete for a conventional land-based …

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Scientists cut ‘Gordian knot’ in human genome

A team of researchers co-led by Erez Lieberman Aiden of Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine has discovered how mysterious, inactive genes in females hold sway over the superloops that connect DNA sequences at opposite ends of the chromosome. The work by Aiden and colleagues at Florida State University and the Broad Institute of …

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Rheinmetall Lynx is new modular infantry fighting vehicle

Rheinmetall Lynx is an advanced new modular family of vehicles that offers our customers the highest levels of survivability, mobility, lethality and capacity while utilizing proven technologies. Four core capabilities characterize the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle: firepower, force protection, situational awareness and mobility. Firepower: Lynx features a Rheinmetall LANCE turret armed with a stabilized, externally …

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IBM has Carbon Nanotube Electronics Breakthrough

IBM Research announced a major engineering breakthrough that could accelerate carbon nanotubes replacing silicon transistors to power future computing technologies. IBM scientists demonstrated a new way to shrink transistor contacts without reducing performance of carbon nanotube devices, opening a pathway to dramatically faster, smaller and more powerful computer chips beyond the capabilities of traditional semiconductors. …

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Expandable space stations will be tested and proven in space within 12 months and then larger modules will increase space station size per cost by over ten times

Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas, Nevada, has entered into a joint agreement with NASA to leverage the company’s B330 inflatable space habitat for use with NASA’s human space flight program. With the space agency eyeing deep space destinations – such as an asteroid and perhaps one day Mars – the systems could enable crews to …

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Brontosaurus determined to exist as distinct member of one of 15-18 Diplodocid dinosaur species

A team of paleontologists led by Emanuel Tschopp at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal has just completed a massive computer analysis of fossils in a group of dinosaurs called Diplodocids. They found that Brontosaurus are its own group. Its fossils share distinct, incomparable bone features—enough for it to reclaim its iconic genus name. …

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India and Russia have agreed to fast-track the FGFA fighter jet

India and Russia agreed on 21 January to expedite their joint military programmes, particularly the delayed Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project. Official sources told IHS Jane’s that differences persisted on the FGFA’s preliminary design features despite a 10 January Russian media report claiming that the two sides had managed to resolve them following a …

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Russia should start serial production of the T-50 PAK-FA air superiority fighter jet this year

The Russian T-50 PAK-FA appears to be optimized for the air-superiority role like the F-22 more so than the multirole, strike-optimized F-35. Like the Raptor, the PAK-FA is being designed to fly high and fast to impart the maximum amount of launch energy to its arsenal of long-range air-to-air missiles—which would greatly increase the range …

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Demographics in Israel and Palestine Territories

In 2013, Israel’s jewish population has passed the 6 million mark for the first time. In 2014, the population of Israel in 2014 is approximately 8.2 million, about the same size as New York City, with 75 percent of the population being Jewish Israelis. The Israeli population is growing at about 1.8 percent a year. …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 234

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 234 is up at Neutron Bytes Atomic Insights – Transatomic Power – Anatomy of Next Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the CEO of Transatomic Power, a venture capital-funded start-up based on research conducted at MIT. Along with Mark Massie, the other co-founder, Dewan is exploring a design that …

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Korea made graphene nickel composite that were up to 4 times stronger than Titanium

Nature – Korean researchers developed graphene copper composite material that is 50% stronger than titanium and a graphene nickel composite that is 4 times stronger than titanium. They demonstrated a new material design in the form of a nanolayered composite consisting of alternating layers of metal (copper or nickel) and monolayer graphene that has ultra-high …

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