France’s Nuclear Energy is Over Three Times Faster and Cheaper than Germany’s Solar and Wind

France completed construction on 76% of its current 58 reactors at an inflation-adjusted cost of $330 billion (€290 billion). The complete buildout of the 58 reactors was less €400 billion. Germany would need 50% more nuclear energy than France to completely replace all other power generation. This would cost €600 billion if Germany could match …

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Natural gas usage reduced US CO2 emissions but France half per person using nuclear

The Energy Information Administration provides its monthly energy report which details historical and current US energy usage and emissions. US overall emissions are below the yearly amount in 1993. Increased use of Natural Gas has cut 50% more emissions since 2005 than wind and solar power combined. EIA’s National Energy Modeling System projects that U.S. …

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US, UK and France hit a few targets in Syria over chemical weapons use

Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Saturday the U.S. and its allies “successfully hit every target” in airstrikes in Syria overnight. The US, France and UK launched the strikes Friday night Eastern Time in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons last weekend. In total, the U.S. used 105 weapons against three targets. …

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France tries to shift policy to get competitive with Artificial Intelligence and Innovation

France has released a 152 page report “For a Meaningful Artificial Intelligence” written by Cédric Villani. Villani is a famous French mathematician and member of parliament. He led a study on how to develop the country’s AI economy. * economic strategy for developing France’s AI ecosystem * mitigate AI induced disruption * proposes big increases …

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JV to commercialize nuclear fuel that will boost energy from existing reactors by 10-40% starting 2021

Lightbridge is developing nuclear fuel with more surface area which can enable existing nuclear reactors to generate 10-40% more energy by changing the shape of the fuel. Enfission, is a new joint venture with Framatome to develop, license and sell nuclear fuel assemblies based on the Lightbridge-designed technology. Lightbridge’s technology aims to make existing and …

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Faster, taller, denser, more profitable warehouse robots and Interview with the CEO

Exotec Solutions, a French AI robotics startup, today announced the launch of the Skypod Robots and associated system. Cdiscount, the top French e-commerce vendor, is now using Skypods to prepare orders in its warehouse near Bordeaux, increasing their order processing speed by x4. With the system, Cdiscount is able to handle 400 picks per hour …

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French Navya has self driving taxis and buses in Vegas and other places

NAVYA unveiled as a World Premiere the first 100% autonomous robot-taxi on the market this Tuesday November 7, 2017 at La Cité du Cinéma (Paris) : AUTONOM CAB, two years after the launch in 2015 of AUTONOM SHUTTLE, the first 100% autonomous shuttle on the market. On Wednesday, the multinational transportation company Keolis, French manufacturer …

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France Macron calls for shared defense budget and an EU army by 2020

The French President called for the introduction of EU identity cards, a shared defense budget and a European military intervention force. Speaking at Paris-Sorbonne University, he also proposed a shared budget for eurozone countries and an EU-wide asylum agency to help tackle the migration crisis. He said: “What Europe is missing today is a common …

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Until exoskeletons are deployed the French Felin body armor is the most advanced infrantry system

France deployed the first versions of combat armor with the FELIN combat system. FÉLIN (Fantassin à Équipement et Liaisons Intégrés, Integrated Infantryman Equipment and Communications) is the name for the French infantry combat system developed by Safran Electronics and Defense. It combines a modified FAMAS rifle with a host of other electronics, clothing, pouches, and …

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Bitcoin at around $4000 and Ethereum at $288

Coinbase the Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin exchange had a stock offering and raised $100 million with a $1.6 billion valuation. Coinbase exchanges about $25 billion worth of cryptocurrency. The Bitcoin market cap is around $65 billion, with the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem now being worth $140 billion. The South China Morning Post reports that some are …

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