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energyNuclear energy generation should add 26 GWe in 2018 and 2019

Global nuclear power generation in 2017 increased for the fifth consecutive year and reached 2506 TWh. At the end of 2017 the global nuclear capacity of the 448 operable reactors stood at 392 GWe, up 2 GWe compared with the …

energyGlobal Solar and Wind has to increase by about five times to provide all of annual increase in electricity

Global solar power is projected to go from 500 TWh in 2018 to about 900 TWh in 2022. Global wind power is projected to go from 1200 TWh in 2018 to about 1600 TWh in 2022. This will cost over …

economyResearchers projected post-2008 crisis growth onto the world through 2100 and then talked about 7% economic cost of climate damage

A research paper claims that if the world stays at 2 degrees celsius of warming versus going up to 4 degrees celsius of warming then the world economy will be US$17.5 trillion per year stronger in 2100. At 4 degrees …

futureUK performing 50 kilowatt Dragonfire combat laser testing

Components arrived in early 2018 for the UK Dragonfire combat laser. QinetiQ will start building the weapon’s laser source in the purpose-built clean room. Over the following months, the laser source will undergo a process of evaluation and adjustment before …

batteriesTesla Semi truck should start production in 2019

Tesla should start production of the electric Semi truck starting in 2019. The Semi will share many components with the Model 3. The Semi will use four Model 3 electric motors and the two touchscreens on the driver’s console. The …

economic impactUSA weak but long recovery could last another ten years

Based upon elapsed time since the last recession the USA is due for another recession. However, the US recovery has been exceptionally weak. Previous growth cycles in the USA have had 40% to 90% cumulative GDP growth. The USA is …

europeSpaceX in talks with Japan and Europe for future Falcon Heavy launches

Japan’s Space agency is considering SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy as the main launch for its HTV-X. Thie HTV-X would be used to supply a new Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. The European Space Agency is looking to launch a six-ton lunar station module …

dwaveNext four years will determine if noisy quantum computers can beat current computers

From November 2017 to March 2018 there was the announcement of IBM 50 qubit prototype, Intel’s 49 qubit test chip and Google 72 qubit processor. These processors had 10% to as low as 1% error rates. In 2017, D-Wave systems …

diamondDemo of two-qubit fault-tolerant universal holonomic quantum gates could enable faster quantum computers

Japases researchers have demonstrated holonomic quantum gates under zero-magnetic field at room temperature, which will enable the realization of fast and fault-tolerant universal quantum computers. A quantum computer is a powerful machine with the potential to solve complex problems much …

agricultureNanoparticles can triple the rate of evaporation for solar desalination

Tellurium nanoparticles can triple the evaporation rate of solar desalination and can raise the temperature of water from 29° to 85°C within 100 seconds. If the production of Tellurium nanoparticles can be scaled up to commercial scale the energy needed …