Russian 789 megawatt fast nuclear reactor reaches full power

Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant started operating at 100% power for the first time today. The BN-800 fast neutron reactor is scheduled to enter commercial operation later this year. The BN-800 reactor was brought to minimum controlled power for the first time in June 2014, at which time commercial operation was planned …

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NASA is in the process of getting another peer reviewed EMDrive paper published

Paul March indicated on the NASA Spaceflight forum that NASA Eagleworks is getting another EMDrive paper through peer review. Paul March also endorsed the technical information and insights of forum member Rodal on the topic of EMdrive. Rodal indicates the differences in dielectric materials and other nuances of interpreting the known results. A radio frequency …

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Harvard creates three-dimensional actuated scalable snapology-origami-inspired transformable metamaterial

Imagine a house that could fit in a backpack or a wall that could become a window with the flick of a switch. Harvard researchers have designed a new type of foldable material that is versatile, tunable and self actuated. It can change size, volume and shape; it can fold flat to withstand the weight …

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia could send tens of thousands of troops into Syria and a possible prelude to full blown Russia-Middle East war

The Turkish military has hit Kurdish and Syrian regime targets as Ankara considered a ground assault with Saudi troops, further complicating efforts to end the war just days after the US and Russia agreed on a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria within a week. State-run news agency Anatolia said the armed forces shelled Syrian Kurdish …

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China’s military paper discusses goal of offense and defense and Taiwan pitches sharing South China Sea Resources

China’s state council has released a white paper on China’s military. In general the paper indicates that China is shifting a military just for defense to one focused on offense and defense. Taiwan pitches sharing South China Sea Resources Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan on Tuesday to ease tensions in the vast, …

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Are China’s missiles a bigger threat or trillions in debt on a bloated military ?

The Pentagon’s new budget request asks that the Navy receive a large increase: $161 billion for the 2016 fiscal year, versus $149 billion in the current fiscal year. Last month, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the House Appropriations Committee that the Navy must get bigger — increasing to a total of at least 300 ships, …

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More Antiaging work from Harvard’s Sinclair Lab

The Harvard Lab of David Sinclair has nine new antiaging publications since the work published in Dec, 2013 where there was partial reversal of some aspects [restoring mitochondrial cellular communication] of aging in mice. Cell Metabolism – The Ratio of Macronutrients, Not Caloric Intake, Dictates Cardiometabolic Health, Aging, and Longevity in Ad Libitum-Fed Mice Highlights …

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India ISRO has Mars Orbiter Mission at Mars and sending back pictures

The Indian Space Research Organization has successfully reached Mars with its Mars Orbiter Mission. * Spacecraft Successfully entered Martian Orbit * Burn Start of Main Liquid Engine Confirmed * The radio link between the Spacecraft and Earth is now blocked by Mars. * Eclipse starts – The Spacecraft is in shadow of Mars * Forward …

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Neutral Particle Beam Magsails for fast interplanetary delivery of small cargos

At Centauri Dreams, James Benford looks more closely at particle beam driven magsails. He has found a problem for interstellar missions but promise for interplanetary missions and an interplanetary infrastructure. The first column shows a fast interplanetary probe, with high interplanetary-scale velocity, acceleration 100 m/sec2, 10 gees, which a nonhuman cargo can sustain. Time required …

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US ends 2013 at 8.11 million barrels per day of crude oil production for two years of over 1.1 million barrels per day production increase

US crude oil production is at a level last reached in 1988. The US had end of year crude oil production of 2011 5.851 million barrels per day 2012 6.985 million barrels per day 2013 8.111 million barrels per day The latest weekly oil report is Crude oil and natural gas liquids is 10.8 million …

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