mPower Reactor Gets Support from Utilities

Three big utilities, Tennessee Valley Authority, First Energy Corp. and Oglethorpe Power Corp., on Wednesday signed an agreement with McDermott International Inc.’s Babcock & Wilcox subsidiary, committing to get the new mPower factory mass producable 125-140 MWe reactor approved for commercial use in the U.S. A new type of nuclear reactor—smaller than a rail car …

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New Ion Accelerator System Proposed for Shipping Container Nuclear and Conventional Explosive Security

Nuclear bombs and nuclear material are difficult to detect in the millions of shipping containers that are handled at ports. There are various active and passive systems but they are only partically effective. Ion accelerators using a range of energy levels should be faster and more discriminating (detect a high percentage of correct positives and …

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Preserving and Repairing Lungs Outside the Body

Lung tissue is preserved in the Toronto XVIVO Lung Perfusion System developed at the Toronto General Hospital with the aim of repairing lungs prior to transplant. The technique allows for lungs to be removed from a donor and kept at body temperature while being assessed for function and transplant outcome.Credit: Toronto General Hospital A new …

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Three Times Higher Carbon 12 Purity for Synthetic Diamond Enables Better Quantum Computing

Element Six is a global leader (Europe based) and innovator in supermaterials with a history spanning more than 50 years. Element Six has created synthetic diamond with less carbon 13 isotope and more pure carbon 12, which enables longer quantum coherence times to be maintained longer. Note: Normally 1.07% is carbon 13 isotope. They have …

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Accelerated Bacterial Evolution

From MIT Technology Review, A genome-wide approach to genetic engineering greatly speeds the manufacture of bacteria for making drugs and biofuels. H/T Alfin Rather than changing the genome letter by letter, as most genetic engineering is done, George Church and his colleagues have developed a new technology that can make 50 changes to a bacterial …

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Japan Makes iPhone Control in the Blink of an Eye or Othe Facial Signal

Kazuhiro Taniguchi of Osaka University has invented the “Mimi Switch” or “Ear Switch”. It connects to a micro-computer that can control electronic devices, essentially making it a hands-free remote control for anything. “You will be able to turn on room lights or swing your washing machine into action with a quick twitch of your mouth,” …

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