Modular Nuclear Reactor Company Nuscale Gets $40 Million from Japan’s JGC Holdings

JGC Holdings (Japanese company) has invested $40 million for a roughly 3% stake in NuScale, developing small modular pressure water nuclear reactor. The Japanese group will work with NuScale’s parent, U.S.-based engineering company Fluor, on construction management and other aspects of the Idaho project. The partners will eventually make similar projects in the Middle East …

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80 Times More Energy Prototype Superconducting Chips that Will Soon Reach 10 Ghz

Researchers from Yokohama National University in Japan have developed a prototype microprocessor using superconductor devices that are about 80 times more energy-efficient than CMOS semiconductor devices. Computers currently use 10% of global electricity. The adiabatic quantum-flux-parametron (AQFP) is a building block for ultra-low-power, high-performance microprocessors, and other computing hardware for the next generation of data …

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Breakthrough Electronic Amoeba Analog Computer For Approximate Solving Traveling Salesman Problems

Many important and valuable planning and scheduling problems in logistics and automation are combinatorial optimization problems. The most famous problem of this type is the traveling salesman problem. The salesman problem is this question: “Given a list of cities and the distances between each pair of cities, what is the shortest possible route that visits …

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Large Coronavirus Outbreaks in Iran, South Korea and Italy

Iran, South Korea and Italy have significant levels of COVID-19 coronavirus. The world total of official COVID-19 coronavirus cases is over 80,000 with 2705 deaths. This is not including mild cases with very few or no symptoms and without needing hospitalization. There are undetected cases as well. The number of coronavirus cases in South Korea …

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Sustainably Hustling and Cheating to Become a Fully Developed Nation

China revised up its nominal 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) by 2.1% to 91.93 trillion yuan ($13.08 trillion) and this keeps them tracking to the promise doubling the size of its economy by 2020 from 2010. The current round of revisions is the result of the census uncovering previously unrecorded activity. China is tracking to …

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Onagawa 2 Reactor Has Restart Approval After Building 29 Meter High and 800 Meter Long Sea Wall

Before the tsunami in 2011, Japan was generating 30% of its electricity from over 50 nuclear reactors, but all were shutdown within 14 months of the accident. A total of nine units have restarted since 2015, while 17 reactors are in the process of gaining approval to restart. Tohoku Electric Power Company has received initial …

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Yusaku Maezawa Selling Most of His Company and He Will Focus on Training for SpaceX Moon Mission

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa plans to sell a 30% stake in his online fashion-retail company, Zozo, and he will get $2.3 billion. Yusaku Maezawa #Space_News: Billionaire @yousuck2020 is resigning from his fashion company to make time to train for his #DearMoon mission, a 2023 voyage around the Moon with @SpaceX's #Starship, & also to fly …

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Fujitsu Using Classical Hardware to Run Quantum Algorithms

Fujitsu calls its quantum device a quantum-inspired Digital Annealer. It is classical hardware emulating systems. They are trying to solve a complex combinatorial optimization problem currently unsolvable by conventional computers in practical timeframe. Fujitsu’s research scientists are leveraging quantum algorithms on digital circuit-based architecture. Inspired by the quantum phenomena within silicon architectures, they have used …

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Fujitsu Has a 1 Million Qubit Digital Emulated Quantum Annealing System in the Lab and 8192 Qubits Commercially Available

Fujitsu has a Digital Annealer with 8192 Qubits and a 1 million qubit system in the lab. This is a classical hardware emulation of quantum annealing (analog) system. This is not a quantum computer but hardware emulation. David Worral, Head of Quantum Technologies at Cambridge Quantum Computing, indicated that Fujitsu has a 1 million qubit …

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