China carrying forward with large scale development of nuclear energy from US research that has been underdeveloped

China’s rapid nuclear expansion will result in it overtaking the U.S. as the nation with the largest atomic power capacity by 2026, according to BMI Research. The world’s second biggest economy will almost triple its nuclear capacity to nearly 100 gigawatts by 2026, making it the biggest market globally, analysts said in a note dated …

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Space based observation for earthquakes

The quantity and quality of satellite-geodetic measurements of tectonic deformation have increased dramatically over the past two decades improving our ability to observe active tectonic processes. We now routinely respond to earthquakes using satellites, mapping surface ruptures and estimating the distribution of slip on faults at depth for most continental earthquakes. Studies directly link earthquakes …

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Solar Cells Will be Made Obsolete by 3D rectennas aiming at 40-to-90% efficiency

A new kind of nanoscale rectenna (half antenna and half rectifier) can convert solar and infrared into electricity, plus be tuned to nearly any other frequency as a detector. Right now efficiency is only one percent, but professor Baratunde Cola and colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech, Atlanta) convincingly argue that they …

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Mundane Singularity Update part 1

I had looked at what will be the technologies and changes that can eventually lead to 1. Economic abundance 2. Radical life extension 3. Physical and Cognitive enhancement 4. Blood Stream Robots 5. Supermaterials 6. Open Access to space 7. Pollution elimination 8. Computer Advancement 9. Shape changing functional devices like utility fog Here was …

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Why is their Undercounting of Ebola ? Because it would be wrong to risk lives for an accurate count

The Journal Science – Scienceinsider discusses the science, statistics and disease situation and methodology behind the estimate of 2.0 to 2.5 times undercounting of Ebola cases and Ebola deaths. As the Ebola epidemic unfolds, underreporting appears to be getting worse. In August, the World Health Organization said that the reported Ebola numbers “vastly underestimate” the …

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China high speed rail system on track to about 12,000 miles of network by 2015

China’s high-speed rail system has quickly grown to over 6,000 miles (9,700 km) in five years, and will expand to 19,000 kilometers (11,800 miles) by 2015. It is already transporting some 2 million passengers a day on trains that are rarely delayed, and which go nearly 200 miles an hour, twice as many passengers as …

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Inflatable AirBeams for Aerospace Structures

The AirBeam is a proprietary technology originally developed for aerodynamic structures then applied to military shelters and a wide range of other structures relevant to aerospace applications. Potential Inflatable AirBeam Aerospace Applications * Aerodynamic – Hypersonic and Supersonic inflatable decelerators – Inflatable Wings – Subsonic Stabilizers * Space – Orbital habitat truss-work and connecting structures …

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Canadian Province issues 2.5 billion in chinese yuan denominated bonds

Canada’s western province of British Columbia said on November 5 it had completed the issuance of one-year offshore yuan-denominated bonds and raised 2.5 billion yuan. This is the first time a foreign government has issued offshore yuan bonds. Mike de Jong, finance minister of Canada’s westernmost province, said officials had intended to raise only 500 …

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World Energy Usage in 2012

The developed countries of the OECD saw almost flat electricity generation in 2012 relative to 2011. There was a decrease of 0.4%. The OECD includes the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South Korea, Chile and Japan. China’s generating capacity in 2012 was 4977.4 TWh, an increase of 5.2% Hydro generating 864.1 TWh, an increase of 29.3%; …

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10 kilohertz high power array of fiber lasers for Large Hadron class next Particle Collider and on the path to 75 megahertz lasers for fusion propulsion and fusion power

The International Coherent Amplification Network (ICAN) has proposed a new laser system composed of massive arrays of thousands of fibre lasers, for both fundamental research at laboratories such as CERN and more applied tasks such as proton therapy and nuclear transmutation. Lasers can provide, in a very short time measured in femtoseconds, bursts of energy …

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Doubling CO2 May Cause 20-50% Less Warming

Over the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar. The world added roughly 100 billion tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere between 2000 and 2010. That is about a quarter of all the CO₂ put there by humanity since 1750. And yet, as …

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