Canada will make dozens of small modular nuclear reactors

Ontario Power Generation [OPG] plans to fill a predicted supply gap in the 2030s with new nuclear capacity and the utility is collaborating with Saskatchewan on the potential for a Pan-Canadian fleet of Small Modular Reactors, Nicolle Butcher, OPG’s Vice President of Strategy and Acquisitions, said. OPG, the province’s largest power generator, replaced coal-fired generation …

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UK building $38 million combat laser prototype by 2019 and field lasers in mid-2020s

The UK Ministry of Defence has officially awarded a £30m (US$38 million) contract to produce a prototype laser weapon. The aim is to see whether “directed energy” technology could benefit the armed forces, and is to culminate in a demonstration of the system in 2019. If the demonstration is successful, the first laser weapons could …

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Helium encased in a carbon fullerene buckyball is proposed as a possible room temperature superconductor

Arxiv – The role of electron-vibron interaction and local pairing in conductivity and superconductivity of alkali-doped fullerides. The route to a room-temperature superconductor Researchers investigate the competition between the electron-vibron interaction (interaction with the Jahn- Teller phonons) and the Coulomb repulsion in a system with local pairing of electrons on the triply degenerate lowest unoccupied …

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Orion, Thunderwell and Nuclear Space Coverage From Nigel Cook’s Blog

A guest article by Joseph Friedlander    Nigel B. Cook’s Glasstone.Blogspot Blog has beautiful coverage of the Orion and Thunderwell projects. But it is lost in a huge blog page here. http://glasstone.blogspot.co.uk/2006/04/ten-largest-nuclear-tests.html Cook is a master researcher who digs up incredible piles of research on all topics nuclear and that long page is no exception. The following …

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Electric Solar Sails for mission to Uranus and for de-orbiting satellites

1. Coulumb Drag Devices: Electric Solar Wind Sail Propulsion and Ionospeheric Deorbiting * Plasma brake thrust is 16 times larger in pure oxygen plasma than in pure proton plasma * There is an altitude dependence. Below 700 km the thrust would continue to increase until 400-500 km (provided there is the right hardware design) Abstract …

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