China invests in solar, wind, hydro and natural gas for energy but will still be mainly reliant on coal

China will plow 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power (which includes hydro, tidal, geothermal as well as wind and solar generation by 2020. 1 trillion yuan for solar power as the country seeks to boost solar capacity by five times 700 billion yuan for wind farms 500 billion yuan for hydro power 300 …

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Cheap lidar, sensor and algorithm improvements will radically improve self driving cars over the next five years

A second fatal accident was revealed through a lawsuit filed against Tesla by the father of a man allegedly driving a Model S with the Autopilot engaged. The father of the 23-year-old Tesla driver who died in the crash filed the lawsuit in July in a Beijing court. The suit alleges that the accident, which …

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Tabby Star, which has unusual dimming that is possible evidence of superadvanced aliens, will get extensive observation from 100 meter SETI radiotelescope

Tabby’s star has provoked so much excitement over the past year, with speculation that it hosts a highly advanced civilization capable of building orbiting megastructures to capture the star’s energy, that UC Berkeley’s Breakthrough Listen project is devoting hours of time on the Green Bank radio telescope to see if it can detect any signals …

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US Navy submitting plan to build 10 additional Virginia submarines

Navy leaders now say it will be possible to build more Virginia-class attack submarines at a faster pace than currently planned as part of an aggressive move to address and counter Russian and Chinese submarine expansion. In a special exclusive interview with Scout Warrior, former Navy Director of Undersea Warfare said the Navy and its …

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Poland working with BAE systems should have full prototype of the PL-01 tank this year

The PL-01 concept tank is being jointly developed by Obrum of Poland and BAE Systems of the United Kingdom. Development started in 2013. A full prototype is estimated to be completed in 2016, and should the project be finaliZed and approved following evaluation, mass production is scheduled to begin in 2018 Currently Polish Army operate …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 213

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 213 is up at the ANS Nuclear Cafe Atomic Insights – Misinformation about radiation health effects does not just affect the nuclear industry and dramatically increase the costs associated with all nuclear energy technologies. It is also having a deleterious effect on the beneficial use of radiation and radioactive materials …

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Evacuation deaths in Japan in 2011 were 2911

The Mainichi said statistics from Fukushima Prefecture as of Nov. 30 show 1,605 Fukushima residents died in the prolonged evacuation of the area, compared with 1,603 in the prefecture who died in the earthquake and tsunami. Additionally, 878 indirect deaths were reported in Miyagi Prefecture and 428 in Iwate Prefecture, municipalities adjacent to Fukushima. This …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 188

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 188 is up at Hiroshima Syndrome Canadian Energy Issues shows how fossil fuel usage in Japan has shot up and increased CO2 emissions by 40% over 2000 and 20% over 2010. Next Big Future – Roadmap to supercritical CO2 turbines The European Union sees a role for Supercritical Carbon Dioxide …

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