US Aircraft carrier has more launcher problems and another 7 month and $500 million delay for the F35 stealth fighter

1. The US Navy is having difficulties with its latest aircraft carrier’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System (EMALS) – the same system which the UK mooted fitting to its new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers. The US Department of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOTE) revealed yesterday, in its end-of-year report [PDF] for financial year 2016, that the EMALS …

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Nuclear roundup – Russian Uranium Production and Indian Nuclear Plants

1. The Russian uranium mining company Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ) plans to buy uranium assets in Namibia In 2008, Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ), Russia’s leading uranium producer, planned to increase production in Russia and Kazakhstan by 12% to 4,300 metric tons (for 2009) ARMZ manages all of Russia’s uranium mining assets and also participates in uranium production in the …

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Technology Roundup: Booming EReaders in 2010, Ionic Batteries, Batteryless Neural Sensing Chip

1. MIT Technology Review reports on the work of Arizona based Fluidic Energy who are working toward development of a metal-air battery that relies on ionic liquids, instead of an aqueous solution, as its electrolyte. The company aims to build a Metal-Air Ionic Liquid battery that has up to 11 times the energy density of …

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Worst Case Swine Flu Scenario – 90,000 deaths in the USA in 2009

Above are the deaths and hospitalizations that have already occured in the USA. A normal US flu season kills 36,000 people each year. Flu season in the USA is from September to about March the next year. Up to half of the population of the U.S. could come down with the swine flu and 90,000 …

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About 9 billion per year for 20-30 years to eradicate malaria

The time may be upon us now to start a program (which would really get deployed in 2012 after the latest malaria vaccines have undergone wider trials), to eradicate malaria Eradication would not be cheap. A back-of-the-envelope estimate suggests it would cost about $9 billion a year for two or three decades to make and …

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