Nine new reactors in the United States licensing process

Duke Energy today submitted a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a proposed two-unit nuclear station in Cherokee County, S.C. The proposed two-unit William States Lee III Nuclear Station will have a capacity of 2,234 megawatts. It is the first new COL with a new site …

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33rd Carnival of Space

Universe today has the 33rd Carnival of Space I contributed my discussion about bootstrapping ground launch of magnetic sails and some discussion about the need for high volume applications and the plans of Burt Rutan and SpaceshipTwo/SpaceshipThree and spaceshipFour The Space cynic does not believe that Burt Rutan can hit his goals for space tourism. …

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More precise clocks driving many technological advances

Wired magazine reports on atomic clocks, which are the basis of GPS technology and help science become more accurate. The NIST-F1, this atomic clock is more accurate for prolonged periods than any other clock — an order of magnitude better than the one it replaced in 1999. When the F2 down the hall goes online …

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Nanolasers to help heat assisted magnetic recording to achieve 10 terabit per square inch density

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and at the University of Houston, in Texas, who have developed the nanolaser, say that it could lead to hard disks with 10 terabits of data packed into a square inch. 50 times more than current hard disks can carry up to 200 gigabits per square inch. …

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