DOE funding half of the NuScale 45 MWe small modular reactor

the Energy Department announced an award to NuScale Power LLC to support a new project to design, certify and help commercialize innovative small modular reactors (SMRs) in the United States. Through a five-year cost-share agreement, the Energy Department will invest up to half of the total project cost, with the project’s industry partners matching this …

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31 months of Gene Therapy Benefits Advanced Heart Failure Patients

Researchers from the Cardiovascular Research Center at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reported the long-term benefits of a single dose of their gene therapy AAV1/SERCA2a in advanced heart failure patients on Nov. 19 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2013. The new long-term follow-up results from their initial Calcium Up-Regulation by Percutaneous …

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General Fusion targeting commercializing nuclear fusion in about 2020

General Fusion has opened up its website. Previously much of website required passwords to access. General Fusion has the near-term goal of developing a full-scale prototype fusion power plant for the comparative bargain of $500 million. In September, General Fusion added some serious scientific muscle to its team, appointing two renowned names in energy and …

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Mobile phones help get world closer universal access to clean water by helping monitor and speed repairs

Making clean drinking water globally accessible is one of the biggest challenges of this century. Yet a new study by Oxford University contends that this goal is achievable if the key elements of good governance and management are adopted. The problem of providing clean water is most acute in developing countries, particularly in Africa, where …

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3D Printing of a lunar base using lunar soil will print buildings at 3.5 meters per hour

Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil. This is a case where 3d printing would win out over regular …

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NASA makes prototype ice and water mining lunar robot

NASA has developed a water and ice mining robot for the moon and it is called RASSOR RASSOR, for Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot and pronounced “razor,” the autonomous machine is far from space-ready, but the earliest design has shown engineers the broad strokes of what their lunar soil excavator needs in order to …

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