Two Stage Configuration Winterberg Fusion Rocket Could Go 20% of lightspeed

Adam Crowl, crowlspace, points out that with the 6.3% of light speed exhaust velocity from Winterbergs deuterium fusion rocket design means a 120,000 ton starship attached to 12,000,000 tons of deuterium can do a delta-vee of ~0.2 c (20% of lightspeed). This would be using the two stage configuration of the Project Daedelus (which was …

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South Korean company Nesscap Claim Ultracapacitors with 10 times the Power and Lifetime of Batteries

Nesscap Inc., a South Korean-based ultracapacitor manufacturing and power storage solutions company, announced today that it has closed a bridge financing round in the amount of $9 million. Nesscap ultracapacitor information * High energy density (2.7V 5000F Prismatic : 5.8Wh/kg, 7.1Wh/l) Which is not that special. Experimental electric double-layer capacitors from the MIT LEES project …

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Carnival of Space 122 Mainly Reactions to the Discovery of Water on the Moon

Cumbrian Sky hosts the 122nd Carnival of Space Nextbigfuture provided one of the first 3 nextbigfuture articles on water on the moon. Bad Astronomy has an article about water on the moon and what it will mean. The Planetary Society blog has an extensive article on the discovery of water on the moon. Cumbrian sky …

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HALO ODST Contemplations on Supersoldiers and Exoskeletons

The HALO ODST project started as a Halo movie project involving Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings. HALO is fiction that has one of the more well thought out looks at a world with supersoldiers, combat exoskeletons, interstellar travel, artificial intelligence and other future technologies. Players in HALO ODST assume the roles of elite …

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It Appears SENS Antiaging project Has Won the 3Banana SharetoWin Contest

It is not officially announced but it appears that SENS (antiaging project) has won the 3banana contest Thanks to all of those who provided comments that were counted. Final count appears to be 2530 comments for SENS and 2349 for Las Angeles Habitation House and less for about 50 other non-profits. The SENS 3banana page. …

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Kitegen Update

Popular Science’s most recent magazine (on newstands Sept ,2009) has a brief two paragraphs which indicate that Kitegen is building a 3 megawatt system with 1500 square foot kite sail. This is scheduled to be completed in 2011. This is 75 times larger power than a 40 kilowatt demo system that was produced. •max power: …

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Elements of Star Wars Recycled in the Recent Battlestar Galactica TV Series

There are some things in this that can be considered spoilers, but the Battlestar TV series has finished its first run and if you have not seen the Star Wars movies then go rent the DVDs. With DVDs you can fast forward through all of the Anakin-Padme/Amidala “relationship”. Note: Star Wars was not original either. …

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SENS4 : Antiaging conference coverage

Ouroboros has coverage of the SENS4: Antiaging conference. The SENS site has all of the conference abstracts UPDATE: SENS4, Session 6: Eliminating recalcitrant intracellular molecules: other Claude Wischik spoke about preventing aggregation of tau protein, which is implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical trials of their aggregation-inhibiting drug Rember are promising. Andrei Seluanov talked about naked …

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Sandia Designing Factory Mass Producable Right Sized Reactor

Tom Sanders, Vice President/President Elect American Nuclear Society, is promoting “Global Energy Needs: Defining a Role for a “Right Sized Reactor” [32 page pdf] There is some conflicting information in the 32 page presentation and a Sandia press release. The presentation (May, 2009) talks about a variety of reactor technologies include light water, gas cooled, …

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High Speed Nuclear Commercial Shipping

This site had examined a study of the economics of nuclear power for commercial shipping. The study showed that a nuclear ship would be $40 million per year cheaper to operate when bunker oil is at $500/ton. Those studies had indicated improved economics when bunker fuel is over $300/ton. Bunker oil is currently about $375/ton. …

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Space elevator Games Delayed at Least 4 Weeks

The helicopter flight was not successful in maintaining constant tension or position for hanging the 1 kilometer long tether for the space elevator games. This resulted in a safety device dropping the line – which means we’ll have to do this yet again, until we get it right, and so the games cannot proceed as …

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