Fast Reactor Status and a two step closed nuclear fuel cycle

the Russians have the most commercial experience with fast neutron reactors. They operated the 600 MWe BN-600 for a few decades. Fast neutron reactors increase the burnup of fuel up to 15-20% vs 5% with LWS and the used fuel is easier to process and with a liquid pyroprocessing method can enable a closed fuel …

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World’s largest building has fake sun and beach like the movie the Truman Show

The largest building in the world is the New Global Century center in Chengdu China. It is 1600 feet long (500 meters) X 1300 feet wide (400 meters) X 300 feet tall (100 meters). It the world’s biggest building measured by floor space. The Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington has the largest volume, and …

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Is the Phillippines shifting to prolonged 6-7% annual GDP growth ?

Growth forecasts for the Philippine economy have been hiked by two institutions after the strong performance registered in the first quarter. Nomura, in a report released Friday, expects the gross domestic product (GDP) — the broadest measure of the economy — to grow by 7.3% this year and 6.2% in 2014. Its earlier estimates were …

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Green the deserts by using seawater to cool greenhouses

Norwegian biologist Joakim Hauge wants to green the deserts using greenhouses that are cooled by seawater. They plan to grow 1200 cucumbers per square metre per year in new greenhouses. In March, temperatures outside were in the 30s (celsius), but in the low 20s in the greenhouse. In August, it can reach 50 °C outside, …

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UK Telegraph article China may not overtake America this century and other China articles

The UK Telegraph has an article by Ambrose Evans Pritchard which collects doubts that China economy as measured by nominal GDP and even PPP GDP will surpass the United States this century. All of the statements are just collections of maybe China’s economy will have big problems. * Maybe China has a debt that is …

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World Bank President Adopts Nextbigfuture Poverty Target

In December 2012, Nextbigfuture proposed bringing world extreme poverty below 3% by 2025. Yesterday (April 2, 2013) World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim outlined a bold agenda for the global community toward ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity to boost the incomes of the poorest 40 percent of the population in …

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By 2015 the Chinese yuan will be the number three currency in the world after the US dollar and the Euro

There are several recent forecast / predictions for the Chinese yuan by noted economists. * By 2015, a third of China’s cross-border trade will be settled in yuan, making the yuan one of the three most-used in global trade along with the dollar and euro, HSBC forecast in a report this month * The Chinese …

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Brookhaven on the verge of revolutionizing superconducting magnet technology to 20-25 tesla in 2013 and 35-40 tesla by 2018

A 15+ Tesla High Temperature Superconductor solenoid was already designed, built and tested in 2012. An all superconductor solenoid can be combined with a conventional 10 tesla magnet to achieve a hybrid 25 tesla. Ramesh Gupta, Brookhaven National labs and others, are working to a more ambitious 20-25 Telsa goal (all high temperature superconductor in …

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Comparing the Russian Meteor to Tunguska and Yesterdays Near Miss Asteroid

If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial …

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Meteor Hits Russia with force of 20 Hiroshima bombs

A meteorite streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, raining fireballs over a vast area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured 1,200 people. This is a reminder of the need for an Asteroid shield like that proposed by the Lifeboat foundation and other groups. People …

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