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Molten Salt Reactors: New Reactor Design Eats Up Nuclear Waste

Molten Salt Reactors: New Reactor Design Eats Up Nuclear Waste

A can scale from just 50 Megawatts electric (MWe) to 1,200 MWe, its creators say, while burning up nuclear waste in the process.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below☢️ You like nuclear. So do we. Energy Daily founder the large reactor represents a move of public sentiment after public obstacles have continued to push the timeline on popular startup NuScale.King explains the way light-water reactors—the majority of nuclear plants in the world and all the nuclear plants in the U.S. today—grew to dominate nuclear energy development the way internal combustion engines eclipsed and then crushed...

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Elon Musk and Solar: He Says Sun Can Power All of Civilization

Elon Musk and Solar: He Says Sun Can Power All of Civilization

In a tweet yesterday, we could all pay a little more tribute to the powerful orb that keeps our planet alive. Musk said the sun—that “free fusion reactor in the sky”—can power all of civilization.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.That free fusion reactor in the sky conveniently converts ~4 million tons of mass into energy every second. We just need to catch an extremely tiny amount of it to power all of civilization.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)Solar energy runs through...

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Satellite Collision October 2020: Risks of Space Debris Accident

Satellite Collision October 2020: Risks of Space Debris Accident

Update 10/16/20: Fortunately, it seems that the Soviet Parus 64 satellite and CZ-4C rocket stage whizzed by each other without incident. No additional debris was detected, according to a tweet from LeoLabs.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.No indication of collision. 👍CZ-4C R/B passed over LeoLabs Kiwi Space Radar 10 minutes after TCA. Our data shows only a single object as we'd hoped, with no signs of debris.We will follow up in the coming days on Medium with a...

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LAX Jetpack Sighting: 2nd Person Spotted Flying Jetpack Over LA

LAX Jetpack Sighting: 2nd Person Spotted Flying Jetpack Over LA

Stop us if you've heard this one before: On Wednesday afternoon, crew members on an airliner flying near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) once again gliding at an altitude of 6,000 feet high, a few miles northwest of the flight hub.✈ You like badass planes. So do we. It’s the that aviation professionals have observed someone in a jetpack flying near LAX.Previously On...At 1:45 p.m. PST, the crew of the LAX-bound China Airlines Flight 006, a Boeing 777 coming from Taipei, alerted air traffic controllers of the strange sight. Here’s part of the transcript of the conversation between...

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Is There Water on Mars? - Scientists Find Water Bodies on Mars

Is There Water on Mars? - Scientists Find Water Bodies on Mars

In 2018, planetary scientist Roberto Orosei and his colleagues stirred up a multi-planetary controversy when they claimed they'd found evidence of a subglacial lake nearly a mile below ice at Mars's south pole. At the time, fellow planetary scientists met the claims with intense scrutiny.Now, Orosei, a planetary scientist at Italy's National Institute for Astrophysics, and his fellow researchers say they have new, additional evidence that these deep, vast subglacial lakes really do exist. They published this week in the journal Nature Astronomy.🌌 You like badass space stuff. So do we. If...

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Time Crystals: What Are They, How They Work - New State of Matter

Time Crystals: What Are They, How They Work - New State of Matter

For the first time, scientists have of a rare and baffling form of matter called . The crystals look at a glance like “regular” crystals, but they have a relationship to time that both intrigues and puzzles scientists because of its unpredictability. Now, experts say they could have applications in .🤯 You love time travel. So do we. Let's nerd out over it together.Scientists only theorized the existence of time crystals starting in the 2010s, making this the state-of-matter equivalent of so-called —is it really a new thing or just a special case of something else? (Sorry, ruby chocolate,...

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State of Nuclear Fusion: Reactor Could Achieve Fusion in 10 Years

State of Nuclear Fusion: Reactor Could Achieve Fusion in 10 Years

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are collaborating on that could feasibly be built and go online much faster than concepts. Does that mean fusion’s Lucy will finally let an industry Charlie Brown kick the football? Maybe.☢️You love nuclear. So do we. The : “Construction of a reactor, called , which is being developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a spinoff company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, is expected to begin next spring and take three or four years, the researchers and company officials said.”Granted, that’s just...

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Giant Godzilla Statue in Japan | How Tall Is Godzilla?

Giant Godzilla Statue in Japan | How Tall Is Godzilla?

When it comes to larger-than-life sci-fi sculptures, no country can hang with Japan. It isn't enough to have the world's largest working robot under construction at the Port of Yokohama—that —so now Japan is also undertaking another icon of titan proportions: Godzilla.Related Story➡ You like badass beasts. So do we. The many film adaptions of Godzilla show off the fictitious sea monster at anywhere (164 to 394 feet), while this iteration of Godzilla is a mere 20 meters (65 feet) tall, 25 meters (82 feet) wide, and 55 meters (180 feet) long.While that may not be quite as huge as the real...

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NASA Makes Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough: State of Nuclear Fusion

NASA Makes Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough: State of Nuclear Fusion

NASA has unlocked , with a phenomenon called lattice confinement fusion that takes place in the narrow channels between atoms. In the reaction, the common nuclear fuel deuterium gets trapped in the “empty” atomic space in a solid metal. What results is a Goldilocks effect that’s neither supercooled nor superheated, but where atoms reach fusion-level energy.☢️ You like nuclear. So do we. “Lattice confinement” may sound complex, but it's just a mechanism—by comparison, and stellarators use “magnetic confinement.” These are the ways scientists plan to condense and then corral the fantastical...

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Japan's Giant Gundam Robot: 60-Foot-Tall Gundam Is Now Walking

Japan's Giant Gundam Robot: 60-Foot-Tall Gundam Is Now Walking

The world's largest robot—a that towers 60 feet above Japan's Port of Yokohama—has been under construction since January. Now, the beastly bot is finally ready to stretch its legs.🤖You like badass robots. So do we. Inspired by the fictional Japanese robot of the same name—which has appeared in over since 1979, as well as many manga comics and video games—this Gundam features a staggering 24 degrees of freedom. That means the robot can pick up its legs to walk, bend its knees, turn its head, and contort its fingers to mime hand signals.People in Japan have a few glimpses of the engineering...

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NASA Makes Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough: State of Nuclear Fusion

NASA Makes Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough: State of Nuclear Fusion

NASA has unlocked , with a phenomenon called lattice confinement fusion that takes place in the narrow channels between atoms. In the reaction, the common nuclear fuel deuterium gets trapped in the “empty” atomic space in a solid metal. What results is a Goldilocks effect that’s neither supercooled nor superheated, but where atoms reach fusion-level energy.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below☢️ You like nuclear. So do we. “Lattice confinement” may sound complex, but it's just a mechanism—by comparison, and stellarators use “magnetic confinement.” These are the ways scientists plan to...

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The EmDrive Just Won't Die | EmDrive Testing Results

The EmDrive Just Won't Die | EmDrive Testing Results

When DARPA the controversial EmDrive in 2018, it looked like a big gamble. Many physicists had dismissed the revolutionary space drive as simply fake science. Now its EmDrive project is greenlit for Phase 2, DARPA told Popular Mechanics in February this year. Meanwhile, other teams are hoping to reach a final demonstration of the technology later this year."This is a technology which could transform space travel and see craft lifting silently off from launchpads and reaching beyond the solar system," says Mike McCulloch, a lecturer in geomatics at the University of Plymouth, U.K., and...

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Active Denial System: How the Heat Ray/Pain Beam Weapon Works

Active Denial System: How the Heat Ray/Pain Beam Weapon Works

The U.S. government sought to have two scary, albeit non-lethal weapons on hand during this summer’s protests in Washington, D.C., according to an . The and Active Denial System (ADS) are designed to produce instantaneous pain, causing crowds to disperse and allowing authorities to reimpose order. Experts, however, claim the weapons are “too scary to use,” and people can become too incapacitated to move out of the pain zone. ➡ YOU LOVE top-notch defense stories (otherwise you wouldn't be here). U.S. military authorities asked the District of Columbia National Guard if it had the LRAD and...

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Glaciers Melting: Two Antarctica Glaciers Are Breaking Free

Glaciers Melting: Two Antarctica Glaciers Are Breaking Free

Two highly stressed and massive glaciers in Antarctica of some of their naturally grounded restraints, scientists say. If the glaciers continue to meander and reach open water, they could raise the sea level by as much as 10 feet. That could cover most of the Netherlands or the whole city of New Orleans, not to mention cause coastal creep around the entire world.Advertisement - Continue Reading BelowDIVE DEEPER ➡ , starting now.First, let’s look at what’s actually happening with these glaciers. Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers are huge, although they aren't biggest in the world—those...

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Air Force New Fighter Jet: Secret 6th Generation Fighter Details

Air Force New Fighter Jet: Secret 6th Generation Fighter Details

The U.S. Air Force revealed this week that it has a new prototype fighter jet. The fighter, about which we know virtually nothing, has already flown and “broken records.” (The image above is Air Force concept art from 2018). The Air Force must now consider how it will buy the new fighter as it struggles to acquire everything from intercontinental ballistic missiles to bombers. ✈ You love badass planes. So do we. The Air Force’s head of acquisition, Will Roper, made the announcement yesterday in an , in conjunction with the Air Force Association’s virtual .The Air Force built the new fighter...

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Northrop Grumman GEM-63XL Motor - Watch Rocket Booster Test

Northrop Grumman GEM-63XL Motor - Watch Rocket Booster Test

Northrop Grumman's GEM-63XL motor roared to life yesterday under the piping-hot Utah sun. The solid rocket booster will eventually help propel United Launch Alliance's (ULA) , which is currently in production. Fortunately for us, the company unveiled some seriously stunning video footage of the test:This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.During the 90-second qualification test, the 72-foot-long booster generated almost 449,000 pounds of thrust, according to a . This...

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Supercapacitor Battery - Turning Red Bricks Into Supercapacitors

Supercapacitor Battery - Turning Red Bricks Into Supercapacitors

In new research, scientists say they can turn that hold electricity. By coating bricks with a polymer containing intrusive nanofibers, they’ve turned normal red bricks into something that can conduct and store electrical current.The polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) or PEDOT, is critical to this research—but so is simple red clay. ➡ Read , starting now.Let’s look at how this setup works. First is the brick itself, which is made of clay that’s red because of an age-old pigment named hematite. :“The red color of a brick originates from hematite, a pigment first utilized by humans...

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25 of America's Most Dangerous Roads

25 of America's Most Dangerous Roads

The United States may not have anything like but for highway deaths per capita, the World Health Organization ranks the U.S. as much more dangerous than most northern European countries, at 11 highway deaths per 100,000 population per year—three times the death rate of the U.K., for example. These are some of our deadliest stretches of pavement. Be careful out there.Advertisement - Continue Reading BelowThis content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and...

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Iran Accidentally Sinks Fake American Aircraft Carrier

Iran Accidentally Sinks Fake American Aircraft Carrier

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingAn Iranian barge modified to resemble an American aircraft carrier . The “carrier,” built to take abuse in propaganda videos made by the Iranian regime, unexpectedly turned on its side near the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. The fake carrier is now a hazard for local shipping, and experts believe it will need to be towed away and salvaged.The unnamed barge was in Iran’s “Great Prophet 14” exercises. The annual air and naval exercises are used to showcase all the ways Iran believes it can stand up to...

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Does Wireless Power Transfer Work? - Wireless Electricity in NZ

Does Wireless Power Transfer Work? - Wireless Electricity in NZ

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingAn energy startup named Emrod says , more than a century after . Like the best-performing satellite internet connections, Emrod’s link only needs a clear line of sight.In a statement, Emrod founder Greg Kushnir says he was motivated by New Zealand’s particular set of skills, à la Liam Neeson in Taken.“We have an abundance of clean hydro, solar, and wind energy available around the world but there are costly challenges that come with delivering that energy using traditional methods, for example, offshore...

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Molten Salt Reactors - What Are They, How Do They Work?

Molten Salt Reactors - What Are They, How Do They Work?

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingA researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hopes to make molten salt reactors by fine-tuning how they behave under extreme heat and pressure. Could his work help to stabilize this volatile area of nuclear energy?There are active molten salt plants like in Nevada, which has experienced setbacks that reduce its overall efficiency from a . A recent report from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) found that molten salt tanks had that required costly full drainage and refilling for...

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Engineers Take Their Gundam for a Walk | Gundam Factory Yokohama

Engineers Take Their Gundam for a Walk | Gundam Factory Yokohama

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingSince January, construction has been underway on a huge Gundam robot—a popular fictional robot that appears in some since 1979, not to mention a slew of video games and manga. Coming in at about 60 feet tall, the Gundam will be impossible to miss from the Port of Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, where it will call home for a full year.Although the COVID-19 pandemic has on various construction projects, worldwide, the Gundam perseveres. You can check out the progress for yourself in , uploaded by Michael...

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Neuralink Music Streaming Chip | Elon Musk Neuralink Updates

Neuralink Music Streaming Chip | Elon Musk Neuralink Updates

In typical fashion, the billionaire technologist set Twitter ablaze with rumors about a Neuralink chip that can stream music directly to the user's brain, after tweeting only one word.When computer programmer asked Musk if one day users could stream music directly into their Neuralink chips, Musk simply responded "yes."This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Yes— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in...

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Nuclear Fusion News, Updates - Problem With Tokamak Reactors

Nuclear Fusion News, Updates - Problem With Tokamak Reactors

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingResearchers with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) of the Department of Energy have documenting a way to help enable . They describe the scientific reasons for a phenomenon within tokamak reactors called Alfvén mode chirping.Let’s race through some terms here. A tokamak is the donut-shaped great hope of nuclear fusion. (Its cousin, the , has great potential, but is less developed so far.) Inside, a stream of unfathomably hot plasma—as hot as or even far hotter than our sun—is contained by a...

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