U.S. and Britain join forces to produce clean energy from ‘laser fusion’

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The United States has joined forces with Britain to investigate a hi-tech new way of producing ‘clean energy’ – not from wind or waves, but from firing huge arrays of high-powered lasers at pellets of hydrogen.

 

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Nancy Conrad On Education Innovation: Turning Geeks Into Rock Stars Is A Game Changer

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Nancy Conrad is a firm believer in education innovation.

Last week President Obama spoke at Facebook, emphasizing during the townhall that the US needs to be bullish on Science and Math education if we are to pull out of the recession, “We want to start making Science cool. I want people to feel about the next big energy breakthrough and the next big Internet breakthrough the same way they felt about the moonwalk,” he said.

Taking off on that idea, Nancy Conrad, the wife of late astronaut Pete Conrad, has founded the Conrad Foundation in the memory of her husband. Pete Conrad was expelled from one school in the 11th grade because he had dislexia and then went on to graduate from Princeton and walk on the moon because he was taken under the wing of an educator who saw promise in the young man…

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American Economy Vulnerable to Rare Earth Shortages

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China produces nearly all the world’s supply of the minerals.

The United States is too reliant on China for minerals crucial to new clean energy technologies, making the American economy vulnerable to shortages of materials needed for a range of green products — from compact fluorescent light bulbs to electric cars to giant wind turbines.

 

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