Hitachi developing a new reactor that burns nuclear waste

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Hitachi’s nuclear-waste burning reactor system

Nuclear waste is a problem because it needs to be stored for thousands of years before it is safe. Hitatchi has partnered with MIT, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley, to make this situation a little more manageable. They are working on a new reactor design that uses transuranic nuclear waste for fuel; leaving behind only short-lived radioactive elements.

 

 

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Top 7 military weapons most people have never heard of

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Lun-class Ekranoplane

History of weapon design is full of examples of human ingenuity run amok. “What are some historical weapons that most people have never heard of,” a group of Quora users asked. The answers provide an amazing insight into the history of war, and offer examples of some of the most ingenious — yet impractical — weaponry ever created.

 

 

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They sound like science fiction, but these 5 energy technologies are getting close to reality

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Space-based solar

Some newer clean energy sources are becoming mainstream industries with low prices and established financing models like solar panels and wind turbines. But even in this era of emerging predictable clean energy, there are some pretty weird, experimental and ambitious energy projects under development. And they’re trying to move out of the lab and off of research papers, and into actual production.

 

 

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1 Millisecond into a Nuclear Explosion

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The very start of a very big bang.

Allegedly, this is a photograph of the beginning of a nuclear detonation. It was taken in 1952 during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada. At this point, the fireball is about sixty-six feet across. How was the photographer able to get a shutter speed fast enough to do it?

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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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Renewable Energy consumption tops nuclear for first time

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According to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the consumption of engery from renewable sources recently topped both the current and the historical consumption levels for nuclear energy. The shift was immediately caused by nuclear outages that coincided with the high-water season for hydropower generation.

But there’s a long-term upward trend in renewables which can be seen here, too, thanks to the increased consumption of biofuels and wind capacity additions…

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Tragedy in Japan May Be Most Globally Disruptive Natural Disaster in Modern Times

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An elderly woman cries  in the devastated town of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture.

There are events in history that sear themselves into the world’s collective imagination, and enter the realm where myth meets heartbreaking reality.

 

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Regional Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming According to NASA

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A nuclear bomb explodes in a test on the Mururoa atoll in French Polynesia in the early seventies.

NASA Scientists have tested the climate effect of what a small, regional nuclear war would do to the world and have come up with a few revealing (and quite scary) conclusions. For the purpose of the exercise, NASA termed a small, regional nuclear war as 100 Hiroshima-level bombs.

 

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