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Nov 30, 2022

Spot the Dog: The robotic dog busy delivering data on dangerous construction sites for Balfour Beatty

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Interesting Engineering sighted ‘Spot the Dog’ with construction group Balfour Beatty. Naturally, we had a chat with one of their technicians.

‘Spot the dog,’ Balfour Beatty’s first robotic employee, was sighted by Interesting Engineering (IE) at the ‘Brooklands Science Summer School event’ yesterday (Nov. 29).

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Nov 30, 2022

Anomalous plasma burning heats-up fusion research

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Result from gigantic laser might help establish a new source of energy.

Nov 29, 2022

Google and Chevron invest in nuclear fusion startup that’s raised $1.2 billion

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Google, Chevron and a Japanese investment company have invested in TAE Technologies, a nuclear fusion startup, which has raised $1.2 billion so far.

Nov 28, 2022

Key Discovery for Future Design of Laser–Fusion Energy Reactors

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, physics

Work, conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and featured in Nature Physics, shows that ions behave differently in fusion reactions than previously expected. Credit: John Jett and Jake Long/LLNL

Ions behave differently in fusion reactions than previously expected, according to new findings by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). This discovery provides crucial insights for the future design of a laser–fusion energy source.

The findings, entitled “Evidence for suprathermal ion distribution in burning plasmas,” were featured in a new paper published in the November 14 issue of Nature Physics.

Nov 28, 2022

China Could Set Up ‘Moon Base’ By 2028; Lunar Station Likely To Be Powered By Nuclear Energy

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, space

The rover is expected to be larger than the two China-operated rovers on the Moon earlier. Wu claimed that nuclear energy could also be used to power the hopper, a machine intended to lift off from the lunar surface numerous times and bounce in and out of a crater’s constantly shadowed section in search of water.

Nuclear energy will support the station’s communications facilities to maintain communication with Earth and power the station’s communications systems. It will also stay connected to the Earth and relay signals between the Earth, Mars, and deep space. China has also announced its desire to explore deep space.

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Nov 28, 2022

High-Laser-Energy Shot Puts NIF Back on Track Toward Ignition

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, physics, security

Someone else posted about this, but this is from LLNL. I love what they do, and Twitter reminded me of the many Photonics shares I have. This is cool, and Ill post more links.

November 7, 2022

A record high-laser-energy NIF target shot on Sept. 19 produced about 1.2 million joules of fusion energy yield. Compared with the groundbreaking 1.35-megajoule (MJ) experiment of Aug. 8, 2021, this experiment used higher laser energy and a modified experimental design.

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Nov 25, 2022

Fusion energy is one step closer thanks to developments in China, according to Chinese state media

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According to state media, Chinese scientists are now in a position to supply critical parts for the planned International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project.

According to the south china morning post.

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Nov 21, 2022

Russia, U.S. to hold first talks under nuclear treaty since Ukraine war —State Dept

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WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) — The United States and Russia are expected to meet soon and discuss resuming inspections under the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty that have been paused since before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a daily press briefing, Price said the bilateral consultative commission (BCC), the mechanism for implementation of the last remaining arms control agreement between the world’s two largest nuclear powers, will meet “in the near future.”

Russia in August suspended cooperation with inspections under the treaty, blaming travel restrictions imposed by Washington and its allies over Moscow’s February invasion of Ukraine, but said it was still committed to complying with the provisions of the treaty.

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Nov 19, 2022

Why This Breakthrough AI Now Runs A Nuclear Fusion Reactor | New AI Supercomputer

Posted by in categories: information science, nuclear energy, robotics/AI, supercomputing

Deep Learning AI Specialization: https://imp.i384100.net/GET-STARTED
Nuclear fusion researchers have created a machine learning AI algorithm to detect and track the existence of plasma blobs that build up inside the tokamak for prediction of plasma disruption, the diagnosis of plasma using spectroscopy and tomography, and the tracking of turbulence inside of the fusion reactor. New AI supercomputer with over 13.5 million processor cores and over 1 exaflop of compute power made be Cerebras. A new study reveals an innovative neuro-computational model of the human brain which could lead to the creation of conscious AI or artificial general intelligence (AGI).

AI News Timestamps:
0:00 Breakthrough AI Runs A Nuclear Fusion Reactor.
3:07 New AI Supercomputer.
6:19 New Brain Model For Conscious AI

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Nov 18, 2022

Latest Webb image shows what our Sun looked like as a baby protostar

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, space

Webb’s NIRCam instrument recently captured this detailed image of the cloudy region around a very young protostar called L1527. Only about 100,000 years old, L1527 isn’t a star yet: it hasn’t fully pulled itself into a proper, stable sphere, and it hasn’t piled on enough mass to kickstart nuclear fusion and start pumping out its own energy. It’s more like “a small, hot, and puffy clump of gas, somewhere between 20 percent and 40 percent the mass of our Sun,” according to the European Space Agency.

But as the latest Webb photos reveal, the young protostar is making an ambitious start.

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