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Next Big Future 12/05/2019 22:57
Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a startup commercializing fusion energy, has raised $115 million and closed its Series A round. New participants in the round include Future Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Moore Strategic Ventures, Safar Partners, Schooner Capital, and Starlight Ventures who join Eni, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, The Engine and other investors committed to supporting the commercialization of fusion energy. CFS is collaborating with MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center to develop the world’s first net energy gain fusion system, called SPARC. CFS will produce first-of-its-kind high-temperature superconductor magnets to build smaller and lower-cost fusion power plants. This funding will.
Next Big Future 12/05/2019 20:35
There is a relatively common belief and idea that we are in an age of accelerating technology. Technology is advancing and there is a good chance that various super-technology will be developed over the next 80 years. The story of technology and the world is more than just the number of cars and different technologies that are developed and dispersed. 1940 to 2020 vs 2020 to 2100 There is some level where technology and developments accelerate and some aspects where things slow down. It is useful to consider how much has changed since 1940 to 2020 (80 years) and also.
Next Big Future 12/05/2019 17:55
2020 starts in 26 days. 2020 is a milestone year and those are years when people love to make long-range predictions. I, Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture, have been tracking global developments for over 40 years. I am a professional futurist and my last large set of predictions was made in 2006 at the nanonews-now website. Many of the predictions were accurate. Many were for a more distant future and have not happened or not happened yet. I will review and update some interesting or notable predictions from 156 predictions I made in 2006: * First 10 petaflop supercomputer predicted for.
Next Big Future 12/04/2019 17:29
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has uncovered the processes that drive the solar wind – the constant outflow of hot, ionized gas that streams outward from the Sun and fills up the solar system – and how the solar wind couples with solar rotation. The mission has examined the dust of the coronal environment, and spotted particle acceleration events so small that they are undetectable from Earth, which is nearly 93 million miles from the Sun. During its initial flybys, Parker studied the Sun from a distance of about 15 million miles. That is already closer to the Sun than Mercury,
Next Big Future 12/03/2019 16:50
Muon-catalyzed fusion has been studied for 60 years and new work with lasers and ultradense material could lead to commercial nuclear fusion. A 100-watt laser power could create a megawatt nuclear fusion generator. This would provide a total energy gain of more than ten thousand. It would have deuterium-tritium as fuel. It would use a novel muon generator to produce 1 MW thermal power. The thermal power using pure deuterium as fuel may be up to 220 kW initially: It will increase with time up to over 1 MW due to the production of tritium in one reaction branch. The.
Next Big Future 12/03/2019 13:17
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. failed to properly inspect and maintain the high-voltage power line that started the Camp Fire. Pacific Gas and Electric did not conduct a detailed climbing inspection of the aging tower located at the fire’s origin point since at least 2001. This was the period of seventeen years preceding the November 8, 2018 Camp Fire. The November 8, 2018 Camp Fire killed 85 people and caused $30 billion in property damage. This article has pictures showing how obvious the damage to critical equipment is and was. PG&E has 24,000 employees. A few hundred inspectors would add.
Next Big Future 12/02/2019 12:25
The 2019 UN Emission Gap report indicates that global emissions must drop 7.6 percent per year from 2020 to 2030 for the 1.5°C goal and 2.7 percent per year for the 2°C goal. The UN report says a 30 billion ton CO2 equivalent cut by 2030 is needed to reach the 1.5 degree target. However, the world is tracking to an 8.3 billion ton CO2 equivalent increase. The 2-degree celsius temperature target would need a 14 billion ton CO2 equivalent reduction from 2018 levels. There is a 38 billion ton CO2 gap for annual emissions between where we are going.
Next Big Future 12/02/2019 10:50
Before the tsunami in 2011, Japan was generating 30% of its electricity from over 50 nuclear reactors, but all were shutdown within 14 months of the accident. A total of nine units have restarted since 2015, while 17 reactors are in the process of gaining approval to restart. Tohoku Electric Power Company has received initial regulatory approval to resume operation of unit 2 at its Onagawa plant in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture. The plant was the closest nuclear power plant to the epicentre of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011, but sustained far less damage than expected. The utility.
Next Big Future 12/02/2019 03:11
The World of today still seems to be similar to the world of 1940. The world of 2019 and the world of 1940 are both mainly based on oil and steel. We can see in movies and documentary reels that we still have tanks and aircraft carriers that look similar. The planes changed from propeller to jets in the 1960s. The world has increased steel and oil production by about 15 times since 1940. We can get a sense of the pace of change by looking at production increases across the decades. World population was about 2.2 billion in 1940.
Next Big Future 11/29/2019 19:07
Electric car makers like Tesla have all of the batteries, engines and electronics in a skateboard. They place the seats and cover on top. The Cybertruck will have up to 700-800 horsepower in its top model. The Cybertruck skateboard is a foot longer than a Ford F-150. Tesla can use the Cybertruck skateboard to make an electric version to match any existing SUV and large truck in the market. They can put three rows of seats and have storage space. Winning in Price and Performance Competition The Tesla Cybertruck will start at $39,000 which is 15% higher than the average.
Next Big Future 11/29/2019 11:26
Lithium Ion batteries can get three times cheaper than current average prices of about $180 per kwh to about $50-60 per kwh. This will be from improving processes going to the Tesla-Maxwell dry cell technology and with improved energy density and increasing the volume and other manufacturing efficiencies. The global automotive lithium-ion battery market could reach about $95-100 billion per year by 2030. A Cleantechnica analysis of the Tesla Cybertruck seems to show an implied 45% improvement in battery prices to about $100-110 per kwh by 2021. $94 per kwh is the pricing expected in 2024 by Bloomberg New Energy.
Next Big Future 11/28/2019 12:26
Deakin materials scientists have proven that liquid solvent-free solid state batteries can easily be made which will enable safer batteries with higher energy density. Joule – Poly(Ionic Liquid)s-in-Salt Electrolytes with Co-coordination-Assisted Lithium-Ion Transport for Safe Batteries Highlights • A solvent-free poly(ionic liquid)s-in-salt electrolyte is demonstrated • A co-coordination-assisted Li + transport is proposed for enhanced transference number • Lithium-metal batteries with high cathode loadings are demonstrated at 80°C Summary Polymer electrolytes are seen as key components for safe, high-energy-density all-solid-state lithium (Li) batteries, given their appropriate mechanical properties along with the absence of volatile and
Next Big Future 11/28/2019 11:15
China and India both roughly doubled their electricity generation over the last ten years. China will likely slow down electricity generation to a 50-70% increase by 2030. India will likely still double power usage. India currently has the third-highest power generation in the world. India consumed 1636 TWh of electricity in 2018. This was behind China at 7051 TWh and the USA at 4417 TWh. Russia was fourth with 1127 TWh. India is expected to increase electricity consumption to 3000 TWh in 2030. China will likely be generating about 12000 TWh in 2030.
Next Big Future 11/27/2019 21:04
Truck tug a war competition are won by the heavier truck. This was demonstrated when Wired used a weaker but heavier toy truck to out-tug another toy truck. A Cybertruck with three plaid engines would have 800 horsepower. This is more than the highest horsepower in any version of the F-150. The trimotor Cybertruck can tow 14,000 pounds. The highest tow F-150 ratings by cab are 13,200 pounds for the 2WD SuperCrew equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 6.5-foot bed. The maximum Supercab F-150 rating is 12,000 pounds with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, 2WD and 6.5-foot bed. Elon Musk tweeted that.
Next Big Future 11/27/2019 20:33
aA href="https://community.apan.org/wg/tradoc-g2/mad-scientist/m/articles-of-interest/300458″>A DoD Biotechnologies for Health and Human Performance Council (BHPC; Alexandria, VA) study group surveyed a wide range of current and emerging technologies relevant to assisting and augmenting human performance in many domains.
Next Big Future 11/27/2019 10:31
Doctors at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have placed humans in suspended animation and this could enable them to have hours instead of minutes to operate on critical patients. They rapidly cooled a patient’s body down to ten to 15 degrees Celsius (50 to 59 Fahrenheit) by replacing their blood with an ice-cold salt solution. Without cooling the patient would suffer irreversible damage in about five minutes. Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation for Cardiac Arrest from Trauma (EPR-CAT) Principal Investigator: Samuel Tisherman, MD, professor of Surgery and director of the Division of Critical Care and Trauma Education at the.

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