U.S. Wants Working Commercial Fusion Reactor by 2035
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 14 Comments • 3 Likes • 2 months ago
“Jennifer Granholm, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, says that the U.S. is aiming to create a working fusion reactor by 2035.”
Some significant progress has been made in the last couple of years. Let's hope this time the dream becomes a reality. It will be necessary in my mind if we are to embrace a world of electric vehicles and less dependence on fossil fuels.
A Value Investor's Analysis of Student Loan Forgiveness
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 270 Comments • 7 Likes • 8 months ago
“Individual impact aside, Biden's student loan forgiveness will also affect the US currency and economy. Here's how we see it as value investors.”
I'm always interested in the thoughts, opinions and views of immigrants who have come to America from countries where there are few of the freedoms we have come to take for granted here. They tend to have fresh eyes when it comes to viewing this country as truly a land of opportunity. I have...
NASA's DART mission successfully knocks asteroid off course, Earth can now defend itself
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 16 Comments • 10 Likes • last year
“While the asteroid was of no threat to Earth, but the test demonstrated our capability to resist asteroid impact.”
Interesting milestone today in the name of planetary defense, but is the technology capable of stopping or redirecting much larger asteroids or planetary killers and avert an extinction level event (ELE)? Or will we need Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck to land on such a body, drill to exactly 800...
American states are now Petri dishes of polarisation | The Economist
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 161 Comments • 12 Likes • last year
“Only electoral reform can make them work properly | Leaders”
Interesting article about our worsening political polarization. And the solution sounds similar to things I have proposed here in the past regarding electoral reform. Although I would add that the "winner take all" electoral vote scenario for Federal Elections in the various states should be...
The James Webb Space Telescope is fully deployed. So what's next for the biggest observatory off Earth? | Space
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 14 Comments • 7 Likes • last year
“Work for the James Webb Space Telescope is just beginning after it was successfully deployed on Jan. 8.”
Without much fanfare, and as most of us were still sleeping on Christmas morning 2021 an Ariane 5 rocket launched from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT; 9:20 a.m. local time in Kourou), carrying the highly anticipated, long-delayed James Webb Space...
Betty White, Iconic TV Star Dies at 99, Weeks Before 100th Birthday
Via: Freewill • News & Politics • 7 Comments • 5 Likes • last year
“The beloved actress would have celebrated her 100th birthday on January 17.”
Just when we thought that 2021 could not get any worse! Two of my favorites passed in the last few days. First John Madden, the reason for most Raider fans being fans, and now one of my favorite comedians Betty White. May they both rest in peace and my condolences to their families, friends...
Small Modular Reactors: Is Micro-Nuclear an option for Net-Zero Microgrids?
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 49 Comments • 10 Likes • 2 years ago
“Traditional nuclear power generates 20 percent of the U.S. electricity mix and does not emit greenhouse gases. The SMR modules would offer smaller...”
This technology has promise in terms of both distributed grid generation (as opposed to large centralized plants and long distribution systems) and for inexpensive power for remote or underserved areas. It also considerably more reliable and available 24/7 compared to other green technologies...
The fiasco in Afghanistan is a grave blow to America's standing | The Economist
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 12 Comments • 3 Likes • 2 years ago
“And much of the blame lies squarely with Joe Biden”
Much discussion has been had about this situation. The Economist offers an accurate account and reasonable non-partisan analysis.
Federal Agents Agree to Withdraw From Portland, With Conditions - The New York Times
Via: Freewill • News & Politics • 29 Comments • 2 Likes • 3 years ago
“Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said the teams will begin a withdrawal on Thursday. Federal officials cautioned that they will withdraw only when they...”
This should be interesting.
New Data on T Cells and the Coronavirus | In the Pipeline
Via: Freewill • Health, Science & Technology • 1 Comments • 2 Likes • 3 years ago
“Well, I was writing just the other day about what we don't know about the T-cell response to coronavirus infection, and as of today we know quite a...”
This could be a move in the right direction if it is found that even pre-existing T cells can provide cellular immunity against and/or at least some level of treatment for those already infected with Covid-19. From what I have read some of these recent discovers could also explain why some...