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150 Nuclear Plants In 15 Years - China's Mega Energy Plan

@thebigk • 1 month ago

China is planning to build 150 new nuclear reactors in the next 15 years with $440 billion investment. By 2025, China will surpass USA as the largest producer of nuclear power.

200 GW by 2035 - enough to power several large cities in China; informs China General Nuclear Power Corp. Nuclear energy would help China prevent 1.5 billion tons of annual carbon emissions. It's China's grand-step towards replacing all of its 2990 coal-fired power plants by 2060.

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World's Smallest Camera Captures Full-Color Images

@thebigk • 5 days ago

Researchers at Princeton University have developed an ultracompact camera, the size of a grain of salt that can produce full-color images. Just about 0.5 mm wide, the camera uses new technology called metasurface - with 1.6 million cylindrical posts.

The overall camera system makes use of hardware combined with sophisticated software to produce images. This camera, so tiny, is likely to find immediate use in invasive endoscopy and medical robots to diagnose and treat diseases.

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New Internet Speed Record - 319 Tbps

@thebigk • 6 days ago

Japanese engineers have achieved 319 Tb/s data transfer speed. For reference, it'd download 80,000 movies in a second. Researchers developed a 4-core experimental optical fiber and fired laser pulses at different wavelengths and multiple amplification techniques.

The 319 Tb/s speed was achieved over 1800 miles. Don't expect it to make it to your homes; but be assured that engineers are already preparing for 6G and the 7G.

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GoodFellows Lets Elderly Rent A Friendly Grandkid

@thebigk • 2 weeks ago

How about paying a monthly fee to rent a grandkid who'll treat you as their own grandpa or grandma? Let's call it GaaS; and it's a reality. GoodFellows, a startup by Shantanu Naidu, who works as Ratan Tata's business assistant is currently beta-testing the concept; and it's working good.

GoodFellows participants are vetted using psychometric tests and paired. The startup aims to solve the problem of loneliness among elderly. It also aims to provide fulfilling and purposeful employment to young graduates. Interesting startup, right?

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SpinLaunch Will Launch Satellites Without Rockets

@thebigk • 3 weeks ago

SpinLaunch is designing a novel mechanism of launching satellites into space without rockets. SpinLaunch's Orbital Accelerator spins up the satellites inside a vacuum chamber to about 5000 mph prior to launching it into atmosphere. Company promises 4x reduction in fuel and overall 10x reduction in cost.

After its first successful test-launch in October 2021, the company plans to offer commercial launches in 2024.

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Tesla's Director of Autopilot Software Joins Apple

@thebigk • 4 weeks ago

Apple's just made a key hire - Christopher "CJ" Moore, the director of Autopilot Software at Tesla since 2019. Moore will report to Stuart Bowers - who was the head of Autopilot at Tesla until 2019. Apple's been tight-lipped about its plans to develop automobile. There's no clarity on how long it will be before we'll see Apple's iCar. We promise to keep you posted.

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