Biden Begins with Massive Job Loss

by: Brent Smith

Boy was I wrong. I was speaking to some friends just yesterday that I had heard the Bidden executive order cancelling the XL Pipeline project would put 11,000 people out of work.

Everyone was shocked by this. They couldn’t believe that a mere stroke of the president’s pen could wield such power as to just erase 11,000 jobs, just like that. And worse, it’s not that there was no remorse or regret over the decision kill that many jobs. It was the exact opposite. read more

Reactor Holds 180 Million degrees for 20 Seconds

KSTAR, the so-called "Korean artificial sun," has set a record for maintaining plasma at temperatures over 100 million °C
KSTAR, the so-called “Korean artificial sun,” has set a record for maintaining plasma at temperatures over 100 million °C

While harnessing the power of the Sun has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years, harnessing the process that powers the Sun is proving a tough nut to crack. However, progress continues to be made on the various approaches to practical nuclear fusion being pursued, of which tokamak reactors remain a frontrunner. In another promising development for the technology, the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) fusion device has set a world record by maintaining plasma at over 100 million °C (180 million °F) for 20 seconds.

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Never Charge Electric Vehicle

Aptera's "never charge" solar EV gives you up to 45 miles of range a day without plugging in, and can be fitted with batteries allowing up to 1,000 miles between plug-ins on long trips
Aptera’s “never charge” solar EV gives you up to 45 miles of range a day without plugging in, and can be fitted with batteries allowing up to 1,000 miles between plug-ins on long trips
Aptera

Since electric vehicles first started hitting the mainstream, people have been asking “why doesn’t that have a solar panel roof?” The answer has always been the same: solar panels just don’t generate that much power. That’s not a huge problem for solar racers, with their ultra-light weight and super-aerodynamic shapes, but for the minuscule daily range a solar roof would give you on your typical daily driver, you’re still gonna need to plug it in.

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Virtually Silent Delivery Drones

This flying pallet design shows what ion-propelled delivery drones might look like, flying near-silently through urban areas with no moving parts
This flying pallet design shows what ion-propelled delivery drones might look like, flying near-silently through urban areas with no moving parts
Undefined Technologies

Florida’s Undefined Technologies claims it has managed to increase the thrust levels of ion propulsion systems to “unprecedented levels” with its “Air Tantrum” technology, enabling very quiet drones with no moving parts in the propulsion system, that look like flying pallets. read more

Iron Powder as Fuel?

A worker pours iron powder into a funnel to feed a furnace. The Bavaria brewery is now the first business in the world to use metal powder as a clean, sustainable fuel for combustion
A worker pours iron powder into a funnel to feed a furnace. The Bavaria brewery is now the first business in the world to use metal powder as a clean, sustainable fuel for combustion
Bart van Overbeeke/TU Eindhoven

Many industries use heat-intensive processes that generally require the burning of fossil fuels, but a surprising green fuel alternative is emerging in the form of metal powders. Ground very fine, cheap iron powder burns readily at high temperatures, releasing energy as it oxidizes in a process that emits no carbon and produces easily collectable rust, or iron oxide, as its only emission.

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Heat Emitting Windows

The liquid within one of the smart windows begins to turn opaque as it's warmed by the sun
The liquid within one of the smart windows begins to turn opaque as it’s warmed by the sun
Nanyang Technological University

While double-glazed windows do help save energy, Singaporean scientists have tweaked the concept to make it even more effective. Instead of leaving an air gap between the two panes of glass, the researchers have inserted a heat-absorbing, light-blocking liquid.

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Old Cooking Oil Makes BioDiesel?

A closeup view of the micron-sized sponge
A closeup view of the micron-sized sponge
RMIT University

Scientists at Australia’s RMIT have developed a tiny sponge with big potential, and say the micron-sized material can be used to convert discarded cooking oil into biodiesel in a very cost-effective manner. And the catalyst is no one-trick pony, with the ability to also turn other waste products into valuable building blocks for a range of materials. read more

A Quicker Commute to Mars?

The concept engine is twice as efficient as chemical rockets
The concept engine is twice as efficient as chemical rockets
USNC-Tech

Seattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has developed a concept for a new Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) engine and delivered it to NASA. Claimed to be safer and more reliable than previous NTP designs and with far greater efficiency than a chemical rocket, the concept could help realize the goal of using nuclear propulsion to revolutionize deep space travel, reducing Earth-Mars travel time to just three months

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Airbus Hydrogen Aircraft

Airbus hopes to put the first zero-emission aircraft into service by 2035
Airbus hopes to put the first zero-emission aircraft into service by 2035
Airbus

According to a recent international study, aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of all human activities that drive climate change. Airbus is looking to a cleaner future for the commercial aircraft industries, where hydrogen powers the zero-emissions aircraft of tomorrow. read more

White Men must become Full Diversity Partners

from the Daily Caller:

‘Deeply Disturbing’: Sen. Hawley Reacts To Documents Detailing ‘White Men’s Caucus’ Race Training In US Nuclear Facility

Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a letter on Thursday to U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette demanding an explanation for racially segregated diversity and inclusion training at a federally-funded U.S. nuclear facility.

Leaked documents reported by City Journal contributing editor Christopher Rufo this week revealed a three-day mandatory training in 2019 for white male executives at Sandia National Laboratories, a government contractor that assesses U.S. nuclear weapons. read more