Diane Hildebrandt, the Director of the Centre of Materials and Process Synthesis at The University of Witwatersrand and colleagues at Rutgers University are proposing new Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) reaction chemistry and process designs. They are saying in their letter published in Science Vol. 323. no. 5922, pp. 1680 – 1681 doi: 10.1126/science.1168455 that the new reaction […]

Pacific Gas and Electric the southern California utility asked California Public Utilities Commission last Friday for permission to buy 200 megawatts of electricity from Solaren’s orbiting power plant when and if it’s built, projected for 2016, a mere 7 years out. PG&E spokesman Jonathan Marshall said, “We’re convinced it’s a very serious possibility that they […]

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) has a new concept that uses lasers to trigger a fusion that feeds neutrons out to drive a fission reaction. The idea has been known since 1951 when Andrei Sakharov, Hans Bethe and other scientists explored using high-energy neutrons from fusion reactions to transmute, or burn, fissile material. Its not […]

Martin Spalding, professor and chair of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology at Iowa State University has identified one of the key proteins in the algae responsible for concentrating and moving that CO2 into cells. “This is a real breakthrough. No one had previously identified any of the proteins that are involved in […]

I was triggered to think about the issues getting thorium-fueled reactors on the market by a piece from Kurt Cobb at Scitizen.com. Mr. Cobb is a dependable professional writer with experience in the energy field and a long list of sites where his work has found a welcome. The list runs from the Energy Bulletin, […]

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