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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bill Gates and China partner on world-first nuclear technology BY Cole Latimer FROM Sydney Morning Herald

"The reactor could be fuelled with natural uranium, depleted uranium or even spent nuclear fuel (which is mainly depleted uranium), but the reactor must be started with enriched uranium. Thus, the Travelling Wave Reactor would have the potential to use less nuclear fuel and produce less nuclear waste than the light water reactors that dominate today's nuclear fleet" 

"It is also safer as spent fuels, such as depleted uranium, from other reactor types could be recycled without separating out plutonium, and could operate without refuelling for up to 40 years."

Jonathan joins an Indian company. [funny video]


Friday, December 1, 2017

What Makes Us Happy? by Joshua Wolf Shenk FROM The Atlantic

I couldn't get enough of the Harvard study, so here is a much more detailed examination of the "most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history."

"Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant."

Friday, November 10, 2017

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer By MAX FISHER and JOSH KELLER FROM The New York Times

Too bad it doesn't get into the political doctrines underpinning the belief in the US,  Mexico and Guatemala that "people have an inherent right to own guns."

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