Danish Nuclear Startup Taps Billionaire for Asian Reactor

(Bloomberg) — A Danish company planning to manufacture small modular reactors raised about 20 million euros ($24 million) to bring a floating nuclear-power station to southeast Asia.

Seaborg Technology AS raised the funds to bring nuclear power at sea to parts of southeast Asia which rely on fossil fuels and where renewables aren’t yet an option. Floating reactors are as old as the nuclear age, with units powering submarines and icebreakers for some seven decades. Last year, Russia deployed new reactors on barges to light up remote Arctic coastlines.

Seaborg envisions building its molten fluoride salt reactors in South Korean shipyards after developing the technology in Denmark in a bid to keep costs down. Completed barges will then be towed to where they’re needed. The plan is to connect the first unit to a grid by 2025.

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Seaborg is planning three variations of its molten fluoride

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F-35A drops Inert B61-12 nuclear bomb while supersonic for first time

  • During a test in August, an F-35A dropped an inert B61-12 nuclear bomb from its internal bomb bay during a supersonic flight for the first time.
  • The test with the B61-12 is also the first F-35A Dual Capable Aircraft test to be shown in an unclassified video.
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Just a few months after the first photos of the F-35 testing the B61-12 nuclear bomb in 2019 for the F-35A Dual Capable Aircraft (DCA) program were released, the Sandia National Laboratories announced that the F-35 dropped for the first time an inert B61-12 nuclear bomb from its internal bomb bay during supersonic flight.

According to the press release, the test took place on August 25, 2020, at about 10,500 feet above the Tonopah Test Range, with the inert bomb hitting the target area after a 42-second flight.

The test was the first performed by Sandia,

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Physicists Pin Down the Nuclear Reaction Just After the Big Bang

In a secluded laboratory buried under a mountain in Italy, physicists have re-created a nuclear reaction that happened between two and three minutes after the Big Bang.

Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research develop­ments and trends in mathe­matics and the physical and life sciences.

Their measurement of the reaction rate, published on November 11 in Nature, nails down the most uncertain factor in a sequence of steps known as Big Bang nucleosynthesis that forged the universe’s first atomic nuclei.

Researchers are “over the moon” about the result, according to Ryan Cooke, an astrophysicist at Durham University in the United Kingdom who wasn’t involved in the work. “There’ll be a lot of people who are interested from particle physics, nuclear physics, cosmology, and astronomy,” he said.


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A Semi Truck Crashed Into a U.S. Nuclear Weapons Transporter

A semi truck crashed into a U.S. nuclear weapons transporter. Don't worry, it was on purpose.

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A semi truck crashed into a U.S. nuclear weapons transporter. Don’t worry, it was on purpose.

  • Engineers have crash tested the next-generation nuclear transport vehicle.
  • The government says this transport system is key to nuclear weapons deterrence.
  • A regular truck propelled by a rocket crashed into the prototype truck at full speed.

Nuclear materials must be transported safely, and that has to include road vehicles for at least the very end of these long trips. That’s why engineers recently tested a new model of the Mobile Guardian Transporter, the U.S. government’s secure overland option. And so far, they’re pleased with the results.

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The crash test is simple and dramatic: A prototype of the new Mobile Guardian Transport truck is positioned like a silent movie heroine on the railroad tracks. Then, a

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Why NASA wants to put a nuclear power plant on the moon

  • NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy will seek proposals from industry to build nuclear power plants on the moon and Mars to support its long-term exploration plans.
  • The goal is to have a flight system, lander and reactor in place by 2026.
  • The facility will be fully manufactured and assembled on Earth, and tested for safety.
  • The nuclear power plants will provide enough electrical power to establish an outpost on the moon or Mars.

Illustration of a nuclear fission power system concept on the Moon.

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Illustration of a nuclear fission power system concept on the Moon.

NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy will seek proposals from industry to build a nuclear power plant on the moon and Mars to support its long-term exploration plans. The proposal is for a fission surface power system, and the goal is to have a flight system, lander and reactor in place by 2026.


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Clean Energy Frontier Region to lead Canada’s next generation of nuclear technology

TIVERTON, ON, Nov. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today’s announcement from the Province of Ontario outlining an ongoing commitment to nuclear power – including development of new nuclear technologies – continues to expand the range of future opportunities for the Bruce Power site and aligns with the company’s strategy to contribute to a Net Zero Canada by 2050. 

The Clean Energy Frontier Region, including Bruce, Grey and Huron counties, is home to Bruce Power, more than 60 nuclear companies, Ontario’s Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) and key electricity transmission lines that are connected to the fastest growing parts of the province, all bolstered by strong community support.

“Our Life-Extension Program is a fundamental contributor to providing Ontario’s residents and businesses with clean, affordable electricity and life-saving medical isotopes for the long term, which includes advancing new technologies that leverage our current infrastructure,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “We

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Opinion: Nuclear technology will be a key piece of Canada’s energy future

General view of the Pickering Nuclear Power Generating Station, April 17, 2019.


John Gorman is the president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association.

Undisputedly, nuclear must be in the energy mix for Canada to reach its greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan recently said as much when he stated that the federal government has “not seen a credible model where we can get to net-zero emissions by 2050 without nuclear.”

It’s about time. Nuclear power is a clean energy. It does not emit carbon or pollutants that harm human health and the environment, and it’s the only energy source that delivers carbon-free, reliable heat and electricity around the clock. As a result, new nuclear – specifically, small modular reactors (SMRs) – are uniquely positioned to decarbonize our extraction industries, provide heat and power to First Nations communities, and work in tandem with

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Rolls-Royce to build mini nuclear power stations that would create 6,000 jobs

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The power stations are expected to create 6,000 jobs within five years. Photo: PA

The UK SMR consortium led by Rolls-Royce (RR.L) said it expects to create 6,000 jobs in the UK within the next five years, if the government “makes a clear commitment” that enables 16 small modular reactor power stations to be built over the next 20 years.

The government gave the coalition £18m ($24m) last year to design the small modular reactors. The consortium matched the funding and is now looking to secure a further £217m, which would also be matched by industry.

“The power stations will help secure the UK’s net zero commitments affordably, revitalise the UK’s regional industrial base and position the UK to secure exports of at least £250bn,” Rolls-Royce said in a statement.

Up to 80% of the power station components will be made in factories in the Midlands and North of England,

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A Chinese Database Is Tracking American Nuclear Scientists and Military Officers

An Australian financial newspaper has uncovered a database of more than 2 million scientists and subject matters kept by the Chinese government. The Overseas Key Individuals Database (OKIDB) includes many thousands of nuclear and other strategic industry experts, their personal information, and even where their relatives live. The Australian Financial Review (AFR) says the invasive-sounding list was still “mainly gleaned from open sources,” raising questions about the nature of public information.

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The OKIDB acts as a kind of international phone book, from research scientists to the people at the cutting edge of international diplomacy. The Washington Post reports:

Those digital crumbs, along with millions of other scraps of social media and online data, have been systematically collected since 2017 by a small Chinese company called Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology for the stated purpose of providing intelligence to

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Canada invests in small modular nuclear technology, eyes net-zero future

By Julie Gordon

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government took a tentative step forward on its national small modular reactor (SMR) plan on Thursday, with an investment to help an Ontario company edge closer to commercializing its reactor technology.

The C$20 million ($15.1 million) investment will help Terrestrial Energy complete a pre-licensing milestone for its technology, part of an effort to bring modern nuclear energy to industry, Canada’s innovation ministry said.

“By helping to bring these small reactors to market, we are supporting significant environmental and economic benefits,” said Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains. The company pledged to create dozens of jobs with the funding.

While SMR technology has not been widely deployed worldwide, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been touting it as a way to help Canada achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The modular reactors, which are fueled by uranium and use fission like traditional nuclear plants

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