Moltex Energy Gets US$7.5 Million in Crowdfunding for Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor
- Moltex Energy has raised 6 million british pounds (USD7.5 million) in funding through online investment platform Shadow Foundr.
- NB Power President and CEO Gaëtan Thomas says he is pleased with the progress made to date by Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC) Nuclear and Moltex Energy, the two companies carrying out research and development of small modular reactors at offices in Saint John, New Brunswick.
- Small modular reactors are the next generation of nuclear technology, and the technology can be scaled for designs with an output of between five and 300 megawatts.
- New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation, a provincial Crown corporation, committed $10 million last year toward the establishment of an advanced Small Modular Reactor Research Cluster in New Brunswick.
- ARC and Moltex also each invested $5 million to progress research and development of their advanced technologies.
Here's why Iran would target major Saudi oil fields and risk a US military response
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend explicitly blamed Iran, and Saudi Arabia on Monday said preliminary evidence shows Iranian weapons were used in the attack and that it did not originate in Yemen.
- But if Iran was responsible for the attack it would fall in line with a cycle of events that in recent months as Tehran seeks relief from crippling US sanctions under what the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign.
- Iran has been battling Saudi Arabia for regional supremacy and has reacted to the US sanctions by planting mines on tankers and seizing them at sea, efforts that have largely failed to compel the Trump administration to ease them.
- The US has sought to hit Iran where it hurts with sanctions designed to choke of the oil revenue that is its primary source of income; they went into full effect in May. Some countries, including China, have still taken oil from Iranian tankers and risked economic penalties from the US.
Most Americans don't approve of Trump, but here are 3 countries where they love what he's doing
- According to data from the Pew Research Center, Nigerian confidence in Trump to do the right thing regarding world affairs was at 59% in 2018, higher than some points during the Obama administration.
- Some of Trump's foreign policies in Nigeria might explain his relative popularity.
- In February 2017, President Trump approved the sale of jet fighters to the Nigerian government, reversing a policy from the Obama administration.
- If there's one place in the world where Trump's policies seem to be enjoying the most public support, it would be Israel.
- As in the case of Nigeria and South Korea, Trump's popularity in Israel seems to be a reversal of his predecessor.
- In 2016, prior to the rise of Trump, Israelis ranked Obama as the worst US president for Israel in the last 30 years.
US strike on Iran would be disastrous for the region — and likely for the US
- Ali Vaez, the Director of the Iran Project at Crisis Group, told Insider the most likely scenario is, "a strike against one or several [Islamic] Revolutionary Guard Corps facilities, maybe even some of Iran's nuclear installations," pointing out that the latter would be risky, given that there are UN inspectors in Iranian nuclear facilities "all of the time." But the IRGC — an elite, paramilitary branch which the US sees as responsible for attacks at the Port of Fujairah in May, as well as June's attacks — is the assumed target for limited strikes.
- Their response would almost certainly include using its proxies — Houthi rebels in Yemen, Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and militia groups in Syria and Iraq — to attack US forces or allies in the region.
- Apart from the effect Iranian retaliation to a US strike would have in the region, it's worth noting that Iran is willing to endure significant losses during conflict.
Opinion: What a successful Trump strategy on Iran must include
- Though Iran denies responsibility for the attacks, Saudi Arabia issued a statement Sunday that the attack "either came from Iraq or from Iran." If Iran is found to be the culprit, it would make Saturday's attack just the latest in a series of escalatory attacks by the regime against the United States, our allies and our interests.
- While the United States relies on sanctions to punish assessed illegal Iranian activities -- including its support for terrorism and renewed nuclear activities -- Iran is employing violent tactics to implement its agenda.
- Whether it's a Trump-Rouhani meeting in New York or private discussions between US and Iranian experts to lay out the parameters for meaningful negotiations, the national security team should not miss the forest for the trees: Iran is a bad actor, but by making a series of policy missteps the administration has aggravated those threats.
In the event of a killer asteroid, volcanic apocalypse, or nuclear holocaust, mushrooms could save humanity from extinction
- About 66 million years ago, an asteroid plummeted through Earth's atmosphere and crashed into the sea floor, creating an explosion over 6,500 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima.
- According to science journalist and TIME editor Bryan Walsh, that makes mushrooms crucial for human survival if such an apocalyptic event were to occur in the future.
- In it, he points out that three types of potential catastrophes — asteroid impacts, supervolcano eruptions, and nuclear war — all have one thing in common: they could wind up blocking the sunlight needed to feed plants.
- In order to survive, he says, people would need to adopt sunlight-free agriculture — cultivating mushrooms, rats, and insects.
- About 74,000 years ago, for example, the Toba supervolcano eruption sent clouds of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, cutting sunlight by as much as 90%.
How do you leave a warning that lasts as long as nuclear waste?
- Decisions that include how to dispose of some of today’s most hazardous material: high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.
- Here, deep beneath the sleepy fields and quiet woods along the border of the Meuse and Haute-Marne departments in north-east France, the French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (Andra) has built its underground research laboratory.
- This not only places an unfair financial burden on our descendants, who may no longer even use nuclear power, but also assumes that in the future there will always be people with the knowledge and will to monitor the waste.
- What was the best way to prevent people many thousands of years in the future from entering a repository and either coming into direct contact with the waste or damaging the repository, leading to environmental contamination?
A terrifying new animation shows how 1 'tactical' nuclear weapon could trigger a US-Russia war that kills 34 million people in 5 hours
- Researchers at the Science and Global Security lab at Princeton University created the animation, which shows how a battle between Russia and NATO allies that uses so-called low-yield or "tactical" nuclear weapons— which can pack a blast equivalent to those the US used to destroy Hiroshima or Nagasaki in World War II — might feasibly and quickly snowball into a global nuclear war.
- Russia would send 300 warheads to NATO targets, including advancing troops, in both aircraft and short-range missiles — overwhelming force that would obliterate tanks, fortified positions and soldiers unlike anything ever seen in battle before.
- The simulation was constructed using independent analysis of nuclear force postures in NATO countries and Russia, including the availability of nuclear weapons, their yields, and possible targets, according to the Science and Global Security lab.