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Floating Nuclear Reactors Could Power Entire Countries by 2025

Seaborg announced it recently passed a feasibility test by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) which brings it one step closer to bringing its floating nuclear reactor project to fruition. Seaborg’s Compact Molten Salt Reactor is designed to be installed on modular power barges that can be transported straight to any country. Seaborg’s reactors are designed to provide clean and affordable electricity worldwide. The first power barges will have two nuclear reactors installed delivering 200 MW-electric. Over those reactors’ lifetimes, they will offset a minimum of 33,600,000 tons of CO2 compared to an equivalent coal power plant.

Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes ‘next level’ battery technology

Apple is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology. The iPhone maker’s automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when it first started to design its own vehicle from scratch. Central to Apple’s strategy is a new battery design that could “radically” reduce the cost of batteries and increase the vehicle’s range. It remains unclear who would assemble an Apple-branded car, but sources have said they expect the company to rely on a manufacturing partner to build vehicles.

Science News

Scientists invent glue activated by magnetic field

The new adhesive is made by combining a typical commercially available epoxy adhesive with specially tailored magnetic nanoparticles. It does not need to be mixed with any hardener or accelerator, unlike two-component adhesives, making it easy to manufacture and apply. It bonds the materials when it is activated by passing through a magnetic field, which is easily generated by a small electromagnetic device. This is useful in conditions where current adhesives do not work or when the adhesive is sandwiched between insulating material where traditional activators like heat, light and air cannot easily reach the adhesive.

Junk food linked to sleep problems in teens

A study has found eating too much junk food has been linked with poor sleep quality in teens. “This is the first study to examine unhealthy diets and stress-related sleep disturbance on a global scale in high school students from 64 countries…Frequent consumption of soft drinks more than three times a day, and fast foods more than four days per week, were significantly associated with sleep disturbance in all but low-income countries.” As stress-related sleep disturbance was more common among girls than boys, girls should be a priority target group for associated interventions that could target stress management and sleep quality.

Business News

Walmart is attempting to solve one of the biggest pain-points of online shopping

Walmart is attempting to solve the pain of returns with a new service called “Carrier Pickup by FedEx.” The retailer will pick up items shipped and sold by Walmart.com from customers’ homes through a new partnership with FedEx. The “incredibly convenient” option is free and will remain in place beyond the busy holiday shopping season. To use the new service, customers have the initiate return process on Walmart’s website or app, schedule a date for pickup and print a label. The new shipping options comes as Walmart’s US online sales soared 79% in the most recent quarter, signaling that it’s in the midst of another strong holiday season.

Peloton shares hits all-time high as investors bet Precor deal will ease manufacturing delays

Peloton shares rose to a record after the company announced plans to buy exercise equipment manufacturer Precor for $420 million. Once finalized, Precor will operate as a business unit within Peloton and continue to make its own branded products. Peloton will acquire Precor’s more than 625,000 square feet of manufacturing space and add nearly 100 research-and-development employees. The deal should allow Peloton to accelerate production and shorten lead times, “which should boost sales and improve the customer experience.” Peloton shares have surged more than 400% year to date with a market cap of $42.2 billion.

Miscellaneous News

Russia and China fly joint bomber patrol over the Pacific

Russian and Chinese bombers have flown a joint patrol mission over the western Pacific in a show of increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing. Russia’s defence ministry said the joint mission was intended to “develop and deepen the comprehensive Russia-China partnership, further increase the level of cooperation between the two militaries, expand their ability for joint action and strengthen strategic stability”. The ministry added that the patrol flight “wasn’t directed against any third countries.”

Woman enslaved as a maid for nearly 40 years freed

A Brazilian woman enslaved as a maid from the age of eight for almost four decades and forced into marriage has been rescued in a rare crackdown on domestic slavery. She had worked for the family for most of her life without pay or any time off, according to labour inspectors. The woman, identified as Madalena Gordiano, told the program she came to the family aged eight to ask for bread. The house owner decided to take her in and agreed to adopt her. Her mother conceded as she had another eight children to look after. But the adoption was never formalised.

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