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Hybrid solar-powered boat, ‘Sunflower’, to be launched

Chattogram, Feb 19 (UNB) – ‘Sunflower’, a solar-powered hybrid boat, will soon be launched in Bangladesh by Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy and Chattogram-based Taratari Shipyard. The boat, locally known as kayak, was designed by French-born Bangladeshi Yves Marre, who is also the managing director of Taratari Shipyard. “For the first time in Bangladesh, a kayak has been equipped with a hybrid ... Read More »

Russia Starts Testing of Accident Tolerant Nuke Fuel

Dhaka, Feb 02 – TVEL, Fuel Company of Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has started testing accident-tolerant fuel (ATF) for nuclear reactors. Accident-tolerant fuel is resistant to severe accidents at nuclear power plants. It is expected to keep its integrity for a quite a long enough time without a zirconium-steam reaction that induces hydrogen release. First two assemblies accident-tolerant ... Read More »

Scientists to explore Indian Ocean depths

Bremeverhaven, Jan 24 (AP/UNB) — Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. The ambitious expedition will delve into one of the last major unexplored frontiers on the planet, a vast ... Read More »

Telescopes capture moment of impact during eclipse of moon

Cape Canaveral, Jan 24 (AP/UNB) — Astronomers managed to capture the moment of an impact during this week’s eclipsed moon. Spanish astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo of the University of Huelva said Wednesday it appears a rock from a comet slammed into the moon during the total lunar eclipse late Sunday and early Monday. The strike was seen by telescopes in ... Read More »

Russia to supply nuke fuel for China’s fast-neutron reactor

Dhaka, Jan 11 – TVEL Fuel Company, a subsidiary of Russia’s state atomic energy corporation- Rosatom and CNLY, a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have signed a contract for the supply of nuclear fuel for CFR-600 fast-neutron reactor which is currently under construction in China. The contract covers the initial loading of nuclear fuel, as well as supplies ... Read More »

California, here we come!

by Nate Engle “California, here we come!” I was singing this phrase in my head all morning a few weeks ago as I flew from Washington DC to Los Angeles to accompany a Government of Botswana study tour delegation. The phrase comes from a song by the group Phantom Planet and is the anthemic intro for the mid-2000s television series ... Read More »

Finnish pilot develops new solution for sustainable forestry

The new unique mobile application puts forest Big Data to more efficient use The whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to promote the production of the best possible raw materials in order to increase the availability of food, energy and biomaterials. Read More »

How agroecology can ensure dietary diversity, high nutrition

Around the world, there is a major shift in dietary patterns underway towards uniformity. This ‘global dietary transition’ phenomenon is historically unprecedented and is occurring fastest in the urban areas of developing countries. About 3 billion people currently have low-quality diets based on a small number of plant and animal species. Their increasingly uniform diets either lack sufficient calories, minerals ... Read More »

Artificial intelligence beyond the superpowers

By Perry World House Much of the debate over how artificial intelligence (AI) will affect geopolitics focuses on the emerging arms race between Washington and Beijing, as well as investments by major military powers like Russia. And to be sure, breakthroughs are happening at a rapid pace in the United States and China. But while an arms race between superpowers ... Read More »

Russian scientists develop predictor of Parkinson’s disease

Scientists from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), ITMO University, both Russian Academic Excellence Initiative (Project 5-100) participants, and the Institute of Experimental Medicine developed a unique program which can determine a form of Parkinson’s disease and predict possible future symptoms with the accuracy of up to 96%. According to the scientists, this development allows giving a person ... Read More »