To try to dive into the details, the researchers tracked the progress of material deployment rates—how quickly material brought to the site ended up being incorporated into a finished structure. While those rates have declined slightly for construction as a whole over the study period, they plunged for nuclear projects. Already, at the time of the Three Mile Island accident, steel was being deployed at about one third of the rate of the construction industry at large. Interviews with construction workers indicated that they were spending as much as 75 percent of their time idle. … [Read more...] about Why are nuclear plants so expensive? Safety’s only part of the story
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The companies will soon file for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), which is a permission granted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to unapproved products to be used in emergency situations. The FDA will then examine the data "very carefully," with help from The Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee before making a decision to grant the EUA and eventually a license, Fauci said. … [Read more...] about Speed of COVID vaccine testing did not compromise safety, Fauci says
Strangely, however, the EPA is standing alongside automakers, including VW. They all oppose proposed regulations that would allow the public to circumvent copyright protections measures attached to vehicle software. Also known as "technological protection measures" (TPMs), automakers employ this copyright ruse toward the goal of making it a Digital Millennium Copyright Act violation to examine or tinker with the code in vehicle software. And, for the moment, it's all legal, and the EPA wants to keep it that way. … [Read more...] about VW scandal highlights irony of EPA opposition to vehicle software tinkering
The EPA told copyright regulators that the public should not be allowed to tinker with onboard vehicle software because tinkerers might increase a vehicle's performance and cause it to pollute more. Or, in the EPA's own words, an exemption would "enable actions that could slow or reverse gains (PDF) made under the Clean Air Act." The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which includes VW, opposes the EFF's vehicle software exemption proposal, too. The alliance told the US Copyright Office that such an exemption would "create or exacerbate" (PDF) "serious threats to safety and security." … [Read more...] about Should research on vehicle software be hidden from the public?
Government think-tank Niti Aayog has formed a high-level panel to explore the technological and commercial viability of the Virgin Hyperloop technology for ultrahigh speed travel in India, weeks after its first test was completed with humans on board. The Virgin Hyperloop test run was conducted on a 500-meter track in Las Vegas in the USA with a pod, as the hyperloop vehicles are called, travelling with passengers, including an Indian, inside an enclosed tube at more than 100 mph or 161 kmph. A Niti Aayog document, accessed by the , says that in view of the emerging transport technology and for gaining the first-mover advantage, it is essential to look into the technological and commercial viability of the Virgin Hyperloop technology. "It is relevant to explore technological, commercial, financial (viability) and (assess) safety standards and regulations to procure new technology. It has been decided to constitute an Expert Committee," the document says. The committee has Niti Aayog … [Read more...] about Niti Aayog forms panel to study feasibility of ultrahigh-speed travel in India using Hyperloop tech