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Inside the world's first reactor that will power Earth using the same nuclear reactions as the Sun

26 Mar 2024  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
The ITER project in Provence, France, aims to demonstrate the feasibility of nuclear fusion at an industrial scale, using the world's largest magnetic confinement chamber, or tokamak. Signed in 2006 by multiple countries, the project has faced delays and budget increases but remains a significant international collaboration. Nuclear fusion offers a safer and less radioactive alternative to fission, with the potential to provide clean energy in response to climate change challenges. Despite setbacks, the project aims to stick to its 2035 target for the start of fusion operations.

Inside the world's first reactor that will power Earth using the same nuclear reactions as the Sun

26 Mar 2024  |  www.euronews.com
In Provence, scientists are constructing the world's largest magnetic confinement chamber, the ITER project, to demonstrate the feasibility of harnessing nuclear fusion at an industrial scale. The project, involving over 30 countries, aims to generate net energy by 2035 despite facing significant technical and financial challenges. ITER's fusion method, which uses a tokamak to confine charged particles with a magnetic field, promises a safer and more efficient alternative to traditional nuclear fission. The project underscores the importance of international collaboration and the potential of fusion energy to address long-term energy and climate challenges.

Inside the world's first reactor that will power Earth using the same nuclear reaction as the Sun

30 Jan 2024  |  euronews.com
The ITER project in Provence, France, aims to demonstrate the feasibility of nuclear fusion at an industrial scale using the world's largest magnetic confinement chamber, or tokamak. Signed in 2006 by multiple countries, the project has faced delays and budget increases but maintains international collaboration despite geopolitical tensions. Nuclear fusion offers safety and waste management advantages over fission, but challenges remain in achieving the high temperatures and precision required. ITER's success is seen as crucial for long-term clean energy solutions, especially in the context of climate change.

Inside the First Reactor That Will Supply Unlimited Energy to Earth with Nuclear Fusion

18 Dec 2023  |  es.euronews.com
In Provence, scientists are working on the ITER project, aiming to demonstrate the viability of nuclear fusion, the same reaction that powers the Sun, on an industrial scale. The project involves constructing the world's largest magnetic confinement chamber in southern France. ITER, a collaboration of over 30 countries, faces challenges such as high temperatures and precise engineering. Despite delays and increased costs, the project aims to start operations by 2035. Fusion offers significant safety and environmental advantages over fission, with minimal radioactive waste. The project has endured geopolitical tensions, driven by a shared vision of clean energy to combat climate change.

Decline in sperm concentration linked to exposure to pesticides

16 Nov 2023  |  fr.euronews.com
Researchers from George Mason University's College of Public Health and Northeastern University in the United States have published research indicating a strong link between exposure to common pesticides and a decrease in sperm count. The study, which systematically reviewed 25 studies over a 50-year period, found consistent associations with lower sperm concentrations when exposed to organophosphates and N-methylcarbamates, two widely used classes of insecticides. The findings highlight the public health concern, especially for men planning to start families, and suggest policymakers should recognize insecticide exposure as a public health issue. Over the past 50 years, global sperm counts have halved, with recent trends showing an acceleration since the beginning of the century.

New study draws link between insecticide exposure and lower sperm concentration in men

16 Nov 2023  |  www.euronews.com
Researchers from George Mason University and Northeastern University have found a strong link between exposure to common insecticides and lower sperm counts in men. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, reviewed 25 studies over 50 years and highlighted the impact of organophosphates and N-methyl carbamates on sperm concentration. The findings underscore the need for reducing insecticide exposure, especially for men planning to start families, and call for policymakers to address this public health issue.

European leaders at risk of ‘blackmail, hacking and compromise’ due to trade in data - report

16 Nov 2023  |  www.euronews.com
A report by the Irish Civil Liberties Council (ICCL) warns of a 'European Security Crisis' due to the distribution of sensitive data through Real-Time Bidding (RTB) technology. The report highlights that RTB data, often including location and personal information, is being used to target EU military personnel and political decision-makers, posing risks of blackmail and hacking. The ICCL calls for urgent action from the US Federal Trade Commission and European authorities. Google and Microsoft are named as major players in the RTB system, with Google refuting claims of data misuse. The report underscores the need for stricter data protection measures to safeguard national security.

Are edible insects the food of the future?

30 Oct 2023  |  fr.africanews.com
In his Parisian restaurant, Chef Laurent Veyet creates gastronomic dishes featuring insects, promoting an eco-responsible culinary vision for sustainable food in the future. The FAO estimates a 70% increase in food production is needed to meet future demand, and edible insects offer a viable solution with their low environmental impact and high nutritional value. Wageningen University's Arnold Van Huis emphasizes the need for dietary changes due to the environmental challenges of traditional livestock farming. Despite initial reluctance, Chef Veyet has become a fervent advocate for insect consumption in Europe.

'Iron Dome': How does the Israeli missile defense system work?

23 Oct 2023  |  ru.euronews.com
On October 7, Hamas launched hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel, marking the start of 'Operation Al-Aqsa Flood' and escalating the military conflict in the Middle East. Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, developed by the state-owned defense company Rafael since its deployment in 2011, has been a key element of the country's defense infrastructure, claiming a 90% interception rate. The system, designed to intercept rockets with a range of 4 to 70 km, consists of radar, the Tamir interceptor missile, and a command and control center. While the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tout its effectiveness, experts like Jean-Loup Samaan of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore question the metrics, noting the system only targets rockets threatening civilian areas. The Iron Dome's operational costs are high, with each Tamir missile costing around $50,000, leading Israel to seek financial support from the United States, which has provided nearly $3 billion for the system. Despite its operational success, the Iron Dome does not deter Palestinian groups from launching rockets, as evidenced by a recent surge in attacks from Hamas. The system's defensive capabilities are crucial, especially given the potential for regional escalation and the significant rocket arsenal of groups like Hezbollah.

The Iron Dome: How does Israel’s missile defence system work?

21 Oct 2023  |  flipboard.com
The Iron Dome, operational since 2011, serves as Israel's primary defense against rocket attacks. The article delves into the workings of this missile defense system, featuring insights from an expert to explain its functionality and significance.

EU fines Intel €376.36 million for breaching antitrust rules in computer chip market

22 Sep 2023  |  www.euronews.com
The European Commission has reimposed a fine of approximately €376.36 million on Intel for breaching EU antitrust rules in the computer chips market by engaging in practices that excluded competitors. This follows the annulment of a previous €1.06 billion fine by the European Court of Justice in 2022, which could not determine the extent of the fine related to 'naked restrictions' practices. Commissioner Didier Reynders emphasized the Commission's commitment to ensuring serious antitrust breaches are sanctioned.

Stefano Liberti on food as a commodity and the countries paying the price

31 Mar 2023  |  euronews.com
Stefano Liberti, an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, discusses the financialization of the global food system and its impact on low-income countries. He explains how food has become a commodity subject to market speculation, which affects food prices and food sovereignty. The Russia-Ukraine war has exacerbated grain supply shocks, with futures contracts and deregulation in the 1990s allowing for increased speculation. Liberti suggests regulating food exchanges and building food production systems in low-income countries to regain food sovereignty. The podcast 'The Star Ingredient' where Liberti speaks is funded by the European Journalism Centre, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Moon then Mars? This is how NASA is preparing to land humans by 2025

16 Aug 2022  |  www.euronews.com
NASA's Artemis program aims to send the first person of color and the first woman to the moon by 2024, with the first unmanned lunar orbit mission, Artemis 1, scheduled for August 29, 2022. This mission will test the Orion crew capsule and the Space Launch System rocket over a 42-day expedition. Following missions will see astronauts orbiting the Moon and, by 2025, landing on it. These steps are part of NASA's broader plan to eventually send humans to Mars.

Watch: Is the dominance of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency being eroded?

03 Aug 2022  |  www.euronews.com
The article explores the potential erosion of the US dollar's dominance as the world's reserve currency, highlighting recent moves by the BRICS nations and other global powers to develop alternative reserve currencies. It discusses the historical context of the dollar's hegemony, the reasons countries hold foreign exchange reserves, and the impact of US sanctions on Russia. Expert Luca Fantacci provides insights into the possible future fragmentation of the international monetary system, with multiple strong currencies competing for regional hegemony.

Paris to Berlin in an hour: Welcome to the future of high-speed rail travel in Europe

31 Jul 2022  |  www.euronews.com
The future of high-speed rail travel in Europe envisions seamless, rapid connections between major cities like Paris and Berlin, driven by innovations such as Hyperloop and maglev technologies. The European Commission and organizations like Shift2Rail are pushing for a Single European Railway Area to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Companies like Nevomo and Zeleros are at the forefront, developing advanced rail systems to replace short-haul flights and reduce emissions. The article highlights the potential for significant advancements in rail travel, supported by political momentum and technological innovation.

Worried about space junk and space tourism: New study shows 97% of people see space as a threat

06 Jul 2022  |  www.euronews.com
A new report by British satellite company Inmarsat reveals that 97% of people view space as a threat, with concerns centered on climate impact and space debris. Inmarsat's CEO, Rajeev Suri, emphasizes the overlooked benefits of space technology and calls for stricter regulations and international cooperation to mitigate space debris. The report highlights the need for the space industry to better communicate its positive contributions to gain public support.

This 13-year old Egyptian wunderkind is building his own metaverse out of his mother’s old clothes

28 Jun 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Omar Wael, a 13-year-old from Egypt, inspired by the film Ready Player One, is developing his own metaverse using his mother's old clothes to create a sensory vest and glove. His project, 'The Other World,' aims to facilitate virtual learning and reduce environmental impact. Wael has received various awards and seeks funding to further develop his innovative virtual social world.

VivaTech 2022: This French start-up is creating deep tech to revolutionise music production

23 Jun 2022  |  euronews.com
At VivaTech in Paris, French start-up Embodme showcased the Erae Touch, a touch-sensitive music controller with a thousand force sensors, and a new touchless touchscreen technology. CEO Edgar Hemery highlighted the device's versatility and precision in musical articulation. The Erae Touch, on the market since 2020, has been endorsed by artists like Coldplay and Jean-Michel Jarre. The touchless technology allows interaction with devices from a distance, offering potential hygiene benefits and new user experiences.

VivaTech 2022: What does Europe need to do to get ahead in the global space race?

21 Jun 2022  |  www.euronews.com
The global space industry has evolved from state-driven initiatives to a fertile ground for private investment, with billionaires and governments investing heavily in satellites, asteroid mining, and space tourism. At VivaTech 2022, Luca del Monte from the European Space Agency (ESA) discussed efforts to make Europe a leading hub for space companies by focusing on nurturing local talent, ensuring access to capital, and speeding up processes. ESA aims to transform from a research agency to an enabler and accelerator for space projects, partnering with the European Investment Fund and the European Commission to boost venture capital and private equity investments in the space sector.

Sailing the skies: Swiss company AirYacht wants to make flying by luxury boat a reality

12 May 2022  |  www.euronews.com
A Swiss company, AirYacht, co-founded by Guillaume Hoddé and Mathieu Ozanne, aims to revolutionize luxury travel by combining yachts with helium-filled airships. The concept envisions a 60-meter yacht that can fly, using hybrid power initially with plans to switch to electric or hydrogen propulsion. The founders are currently seeking funding to develop a prototype.

Spain hosts mass drone flight tests to prepare for a future where unmanned aircraft rule the skies

14 Apr 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Researchers in Spain are testing a new system to manage the increasing number of drones expected by 2050, with estimates suggesting up to 7.5 million personal and commercial drones in European skies. The BUBBLES project, involving academia, industry, and European institutions, aims to develop a separation management system for unmanned aircraft systems. This system generates security bubbles around each drone to prevent collisions, with real-time risk calculations and proposed evasive maneuvers. Israel Quintanilla from the Polytechnic University of Valencia elaborates on the project's capabilities.

What are hypersonic weapons and is Russia's use of them in Ukraine the start of a new arms race?

22 Mar 2022  |  euronews.com
Russia's Ministry of Defence claimed the first combat use of a hypersonic weapon, the Kinzhal, in Ukraine. Hypersonic weapons are distinguished by their ability to change trajectory and evade radar detection. Dr. Chris Combs and Dimitry Stefanovich provide insights into the military and strategic implications of their use. The strikes targeted an underground weapons storage in Ivano-Frankivsk and a fuel storage site in Mykolayiv. The use of hypersonic missiles by Russia in Ukraine raises concerns about a new arms race and the testing of advanced weaponry in conflict zones.

This Swedish company has built a fully electric 'flying car' it says anyone can fly

03 Mar 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Peter Ternstrom and Tomasz Patan, co-founders of Jetson Aero, have developed the Jetson One, a fully electric flying car designed for recreational use. The Jetson One, which complies with US regulations and does not require a pilot's license, has sold out its 2022 production. The aircraft features advanced automated software, making it easy for novices to fly. Regulatory challenges exist in Europe, where the classification of such aircraft remains unclear. Ternstrom warns that Europe risks falling behind the US in the air mobility sector if regulations are not established soon. The company plans to develop a two-seater model and eventually a four-seater flying car by 2030.

Will the war in Ukraine go nuclear? Putin's order to ready Russia’s deterrent forces explained

01 Mar 2022  |  euronews.com
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the country's nuclear deterrent forces to a high alert mode, a move that has caused concern among NATO allies and calls for restraint from China. Nuclear arms expert Pavel Podvig clarifies that this does not indicate an imminent nuclear strike but rather a state of readiness. Strategic nuclear weapons, which have the capability to cause massive destruction over large ranges, are distinguished from tactical nuclear weapons. Podvig suggests that if Russia were to escalate the nuclear threat, it could involve the movement of nuclear weapons, but currently, there is no such activity. The US and NATO allies have responded calmly, emphasizing the irresponsibility of bringing nuclear weapons into the conflict in Europe.

These were 2021’s most exciting stories in an extraordinary year for space exploration

James Webb Telescope: The most ambitious and powerful space observatory ever built is set to launch

15 Dec 2021  |  www.euronews.com
On December 22, NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, and the European Space Agency plan to launch the James Webb Telescope, the most advanced space observatory ever built, to Lagrange point 2. This mission, involving over 10,000 people from 17 countries and costing over €9.5 billion, aims to explore cosmic phenomena such as the Big Bang, exo-planets, and star formation. The telescope, equipped with advanced infrared capabilities and a significant sunshield, will take 29 days to reach its orbit. The launch, facilitated by Arianespace's Ariane 5 heavy launcher, marks a significant milestone in space exploration.

Robot waiters are serving a taste of the future in war-torn Mosul

23 Nov 2021  |  euronews.com
The 'White Fox' restaurant in Mosul has introduced robot waiters, programmed by the local University of Mosul's mechatronics department. The owner, Rami Chkib Abdelrahman, was inspired during lockdown to innovate and combine different concepts from around the world, resulting in a service that includes a robot server and an interactive table for orders. The service has been well received by locals, including blacksmith Bashar Mahmud, who expressed his admiration and preference for the restaurant.

Blockchain explained: Breaking down the technology that’s transforming the world of finance

21 Oct 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Blockchain technology, often associated with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, is a versatile and secure method for verifying data in a decentralized network. Originating from a 1991 proposal by Stuart Haber and Scott Stornetta, and later developed by Satoshi Nakamoto, blockchain ensures data integrity through cryptographic hashes and a series of interconnected blocks. Different types of blockchains, including public, private, hybrid, and consortium, offer various levels of accessibility and control. The technology's potential extends far beyond cryptocurrencies, promising transformative impacts across multiple sectors.

Shooting for the stars: This Russian duo are set to make the first feature film in space

21 Sep 2021  |  www.euronews.com
A Russian filmmaking duo, director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild, are set to make history by shooting the first feature film in space. They will launch on October 5 for a 12-day shoot aboard the International Space Station, producing a film titled 'The Challenge' with the support of Roscosmos and Channel One Russia. The film's plot revolves around a doctor performing an urgent operation on an astronaut. Seasoned astronaut Anton Shkaplerov will accompany them, taking on multiple roles including mission commander and actor. The duo underwent rigorous training to prepare for the mission, impressing their chaperone with their dedication and performance.

Paris welcomes first pizzeria staffed entirely by robot pizza chefs

08 Jul 2021  |  www.euronews.com
In the Beaubourg neighborhood of Paris, the new pizzeria Pazzi is making waves by being staffed entirely by robots, handling everything from order-taking to pizza preparation. Co-inventor Sébastien Roverso highlights the efficiency and quality control offered by robotics, while chef consultant Thierry Graffagnino, a triple world pizza champion, emphasizes the challenge of working with live dough and expresses enthusiasm for the innovative collaboration. The project, which took eight years to develop, aims to provide a unique and enjoyable experience for customers.

Venice is sinking. This 'flying boat' could halt Italy's iconic city from eroding completely

28 May 2021  |  www.euronews.com
A new electric boat designed by the Swedish company Candela Speed Boat aims to address Venice's erosion problem caused by motorboat wakes. The boat uses hydrofoils to lift its hull, reducing water friction and energy expenditure, and operates quietly on battery power. Mikael Mahlberg, the company's communications manager, emphasizes the boat's minimal maintenance costs and environmental benefits, positioning it as the future of boating.

The world’s fastest jetsuit is making human flight a reality - and could save lives

28 May 2021  |  euronews.com
Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, has developed the world's fastest jetsuit, capable of reaching speeds up to 136 km/hr. Weighing approximately 30 kilos, the jetsuit has been tested by the UK's Royal Marines for potential military use and by the UK's Great North Air Ambulance Service for mountain rescue operations, demonstrating real-world applications beyond its science fiction origins.

The Artist in the Machine? Meet 'Ai-Da,' the AI robot debuting her work in London’s Design Museum

19 May 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Robots are venturing into the realm of art and creativity, exemplified by 'Ai-Da,' an AI robot showcasing her unique portraits at London's Design Museum. Developed by Engineered Arts and the University of Oxford, Ai-Da uses cameras and AI algorithms to create original artworks. The exhibition raises questions about the nature of creativity and the role of technology in art.

Hungary is halving taxes on cryptocurrency earnings to boost its COVID-hit economy

12 May 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Hungary's government, led by Finance Minister Mihály Varga, announced a significant reduction in capital gains tax on cryptocurrency earnings from 30.5% to 15% as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts. This move aims to make Hungary a competitive jurisdiction for crypto investors. The announcement comes amid growing institutional interest in cryptocurrencies, with major banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup exploring or engaging in crypto trading. Additionally, the European Investment Bank recently issued its first digital bond on the Ethereum blockchain, signaling further confidence in digital assets.

Every Doge has its day: Dogecoin soars to new highs after being added to trading apps

04 May 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Dogecoin's value surged by almost 50% in 24 hours, driven by its addition to the eToro trading platform and an announcement from Gemini to list the coin. Despite its origins as a joke cryptocurrency, Dogecoin has gained significant traction, partly due to endorsements from high-profile figures like Elon Musk. The cryptocurrency, initially created by Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer, has become popular for microtipping on social media. However, its extreme price volatility has led some trading platforms like Coinbase to avoid listing it.

Shanghai Motor Show 2021: Electric cars take centre stage at the auto industry's flagship event

21 Apr 2021  |  www.euronews.com
A thousand companies showcased electric cars and intelligent driving solutions at the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show, themed 'Embracing Change.' The event aims to boost auto industry sales post-pandemic. Lincoln unveiled the Zephyr Reflection concept car and Lincoln Corsair PHEV, while Polestar displayed its fully electric Polestar 2. Electric vehicle sales in China have nearly tripled in early 2021. Experts from IHS Markit and BYD Auto highlighted the importance of government support, market capital, and telecommunication technology in driving the industry's growth.

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