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Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview


Rolling Stone published an interview with Bill Gates on March 13th on their website (appearing in the March 27th Rolling Stone print edition).  The interview touches on a variety of subjects from health care reform to climate change, the role of innovation and politics in progress, and predicting the age of a desktop in nearly every home. […]

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TerraPower in the New York Times

IV Lab's Ted Ellis on the New York Times Breaking News webpage.

Atomic Goal: 800 Years of Power From Waste Recently, an article about TerraPower‘s Traveling Wave Reactor was published in the New York Times.  Based on scientific theories first developed in the 1950′s and real experience in with operational fast reactors in the United States, TerraPower’s Traveling Wave Reactor is designed to be a 1150 megawatt-electric […]

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The Turbulence of Dimples


Turbulence shows up everywhere we look: from the flight of airplanes to golf balls, or the fluttering of a flag to the swinging of suspension bridges. Through the eyes of a fluid dynamicist, “smooth sailing” is something of a rare exception. Turbulence is a type of flow characterized by chaotic and rapid changes in the […]

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Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Pump

The MHD pump has two associated questions: Why and How. Why have this pump? Read on. Zihong Guo built this magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) pump to prototype a possible cooling mechanism for the TerraPower nuclear reactor. Almost all nuclear reactors in use today use water as a coolant, but one thing that makes the TerraPower design special […]

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TerraPower Website Launch

It’s been a while since we’ve given you an update on TerraPower, that traveling wave reactor that we’re developing. Actually, you’re going to have to keep waiting because that’s not what this post is about. What I will do, however, is point you to a great new resource for all your TerraPower needs. What is […]

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Cool It

On September 12, filmmaker Ondi Timoner’s documentary Cool It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. In the movie, Ondi’s camera follows Bjørn Lomborg, author of the controversial and best-selling book The Skeptical Environmentalist, as he researches global warming for his new book, Cool It. I had the pleasure of attending the premiere while visiting Toronto. […]

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We’ve been seeing more and more visitors from the media around here. The most recent journalist to peruse the lab was Newsweek’s Dan Lyons, who was looking for the lowdown on our malaria work. Although the Photonic Fence, a.k.a. the mosquito laser system, has gotten most of the press lately due to Nathan Myhrvold’s TED […]

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Information-Sharing Advances Traveling-Wave Reactor Technology

Our hard work has created quite a buzz. We are still exploring options for aspects of the TWR technology, but want to acknowledge all the interest generated from recent media coverage. The reality is that we are sharing information about our Traveling-Wave Reactor (TWR) design with a variety of U.S. and international organizations and governments […]

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New Approaches to Computers Will Solve Complex Issues

TerraPower’s university collaborations contribute meaningful progress to the design of the traveling wave reactor. We’ve been proactive about introducing future generations of nuclear engineers and scientists to new advanced reactor technology, but this work is appealing to young computer science students as well. In November, Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, visited four […]

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Bill Gates on Nuclear Energy

Today Bill Gates talked about our nuclear reactor project, TerraPower, at TED 2010. As an investor in several promising energy projects, Gates said it is our responsibility to pursue technologies that achieve cheap energy with “zero carbon” emissions. TerraPower determined a new type of traveling-wave reactor would be the best approach to meeting the world’s […]

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