Curiosity carries about five kilograms of on-board nuclear power. Heat and electricity are generated by the decay of plutonium-238. As it erodes, it transforms itself into uranium-234. This change gives off a tremendous amount of heat, some of which circulates through Curiosity to keep the instruments warm, and some which converts into electricity to keep the rover working 24/7.
Here’s a little-known fact: Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. Radiologist Robert Bleakney says the issue is under-reported and under-recognized.
The waste produced from clothing dyes is tremendous, making the textile dying industry one of the largest polluters in the world - so much so that waterways like Brazil’s Tiete River are unsuitable for human use.
Terrestrial Energy is developing a reactor that relies on liquid salt to cut costs and create new opportunities for nuclear power. The CNA recently sat down with Chief Executive Simon Irish to talk about Terrestrial Energy’s future.