Present-day nuclear power, its future, and the truth behind it all

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Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘nuclear’? If your mind conjured up images of bombs, radioactive waste, Chernobyl, or some other fear-striking thought, you are not alone.

I think it’s fair to say that most people either have strong opinions or mixed feelings when it comes to nuclear power. A lot of the time, these opinions tend to be based on misleading information.

With the public stigma and controversy, it’s hard not to get caught up in the negative connotations of the term “nuclear”. As Teal Swan so accurately remarked,

“We do…


The limitations of bioplastics and how a certain company is overcoming them 👀

Nightmarish… Source (CL)

The plastic crisis. We’ve all heard of it. And whether it’s while throwing out the cup that your Activia yogurt came in, buying that plastic water bottle that you just had to in the airport, or watching a video of a turtle get stuck in the plastic rings of a Coca Cola packet, it’s likely that you’ve also felt a pang of guilt for using it.

But plastic is everywhere — every year, 8 percent of the petroleum used worldwide is used to produce plastic or to power the manufacturing processes, and not only does this in itself pollute the…


To improve the feasibility of algae-product commercialization

Source: Cornell Chronicles

For the past couple of months, I’ve been fascinated by microalgae. And I’m not the only one.

Every day, millions of researchers around the world conduct new studies and experiments on microalgae in the hopes of getting a step closer to commercialization; be it for microalgae-derived biofuels, vitamins, beauty products, or nutraceuticals.

However, we’re still not there. And one of the biggest reasons why is the cost of harvesting.

So I took matters into my own hands. With my proposed method of harvesting and separation, we could take down one of the biggest barriers to large-scale algae cultivation, all the…


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a fireside chat (hosted by the Yale Entrepreneurial Society) with Kevin Ryan, who is an investor and one of the biggest early-day internet entrepreneurs.

The Startup Mastermind 🧠 (Source)

He is best known for founding several businesses like Mongo DB, Gilt Groupe, Zola, Nomad Health, and Business Insider. Most recently, as the founder of AlleyCorp, Ryan continues to found and fund new companies every year.

If you’d like to get a quick rundown on what he had to say about entrepreneurship, running a business, and moving from school to startup, keep on reading! 🐋

1.Take…


2020 was the warmest year in history. And it goes without saying that this is a big deal.

Every tenth of a degree closer we get to reaching the “tipping point” of 1.5 ºC, we’re locking ourselves in for a ride to a world with more frequent extreme weather events, water scarcity, crop failure, — you get the gist.

At this point, it’s fair to say that we’re all painfully aware of the frightening reality that awaits us if we don’t take action. It’s also fair to say that the global community is in fact taking action.

But with such…


Why some people are innately better at handling stress and how you can be too

Source: Harvard Business Review

Stress surrounds us. In school, at work, and just about anywhere else that it can cram itself into, stress is probably the single most annoying thing about living in the 21st century. Especially because it’s often accompanied by its best friend: pressure.

As a quick touch up on definitions, stress refers to the situation of too many demands and not enough resources (such as time, money, or energy) to meet them. Pressure is a situation in which you feel that something at stake is dependent on the outcome of your performance — and let’s face it, both of them suck.


An overview of fuel cell technology, where it’s going, and how the government is adapting

Ding!

A recent CNBC article read

“Hydrogen is going to take 25% of all oil demand by 2050.”

And I was shocked. Since when was the most common element on earth able to transform into fossil fuels like oil? Depends on who you’re talking to, but technically, never (sorry folks, no magic here). That being said, hydrogen makes a heck of a competitor to oil and gas once it’s paired with oxygen and the mighty fuel cell.

Before I get into the details, let’s revisit the original question. Why is it that hydrogen fuel cells aren’t a direct replacement for fossil…


Spoiler alert: wind turbines are just as picky as a certain someone that broke into the home of three bears…

Just right… Source: First Round Capital

It’s been thousands of years since humanity first started using the power of the wind to our advantage. And just like us, they’ve evolved. The purpose of a windmill has gone from pumping water to grinding grain, to what we know today. Multi-million-dollar, hundred-meter-tall wind turbines that generate electricity.

They’re big, they’re powerful, and they’ve been the backbone of the shift towards clean energy. In fact, as of now, there are upwards of 330,000 wind turbines around the world. But I’m not here to impress you with big numbers; today, I’ll be going over what wind is, how wind turbines…


How fusion energy is being harnessed and the current state of progress towards commercialization.

What if I told you that a 24/7, carbon-free, and virtually limitless supply of energy was within your reach? Great, right? There’s only one catch: you’re a 3-foot tall toddler reaching for the stars — literally.

Illustration of a fusion reaction. Source: Bloomberg

Fusion in simple terms

Nuclear fusion is the joining of two or more lighter atoms to form one larger atom, neutrons, and enormous amounts of energy.

It’s no wonder scientists have been pursuing this idea for the past century because fusing atoms together in a controlled way releases nearly four million times more energy than a chemical reaction such as the burning of coal, oil or gas and


Think about how much food you waste in a week, then think about what that number must be in a year. If you’re similar to the average Canadian, it’s probably close to 140 kilograms. Multiply that number by an estimate of how many households there are in the world. Now, try adding the amount of food that the 15 million restaurants around the world must waste. It’s a tough calculation to make, so I’ll give you a hint. That number is almost four thousand times the weight of the Empire State Building. In other words, every year the world produces

Aneka Mulgund

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