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Extreme energy efficiency, hot astrophysics, nuclear medicine and more at the 2014 APS April Meeting
Date:4/5/2014

ERE'S MY HYPERLOOP? AND A CLEAN ENERGY VERSION OF MOORE'S LAW
Saturday, April 5, 2:00 p.m. EDT

To move ourselves into the future we need new, more energy-efficient technologies. Stephen Granade (B17.00002) from Dynetics will discuss the Hyperloop the ultra-rapid transit idea proposed by Elon Musk last year in which a high-speed train would carry passengers from L.A. to San Francisco in 35 minutes in a sealed, partially evacuated tube. By examining previous proposals for other types of transit, such as the Texas high-speed train that died in the 1990s, the New York subway system, and the proposed nuclear-powered Orion spacecraft, Granade will try to answer the question of why tube-based transport has never gone further than words on a page so far. And Robert Van Buskirk (E17.00001) from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will discuss the extent to which clean energy technology is experiencing exponential growth similar to Moore's law and the factors that appear to be pushing this growth faster and faster.

http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR14/Session/B17.2
http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR14/Session/E17.1

APPLICATIONS OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

Research in nuclear physics has far-reaching applications from energy to agriculture to space exploration to homeland security. Session K7 covers several projects at the forefront of such research. Jon Mueller (Duke University) will describe the first measurements of neutron angular distribution patterns of actinide materials struck by polarized gamma-ray beams. The patterns differ significantly depending on whether the materials are fissile or non-fissile, and this observation may lead to new techniques for distinguishing ordinary nuclear fuel from weapons-grade material. Nasser Bar
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Contact: James Riordon
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American Physical Society
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