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Rosatom is working on a high-temperature reactor to produce hydrogen from methane

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Rosatom plans to launch a high-temperature reactor by 2030-2032, which, using the steam method, can produce hydrogen from methane, a raw material for environmentally friendly fuel. This was announced at the Technoprom-2022 forum by the representative of the state corporation Miron Borgulev.

Rosatom is working on a high-temperature reactor to produce hydrogen from methane

Our, one might say, the most important project of hydrogen production technology and the main stake of Rosatom in hydrogen energy is a nuclear power plant based on a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor. This is a new type of reactor, cooled not by water, but by helium in the primary circuit and, accordingly, giving a very high-temperature steam of the order of 750-850 degrees, and possibly even higher – now work is underway on new materials to bring the steam temperature up to 1,100 degrees. We assume that by 2030-2032 we will be able to launch this reactor“, – he said.

Borgulev specified that the conversion of methane at this reactor would not require burning a significant part of the gas to obtain the required temperatures, and, accordingly, the burden on the environment in the form of a carbon footprint would be lower. Technologies for producing hydrogen from natural gas are being developed for this reactor. The conversion of methane to hydrogen will take place using the steam reforming method.

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AMD is preparing a graphics card with 2 GB of memory and a 32-bit bus? Radeon Pro W6300 already registered in the company’s driver

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AMD seems to have prepared another ultra-budget graphics card. There was no announcement of the novelty yet, but it has already been registered in the latest driver.

AMD is preparing a graphics card with 2 GB of memory and a 32-bit bus?  Radeon Pro W6300 already registered in the company's driver

The model is called Radeon Pro W6300, that is, it is a professional accelerator. It has an analogue in the form of a mobile card Radeon Pro W6300M, and you can also expect the appearance of the gaming RX 6300, especially since there have already been rumors about it.

Specifications are not yet known, but it is expected that both professional and gaming new items will receive 2 GB of memory with a 32-bit bus and 768 stream processors. These are the characteristics of the mobile Radeon Pro W6300M. Of course, this is the card of the most basic class, but it is still more productive than most integrated GPUs.

How much such an adapter might cost is anyone’s guess, but an RX 6400 with the same GPU but 4GB of memory and a 64-bit bus costs $160.

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NASA “landed” the unique Boeing 747SP SOFIA. For 8 years he watched the universe from the stratosphere

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NASA landed the unique Boeing 747SP SOFIA For 8 years

Since first flying in 2007, a Boeing 747SP tail number N747NA, modified by NASA into a large flying telescope, has been circling the stratosphere observing the universe in infrared (just like James Webb). But the work of SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) came to an end: on September 28, a unique aircraft completed its last flight.

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The SOFIA project at one time proved to be an innovative way to look at the Universe in the infrared. Unlike ground-based telescopes, which find it difficult to “see” through the water vapor of the earth’s atmosphere, SOFIA observed space from a height of more than 12.5 km, which provided a better view compared to ground-based objects.

The SOFIA project started in 1996. The first flight with a 2.7 m telescope installed on board took place in 2010, but the device was fully operational only in 2014. From 2014 to 2019, the flying observatory completed its five-year mission, but the operation of the unique telescope was extended for another three years. All this time, SOFIA has been observing the Moon, planets, and stars. This telescope was able to detect water on the moon’s sunlit surface in 2020.

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2022 has been a very productive year for SOFIA. According to FlightRadar24.com, the 44-year-old aircraft made 143 flights.

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So, this year, the stratospheric observatory visited South America for the first time: within two weeks, the telescope was deployed in Chile to observe celestial objects that can only be seen in the latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere.

In July, during a storm in New Zealand, the aircraft received frontal damage due to the displacement of a ladder placed outside. After that, the aircraft returned to the base in Palmdale in California, but later performed several more flights. The project is closed due to the fact that its scientific productivity no longer justifies the operating costs.

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Nvidia, where are the normal prices for inexpensive video cards? In Europe, prices fell by half of the Radeon RX 6000 models and just two RTX 30 models

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Nvidia where are the normal prices for inexpensive video cards

Despite the fact that a few months ago the average prices for video cards were at the level of recommended values, individual models have room for cheaper prices and they are getting cheaper.

Nvidia, where are the normal prices for inexpensive video cards?  In Europe, prices fell by half of the Radeon RX 6000 models and just two RTX 30 models

In particular, affordable AMD models were actively getting cheaper in the first half of the year and now they are generally not getting cheaper, but the more expensive ones continue to fall.

RX6400 RX6500XT RX6600 RX6600XT RX6650XT RX6700 RX6700XT RX6750XT RX6800 RX6800XT RX6900XT RX6950XT
Minimum price on July 26, euro 169 189 279 374 399 439 469 559 659 749 869 1173
Minimum price for today, euro 169 199 269 375 359 429 469 497 589 679 769 899
GTX 1630 RTX 3050 RTX 3060 RTX 3060 Ti RTX 3070 RTX 3070 Ti RTX 3080 RTX 3080 Ti RTX 3090 RTX 3090 Ti
Minimum price on July 26, euro 175 309 379 469 569 669 779 999 1323 1449
Minimum price for today, euro 175 300 379 459 578 679 799 999 1050 1199

For example, as you can see, the Radeon RX 6950 XT, instead of 1173 euros a couple of months ago, now costs only 900 euros, and this is the most productive AMD card and, together with the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, one of the most productive on the market in general. At least until the start of sales of the RTX 4090. At the same time, just a couple of months ago, the RX 6900 XT cost the same as the RX 6950 XT now, the RX 6800 XT, like the RX 6900 XT, and so on.

Things are not so good with Nvidia cards. Here, only two top models fell in price, however, both are very significant. The situation is worse with other adapters. For example, the popular RTX 3060 is now worth as much as the significantly more powerful RX 6650 XT, and the RTX 3080 Ti is 100 euros more expensive than the RX 6950 XT.

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