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Gates-backed TerraPower pitches new nuclear tech

TerraPower is talking to a number of countries to build the first plant with the next generation of nuclear power plants that run entirely on the spent fuel from current nuclear plants.

By Dec. 12, 2011

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Gates-backed nuclear outfit TerraPower funded

TerraPower, which counts Bill Gates as an investor, raises $35 million in venture funding to pursue an alternative nuclear-power technology.

By Jun. 14, 2010

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Korea's backhander to Bill Gates for one-handed handshake

The Microsoft co-founder has one hand in his pocket when shaking hands with South Korea's president, Park Geun-hye. This does not go down well.

By Apr. 23, 2013

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Bill Gates and learning from Leonardo da Vinci

60 Minutes preview: Gates won't entertain comparisons of his life to that of da Vinci, but says the great thinker was way ahead of his time.

By May. 10, 2013

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Bill Gates calls for massive increase in energy research

Despite the threat of cuts to current energy research programs, Gates, in an editorial, says the U.S. should increase annual R&D from $5 billion a year to $16 billion for economic, national security, and environmental reasons.

By Nov. 21, 2011

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Still plugging new nuclear power tech post-Fukushima

Despite the worst nuclear disaster in decades and other roadblocks, young nuclear power companies NuScale Power and TerraPower still see strong interest in getting alternative reactor designs built.

By Nov. 20, 2011

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Nathan Myhrvold, patent troll? Check out his nuclear reactor

Founder of Intellectual Ventures, speaking at D10, deflects the usual accusations that his business is harming innovation.

By May. 30, 2012

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Nuclear renaissance? More like nuclear standstill

A power-hungry world needs clean, reliable energy sources, but the cost of nuclear, and heightened safety concerns from Fukushima, have stalled nuclear's expansion.

By Mar. 10, 2012

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Toshiba eyes nuke alliance with Gates start-up

Company is in talks with TerraPower, which is backed by Microsoft's chairman, to jointly develop advanced nuclear reactors.

By Mar. 23, 2010

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Fukushima, one year later: Safety fears and slow fixes

Nuclear power plants in the U.S. are due for upgrades to guard against natural disasters. Will they come fast enough to satisfy a new generation of nuke critics?

By Mar. 9, 2012