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Ring Stick Up Cam review: A companion camera for the Ring Video Doorbell

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Whether you decide to mount the camera to wood, stucco, brick, concrete, or vinyl, the array of included tools will help you get the job done. If you don't want to have to remove it from its mount every few months to recharge it via USB (a USB cable is also included in the package), you can purchase Ring's optional Solar Panel ($49) and mount it next to the camera to keep it continuously charged. Tapping the Stick Up Cam here will open a dedicated screen showing the camera's battery status, an on/off toggle for motion alerts, and a button for accessing the camera's live feed. The last two, Linked Chimes and Ring Partners, allow you to connect your account with the Ring Chime accessory and Ring's smart home partners' apps, respectively.


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That's what Rolls-Royce is working on with their autonomous naval vessel concept that plans to have a 3,500 nautical-mile range. The company sees a future in the next 10 years or so where autonomous boats are out in the water for up to 100 days, eliminating the need for remote controlled ships or crews. Rolls-Royce general manager of naval electrics, automation and control, Benjamin Thorp said in a news release, "Such ships offer a way to deliver increased operational capability, reduce the risk to crew, and cut both operating and build costs." The ship is all conceptual, but the Verge reported a Norwegian company is launching an automated cargo ship next year that plans to be autonomous by 2020.


How Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize the Energy Industry - Science in the News

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It consists of a vast network of power plants, transmission lines, and distribution centers (comprising roughly 5,800 power plants and over 2.7 million miles of power lines). Since 2010, the DOE has invested $4.5 billion in smart grid infrastructure and installed over 15 million smart meters that monitor energy usage per device and alert utilities of local blackouts. For example, when renewables are operating above a certain threshold, either due to increases in wind strength or sunny days, the grid would reduce its production from fossil fuels, thus limiting harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Despite this uncertainty associated with future technological innovation, we can be optimistic in expecting the smart grid system to lower electricity bills and prevent catastrophic blackouts by optimizing supply and demand at local and national levels.


EnergyAustralia launches system for customers to optimise energy use

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The Redback Smart Hybrid System, developed by Brisbane-based startup Redback Technologies, combines a solar inverter, battery enclosure, and cloud-based energy management software into a unit that can be mounted inside or outside the home. The Redback Smart Hybrid System has a 5-kilowatt power output and can store up to 13.2 kilowatt hours of electricity, which EnergyAustralia claims is enough to meet 75 percent of the average household's daily energy needs. A household that consumes 8,000 kilowatt hours per year could save AU$1,500 annually using the Redback Smart Hybrid System, EnergyAustralia claims. Under an agreement with the South Australian government and French renewable energy company Neoen, the Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm in Jamestown will be paired with Tesla's 100MW/129MWh battery, which will be installed by the end of the year.


Artificially Intelligent Green Energy? Yes!

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Smart Wind and Solar Power Big data and artificial intelligence are producing ultra-accurate forecasts that will make it feasible to integrate much more renewable energy into the power grid. Researchers around the world are collecting wind speed and output data from wind turbines. The result: wind power forecasts of unprecedented accuracy are making it possible to use far more renewable energy, at lower cost, than utilities ever thought possible. While solar power generation lags wind power production, researchers are furiously working around the world to better harness the sun's abundant power.


Alphabet Sees Power in Molten Salt, a New Moonshot

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Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 0.58% is pitching an idea to store power from renewable energy in tanks of molten salt and cold liquid, an example of the tech giant trying to marry its far-reaching ambitions with business demand. Alphabet's research lab, dubbed X, said Monday that it has developed plans to store electricity generated from solar panels or wind turbines as thermal energy in hot salt and cold liquids, such as antifreeze. The lab is seeking partners in the energy industry, including power-plant developers and utilities, to build a prototype to plug into the electrical grid. X says its system works by sending electrical power from solar panels or wind turbines through a heat pump that converts the power to thermal energy, splitting it between hot and cold, which is then stored in tanks of molten salt or a cold liquid, such as antifreeze.


Artificial brains save the Earth

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The new-generation interactive tools that increasingly pervade our daily lives, such as cameras, sensors, drones, recording devices, satellites and electronic maps, work wonderfully in rough and extreme conditions. As a subfield of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things forms a network of objects, devices and sensors that enable data gathering, processing and exchange. Only a few years ago, reports on how man and other living organisms cooperate closely to save the environment might have sounded like futurology. With rapid advances in nanotechnology, a field dedicated in part to integrating living organisms with electronic systems, such reports no longer raise eyebrows.


Ocean-spanning drones could attack the US from Africa

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A company called Advanced Aircraft Company has created a drone called Greased Lightening which combines the best bits of drone and aeroplane design. Over the next few years experts believe electric UAS will need more powerful electric motors, lighter solar cells and flight management systems that require a minimum of human input. One of these companies, Advanced Aircraft Company, has created a drone called Greased Lightening which combines the best bits of drone and aeroplane design. Over the next few years experts believe electric UAS will need more powerful electric motors, lighter solar cells and flight management systems that require a minimum of human input.


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Dementia: Mediterranean Diet Could Help Stop Alzheimer's -- fortune.com New research suggests a Mediterranean diet could cut the risk for dementia and Alzheimer's. Despite executing the best growth practices, picking the low hanging fruit, and having a great team, they struggle to grow. AI investment has turned into a race for patents and intellectual property (IP) among the world's leading tech companies. "If you wanted to power the entire United States with solar panels, it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada or Texas or Utah; you only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States," Musk said during his keynote conversation on Saturday at the event in Rhode Island.


Nasa admits it can't afford to land humans on Mars

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The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...