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Alphabet Sees Power in Molten Salt, a New Moonshot

Wall Street Journal

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

Daily Mail

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.


Grant Gochnauer: Awesome Humans -- Issue #100 – Awesome Humans – Medium

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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

The Independent

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 ...


Machine-Learning Solar Tracking Technology Nudges PV Field Production Nearer Optimum Levels

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Development and use of an expanding range of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and "Internet of Things" devices – wireless network sensors and "smart," network-connected inverters, meters and other devices – along with high-reliability wireless/mobile networking and cloud software- and infrastructure-as-a-service (SaaS and IaaS) platforms are enabling vendors and their customers to collect, analyze and act upon continuous streams of digital data and approach ideal maximum electrical power and energy production while coincidentally minimizing installation, operations and maintenance costs. On July 11, the company introduced its latest innovation to the market, a "first-of-its-kind intelligent, self-adjusting tracker control system for solar power plants." In addition to significantly reducing the time and cost of constructing and commissioning solar PV plants, NEXTracker's TrueCapture system can deliver gains in solar energy output ranging from two to six percent per year, thereby boosting returns for project owners and investors, management touts. Machine-learning algorithms embedded in the TrueCapture platform lie at the core of what amounts to a "hybrid, closed-loop" system capable of monitoring and analyzing continuous streams of data collected via wireless network sensors and smart metering devices for self-learning.


Facebook a step closer to providing worldwide internet access with giant solar-powered drones

The Independent

Facebook has taken a major step towards creating a drone designed to beam internet access to remote areas of the world. 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 ...


'Smart blinds' can store solar energy in a battery

Daily Mail

Scientists have invented window blinds that store energy which they claim can slash an incredible 70 per cent off homeowners' energy bills The blinds have thin solar panels mounted on slats. The blind has thin solar panels mounted on slats which generate up to 15 watt hours per square foot - enough power for the average sized window to charge a laptop. They have an app that allows them to be voice controlled and can also save energy bills by connecting to thermostats via WiFi or Bluetooth and using weather forecasts to cool or heat homes more efficiently. The blinds an app that allows them to be voice controlled and can also save energy bills by connecting to thermostats via WiFi or Bluetooth and using weather forecasts to cool or heat homes more efficiently.


These 5 Technologies Are on the Verge of Massive Breakthroughs

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Grail, which spun out from life sciences company Illumina earlier this year, currently has $1 billion in funding from investors including Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. Indoor farming startups including Aerofarms, Green Spirit Farms, and Urban Produce all closely analyze their crops using these types of tools to maximize output and flavor.


Why "How many jobs will be killed by AI?" is the wrong question

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Job growth has continued because there has been a rapid rise in service sector physical jobs like home health aide or short order cook. A UBI is thus both less targeted and more expensive that the EITC, but the real problem is that a UBI doesn't give people any clear reason to get off the sidelines of the economy. Tech progress has changed our economy a lot over the past generation, and will change it even more quickly in the years to come. Instead of trying to prepare for a jobless future, we should instead be preparing for one that's a turbocharged version of what we already have: a job creation engine that has shifted into a lower gear, and a large number of people tempted to sit on the sidelines rather than contributing their skills to the economy.