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October 1st, 2014 at 10:50 am

Facebook’s solar-powered internet delivering drones could be in use by 2018

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Facebook internet delivery drone.

Facebook is pushing toward thousands of solar-powered internet delivering drones.  They will have the wingspan of a jumbo jet and fly at 17 mile height. The semi-autonomous drones will be the size of jumbo jets which will fly 17 miles above the Earth to provide wireless internet access to the four billion people currently unable to get online. They want to fly them for months and years at a time. The drones will need to rise above the weather, flying at between 60,000 and 90,000 feet – around 17 miles above the ground.

 

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October 1st, 2014 at 10:36 am

Asteroid Act could unlock billion dollar in asteroid mining business

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Private companies want to mine asteroids for fuel, and build filling stations in space. A bill now in front of the US Congress would help by allowing them to own what they discover – but it might, if passed, meet stiff international opposition.

 

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October 1st, 2014 at 10:15 am

Top 5 ways the superintelligence revolution could happen

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There is a 50% probability that human-level machine intelligence will have been attained by 2050.

Machines already have superhuman strength, speed and stamina. One day machines will have superhuman intelligence. Assuming that scientific and technological progress continues, human-level machine intelligence is very likely to be developed. And shortly thereafter, superintelligence.

 

 

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October 1st, 2014 at 9:55 am

Airlight Energy and IBM’s new sunflower-shaped solar concentrators produce energy and fresh water

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High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT)

A cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower has just been unveiled by IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy. The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system can concentrate the sun’s radiation 2,000 times and convert 80 percent of it into useful energy, generating up to 12 kilowatts of electrical power and 20 kilowatts of heat on a sunny day—enough to power several average homes. It can also produce clean, fresh water as a result of the process used to cool the solar cells. (Video)

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October 1st, 2014 at 9:36 am

Elon Musk’s SolarCity to build a Gigafactory for producing solar panels

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Tesla/SpaceX chief and sustainable energy champion, Elon Musk, has finalized plans to build a 1.2 million square-foot megafactory in Buffalo, NY through his company SolarCity. The factory targets to create enough solar panels a year to harness a gigawatt of the sun’s energy.

 

 

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September 30th, 2014 at 10:57 am

Ello – a wakeup call for social media marketing

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Ello

Ello, a new upstart social network burst into the spotlight last week. It has grown from just 90 members in August to a reported 30,000 new users per hour,  To understand the social network let’s start with its manifesto:

 

 

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September 30th, 2014 at 10:47 am

New fuel cell system will heat and power homes using natural gas

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The fuel cell system is based on the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology.

Those interested in off-the-grid heating and power sources for the home might soon be getting a new option. The Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) has joined forces with the heater manufacturer Vaillant and together they have come up with a domestic fuel cell system, which uses natural gas to produce both heat and electricity.

 

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September 30th, 2014 at 10:30 am

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn invests $811M in building electric cars in China

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Foxconn wants to make an electric car priced less than $15,000.

Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner, is notorious for its empire of iPhone-assembling employees and robots, but the electronics manufacturer is looking to shift gears, by building a dirt cheap electric car and it’s already investing $811 million to speed up the process.

 

 

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September 30th, 2014 at 10:17 am

Panther Vision Powercap – a solar-powered flashlight you wear on your head

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Panther Vision Powercap

When you go out into the darkness then you’d better be prepared with a good durable flashlight to light up your path. However,  packing an extra flashlight may sometimes make your gear a bit heavy which can slow you down.

 

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September 30th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Accept Uber-style disruption or face unemployment: Eric Schmidt to the European Union

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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, Google’s Chairman, wants to play nice with the European Union, but he isn’t about to give in to calls for regulation. “Europe needs to accept and embrace disruption. The old ways of doing things need to face competition that forces them to innovate,” he wrote in an op-ed for Digital Minds for a New Europe, the European Commission’s new tech series. “Uber, for example, is shaking up the taxi market — for the good. It offers riders convenience and cheaper fares. Understandably, the incumbent taxi industry is unhappy.”

 

 

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