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Renewables meet 50% of electricity demand on Australia’s power grid for first time

November 14th, 2019 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

For a brief moment solar, wind and hydro combined to deliver more than half the power into the National Electricity Market Australia’s main electricity grid was briefly powered by 50% renewable energy this week in a new milestone that experts say will become increasingly normal. Data on the sources of power in the National Electricity […]



The internet is getting less free

November 14th, 2019 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

A protester holds an Amazon box made into a sad face as part of a protest against the company’s cloud services contracts with Palantir, which supports ICE. Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting internet freedoms.   Amazon has been under fire from protesters lately for assisting surveillance technology company Palantir — […]



The pharmacy of the future will see robots come to the rescue of humans

November 14th, 2019 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

High technology is changing the way pharmacies operate – and how customers get served It looks like a normal pharmacy in a normal Johannesburg shopping mall. But behind the scenes at the Morningside Dispensary, a revolution is underway It may not be getting the attention that politicians get when they talk of the Fourth Industrial […]



Inside the high-stakes race to build the world’s first flying taxi

November 13th, 2019 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

The Lilium prototype in a hangar in Wessling, Germany.Credit…Felix Schmitt for The New York Times Lilium, a German start-up, illustrates the potential and the risks of creating a new generation of electric aircraft for urban transportation. MUNICH — Inside an airplane hangar about 20 miles from central Munich, Daniel Wiegand lifted the door of a […]



Researchers used a laser to hack Alexa and other voice assistants

November 13th, 2019 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco (CNN Business)Usually you have to talk to voice assistants to get them to do what you want. But a group of researchers determined they can also command them by shining a laser at smart speakers and other gadgets that house virtual helpers such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. Researchers at […]



Is our current banking system doomed?