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Feb 1, 2016

The world’s largest floating solar power plant is being built in Japan

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

As solar power becomes a bigger and bigger part of the overall energy landscape, engineers around the world are busy working out how to build plants that are large and efficient enough to keep up with demand. Now Japanese electronics giant Kyocera is starting construction on what it says will be the largest floating solar power plant (in terms of overall capacity) in the world.

It’s the fourth such floating plant Kyocera has worked on so far, but this one promises to be the most impressive yet: the facility is going to be built on the Yamakura Dam reservoir to the south-east of Tokyo in Japan, and will pump out 13.7 megawatts (MW) of power once it’s completed in March 2018. Some 51,000 photovoltaic panels will be stitched together to cover around 180,000 square metres (about 44.5 acres) of space.

That’s roughly the same area as 18 soccer pitches, so you get a sense of the sort of scale we’re talking about here. Kyocera says the new plant will provide enough power for 4,970 average households and offset around 7,411 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year that it’s in operation (equivalent to 19,000 barrels of oil).

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Feb 1, 2016

Sin GIF — Find & Share on GIPHY

Posted by in category: futurism

Discover & Share this Sin GIF with everyone you know. GIPHY is how you search, share, discover, and create GIFs.

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Feb 1, 2016

Collision-proof drone

Posted by in category: futurism

This collision-proof drone can go to the world’s most dangerous places.

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Jan 31, 2016

Research at Google: Quantum A.I

Posted by in categories: education, internet, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Cool!


Stardrive, ISEP, Internet Science Education Project.

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Jan 31, 2016

Solar Systems Like Ours Remain Scarce

Posted by in category: space

Do we owe our existence to Jupiter? That used to be the standard paradigm in planetary theory, but now theorists routinely debate the merits of such a gas giant planet parked out at a 12 year orbit in our own solar system. However, one thing is clear; solar systems like ours with Jupiter analogs are pretty scarce.


Solar systems like ours, in which Jupiter-like planets orbit their parent stars at Jupiter-like distances, remain scarce in the local stellar neighborhood, says an Australian-led team of astronomers.

The team who report their findings in The Astrophysical Journal, analyzed the latest results from an ongoing planet detection survey of more than 200 solar-type stars mostly within some 300 light years of Earth.

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Jan 31, 2016

Smog is wreaking havoc — so why are cancer deaths plunging in China?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, environmental

I would need to see more studies on this.


The mixed results of China’s new cancer study.

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Jan 31, 2016

The innovators: the swarm of sea drones sniffing out drugs and mines

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, robotics/AI

https://youtube.com/watch?v=3pjTHDdC3C4

War on drugs has a new friend.


The football-sized robots are designed to work in packs, programmed for various tasks from locating wreckage to detecting contraband through a ship’s hull.

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Jan 31, 2016

Robot-Run Farm Will Open In Japan Next Year

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

My parents love their farm life, etc. However, as they are get older, and they need a way to maintain their land, etc. Maybe robots are the perfect solution. Certainly worth looking into.


Japan plans to open the first farm run completely by robots growing vegetables.

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Jan 31, 2016

Fun with a new data set: Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu rover camera data

Posted by in category: space

So, space fans, without further ado, here, for the first time in a format easily accessible to the public, are hundreds and hundreds of science-quality images from the Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu rover. I don’t usually host entire data sets (PDS-formatted and all) but I made an exception in this case because the Chinese website is a bit challenging to use.

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Jan 31, 2016

New Kind of Dark Matter Could Form ‘Dark Atoms’

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Physicists have proposed a new kind of dark matter that might consist of dark protons and dark electrons that could form dark atoms, and build up dark matter disks around galaxies.

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