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energyPlanet Labs Gets $168 Million in Funding and Launching More Satellites

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Planet Labs received $168 million in funding and some of the funding will be to launch many more satellites. On April 1, 2019 they will launch 20 next-generation Dove satellites – Flock 4a – are scheduled to launch on ISRO’s …

energyLatest Space Based Solar Power Concepts and Experiments at Caltech

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Caltech and Northrop Grumman are continuing to make research progress towards space-based solar power. In 2018, the aerial density of the 1-meter solar tiles in 600 grams. This is an improvement from 1500 grams per square meters in 2017. They …

energyStanford New Measurement to Ensure High Quality Quantum Dots

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Stanford has a new measurement technique for quantum dots. Uncertainty about the quality of quantum dots are holding back the use of quantum dots. Above – A close-up artist’s rendering of quantum dots emitting light they’ve absorbed. (Image credit: Ella …

energyArtificial Muscles for a Future Air Conditioner

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A prototype device has been developed that is able to transfer heat using ‘muscles’ made from nickel-titanium. Nickel-titanium (aka nitinol) is a shape-memory material that releases heat to its surroundings when it is mechanically loaded in its superelastic state and …

batteriesTesla Model Y Will Hold Seven Passengers

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The Tesla Model Y will have three rows of seats and hold seven passengers. Each second-row seat folds flat independently, creating flexible storage for skis, furniture, luggage and more. The liftgate opens to a low trunk floor that makes loading …

energyThermal Energy Stored for Month in New Material

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Global emissions must be reduced by 60% before 2050 to avoid 2 degrees of global warming. However, energy consumption is doubling in the next 40 years due to an increasing world population and economic growth. The amount of solar power …

energyWorld of Oil Will Be Dominated By a Second US Shale Wave for 5 Years

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The World of Oil will be dominated by a second wave of US Shale oil according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The United States will be the source of 70% of the total increase in global capacity to 2024 …

airplanesGet Rid of the TSA to Save Lives

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Most people fear plane crashes, airplane terrorism and nuclear power accidents. However, these fears have resulted in stupid policies that increase deaths. Planes are far safer than cars. The TSA and anti-terrorism pre-flight checks are ineffective at catching terrorism and …

energyRussian Army Has New Body Armor and Promise Combat Exoskeletons

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Russia has modernized 35 brigades (over 80,000 soldiers) active military combat personnel with new body armor and weapons. Russia calls this equipment Ratnik-2. Russia is promising to develop Ratnik-3 which would be advanced combat exoskeletons, UAVs and combat robots. The …

businessTrading & Investing with Disruptive Technologies

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The term ‘Disruptive Technologies’ has become a catchphrase to many traders and investors. It evokes that proverbial call to action, requiring a sense of urgency on the part of the business community. Money management companies have studied the performance of …