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Jun 19, 2018

California lawmakers debate creating regional electric grid

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

A contentious proposal to link oversight of California’s electric grid with other western states faces a crucial test Tuesday in a state Senate committee.

Supporters say regionalizing the grid would make it easier and cheaper to deploy renewable energy across the western United States. But critics, including some environmentalists and consumer advocates, say California would jeopardize its efforts to require the expansion of renewables.

California has greatly expanded the use of , particularly wind and solar, but that’s brought new challenges for grid operators to manage supply and demand as weather patterns and sunlight vary.

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Jun 19, 2018

Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star

Posted by in categories: cosmology, materials

For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close to the massive monster.

The scientists tracked the event with radio and infrared telescopes, including the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299. The galaxies are nearly 150 million light-years from Earth. At the core of one of the galaxies, a black hole 20 million times more massive than the Sun shredded a star more than twice the Sun’s mass, setting off a chain of events that revealed important details of the violent encounter. The researchers also used observations of Arp 299 made by NASA’s Hubble space telescope prior to and after the appearance of the eruption.

Only a small number of such stellar deaths, called tidal disruption events, or TDEs, have been detected. Theorists have suggested that material pulled from the doomed star forms a rotating disk around the black hole, emitting intense X-rays and visible light, and also launches jets of material outward from the poles of the disk at nearly the speed of light.

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Jun 19, 2018

Marc Benioff of Salesforce: ‘Are We Not All Connected?’

Posted by in category: futurism

So what is Salesforce doing about it?


A billionaire tech mogul with a spiritual side, Mr. Benioff riffs on his early days at Apple and Oracle, and what’s wrong with Facebook.

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Jun 19, 2018

This New Chip Design Could Make Neural Nets More Efficient and a Lot Faster

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Neural networks running on GPUs have achieved some amazing advances in artificial intelligence, but the two are accidental bedfellows. IBM researchers hope a new chip design tailored specifically to run neural nets could provide a faster and more efficient alternative.

It wasn’t until the turn of this decade that researchers realized GPUs (graphics processing units) designed for video games could be used as hardware accelerators to run much bigger neural networks than previously possible.

That was thanks to these chips’ ability to carry out lots of computations in parallel rather than having to work through them sequentially like a traditional CPU. That’s particularly useful for simultaneously calculating the weights of the hundreds of neurons that make up today’s deep learning networks.

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Jun 19, 2018

Best evidence of rare black hole captured

Posted by in category: cosmology

Scientists have been able to prove the existence of small black holes and those that are super-massive but the existence of an elusive type of black hole, known as intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) is hotly debated. New research coming out of the Space Science Center at the University of New Hampshire shows the strongest evidence to date that this middle-of-the-road black hole exists, by serendipitously capturing one in action devouring an encountering star.

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Jun 19, 2018

Daily fasting works for weight loss, finds report on 16:8 diet

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Daily fasting is an effective tool to reduce weight and lower blood pressure, according to a new study published by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers in the journal Nutrition and Healthy Aging.

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Jun 19, 2018

Leap Motion’s CAT EXPLORER

Posted by in category: futurism

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Jun 19, 2018

Solar Cells Can Now Generate Power From Raindrops

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

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Jun 19, 2018

Sit anywhere with this wearable chair

Posted by in category: wearables

Sit anywhere, at any time, with this wearable chair 🤯.

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Jun 19, 2018

This personal helicopter from the 1950s

Posted by in category: transportation

This personal helicopter was way ahead of its time.

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