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Alphabet is in talks to spin out its molten-salt storage play - MIT Technology Review

Alphabet’s X research division appears to be in discussions to spin out Project Malta, a molten-salt energy storage project, in a transaction …

Clean Energy

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

Biology

Three game changers for energy

New sources, mobility, and industry fragmentation are set to disrupt the system.<p><b>Change is afoot</b> in the energy system. Soaring demand in emerging …

Astronomers to peer into a black hole for first time with new Event Horizon Telescope

Ever since first mentioned by Jon Michell in a letter to the Royal Society in 1783, black holes have captured the imagination of scientists, writers, …

No Big Bang? Quantum Physicists Discover The Universe Has No Beginning

The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general …

Peak Oil Demand Is Deja Vu All Over Again

The current fashionable theme in energy is ‘peak oil demand’ and the accompanying possible stranding of fossil fuel resources, with the resulting damage to the equity value of producing companies. This post will discuss reasons to be wary, at least of some of the arguments. A subsequent post will …

Oil

XNOR.ai frees AI from the prison of the supercomputer

When someone talks about AI, or machine learning, or deep convolutional networks, what they’re really talking about is — as is the case for so many computing concepts — a lot of carefully manicured math. At the heart of these versatile and powerful networks is a volume of calculation only …

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This AI scheduler is perfect for people who hate arranging meetings

If arranging meetings have become a bothersome chore, Mimetic.ai's Evie could be just the thing.<p>Evie, a virtual personal assistant, is capable of talking to the other party and scheduling the right meeting time convenient for both parties without your direct intervention.<p>I found it ridiculously …

Artificial Intelligence

Pressure wave in planet’s atmosphere was one of the largest ever seen in the solar system, stretching over 10,000 kilometres<p>A Japanese spacecraft that is circling Venus has beamed home pictures of one of the largest waves ever seen in the solar system.<p>The Akatsuki probe captured images of the giant …

Astronomy

Inside The R&D Lab Where Uber Is Building “The City Of The Future”

The Advanced Technologies Group Center in Pittsburgh, where Uber is building autonomous cars, is a gleaming white vision of the future.<p>Self-driving cars are no longer a far-flung prophecy; they’re descending upon our roads, dominating conversations about the future of mobility, and becoming a …

Scientists Have Cooled an Object Beyond The Icy Limits of Known Physics

What's cooler than cool?<p>For the first time, physicists have cooled a mechanical object to a temperature colder than previously thought possible, …

Quantum Physics

We can't directly see black holes. But this time lapse shows the awesome power of their gravity.

Watch: stars orbit the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy.<p>No astronomer has even seen a black hole through a telescope. They’re dark, often occluded by matter, and actually very small compared with many of the stars in the sky. We’ve never directly seen the ring of material around …

Black Holes

MIT Invented The Material We’ll Need To Build In Space

It’s ten times stronger than steel but is only 5% as dense, and it could revolutionize architecture on Earth, too.<p>The space elevator–a theoretical mode of transportation where transport modules move up and down a long cable that connects Earth to space–has long been the stuff of futuristic fantasy. …

Chinese renewable power giant builds global empire

BEIJING (AP) — Other investors are wary of Brazil, but when Duke Energy wanted to sell 10 hydroelectric dams there, a Chinese utility shrugged off the country's economic turmoil and paid $1.2 billion to add them to an energy empire that stretches from Malaysia to Germany to the Amazon.<p>State-owned …

A theory that challenges Newton’s and Einstein’s gravity and nixes dark matter passed its first test

Margot Brouwer of Leiden University is brave—and you need to be, if you’re challenging Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton in one fell swoop.<p>Brouwer and her colleagues believe that the laws of gravity, as determined by Newton and further expanded by Einstein’s theory of relativity, are not quite …

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

Most of the attention around automation focuses on how factory robots and self-driving cars may fundamentally change our workforce, potentially eliminating millions of jobs. But AI that can handle knowledge-based, white-collar work are also becoming increasingly competent.<p>One Japanese insurance …

Artificial Intelligence

A star will graze our solar system in a million years

In just over a million years, Earth inhabitants will get a closer look at a star than they might want. Gliese 710 is currently a safe 64 light years away, but scientists discovered in 1999 that the sun-like star was barreling directly toward us at around 32,000 mph. We've known for awhile that it …

Astronomy

'Incredibly rare': Dinosaur blood, feathers found in ancient amber

A new discovery from the University of Alberta suggests the plot of <i>Jurassic Park</i> never needed the mosquito.<p>In order to clone a new race of dinosaurs, …

SNC-Lavalin to cut another 405 jobs across country because of weak mining sector

MONTREAL — Engineering giant SNC-Lavalin is cutting another 405 jobs in Canada due to the weakness in the mining sector and ongoing efforts to boost …

Canada

Physicists claim time travel IS possible, here's all you need to know

<i>Physicists have speculated that parallel universes could allow for quantum leaps and even time travel.</i><p>Researchers from the Griffith University’s …

A single miscalculation sent ESA’s Mars lander crashing into the Red Planet

On October 19th, the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander was supposed to make a soft touchdown on Mars. Instead, it crashed, and the ESA has …

"Strange Stars" Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

Physics tells us they could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other …

Physics

Reactor that produces liquid fuel from CO2 in the air to be tested in portable pilot plant

The fuels we burn add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which contributes to climate change. A new compact power plant is starting up in Finland that …

Leaked NASA Paper Shows The 'Impossible' EM Drive Really Does Work

Did we just achieve fuel-less propulsion?<p>The results of NASA's tests on the 'impossible' EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the …

Postmedia to cut staffing costs by 20%

Postmedia Network Canada Corp. says it intends to reduce staffing costs again as the company reports lower revenue and a deeper quarterly net …

News Industry

Hundreds out of work as Enbridge cuts 5% of staff across operations

Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) has cut hundreds of jobs across its operations following a company-wide organizational review.<p>Canada’s largest …

Quantum-Dot Coating Could Pull Solar Energy From Your Windows

Engineers inch toward the goal of achieving efficient conversion of sunlight energy Photo: Los Alamos National LaboratoryIn big cities, sometimes …