Joseph A. di Paolantonio

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PTPM Energy Scavenger Aims for Maintenance-Free Sensor Nodes

[Mile]’s PTPM Energy Scavenger takes the scavenging idea seriously and is designed to gather not only solar power but also energy from temperature …

Clean Energy

This ‘flow battery’ could power green homes when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing

With solar and wind electricity prices plunging, the hunt is on for cheap batteries to store all this power for use around the clock. Now, …

Clean Energy

Smart Cities Are Coming, and They'll Need Data Centers

The street light may not look like technology. But many technologists believe the humble street light will illuminate the future of smart …

Smart Cities

Hawaii's Honolulu Airport Will Run on Thousands of Solar Panels

The move will help cut electricity bills in half, making it an airport you can feel good about flying through.<p>Hawaii is doing the <i>most</i> when it comes to environmental conservation. The state officially banned all chemical sunscreens—which contain coral-bleaching ingredients—in early July. A number of …

Solar Panels

Clouds Are No Problem for New Bacteria-Powered Solar Panels

A pretty useful trick.<p>Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new kind of solar cell that can convert sunlight into electricity, but instead of using electronics like most solar cells, this particular invention relies on bacteria.<p>Many bacteria are already capable of …

Clean Energy

The dirty little secret behind 'clean energy' wood pellets

It is touted as a smart way for Europe to reach its renewable energy goals. But try telling Lisa Sanchez thousands of miles away in America that burning wood chips is a form of clean energy.<p>The bucolic charm of her rural home in the Piney Woods forest region of east Texas is undercut by the big …

Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells

Lance Wheeler looks at glassy skyscrapers and sees untapped potential. Houses and office buildings, he says, account for 75% of electricity use in …

Clean Energy

Cheap battery prices fuel renewables boom: report

Fueled by cheap battery costs, wind and solar power are poised to produce nearly 50% of the world's electricity by 2050, according to a Bloomberg New …

Renewable Energy

A debate over plant consciousness is forcing us to confront the limitations of the human mind

The inner life of plants arouses the passions of even the mildest-mannered naturalists. A debate over plant consciousness and intelligence has raged in scientific circles for well over a century—at least since Charles Darwin observed in 1880 that stressed-out flora can’t rest.<p>There’s no doubt that …

Consciousness

Why TDA and Clustering Are Not The Same Thing

Cluster analysis is a highly developed field within statistics. It takes as input a set <i>X</i> equipped with a distance function, and potentially some …

The Apple Watch has found a surprisingly useful home

When the Apple Watch launched in 2015, it wasn’t exactly clear who, or what, it was for. It was a phone accessory meant to curtail some of the notification anxiety the phones themselves had created by paring your digital life down to only the most essential disturbances. For many consumers, though, …

Smartwatches

Civil society is changing. Here are 10 must-reads on the top trends

Civil society is changing all the time. New organizational and business models are emerging. Technology is introducing different challenges and …

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

Driving DevOps Survey

What's IoT All About Revisited

I often open with a quick, tongue-in-check definition of the Internet of Things (IoT)<p>"You have this thing called the Internet. You have all these …

Tiny ‘hearing’ device is 100,000 times thinner than your eardrum

Finding long-range, low-powered sensors for wearable devices is the next scientific frontier. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are working on atomically thin transducer "drumheads" that can send and receive signals at radio frequencies even greater than those we can hear with our …

An AI Powered 4D Printed Facial Tissue Drone

Imagine that you are in a future, augmented city. The sensors around you, through machine learning scoring and artificial narrow intelligence realize …

Herding Cats

This is a quote from Twitter today that says<p>This, of course, would mean that climate models, compressible fluid flows, stock markets, automatic …

The Evolving Kin-directed AI Nation

This is the time of Kin-directed IoT resource sharing. It is an era of AI nation that carry on a cooperative behaviour and inhibit dispersal of …

These huge new wind turbines are a marvel. They’re also the future.

The latest model has blades longer than football fields.<p>The declining price of solar power gets more press, but there are big things happening in wind technology too. And I mean <i>big</i>.<p>The math on wind turbines is pretty simple: Bigger is better. Specifically, there are two ways to produce more power …

The GDPR: An Artificial Intelligence Killer?

If anyone has doubts regarding the wave toward artificial intelligence, a quick read of this post from CMO.com should erase those doubts.Consider …

Artificial Intelligence

Maine Island's Plan To Build Its Own Energy Grid Could Be Game-Changer For Remote Communities

Isle au Haut residents plan to install a sophisticated microgrid this spring that could eventually end their reliance on expensive power and heating …

Sustainable Smart Cities and How Natalia Olson Leads Urtecho with Passion

Nata Olson?Urtecho is a city planner by education, a technologist by life?long learning, and a visionary strategist in the brave new world of …

How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?<p>It’s nothing much to look at, but the tangle of pipes, pumps, tanks, reactors, chimneys and ducts on a messy industrial estate outside the logging town of Squamish in western …

Bill Gates

A new type of solar cell is coming to market

SOMETIMES it takes a while for the importance of a scientific discovery to become clear. When the first perovskite, a compound of calcium, titanium …

Is this the future? Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea

Advanced plans by Dutch power grid aims to build power hub possibly at Dogger Bank whose scale would dwarf current offshore sites<p>Britain’s homes could be lit and powered by windfarms surrounding an artificial island deep out in the North Sea, under advanced plans by a Dutch energy network.<p>The …

North Sea

Just how big is Big Data?

Google<p>Big Data started with algorithms helpfully scouring vast amounts of data to find patterns. These days it feels a bit like Big Brother. Using machine learning and AI to tweak algorithms, companies are now able to deliver profound insights from datasets once considered impossible to …

Big Data

Industrial IoT meets the blockchain with Xage

Xage’s software is useful to help secure the large number of smart meters that are part of the electrical grid.I don’t think I could make a hotter …

Blockchain

Floating solar rigs split seawater to make hydrogen fuel

Taking Hydrogen from Seawater<p>Hydrogen fuel is yet another alternative form of energy than can be utilized to slowly wean the world away from fossil …

Hydrogen

4 signs of progress on climate change

Bill Gates shares the promising developments he’ll be talking about at the climate conference in Paris this week.