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‘World’s smallest’ zinc bromine residential flow batteries coming for lithium

Redflow of Australia makes ‘the world’s smallest’ zinc bromine flow batteries at 10kWh each for residential applications. The group recently installed their largest residential system – a 60kWh off grid battery system to combine with 18.7kW of solar power.<p>The installation cost a similar amount as …

Clean Energy

Summers: Automation is the middle class' worst enemy

For Americans, it seems like a terrific jobs market, with an astonishingly low,4.3% unemployment rate. Yet a closer look reveals a middle class …

Income Inequality
Clean Energy

SpaceX Will Shed Light on Mars Rocket Tech "in a Few Months"

Straight from the Elon's mouth.<p>Since debuting an unprecedented vision for getting colonizers to Mars, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hasn’t revealed many more …

Elon Musk

Physicists observe 'negative mass'

<b>Physicists have created a fluid with "negative mass", which accelerates towards you when pushed.</b><p>In the everyday world, when an object is pushed, it accelerates in the same direction as the force applied to it; this relationship is described by Isaac Newton's Second Law of Motion.<p>But in theory, …

Physics
Alternative Fuel

Meet the man willing to spend millions to convince Elon Musk to dump Trump

Doug Derwin is investing up to $2m to persuade Tesla’s CEO to speak out against US climate change policies and resign from groups advising Trump<p>Luxury car owners may seem like an unlikely target for organizing a political resistance movement, but to Doug Derwin, it’s all about the make: …

Donald Trump

Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions

Physicists have developed a quantum machine learning algorithm that can handle infinite dimensions—that is, it works with continuous variables (which …

Machine Learning

3 Lessons From the Last Man to Visit the Moon

Remembering the thrilling life of NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan.<p>NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died this week in his Houston home. He was 82.<p>At 32 years old, Cernan, a Navy captain and pilot before he joined NASA, became the second American astronaut -- and the …

Space Science

Buy Your Own Private Air Force for Just $200,000

Must pickup from Mideast location.<p>There's a Florida company specializing in used military aircraft sales, and boy have they got a deal for you: 20 jet airplanes for less than $250,000. The 20 Fouga Magister trainers are sitting in Israel just waiting for someone of modest means who wants to start …

The US military's next-generation tiltrotor helicopter will have stealth properties

While developers stop short of calling the new project a "stealth" helicopter, they do acknowledge they are engineering "stealthy" characteristics -- such as infrared (IR) heat suppressing systems and various fuselage contour constructions as a specific way to make the new aircraft less targetable …

Aviation

NASA planning mission to an asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion

NASA is sending a spacecraft to a giant metal asteroid that may hold the secret to how our solar system was formed.<p>The fact-finding mission led by Arizona State University researchers is focused on the ancient, giant metal asteroid 16 Psyche. NASA wants to know whether the asteroid, thought to be …

Space Exploration

Sun and wind to power Energy Observer catamaran on six year circumnavigation

The Energy Observer catamaran is poised to set sail around the world powered by renewable energy. It will spend six years on its historic journey on the high seas.<p>The craft will be powered by the sun and wind, backed up with a fuel cell system that converts sea water into hydrogen.<p>A team of around …

Innovation Enterprise

We Should Be Preserving The Oceans Like They Were National Parks

In a new documentary, legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle embarks on a year-long quest to persuade President Obama to protect our marine resources.<p>Near the beginning of the upcoming National Geographic documentary, <i>Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures</i>, the famed oceanographer Sylvia Earle …

As leadership departs, NASA quietly moves to buy more Soyuz seats | Ars Technica

Agency also interested in picking up extra Russian seats in 2017 and 2018.<p>NASA's commercial program holds much promise—the development of private …

Space Exploration

NASA video recreates Huygen probe's historic landing on Titan

Before NASA's Cassini probe captured the most detailed images of Saturn we've ever seen, it dropped its companion Huygens on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The probe's historic landing took place on June 14th, 2005. Now, the space agency has taken the data and actual photos Huygens sent 12 years ago …

The Limits of Sugar Guidelines

Is there a danger in governments offering too-specific advice on sugar consumption?<p>A firestorm recently erupted over a paper in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> that found official advice limiting sugar in diets to be based on “low” or “very low” quality evidence. Because a food-industry group had …

Diabetes