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Power

The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine 143

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-recommended-for-hurricane-areas dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes: "In far-flung rural Alaska, where electricity can cost as much as $1 per kilowatt hour — more than 10 times the national average, according to the New York Times — a wind turbine encased in a giant helium balloon is about to break a world record. The Bouyant Air Turbine (BAT) is about to be floated 1,000 feet into the air in the name of cleaner, cheaper, and mobile energy. That single airborne grouper—it's sort of a hybrid of a blimp, a kite, and a turbine—will power over a dozen homes. The BAT is the brainchild of Altaeros, a company founded by MIT alumni, and, if everything goes according to plan, it's going to be the highest-flying power generator in history. Since winds blow stronger and more consistently the higher above the ground you go, and the hovering BAT harnesses that gale and sends electricity down to earth through the high-strength tethers that also hold the machine steady. "
Medicine

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials 357

Posted by samzenpus
from the between-life-and-death dept.
New submitter Budgreen writes: "Knife-wound or gunshot victims will be cooled down and placed in suspended animation later this month. The technique involves replacing all of a patient's blood with a cold saline solution, which rapidly cools the body and stops almost all cellular activity. 'If a patient comes to us two hours after dying you can't bring them back to life. But if they're dying and you suspend them, you have a chance to bring them back after their structural problems have been fixed,' says surgeon Peter Rheeat from the University of Arizona in Tucson, who helped develop the technique. 10 gunshot and stabbing victims will take part in the trials."

Comment: A.C Clarke quote (Score 1) 870

by Mr_Nitro (#46589859) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
"The Goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play" ... 100% agreed. We are in front of a perfectly renewable and balanced dinner table/house (our planet), everything is there , for free, for everyone. Why we do allow some of us to have more and to create unbalance ? why is someone allowed to keep more than what he can enjoy fully? This is the ruin and culprit of all.

+ - Vaccine-Autism connection - Lawyer:'' Coming dozens of complaints''->

Submitted by Mr_Nitro
Mr_Nitro (1174707) writes "Italy — The lawyer Luca Ventaloro, an expert in child health law states: "Given the amount of the civil cases, it was inevitable that criminal justice was aware of this potential correlation between the vaccine and autism or other disorders, has now become a national emergency. We have a case of autism in 80 births in healthy children. Born with an high APGAR (newborns viability index) and after vaccinations begin to feel bad. They can no longer deny the evidence.'' They seem pretty strong footed on the connection, commission is all completely made of doctors and experts in the field. Not an excuse for irrational vaccines fears , but an occasion to improve and acknowledge the possible dangers."
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Comment: I'm waiting (Score 1) 888

by Mr_Nitro (#46246281) Attached to: Star Trek Economics
that's exactly where humanity should aim for....I don't understand why people sees it as some kind of Utopian dream. so where do we set the bar? mega-corporations shit and police state you like that better? Cos I don't. Work can be superfluous, people can spend their lifes learning skills and knowledge just because they like it. Others will find continuous work still interesting and appealing and I think most will do in fact, given that works will exclude the robot-able ones and the pointless destructive money-making scams.. You will still have private property and all that , of course.... It's all about spreading resources and understanding that someone else does not have more power just because his daddy has an oil corporation... We are born on the same planet, with same rights and same share of natural resources. Accumulation of wealth by some specific individuals is the worst crap that can happen...and leads to the worst behaviors and unbalances. I hope to see just the hint of this change during my lifetime... else we'll just be another shit race in a once-beautiful planet that we turned to shit as well with our nice 'live to work to make someone else rich and to buy the items we need to go to work'....how excellent... but I want to believe a change is possible...
Moon

NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon 251

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-some-cheese dept.
cold fjord writes "The Verge reports, "NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals. Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies will win a contract to build prospecting robots, the first step toward mining the moon. Final proposals are due on March 17th, 2014. NASA has not said when it will announce the winner."

Comment: in civilized countries... (Score 1) 321

by Mr_Nitro (#46140597) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering
study is a right, from start to your PhD , at most you pay for the books and a nominal fee (i.e 500 euro/year if your finances/family permits else it's free). Paying tens of thousands or getting debts before you even start working is simply barbaric and the heritage of a classist society. But you know sheeple are good for the ones who controls....

+ - NASA sued for failing to examine alien life on Mars.->

Submitted by Mr_Nitro
Mr_Nitro (1174707) writes "NASA sued for failing to examine alien life on Mars.
Scientist has filed a lawsuit in the US District Court Northern District of California claiming the white rock was a living thing and is seeking an order forcing NASA and its Administrator, Charles Boulden, to investigate the rock more diligently."

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