The quickest numbers I could find say that at the scales of large power-plants, the generator is very efficient, but the turbine not so much, around 50%. This would put the system as a whole at around 40% efficency sunlight -> electricity. That's competitive with the best solar voltaic systems tested in the lab, and 50-100% better than practical systems on the market. Assuming their system really does scale up to power plant sizes, of course.
Microsoft brought over 25,000 Nokia employees in the merger of which 12,500 are to be laid off in the next 6 months. Probably all that's left is the hardware engineers, with nearly all of software, marketing and management getting the boot.
We'll have more information about the gravity attributes and locations of dark matter,
Both of these experiments aim to detect collisions of dark matter particles with their respective detectors, and if found give an estimate of the particles energy. Neither are astronomical surveys that would tell us anything about the gravitational properties or distribution of dark matter.
I would even argue that as long as the students who did most of the work have their name listed as first author, there is nothing wrong with this arrangement. I dropped out of my master's program after the first semester because I was being pushed to publish, but wasn't being plugged into any research existing programs. Every "unique" idea that I thought of turned out to have already been studied exhaustively back in the 70's or earlier. All the favorite students in the grad program were people who ignored this inconvientent fact and managed to get rehashed bullshit accepted into conferences.
Several years later I went back to school at a large state U that plugged me into the work they were doing, showed me what the state of the art was and where there were gaps that hadn't been researched in detail. Without building off the ideas of my advisor I would have never been able to do meaningfull research that progressed the state of the art, and would have had nothing worth publishing. He deserved to have his name on my papers.
There is no problem to be solved.
Women who want to become software engineers are free to do so. There are no barriers. That women tend to choose other careers is the result of human nature. Like it or not, boys and girls are different, and those differences are immutable.
As for "minorities," the very term is meaningless. Anyone of any color, creed, sex, or religion is (in America at least) free to pursue these careers. Trying to bean count the number of Inuit who are code jockeys is ridiculous and ultimately degrading to those being counted.
Google is being shook down by the race and sex hustlers, nothing more. They company is all too aware that these free classes are not going to change the demographics of software engineers. They're doing this as a PR stunt to fend off the hustlers, who will eventually move on to some other target who is more willing to be shook down.
Men are an extreme minority in the child care services industry. Early childhood development programs at colleges and universities are essentially estrogen clubs. There are no men anywhere. Why? Because human nature is what it is, and the nature of men does not include such things.
What does it matter how many girls are doing what?
Young women are going to do precisely what they want. No one is stopping them from pursuing computer science or engineering careers. These fields pay well. There are many clear and obvious incentives to pursue these careers. If young women tend to choose other careers more often than young men, this does not represent a problem in need of a solution.
Promoting a class based on its female participation rate is absurd.
Free trade is good. Getting government out of the business of telling businesses how to do business -- is good.
Doing this in secret....not so good.
This kind of secrecy does to trust in government what tariffs and regulation do to the economy, undermine it.
The EPA can continue to undermine the economy in pursuit of fairy tales.
This is, belive it or not, the biggest political scandal within living memory, possibly in all of American history.
An arm of the federal government targets citizens for intimidation based on their political beliefs, likely at the behest of the White House. When the jig is up, the miscreants do everything they can to lie, obfuscate, and destroy evidence.
Political revolutions have started over less.
So yahoo hires the best people for the job, and this is supposed to be news?
I'm sick and tired of whiny losers complaining that they can't get a job because of their ethnicity.
NO. You can't get a job because you SUCK. The job market does not care what color you are, what church you go to, or where your ancestors migrated here from. The only thing the job market cares about is your ability to produce value. If you can't do it, the market will choose someone else who can. If you can do it, then welcome to the winner's circle my son.
This nonsense about juding a company's hiring practices by the skin of their employees is woefully pathetic peurile garbage.
We now live a country where one's property can be stripped away just because someone else doesn't like it.
I'd like to quote the great philosopher Nelson Muntz, who so eloquently said:
Republican Party hacks are hereby on notice that the conservatives you depend on to get elected can and will remove you from office if you displease us.
Why on earth would anyone use a holiday celebrated by socialists as their marketing buzzword?
Knowing absolutely NOTHING about this effort, I'm instantly opposed to it on this basis alone.
This is like calling your new computer system the CyberStalin. Anyone who would do so is either ignorant, crazy, or evil.