Dubai received bid of $.0299/kWh for 800MW of solar power. This price represents the lowest yet recorded for solar power (and might not represent the end of the price drops…).
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received 5 bids from international organisations for the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, said HE Saeed Mohammed AlTayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. The lowest recorded bid at the opening of the envelopes was US 2.99 cents per kilowatt hour. The next step in the bidding process will review the technical and commercial aspects of the bids to select the best one.
First its new president, Jean-Bernard Levy, said French state utility EDF would delay a decision on its joint French-Chinese nuclear project in the UK, Hinkley Point. That was over a year ago. Then the CFO of EDF, Thomas Piquemal, quit reportedly because he opposed the project on financial grounds. That was a short time ago. Then after a slew of leaked memos, the French government just announced that EDF would be raising more money and the Hinkley decision would now come in September. Continue reading »
This week, Ford and Volvo announced they are forming a “coaliton” – along with Google – to push not only for the development of self-driving cars, but for federal “action” (their term) to force-feed them to us.
The reasons are obvious: There’s money – and control – in it.
To understand what’s going on, to grok the tub-thumping for these things, it is first of all necessary to deconstruct the terminology. The cars are not “self-driving.” This implies independence.
And “self-driving” cars are all about dependence. Continue reading »
A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck.
Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks. Continue reading »
A bridge needs to be built, so time to bust out the cranes, right? Not so fast, a Chinese company has built a machine that has a creative way of setting girders into place.
The SLJ900/32, made by the Beijing Wowjoint Machinery Company, is a 580 ton, 300 foot long and 24 foot wide mega machine that looks more like a train than a crane and acts a lot like a Stretch Armstrong action figure. Instead of using a stationary or crawler crane to lift the girder of a bridge from the ground and drop it into its place, the SLJ900/32 drives the girder onto the previously placed girder, slowly extends its arms to the next support platform, pushes the girder towards the front of the machine and then lowers it into place.
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British programmer Joshua Browder is helping people save a lot of money on legal fees with his latest project – the world’s first robot lawyer. The 19-year-old developed a free service that allows users to ask any kind of legal question and receive relevant answers autogenerated by bots.
Browder first started the project last summer as a free website to help people appeal unfair parking tickets. He came up with the idea after getting a series of tickets himself for “trivial reasons”. Having wasted several hours on writing appeals to these tickets, he realised that many people do not have the time, legal knowledge or even the energy to appeal. So he decided to create an automatic appeal generator, using previously successful letters as a template. He aptly named the service DoNotPay, given that the legal fees involved in challenging tickets could mount up to sizable amounts between $400 to $900. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Lost for words…….”
Two Columbia University astronomers, Professor David Kipping and graduate student Alex Teachey, suggest humanity could use lasers to conceal the Earth from searches by advanced extraterrestrial civilizations.
Several prominent scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have cautioned against humanity broadcasting our presence to intelligent life on other planets. Other civilizations might try to find Earth-like planets using the same techniques we do, including looking for the dip in light when a planet moves directly in front of the star it orbits. Continue reading »
The evolution of humanoid robots is well into the concerning stage at this point. DARPA’s latest incarnation of its Atlas robot is seen in the following video beginning to walk at a pace with a sense of balance equal to most humans. Strangely, toward the end of the video, it is being “abused” by its human handler, which begs the question if a true artificial intelligence is permitted to flourish in this robot, if it might strike back at some point. At the very least, this robot’s demonstration of dexterity in the warehouse is likely to threaten humans economically as humans continue to be outsourced to machine labor at record levels.
But it’s the latest humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics that might further heighten the level of concern. As you will see below, the “Sophia” robot is being designed to walk among us in the future and fully integrate as part of the consumer experience and on into the family, according to CEO Dr. David Hanson. Continue reading »
The truth is slowly becoming stranger than fiction in the modern police/warfare state. Recently declassified information about an experiment out of the little known Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) backs up this notion and is cause for major concern.
The SCO was launched in 2012 as a means of secretly strategizing for a war against China and Russia. Outside of this one video, they just released, very little is known about their experiments or weapons building. Continue reading »
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(ANONHQ) In the classic science fiction movie The Matrix, which was released in 1999, martial arts was uploaded into Keanu Reeves’ (Neo) brain through a cable connected from a computer to Neo’s skull. He received the skills of the art instantly, and was able to use it to perfection.
This happened in a science fiction movie. But what you were about to hear that this isn’t science fiction any longer? The reality is, that a team of researchers in the United States of America are currently developing this technology. Continue reading »
Recently, Anti-Media covered the revelation that Samsung transmits audio commands recorded by their Smart TVs to a third party company, which raises all sorts of red flags regarding encryption standards and, more importantly, people’s privacy in their own homes.
Last year, Anti-Media posted a list of surprising objects endowed with surveillance or data extraction capabilities — including the Statue of Liberty, mannequins, billboards, and more. The company Immersive Labs, for instance, creates software for digital billboards that allows them to watch your face and then tailor a specific ad based on your facial features. Continue reading »
Here’s a tricky task. Pick a photograph from the Web at random. Now try to work out where it was taken using only the image itself. If the image shows a famous building or landmark, such as the Eiffel Tower or Niagara Falls, the task is straightforward. But the job becomes significantly harder when the image lacks specific location cues or is taken indoors or shows a pet or food or some other detail.
Nevertheless, humans are surprisingly good at this task. To help, they bring to bear all kinds of knowledge about the world such as the type and language of signs on display, the types of vegetation, architectural styles, the direction of traffic, and so on. Humans spend a lifetime picking up these kinds of geolocation cues. Continue reading »
“As if it weren’t enough to create earthquakes & manipulate storms like Katrina, Sandy & Nemo, all bets are now off even for countries that up till now just never experience any storms, let alone Hurricanes.Agenda 21/30 has just taken a worrying turn for the little man…..”
Understanding more about the science of hurricanes can help to forecast climate change and even save lives, but of course getting up close to one of these phenomenally powerful quirks of our weather system is fraught with danger.That’s why the University of Miami has spent some US$45 million on an indoor laboratory capable of producing hurricanes up to a category 5 level (the strongest there is, with wind speeds reaching more than 252 km/h (157 mph). Continue reading »
Scientists are inching closer to printing a solution for the overwhelming number of people who need organ transplants, more than 123,000 in the US alone, as well as those who have lost body parts such as ears.
Bioprinting—the process of using 3D printers to create biological tissue—has been around since the 1990s, but it has previously been impossible to create structures large and stable enough to be surgically implanted. That might not be the case anymore, according to a paper published online Monday in Nature Biotechnology. Continue reading »
Feb 21, 2015
“Security is an illusion… We don’t get out of life alive — none of us, so there can be no absolute security. That’s the certainty.”
Andrew Demeter is a young American political activist, amateur filmmaker, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. His documentary ‘We The People, Genetically-Modified?’ won first prize in C-SPAN’s 2014 StudentCam competition. To collect the award, he visited the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. where he met and questioned former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, on matters concerning the National Security Agency’s metadata collection. He recorded the short confrontation with his mobile phone, and the video subsequently went viral online. American radio host and documentary filmmaker Alex Jones has glorified Demeter as “a successful, young journalist…just by asking real questions!”.
H/t reader squodgy:
“This video, in Russian with German subtitles is actually very self explanatory.
Mr Spock….are the shields up?
Watch the missiles burst as they hit the shields….awesome.”
Wenn Russland diese Art von Technologie schon der Weltöffentlichkeit präsentiert, dann mag man sich gar nicht ausmalen, wozu sie wirklich schon im Stande sind. Sie legen mit einem Flugzeug ein ganzes Kriegsschiff plus Begleiter lahm ohne auch nur einen Soldaten zu töten.
Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and American actor Steven Seagal with an SPS Serdyukov autoloading pistol with silencer, at the international exhibition “Oboronexpo-2014”, in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region. Source: Sergey Mamontov/RIA Novosti
A modified version of the legendary, “sort-of-classified” SPS pistol may soon enter service in the Russian armed forces. Considered one of the best handguns in the world, the SPS is flexible and capable of penetrating body armor.
The two standard-issue pistols used by the Russian military, the PM (the Makarov pistol) and MP-443 Grach, will soon be replaced by a new model developed by TsNIITochMash (Central Research Institute for Precision Engineering), according to a statement by the institute.
The statement does not reveal exactly which handgun is to enter service, but certain details suggest it is a modified version of the SPS (the Serdyukov pistol), Russia’s most deadly and ergonomic sidearm. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Let’s see what this little blast brings….
Click on the GIF & wait till the big curl completes & see the transmission.”
A large pulse of RF (radio frequency) has been unintentionally detected coming out of Alaska by the MIMIC microwave background imagery satellite composite feed.
Screenshots: Thanks to Barbara M. for catching this!
Utility companies are having a heyday installing electric, natural gas and water AMI Smart Meters, which probably will help many of them—electric power companies, in particular—avoid building new power plants: they can brown-out high demand days or interrupt individual home usage if consumers use more power than utilities think we should—in addition to running up customer tabs for new Smart Meters every several years Continue reading »
Vehicle emergency system called police dispatch after crash
A Port St. Lucie woman is under arrest in connection with a hit-and-run.
Police responded to a hit-and-run in the 500 block of Northwest Prima Vista Boulevard on Monday afternoon. The victim, Anna Preston, said she was struck from behind by a black vehicle that took off. Preston was taken to the hospital with back injuries. Continue reading »
Just when you thought our data-driven lifestyles were getting a little weird, Google wants to make it creepy. The company just filed a patent application for a “needle-free blood draw” device that can be implanted in a wearable. It’s the vampiric smartwatch you never asked for.
All jokes aside, the invention looks pretty interesting and possibly deeply helpful for diabetics. As with the embattled startup Theranos, the new Google design isn’t exactly needle-free. It’s basically a really slick finger-pricking gadget that works by blasting a gas-powered microparticle into the skin and then draws a small vial of blood into a pressurized container. The device comes in a few different configurations, including the aforementioned blood-sucking wearable, and can be used to measure glucose levels. Continue reading »
For the hundreds of thousands of warehouse, retail and storage workers who will soon be made obsolete, please meet your nemesis: the robot who will do your job without complaints, asking for a pay raise (or salary), or ever threatening to unionize.
Billion-dollar drone company DJI is expanding from consumer and camera drones into the agriculture industry.
The Chinese firm’s latest model is a crop-spraying drone, which it claims is “40 times more efficient” than manual spraying, despite having just 12 minutes of flight time.
It will be released in China and Korea where hand-spraying is more common.
DJI made $500m (£332m) in drone sales in 2014 and some analysts predict the firm will hit $1bn in sales this year. Continue reading »
MICROSOFT IS FORCING VEILED UPDATES ONTO COMPUTERS THAT ARE NOT WEB CONNECTED. MICROSOFT IS DOING THIS VIA UNAUTHORIZED WIFI AND CELL CONNECTIONS, EVEN WITH COMPUTERS THAT ARE COMPLETELY ISOLATED WITH PHYSICAL LOCKUP, AND THE OPERATING SYSTEMS REMAIN LOOKING NORMAL DESPITE BEING CHANGED.
Via ANY visible WIFI connection, even ones your computer is not authorized to access, a secret operating system is being rammed onto everyone’s computer RIGHT NOW and changing the operating system to something new. This is happening EVEN IF WINDOWS INSTALLER IS DISABLED AND UPDATES ARE DISABLED, AND THE COMPUTER ITSELF HAS NO INTERNET ACCESS OF ITS OWN. Even if you have never logged onto your neighbor’s wifi and never asked to, EVEN IF YOU NEVER LAUNCH A BROWSER, the operating systems are coming in, and installing themselves IN SECRET. Once the hijacking operating system is installed, I suspect the computers then upload their entire contents to a remote server that commands them to.
I HAVE PROOF, READ THE MAIN REPORT BELOW. THIS IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY “TERROR ATTACK” IN PARIS, WHICH IS PROBABLY JUST ANOTHER PHONY OR FALSE FLAG ANYWAY. Continue reading »
“We don’t know where all the money is going.”
The F-35 is the most expensive weapons program in history, with a total cost of $1.5 trillion, that has turned into a total fiasco.
So here is an 8-minute documentary (with some cool footage of the thing flying, landing vertically, etc.) to give you the willies about how the system works, and what’s wrong with it.
Note the term, “concurrent development.” It’s a key concept – and at the core of why this deal went haywire.
One of the main reasons that solar energy is growing so fast in California is “net metering” … i.e. crediting rooftop solar users for surplus power their systems create, which is fed back into the grid for use by other customers.
Currently, rooftop solar owners are credited at the same rate they would pay the utility for electricity.
Not only is net metering a huge incentive to buy solar panels, but it is part of a wave of decentralized energy production which could help to solve our protect against terrorism, fascism and destruction of our health, environment and economy. Continue reading »