Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed a contract with eSolar to
construct solar power plants with a total capacity of 245 MW by 2013.
Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University claim to have found a way to
predict brain activity when someone thinks about specific words. So
far, the catalog of words supported by the technology is limited to
only 60 words. However, the simple fact that computers are able to
detect thoughts based on words not only offers new opportunities in
research such as thought disorders, but put the meaning of Big Brother
into whole new category.
Recent advances in general purpose GPU computing are beginning to shift
perceptions in supercomputing applications. Belgian researchers have
assembled a relatively simple enthusiast PC with an emphasis on
graphics processing capability, which beats a multi-million dollar
supercomputer in its target application.
Everyone get your popcorn ready because a Denver man claims to have authentic video of a real live, breathing and blinking space alien and he’ll be showing it off to the media today. Jeff Peckman, who is trying to push his ballot initiative to set up an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver, says he’ll also reveal other evidence of extraterrestrial life to reporters.
The Department of Energy is hoping cold hard cash will lure companies in developing a solid state replacement for the regular household light bulb. The agency announced the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize or L Prize at the LIGHTFAIR conference in Las Vegas California this week and has partnered up with four major California utilities to help with the evaluation process. Companies that produce a suitable replacement for the common 60 watt incandescent bulb and the PAR 38 halogen bulb will receive up to $20 million in cash and much more importantly federal government procurement opportunities.
Public policy organization Brookings has released a detailed per-capita
footprint ranking of 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S. The study
reveals that residents living in the eastern half of the country
produce much more carbon emissions than residents in the West. In the
most extreme case, Lexington, Kentucky, has a per-capita emissions
rating that is 2.5 times higher than Honolulu, Hawaii. Brookings found
that these differences can often be tracked down to development
patterns, rail transit, fuels used to generate electricity, energy
prices, and weather.
We’ve all heard of Earth Day and ‘Lights Out’ demonstrations where
entire cities try to save greenhouse gasses by turning off all lights
for one night, well one group is trying to do the opposite with its
'Carbon Belch Day'. In an effort to counter what it says is growing
green propaganda, Grassfire.org wants people to use as much carbon as
possible on June 12th. This includes turning down the AC by 5 degrees,
leaving all your computers on and inviting all your friends over for a
BBQ hopefully with lots of meat on the grill.
Taking annual mammograms is generally recommended for women with an age
of 35 years and above. But these radiology procedures are inconvenient
and can actually be painful, since the breast needs tobe squeezed between two
metal plates. TechniScan has developed a new method to scan a breast –
a method that is based on the processing capability of GPUs to deliver
3D images, which could replace traditional mammograms one day. It is a fascinating example how we can take advantage of the enormous progress in technology to save lives.