Even as federal funding shriveled, the 1990s gave SETI an unexpected gift. Until then no one had detected an exoplanet, much less a potentially hospitable one, but that decade brought a host of discoveries. Since then, missions such as NASA’s Kepler telescope have suggested that planetless stars are rare, and that about one in five Sun-like stars has potentially habitable Earth-size planets—two more factors in the Drake equation that have fueled optimism among SETI advocates. The turn-of-the-century tech boom offered another boost: newly minted billionaires with a taste for space. A high point came in 2007 with the inauguration of the Allen Telescope Array, a SETI observatory in California kick-started with $11.5 million from Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. … [Read more...] about How big money is powering a massive hunt for alien intelligence
Using solar power
"Our data centres power the products and services you've come to rely on every day. This will mean every email you send through Gmail, every question you ask Google Search, every YouTube video you watch, and every route you take using Google Maps, is supplied by clean energy every hour of every day." … [Read more...] about Google commits to run using carbon-free energy by 2030
I hope that we will take on a comprehensive energy plan as part of what government recognizes it needs to do. We need to have that in this country, and it ought to be basic clean, green, reliable, affordable, and nothing more, and let the marketplace choose the winners. But we've got to understand that we need to address these issues—we need to address health, we need to address the environment, we need to address climate change. … [Read more...] about Former EPA head talks clean power, nuclear, and Bush’s climate reversal
That means the new Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) is the same affordable price as the original, despite launching several years later and with better features. Despite all these new features, however, the doorbell itself looks identical. The only noticeable physical difference is that the new one is thicker; something often not seen when upgrading devices in the tech space. Part of the reason for this newfound thickness is because Ring made it easier than ever to install the doorbell, something that's important since you'll need to completely remove the doorbell to charge it. … [Read more...] about Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) vs. Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen): What’s the difference and should you upgrade?
Elon Musk is no stranger to futuristic ideas as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur pushing electric cars and private spaceflight. But his latest vision for travel may be the wildest of all — a speedy commuting system several times faster than a bullet train and twice as fast as an aircraft. … [Read more...] about Faster than a Plane or Train: ‘Hyperloop’ Transportation