Archive | May 2016

Try not to jiggle while watching these amazing bladeless wind turbines.

A startup in Spain called Vortex, however, has recently come up with a new design for the turbines. It looks like this:

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Ford: Self-driving cars are five years away from changing the world | ZDNet

The technical leader of Ford’s autonomous car project speaks about what it’s like to be driven by a driver-less car, and how big a deal self-driving vehicles will really be.

Source: Ford: Self-driving cars are five years away from changing the world | ZDNet

Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity — Quartz

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%. Power prices actually went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity.

Source: Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity — Quartz

Wind power generates 140% of Denmark’s electricity demand | Environment | The Guardian

Unusually high winds allowed Denmark to meet all of its electricity needs – with plenty to spare for Germany, Norway and Sweden too

So much power was produced by Denmark’s windfarms on Thursday that the country was able to meet its domestic electricity demand and export power to Norway, Germany and Sweden

Source: Wind power generates 140% of Denmark’s electricity demand | Environment | The Guardian

“Amazon Video Direct” takes aim at the professional side of YouTube | Ars Technica

Amazon is launching a new video service called “Amazon Video Direct.” The new service entices professional video creators to upload their videos to Amazon, where they will be displayed on the Amazon Video site alongside studio-created TV shows and movies. The videos will be viewable by “all Amazon customers” via an ad-supported model, shown to Amazon Prime Video subscribers (presumably without ads) or available as a one-time rental or purchase. The service is launching in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and JapanSource: “Amazon Video Direct” takes aim at the professional side of YouTube | Ars Technica

SpaceX Lands Rocket on an Ocean Platform a Second Time – WSJ

For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite.

Source: SpaceX Lands Rocket on an Ocean Platform a Second Time – WSJ