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Solar Generation

What a near-perfect day October the 10th was. A completely cloudless blue sky, almost no breeze and about 21-22 degrees celsius. Those conditions produce a wonderful "shape". My home generation produced over thirty kilowatt Hours [3okWh] yesterday. Clearly the next option has to be battery storage and more cells As Richard Thaler would agree, whilst not demonstrating the traits of homo-economicus it is most…

Hubble Var1

Consider the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge. Ninety-four years ago today, the modern universe "appeared" When my father was born in 1916, the world still maintained a Copernican understanding of our galaxy. In essence, the conventional wisdom was that the universe was made up of just one galaxy - our own Milky Way galaxy. By 1923, [virtually overnight, our entire…

Black Hole Collision Simulation

It's two years since Einstein was once again proven to earn the moniker of 'genius'. Consider his theorems are now over a century old and they are still being tested and confirmed to remarkable precision. At 5:51am [EST ] on the 14th of September 2015, the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors , located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford,…

Coal and Wind

Two excellent discussions on the path to zero carbon. Radio National Science Show -  The path to Zero carbon The Earth has warmed by 1 degree. 2 degrees will bring with it awful consequences. Are we on track for getting the rise under control? Join Robyn Williams and a panel of energy experts at Brisbane’s World Science Festival. What you…

AI

The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence is being staged in Melbourne this week. This is the main international gathering of researchers in AI. Held biennially in odd-numbered years since 1969, IJCAI is sponsored jointly by IJCAI and the national AI societie(s) of the host nation(s). The theme of this Year’s conference is Autonomy and AI and is intended to…

Solar Energy

A small milestone. As the sun rose this morning, our household solar power system generated its Thirtieth MegaWatt since being installed just on four years ago. The irony is not lost on me, watching my energy consumption fall, but a power bill rise... This also comes at a time when the Australia Institute [ @TheAusInstitute ] has released a report Electricity Costs, which finds…

Planning

Urban Planning, but not as we know it.   http://imgur.com/gallery/MVrJu

Just published. On January 4th, 2017 scientists at the CalTech L.I.G.O detected the merger of two black holes 3 billion light-years away. At 2:11:58 a.m. on January 4th 2017 the arms of LIGO’s Hanford, WA interferometer shivered. Three milliseconds later, Livingston’s interferometer followed suit. Even though parts of the U.S. were experiencing record cold temperatures, the trembling wasn’t caused by…

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