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Nov 13, 2016

China’s shopping craze turns into environmental nightmare

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Where is Waste Management (WM) when you need them. Looks like a golden opportunity for those in the trash and recycle industry.

BEIJING — China’s Singles Day, the world’s biggest shopping extravaganza that fell on Nov 11, saw bargain hunters spend 10 billion yuan (S$2.07 billion) in just seven minutes on the country’s largest online-shopping site, Alibaba’s Tmall, last Friday after midnight.

But the spending orgy could choke landfills and take a huge toll on the environment, employees of waste-disposal and recycling firms say.

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Nov 9, 2016

Changing Cell Behavior Could be Useful for Stem Cell Research, Biofuel Production

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, genetics, sustainability

For example, ordinary baker’s yeast cells normally produce a lot of alcohol, a biofuel, when fed sugar extracted from the edible kernels of corn plants. NetSurgeon designed genetic surgeries that convinced the cells to make more alcohol when fed a type of sugar found in the inedible leaves and stalks.

The research is published in PNAS Early Edition.

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Nov 7, 2016

Elon Musk: Skeptics of Self-Driving Cars Are Basically “Killing People”

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

Tesla’s Elon Musk gives a grave warning to those trying to hold back self-driving car technology. According to him, we have it all backwards.

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Nov 7, 2016

Viruses Can Be Genetically Modified To Transmit Energy

Posted by in categories: genetics, solar power, sustainability

Viral solar panels could be most efficient ever.

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Nov 7, 2016

Elon Musk says Tesla will have fully autonomous cars by the end of 2017

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

All Tesla’s new cars will come with the necessary hardware to drive themselves.

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Nov 7, 2016

Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050

Posted by in categories: business, climatology, existential risks, food, habitats, sustainability

The wealth gap worries Forbes, not your usual wide-eyed socialist.

How do we expect to feed that many people while we exhaust the resources that remain?

Human activities are behind the extinction crisis. Commercial agriculture, timber extraction, and infrastructure development are causing habitat loss and our reliance on fossil fuels is a major contributor to climate change.

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Nov 5, 2016

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

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One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs.

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Nov 5, 2016

Making energy-harvesting computers reliable

Posted by in categories: computing, solar power, sustainability

A revolutionary and emerging class of energy-harvesting computer systems require neither a battery nor a power outlet to operate, instead operating by harvesting energy from their environment. While radio waves, solar energy, heat, and vibrations have the ability to power devices, harvested energy sources are weak leading to an “intermittent execution”, with periodic power failures and unreliable behavior.

Brandon Lucia, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and his Ph.D. student Alexei Colin created the first designed to build reliable software for intermittent, energy-harvesting computers. Colin will present the work at the 2016 SPLASH conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on November 3rd.

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Nov 4, 2016

Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

Posted by in categories: economics, Elon Musk, employment, government, robotics/AI, space travel, sustainability

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO says that a universal basic income will allow more time for leisure.

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Nov 2, 2016

Powerwall 2 & Solar Roof Launch | Tesla

Posted by in categories: energy, environmental, solar power, sustainability

Oct. 28 2016 Telsa Solar City Launch

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