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"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars". Oscar Wilde

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New Solar Panel Design Could Radically Improve Solar Energy Output

New Solar Panel Design Could Radically Improve Solar Energy Output | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
July 22, 2015 - A new type of solar panel could totally change how people feel about renewable energy! The new High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system, developed by researchers at IBM, actually performs far better than the conventional solar panels on the market today. According to engineers, the new solar system can magnify the sun’s energy by 2000-5000 times.

The system works by using hundred of incredibly small solar cells, which are constantly cooled, allowing them to generate more energy than regular panels.

Researchers have said that, “Each 1cmX1cm chip can convert 200-250 watts, on average, over a typical eight-hour day in a sunny region. In the HCPVT system, instead of heating a building, the 90 degree Celsius water will pass through a porous membrane distillation system where it is then vaporized and desalinated. Such a system could provide 30-40 liters of drinkable water per square meter of receiver area per day, while still generating electricity with a more than 25 percent yield or two kilowatts hours per day. A large installation would provide enough water for a small town.”

Traditional solar panels have problems with absorbing all the energy that is available, and are only able to take advantage of a small percentage of the energy that is within physical reach. This new design is able to collect far more energy, without wasting the excess.

The Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation has offered a $2.4 million grant to help with the development of this project, and the researchers hope that this technology could someday power the world for free.
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Microsoft Edge review - Google Search

Microsoft Edge review - Google Search | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Search the world's information, including webpages, images, videos and more. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
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Millions Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Set To Be Released: This Is Why It’s A Problem

Millions Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Set To Be Released: This Is Why It’s A Problem | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes might soon be released in Florida. The biotech company Oxitec and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) are moving ahead with their plan to introduce these insects into the area to, according to them, help stop the spread of multiple tropical diseases.

One of the diseases is called Chikungunya, another is dengue, and both are spread by Aedes mosquitoes. An infection with Chikungunya can lead to fever and joint pain which is sometimes severe, but rarely causes death. In 2014, only 11 individuals actually contracted this disease in Florida, so it makes one wonder if this type of “tinkering with nature” is really necessary? (source)
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Putin Thinks FIFA's Sepp Blatter Deserves A Nobel Prize

Putin Thinks FIFA's Sepp Blatter Deserves A Nobel Prize | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
  GENEVA, July 27 (Reuters) - FIFA boss Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his stewardship of soccer's governing body, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview aired by Swiss broadcaster
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Pixabay - Free Images

Pixabay - Free Images | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Over 420,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations
Finding free images of high quality is a tedious task - due to copyright issues, attribution requirements, or simply the lack of quality. This inspired us to create Pixabay - a repository for stunning public domain pictures. Your source for royalty free stock photos and copyright free vector graphics. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications.
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10 Strategies to Reverse Autoimmune Disease - Dr. Mark Hyman

Autoimmune diseases, when taken all together, become a HUGE health burden. Among these are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, Celiac disease, and thyroid disease. In fact, over 80 diseases have been classified as autoimmune and the list is growing.

Autoimmune disease now affects over 24 million Americans and five percent of the population in Western countries. They often include weird, hard-to-classify syndromes like inflammation, pain, swelling, and general misery.

What are autoimmune diseases? Well, your immune system is your defense against invaders. Imagine your immune system as an army that must clearly distinguish friend from foe.

Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissue get caught in friendly crossfire.

Put another way, your body is always fighting something, whether it’s battling infections, toxins, allergens, or a response to stress. Sometimes, your immune army redirects its hostile attack against you. Your joints, brain, skin, and sometimes your whole body become casualties.

This whole concept is called molecular mimicry. Conventional medicine accepts this problem, but they stop there and no one LOOKS for what might be creating the problem.  They don’t dig to find out which molecule your cells are MIMICKING.
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I’m a Muslim woman, Mr Cameron: here’s what your radicalisation speech means to me | Siema lqbal

I’m a Muslim woman, Mr Cameron: here’s what your radicalisation speech means to me | Siema lqbal | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
For the first time in my life I feel like I don’t belong. British Muslim communities have so many worries about your plans to tackle extremism, so why don’t you communicate with us?
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China is building a massive solar plant in the Gobi desert

China is building a massive solar plant in the Gobi desert | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Construction has begun on China’s first large-scale commercial solar plant, designed to eventually supply electricity for approximately one million households in Qinghai province. It’s a concentrating solar power (CSP) system, which uses a vast array of mirrors spread across 2,550 hectares (6,300 acres) in the Gobi desert to send thermal energy into a small, focused area.
The plant is being jointly developed by BrightSource Energy, based in Oakland, California, and Shanghai Electric Group. The project’s first phase, involving two 135 megawatt solar towers—enough energy for about half a million homes, according to BrightSource (pdf). There will eventually be six towers.
BrightSource is also a partner in the world’s largest CSP plant, in California’s Mojave desert, which can generate up to 392 megawatts.
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This is Tesla's plan for a cheaper car

This is Tesla's plan for a cheaper car | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
The newest direction Tesla is headed toward is silicon—not the Valley, but the material that is changing the way batteries are made. Tesla’s new 90 kilowatt-hour battery pack—an upgrade announced Friday that increases pack energy by 5% and adds about 15 miles of range to its vehicles—might look the same. But the inclusion of silicon is an advance for lithium-ion technology.
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Heavier cutlery makes food taste better (Wired UK)

Heavier cutlery makes food taste better (Wired UK) | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Eating with heavier cutlery makes food taste better, with researchers for the first time finding a direct link between the weight of eating utensils and people's enjoyment of food.

An experiment with more than 130 diners at a hotel restaurant in Edinburgh showed that simply using high-quality cutlery, normally reserved for banquets, resulted in customers willing to pay 15 percent more for their food compared to people eating the same meal with lower-quality utensils.
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From the Vault • Barack Obama • SEP 1995 - YouTube

Published on 12 Mar 2015
22-CityView presents Barack Obama speaking at the Cambridge Public Library. Recorded on September 20,1995, this originally aired on Channel 37 Cambridge Municipal Television as an episode of the show "The Author Series." In this episode Obama discusses his book "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," which at the time had just been released a few months previously.
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Genius Invention Dries Laundry Super-Fast

Genius Invention Dries Laundry Super-Fast | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Heating laundry inside a standard 220-volt clothes dryer is a huge energy drain. But one scientist just found a brilliant way to reinvent the dryer, making it simultaneously faster and more energy-efficient to do the laundry.

Ultrasonic humidifiers use high-speed vibrations to turn water into steam, so Ayyoub Momen, a staff scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, turned that method on fabric. It's one of those ideas you picture bursting into the brain of an engineer who sits upright in the middle of the night, scribbling on as fast as he can on a piece of paper. The result is a battery-operated system that takes fabric from soaking to bone dry in a fraction of the time of a heat-pump dryer while using a fraction of the energy.

Currently, the prototype is a silver dollar-sized transducer (a piece of metal connected to a battery) that dries a wet piece of fabric in about 20 seconds. Neither the fabric nor the transducer get hot, like with a regular dryer.
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More Than 40 Lions Get Hunted in Zimbabwe Every Year

More Than 40 Lions Get Hunted in Zimbabwe Every Year | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Angry about Cecil? Get ready to be angrier


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The death of Cecil the lion at the hands of pilloried dentist Walter Palmer has sparked worldwide outrage, with virtual mobs tanking Palmer’s Yelp ratings, real mobs leaving angry messages at his office, and activists and celebrities alike calling for his metaphorical (or literal) head. But the tragic death of one lion belies a much more widespread and serious problem affecting wildlife in Zimbabwe.
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Windows 10 review – final version of Windows might be Microsoft's best ever

Windows 10 review – final version of Windows might be Microsoft's best ever | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Windows 10 on almost every device
“Universal” is the key word for Microsoft’s ambitions. Windows 10 will run on everything from smartphones to giant servers, via tablets, convertibles, laptops, all-in-ones, desktop PCs and Surface Hubs with 84in screens. Universal apps will run on all Windows 10 devices and the Xbox One games console, removing the pain of learning different user interfaces for numerous incompatible devices, and making it simpler to share things between them.

Obviously, this will depend on how widely adopted Windows 10 becomes. Microsoft hopes to attract a billion users in three years by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for devices running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. That’s also why it’s a bit of a hybrid, skewed to appeal to the majority of Windows 7 users, while retaining a tablet mode familiar to Windows 8 users.

Installation should take 20 to 90 minutes, depends on your hardware.
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Planet Meatball: 20 Meatball Varieties Around the World

Planet Meatball: 20 Meatball Varieties Around the World | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Without further distraction, here's our guide to a handful of the world's most delicious varieties, from Bangladesh to New York. Meatballs of the world unite!
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A Point of View: Why the row between Greece and Germany is like a lovers' tiff - BBC News

A Point of View: Why the row between Greece and Germany is like a lovers' tiff - BBC News | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
The eurozone stand-off resembles a romance gone sour, says writer Peter Aspden.
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Nestlé is draining public lands dry in California and worldwide. | Story of Stuff

Nestlé is draining public lands dry in California and worldwide. | Story of Stuff | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it

Nestle, known for bullying local communities worldwide, is pumping out millions of gallons from locations in the heart of the state's disaster-level drought. The company then ships the water out of state, or sells Californians back their own tap water for up to 2,000 times its cost. Worse, processing water this way wastes more water than it bottles -- it takes 1.39 liters of water to fill a one-liter bottle, and it takes twice that to make the plastic bottle itself!

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Testing shows using microwaves to propel a craft into space might work

Testing shows using microwaves to propel a craft into space might work | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
A team of researchers at Colorado based Escape Dynamics is reporting that initial tests indicate that it might really be possible to launch space-planes into space using microwaves sent from the ground, to allow for a single stage spacecraft. If the idea pans out, the cost savings for sending satellites (or perhaps humans) into orbit could be considerable.


Today's rockets are all based on the same idea, a multi-stage rocket is used, each part filled with propellant that pushes the rocket into space as the propellant is burned. It is a really expensive way to go because the propellant is extremely heavy. ED's idea is to use microwaves beamed from the ground to heat hydrogen carried by the space-plane to push the craft into space, a much more efficient approach. They are reporting that testing done at their facility shows that the idea might be possible.
The testing involved building a thruster that operates on the ground and then testing to see how much thrust is generated—the team is reporting that they achieved a specific impulse of 500 seconds when using helium, and believe that when they switch to hydrogen that number will jump to 600 seconds—enough, they claim, to push a small craft into space.
With a real space plane, the microwaves would strike the heat shield on the bottom of the craft (both at liftoff and as it made its way into space) powering an electromagnetic motor which in turn would heat hydrogen as it was released from a tank—the result would be pushed through a nozzle, resulting in thrust. Once in orbit the plane would stay aloft long enough to deploy a satellite, then glide back down to Earth. The trick here is that the entire system does not have to be efficient, just the craft itself. The microwave array would be powered by electricity, generated by any number of means, down here on Earth.
There are of course still a number of hurdles to pass before the idea can be deemed viable—the microwave array would have to prove strong enough and able to maintain tracking of the craft as it climbed into space, likely the main ones. There might also be safety issues surrounding the firing of such a massive amount of microwaves into space. On the other hand, if the idea proves viable, it could mean sending satellites into orbit for a fraction of the cost of today's systems.
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Europe’s real problem: France can’t sell cars

Europe’s real problem: France can’t sell cars | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
It’s not Greece you should worry about.

The way Greece is hogging headlines and tormenting heads of state, you’d think a “Grexit” is the biggest threat to the eurozone’s future. It isn’t. The greatest danger—and it’s being mostly ignored—is the shocking slide in competitiveness of the single currency’s second- and third-largest economies, France and Italy. One ailment encapsulates Europe’s énorme problème: France can’t sell cars.

Put simply, the cost of making products in France is far higher than in the nations it competes with. The hourly labor expense of manufacturing a car or steel beam in France rose 17% over the past decade, more than twice the increase in Germany. And even though wages have merely tracked inflation since 2008, costs keep climbing because workers are getting less and less productive. That’s chiefly because France’s manufacturers are so starved for profits that they can’t afford to replace or refurbish antiquated plants and IT systems.

By contrast, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal have all acted while France fiddled, liberalizing their labor markets and lowering unit costs over the past six years by 7% to 12%. The results have been disastrous for France’s competitiveness. In the past 10 years its share of all EU exports dropped from 12% to 9.5%, the worst performance of any major country in Western Europe.
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Gear WIRED loves: Tech (Wired UK)

Gear WIRED loves: Tech (Wired UK) | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Welcome to our guide to living the WIRED life. Curated by the team, this is a showcase of everything awesome that's recently crossed our desks. Here we highlight the best in cutting-edge tech, including friction-free turntables and bionic bird drones.
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NASA: This planet is the closest thing to Earth yet - CNET

NASA: This planet is the closest thing to Earth yet - CNET | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
If any of the planet-ending tropes of sci-fi come to pass in real life, we could now have a place to point our not-yet-real starships toward. NASA announced on Thursday that it has found the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a star that is similar to our own sun.

Scientists don't yet know for sure if the planet spotted by the Kepler space telescope, dubbed Kepler-452b, can support life. It's in a region where temperatures are right for liquid water and is only about 60 percent larger than Earth, giving it a decent chance of being rocky like our own planet. NASA scientists also expect that Kepler-452b would have a slightly thicker atmosphere than Earth and probably still have active volcanoes, making it a pretty lively place even if it doesn't have life.

A year on the new planet is just 20 days longer than a year here and while its star is quite a long trek from home for humans at 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, its sun is about the same size and temperature as our own. It's about 1.5 billion years older than our sun at 6 billion years, but it has nearly the same temperature and mass.
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Ream develops storage cell for solar energy storage, nighttime conversion

Ream develops storage cell for solar energy storage, nighttime conversion | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
A University of Texas at Arlington materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when it's dark. The innovation is an advancement over the most common solar energy systems that rely on using sunlight immediately as a power source. Those systems are hindered by not being able to use that solar energy at night or when cloudy conditions exist.

The UT Arlington team developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that allows for efficient and large-scale solar energy storage even at nighttime. The team is now working on a larger prototype.

"This research has a chance to rewrite how we store and use solar power," said Fuqiang Liu, an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department who led the research team. "As renewable energy becomes more prevalent, the ability to store solar energy and use it as a renewable alternative provides a sustainable solution to the problem of energy shortage. It also can effectively harness the inexhaustible energy from the sun."
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