Researchers at Stanford University’s School of Engineering and the University of Delaware have used what they call the “most sophisticated weather model available” to meet many times the world’s total power demand by 2030 — in fact, enough to exceed the total demand by several times, even after accounting for reductions in wind speed caused by turbines.
In related news today, Lawrence Livermore and Carnegie Institute researchers have found that providing such power would not affect global climate.
In their study, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, and Cristina Archer, an associate professor of geography and physical ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware, adapted the three-dimensional, atmosphere-ocean-land computer model. known as GATOR-GCMOM. to calculate the theoretical maximum wind power potential on the planet, taking into account wind reduction by turbines.
Their model assumed wind turbines could be installed anywhere and everywhere, without regard to societal, environmental, climatic or economic considerations.
The new paper contradicts two earlier studies that said wind potential falls far short of the aggressive goal because each turbine steals too much wind energy from other turbines, and that turbines introduce harmful climate consequences that would negate some of the positive aspects of renewable wind energy.
Ant studies to aid design of search and rescue robots
A study showing how ants tunnel their way through confined spaces could aid the design of search-and-rescue robots, according to US scientists.
A team from the Georgia Institute of Technology found fire ants can use their antennae as “extra limbs” to catch themselves when they fall, and can build stable tunnels in loose sand.
Researchers used high speed cameras to record in detail this behaviour.
PhD student Nick Gravish, who led the research, designed “scientific grade ant farms” - allowing the ants to dig through sand trapped between two plates of glass, so every tunnel and every movement could be viewed and filmed.
“These ants would move at very high speeds,” he explained, “and if you slowed down the motion, (you could see) it wasn’t graceful movement - they have many slips and falls.” Crucially, the insects were able to gather themselves almost imperceptibly quickly after each fall. To see how they managed this, the team set up a second experiment where, to move from their nest to their food source, the ants had to pass through a labyrinth of smooth glass tunnels. “We could watch these glass tunnels and really see what all the body parts were doing when the ants were climbing and slipping and falling,” said Mr Gravish. (via BBC News - Ant studies to aid design of search and rescue robots)
Talk is cheap, actions are what matters.
The morn’ that I was born my old man beat up the doctor
He clocked the doctor cause the doctor said I looked like Chewbacca
The doctor said sir you’re misled sir which infers you mistook me
I did not mean your lovely wife was shackin’ up with a wookie
What I mean is Wolverine is less hairy than your son
He’s looks like Chewie Baba Booey Baba Booey and Hong Kong Phooey all in one
To put it mild your new-born child’s completely nutty fu-fu lookin’
I’d shove him back into the oven until he is done cookin’
MIT engineers have transformed bacterial cells into living calculators that can compute logarithms, divide, and take square roots, using three or fewer genetic parts. Inspired by how analog electronic circuits function, the researchers created synthetic computation circuits by combining existing genetic “parts,” or engineered genes, in novel ways.
The circuits perform those calculations in an analog fashion by exploiting natural biochemical functions that are already present in the cell rather than by reinventing them with digital logic, thus making them more efficient than the digital circuits pursued by most synthetic biologists, according to Rahul Sarpeshkar and Timothy Lu, the two senior authors on the paper, describing the circuits in the May 15 online edition of Nature.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-05-analog-circuits-cells-logarithms-square.html#jCp
i just threw up all over my keyboard legit
Oil on Wood Panel
24” x 18”
From Dusk till Dawn
Did you mean what you said back there in the room? In the room. Did you mean what you said back there, or were you just screwing around?, because if you really want me to do that for you, I will. I’d be happy to.
Happiness (1998) dir. Todd Solondz
Such a good movie. People can be pathetic.
From work to play.
Holy crap, I am so cute today.
y’all wanna talk about rap? let’s talk about rap
Vodka Orange Upside Down
1 large orange
1 small bottle vodka
Remove top stem part of the orange.
- With a knife, gently poke insides of the orange to open up the pulps.
- Open vodka bottle and insert into the hole.
- Rest orange in a small bowl, vodka bottle side up. Put in the chiller.
- Wait for 6-8 hours. When orange has absorbed vodka, remove bottle. Slice into wedges and enjoy.
turn up! turn up! turn up!
X-Men door poster from X-Men 1 1991
Art: Jim Lee | Scott Williams
This is what the X-Men family looked like just before the line blew up into a million different titles. It was just the newly released X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, , X-Factor, and Excalibur. New Mutants had just been canceled, and X-Force 1 was to be released right around the corner. Good times.
To this day Jim lee is the benchmark I set all X-Men artists against. Some have kept up, but none have surpassed his take on the characters in my opinion.
At last. Another true X-Men fan who understands where Marvel went wrong with this title in 2000. Jim Lee is forever The Man in my eyes. And in all honesty, Grant Morrison/Frank Quietly, FUCKING SUCK. That’s where it all went wrong. Then, Joss Whedon & John Cassady created Astonishing X-Men. And it was goooooooood. Then…they quit. And now, everything’s back to shit. At least we have the essential books to look back on..