In 40 minutes of daylight the sun releases upon the earth the amount of energy that is consumed by the entire population of the planet in one year. Each day more solar energy falls to the Earth than the total amount of energy the planet’s 6 billion inhabitants would consume in 27 years. Currently, we harness about 1% of this energy. Photovoltaic cells are currently being used in large groups known as arrays to gather this energy and convert it into usable electricity. A two-dimensional mapping was constructed to delineate areas of high Btu consumption, since the Btu is how we measure energy.
Research shows that a considerable amount of energy is consumed in North America and areas throughout Asia. A datascape was then constructed based from solar absorption and irradiation along the eartha€™s surface. This information is an average of data gathered from satellites over a period of one year. The datascapes were combined to reveal further information at their intersections. After taking this new solar surface map and overlaying onto the Btu consumption map, it is apparent that areas the energy falling onto the eartha€™s surface lies in areas where energy consumption is not so prevalent.
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BEIJING - A Chinese couple seeking a distinctive name for their child settled on the e-mail a€ata€™ symbol a€" annoying government officials grappling with an influx of unorthodox names.
The unidentified couple were cited Thursday by a government official as an example of citizens bringing bizarre names into the Chinese language.
Written Chinese does not use an alphabet but is comprised of characters, sometimes making it difficult to develop words for new or foreign objects and ideas. As of last year, only 129 names accounted for 87 percent of all surnames in China, Li Yuming, vice director of the State Language Commission, said at a news conference.
I don’t get it, Dave. I get reams of lame, idiotic spam and occasionally read through them to see what offers are being made, and they’re just so incredibly dumb that I can’t imagine that ANYone would ever respond. So why do they send ‘em?
How is the field of economics dealing with technological change?
This is the interesting thing. Part of the thesis in most of my books critiquing the traditional economics is that they missed the most important driving variable in the whole economic process -the evolution of technology and the unfolding of the Industrial Revolution itself. Which is really all about change. Economic theory considers technology as a given. This is why economics, Ia€™ve always said, is backing into the future looking through the rear view mirror.
Both Marshall McLuhan and Bruce Sterling have said that a good futurist is one who can predict the present. Do you agree?
I think thata€™s a good way of saying it. Therea€™s another thing about being a futurist, and it relates to personal responsibility for the future. In other words, we are all making the future every minute that we live, by way of our collective and individual decisions. If we think of it like that, everybody is really a futurist.
NINJA-I (1990-1993), NINJA-II (1994-). It is dangerous to inspect and perform all the operations on the exterior walls of high rise buildings and of the land bridges on high speed thoroughfares. It also requires a great deal of expense in order to install the needed scaffolding. NINJA is a wall climbing robot developed for the purpose of automating this kind of operation. Units No. 1 and 2 of both have a height of nearly 1.8 m , a left/right width of 0.5 meters, a thickness of 0.4 meters, and a main body weight of 45 kg.