Science, Progress: Bill Gates kicks off


    Did life come from Mars?
    (scientific theory of rock transfer gaining credence)

    Mars... Live NOW!


    The #CountdownToMars is nearing its end & once
    @NASAPersevere lands, the journey begins to find signs of past microbial life. Learn more about this ambitious science mission from our experts today at 12:30p PT (3:30p ET/2030 UTC). Submit your questions.



    First pictures from NASA's Perseverance confirm its Mars landing

    by rmrd0000 on Thu, 02/18/2021 - 4:36pm


    Ah yes... First picture ...

    First pictures from NASA's Perseverance


    The Auto Industry Bets Its Future on Batteries

    Carmakers, government agencies and investors are pouring money into battery research in a global race to profit from emission-free electric cars.

    By Jack Ewing and Ivan Penn @ NYTimes/BUSINESS SECTION Feb. 16, 2021


    G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035

    The move, one of the most ambitious in the auto industry, is a piece of a broader plan by the company to become carbon neutral by 2040.

    By Neal E. Boudette and Coral Davenport, Jan. 28, 2021

    Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation’s Grid Up to It?

    GM’s decision this week to phase out gasoline vehicles is the latest in a major shift that will mean drastic new demands on electric utilities. Here are four things that will need to happen.

    By Brad Plumer Jan. 29, 2021

    Electric Cars Are Better for the Planet – and Often Your Budget, Too

    By Veronica Penney Jan. 15, 2021

    1) batteries are tuff to improve (we'll see with solid state, and it may be improving charge times is easier than capacity/charge density

    2) as Gates notes, this is still the easy side of things - lowering the carbon footprint of cement/concrete and airplane fuel is a much huger deal than even autos. Though I don't know how fast these are growing, and what electrifying autos does to *balance* emissions, vs grossly decreasing. I.e. despite absolutism, there is something to be gained in greatly improving the situation without the much harder task if making all fossil fuel use go away.

    Also, the electric car conversion, esp Tesla, has gotten caught up in the Full Self-Driving craze, with claims and promises of Self-Driving fleets, etc. This of course is at least a decade away to do safely - improved hardware (more powerful GPU chips, better cameras & LiDAR sensors,  much better AI/learning, 6G for massive data sets and terrain maps to train on...)


    Industry trudges on while other fret...

    Giant Long Beach AES Battery Storage Facility In Full Operation

    For the last six weeks, a nondescript building on Studebaker Road
    has quietly been sucking up electricity, then doling it back out when
    needed. Wednesday, AES Alamitos will celebrate the successful
    completion of its Battery Energy Storage Project, or BESS, with a
    virtual ceremony. It marks the end of the construction phase of a
    $1.3 billion rebuild of the AES Alamitos Energy Center.

      And more battery energy storage...


      Two Years On, Elon Musk’s Big Battery Bet Is Paying Off in Australia


      Tesla Powerpacks used to form the world's largest lithium-ion battery at the Hornsdale wind farm, near Jamestown, South Australia.

      Tesla Powerpacks used to form the world's largest lithium-ion battery at the Hornsdale wind farm, near Jamestown, South Australia.Two years after Tesla Inc. installed it, the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery is helping to avert blackouts and lower costs as Australian grids struggle to handle surging renewable power generation.

      The Neoen SA-owned Hornsdale Power Reserve has responded to three major system outages, helping to restore stability to the network and lower the costs of running the grid, engineering consultant Aurecon Group said Friday. The battery started in 2017 after Elon Musk famously won a bet that he could get a 100-megawatt system up and running in 100 days to help solve a power crisis in South Australia.





      new, clean mass transit is one thing; old mass transit quite another, maybe obsolete!

      the Mars Rover has its own Twitter account apart from NASA general (note included in the description is a list of its hobbieswink) it is tweeting this evening:

      NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover @NASAPersevere

      NASA Mars rover. Launch: July 30, 2020. Landing: Feb. 18, 2021. Hobbies: Photography, collecting rocks, off-roading.

      Team HQ @NASAJPL

      Space Joined February 2020

      these are its latest two tweets:

      Thank you, @VP Harris! I’ve got ambitious goals, and a long to-do list. Looking forward to many more accomplishments to come.

      — NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 19, 2021

      Where am I now? Check out this interactive map to zoom in and explore my landing site:

      And for the ground level view, my first images are here, with many more to come in the days ahead:

      — NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 19, 2021

      Here's proof that NASA's Mars Rover signifying progress has passionate defenders on all sides of the aisle:

      just one of her comments for an example

      kinda related:

      Cloning charm offensive

      Not *just* conjecture (AI in mathematics proofs)

      Where are all these batteries going to come from? Morgan Stanley is not sure--

      "On Anti-Nuclear Bullshit"

      Wow. Masks & social distancing?

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