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:

      I thought it was more about whose military might command the highest 'ground' if the cold war heated up. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


      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"

      Another decent essay - boring strategic persuasive grunt work goes better than activism and agitprop? Who knew? Actually i did from back when Bono started getting invited (inviting himself) to boardrooms rather than leading street protests.

      Wow. Masks & social distancing?

      The HIV is not one type of virus but a group of rapidly evolving strains that are difficult to rein in.

      Scientists constantly scan blood samples across the world to detect new strains. And a remarkable development in the Congo could have worldwide implications.

      — The Ken (@TheKenWeb) March 3, 2021

      Global surveillance of 46 countries over 25+ years has not shown up results that DRC has revealed.

      “This is the part of the world where HIV has its origin, and it is truly remarkable to think that the cure could also be unlocked here,” said US-based Mary Rodgers to The Ken.

      — The Ken (@TheKenWeb) March 3, 2021

      Of 10K+ participants screened, 4.3% were categorised as ‘elite controllers’ of HIV. They naturally suppress the virus, without medication.

      India—home to 2.1mn HIV-infected people—could benefit from the clues these 'controllers' throw up. Read more:

      — The Ken (@TheKenWeb) March 3, 2021

      Back to that debate about the woman who had a particular medical physiology to mine and use for others, and "should her family be compensated". Who will sell first?

      Cruise Control, aka deep fake it till you make it

      Drone spot, aka bowling for dollars

      first thing I thought when I watched that too: how could the controller navigate it so smoothly, looks almost impossible...

      He may have slowed down in difficult areas and software evened it out for the final recording. The whole original recording might have been done much slower and during the final editing process he picked a speed that felt right to him.

      I figured he hand-carried it, and just used "drone" as a gimmick.

      Drone could just be his nickname based on his speaking style and tendencies

      NYC: megabikes vs cars? Game on

      I dunno if this qualifies as "science" but Scientific American put it on their blog, so who am I to say? Plus it's fun:

      The surprising link between narcissism and impostor syndrome

      — Brandon Lim (@blim0827) March 17, 2021

      Not science fiction, is it?

      Virtual reality palooza (reprise)

      Science fiction 2 (watch 3 minutes)


      facial recognition used for all American Airlines domestic flights, VERY SOON; already started and not really optional:

      CBD goes rogue

      Twilight of 3-Piece Advisors: McKinsey Heal Thyself

      (scroll down for copied article)

      I saw a contrarian take on this topic tweeted earlier today, a retweet from everyone's fav scientist "Hot Masculinity Takes"; stuck in my mind:

      — Hot Masculinity Takes (@MasculineTakes) April 6, 2021


      Cock sperm, i think you know. The good news is we can use the lower birthrate for a while (esp if included SubSaharan Africa). But eventually the cockroaches will win. Or we invent a non-plasticky plastic if it ain't too late.

      Very interesting about the strong difference  in genetics with dogs! Have never seen that explained before, but have certainly heard people incorrectly talk as the same could be done with humans.

      wow, this video is amazing-is it a good argument that kidnapping is natural, or one that raising children the communist way is natural but sucks?

      just another example of how little medical "science" understands about how the human body works:

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