From the Nuclear Energy Institute’s website, as of this evening:
Nuclear energy has one of the lowest impacts on the environment of any energy source because it does not emit air pollution, isolates its waste from the environment and requires a relatively small amount of land.
It’s already well known how devastating the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown was for Japan — dramatic spikes in radiation-related illnesses, an increase in likely cancer deaths over the next several years, and pollution which may never truly be cleaned up. A new study suggests what many worldwide have feared — that the devastation from the traveling radiation has in fact sickened infants in other countries, including babies born shortly after the incident in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California.
Posted by Gillies on April 5, 2013
RATP says it will be the first existing transport network to convert completely to LED lighting, and it is expecting the change to reduce its lighting power consumption by more than 50%.
Posted by Gillies on April 2, 2013
From the Smithsonian’s Around the Mall blog:
The space toilet doesn’t look all that different from the Earth-bound toilet in your home bathroom (its base is larger, its bowl is smaller and it has an elephant trunk-like tube—for context, look past the right chair in this image of Discovery’s middeck), but months of research and testing go into each model to ensure it runs maintenance-free for the duration of a mission. And research costs add up: the price tag on the actual space shuttle toilet that flew on Endeavor? About $30 million.
Posted by Gillies on March 24, 2013
I never used Memolane much, but I always thought it was cool.
[We] will be shutting down the memolane.com service. Your account with Memolane and all its content will be deleted on Friday Feb. 22th.
Posted by Gillies on February 21, 2013
New York Times:
To encourage electric driving, the [Netherlands] is developing a rapidly expanding national grid of charging stations in cities and along highways; and Amsterdam offers owners of electric vehicles free street parking and charging. With hefty tax breaks, promotional leases and cheaper operating costs, the vehicles offer driving costs no more than those of conventional cars, some analysts say.
Not sure how the U.S. stacks up to Holland, but I was thrilled to spot a Leaf parked on my block for the first time yesterday.
Posted by Gillies on February 10, 2013
From Steve Jobs
In eight grade, [Wozniak] built a calculator that included 100 transistors, two hundred diodes, and two hundred resistors on ten circuit boards. It won top prize in a local contest run by the Air Force, even though the competitors included students through 12th grade.
Posted by Gillies on February 4, 2013
The material – described as being far stronger than diamond, much more conductive than copper and as flexible as rubber – is now at the heart of a worldwide contest to exploit its properties and develop techniques to commercialise it.
According to new figures from CambridgeIP, there were 7,351 graphene patents and patent applications across the world by the end of last year – a remarkably high number for a material only recognized for less than a decade. Of that total, Chinese institutions and corporations have the most with 2,200…
Posted by Gillies on January 15, 2013
Posted by Gillies on December 17, 2012
I ate lunch at Chili’s today, and on the table was a touchscreen gee-gaw that allowed you to pay the tab at your leisure. I’ve always thought this would be a cool invention, and lo, it has arrived. It emailed me my receipt.
Posted by Gillies on November 17, 2012
Speaking of spam, here’s a comment I just deleted from my blog spam filter:
I am not rattling superb with English but I get hold this real easy to interpret.
Posted by Gillies on October 27, 2012