The summer minimum sea ice extent in 2016 which tied for 2nd lowest on record compared to the 1981-2010 median.Geoengineering doesn t come cheap, and this is no exception.As the researchers put it, I t is reasonable to ask whether such an endeavor is financially feasible or even logistically possible.Covering just 10 percent of the Arctic would require a staggering 10 wind turbine pumps like those currently used on farmland.Mounting 12-meter-tall turbines on steel buoys brings you to about 10 tons of steel each.
LG s pre-CES announcements are the tech equivalent of HBO telling everyone what happens in Season 7 of Game of Thrones before it airs.While it s somewhat of a tradition now, it s still weird knowing exactly what s going to be on the LG stand before rocking up at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.After announcing phones, projectors, monitors and more over the last couple of weeks, now LG has announced a new Bluetooth speaker that floats above the base station.The PJ9 hovers thanks to the electromagnets in the base station and offers 360-degree sound from a turbine blade inspired design.It promises an impressive 19 hours of battery life and it s also IPX7 water resistant.There s also a neat feature that will enable the speaker to slowly fall back to base for refuelling when the battery is running low.
LG s apparently not much for surprises at this year s CES.The company has already announced a number of the devices it plans to debut at the show, including a bunch of smartphones and monitors.Maybe it s still got enough up its sleeve to present some legit excitement – then again, maybe it s holding back the big phone announcements for Mobile World Congress.One thing we can say for sure, however – it s definitely going to have a levitating speaker at the show.The PJ9 isn t the first Bluetooth speaker to combine music playing with floating.We ve actually seen a number of companies give the odd space a go – including one that had the decided advantage of looking like the Death Star, which seems to be all the rage with Galactic Empires, these days.
If you're in the market for a wireless Bluetooth speaker that really stands out from the crowd, LG has something you might be interested in: the futuristic-looking and rather plainly named Levitating Portable Speaker.Offering audio buffs 360-degree omnidirectional sound and a subwoofer in the base, the speaker stays in the air courtesy of some electromagnetic magic.LG says it's good for around 10 hours of playback between charges.It may seem like a novel idea but this is far from the first floating Bluetooth speaker to hit the market - previous devices have varied in terms of their quality and stability though, so let's hope LG has something a bit more reliable and high-end in store.It certainly looks the part, with a turbine-inspired design and wireless charging.When the battery begins to get low, the speaker just floats down to its base station to begin recharging.
The Steam Winter Sale is up.But before we get out of here, turn off the lights and lock the doors until CES kicks off in January, I might as well wrap up the week s news one more time—just to send 2016 on its way.Beamdog s teasing a new game in the works, Crypt of the Necrodancer is getting an expansion, Overwatch is already prepping for 2017, Battlefield 1 is finally bringing the French to World War I, and more.The weirdest decision in Battlefield 1: Absolutely zero focus on the French at launch.That s a bit inexcusable, for a war where most of the major battles were fought in the French countryside by French soldiers.It sounds like multiple battles from the nine-month Verdun campaign and at least one from the later Battle of Soissons.
Asheron s Call was one of the most successful massively multiplayer online role-playing games, both in terms of popularity and longevity.The game was launched in 1999, and while it s been in critical condition for a few years, it s nevertheless stuck around as a playable MMORPG.Turbine, the game s developer, announced on Facebook that after 17 years, both Asheron s Call and Asheron s Call 2 are being shut down.It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the end of our support for Asheron s Call and Asheron s Call 2, and will close both services on January 31, 2017.Asheron s Call was originally released on November 2, 1999, and was published by Microsoft until 2004.It s been having some issues for a few years, as Engadget reports, with its support being limited to maintenance only.
Pure is all about the air purifier.Put it together, and the Dyson Pure Hot Cool Link is a fan that cleans as it blows and even manages to connect the internet.At £500, you will have to take air cleanliness and heating really quite seriously to consider this anything other than a luxury.That s the Dyson bladeless concept, which has the turbine tucked away in the base.Speed settings, a timer and an oscillating mode are pretty standard, but Dyson also offers a focused/diffused mode, which lets you switch between a narrow blast of air, or a wider, gentler breeze – room cooling or personal cooling.As for the purifier, Dyson claims the Pure Hot Cool Link can remove 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns.
Asheron s Call is over, which should finally free up the line for your dial-up modem.Developer Turbine and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that it is ending support for its 1999 massively multiplayer online role-playing game Asheron s Call and its sequel, Asheron s Call 2.The servers for both will go offline January 31.This marks the demise of one of the first MMORPGs, and it is an example of how games can survive for a decade and a half by maintaining a small, dedicated community.It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the end of our support for Asheron s Call and Asheron s Call 2, reads a post on the Asheron s Call facebook page.This decision did not come easy, and we know this is disappointing for many of you.This game is a labor of love, and it s not easy for us to bring it to an end.
Enlarge / The USS Zumwalt DDG-1000 will be spending a lot of time pier-side in San Diego.After two unscheduled stops for repairs, the USS Zumwalt DDG-1000 , the Navy's new stealthy all-electric-powered destroyer, arrived at its new home port in San Diego on December 8.The ship also brought along new details about the source of its engineering woes.Zumwalt's propulsion issues, which caused the ship to have engineering failures off Norfolk, Virginia, and while transiting the Panama Canal, were caused by seawater getting into the ship's lubrication system for its huge electric motors.US Naval Institute News' Sam LeGrone reports that the root cause of the engine failures was seawater contamination in the lube oil for the bearings of Zumwalt's Advanced Induction Motors.Rather than being driven by dedicated gas turbine engines, the Zumwalt's motors are powered by electricity from the gas turbine generators that also power the rest of the ship.
On Monday, energy company Deepwater Wind announced that its wind farm three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, has the all-clear to sell electricity to the regional power grid.The Block Island Wind Farm is the first offshore wind energy plant in the US, and it's expected to produce 30 MW of electricity at full capacity.Deepwater Wind is slowly ramping up energy output and still must provide additional paperwork to the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, but the executive director of that organization, Grover Fugate, told the Providence Journal, we don't anticipate any major issues to getting the wind farm fully online.The one hitch in the Deepwater's plan is that one of the five turbines was recently damaged when a drill bit was left in a critical part of turbine.According to the Providence Journal, "the bit had caused damage to an unspecified number of the 128 magnet modules that line the circular generator and are critical to producing energy."Although the magnet modules can apparently be replaced easily, Deepwater needs to have the components shipped from France, where General Electric, the manufacturer of the wind turbines, makes them.
Point in the sky doesn't fly longer mere drones.we can fly there.the rocket backpack is a familiar thing back in the day, but now it is experiencing a revival.So, if one is to believe the american JetPack Aviation company.It advertises to bring to market the world's first true jet pack .turbine engines equipped with a backpack is able to rise and descend vertically.
The questionnaire includes 75 questions directed at the DOE and the Energy Information Agency EIA , as well as any labs underneath the DOE s purview.Although the questions are broad in nature, they seem to set the department up for budget and staffing cuts.Questions that address cuts to the DOE s mission include: Which Assistant Secretary positions are rooted in statute and which exist at the discretion and delegation of the Secretary?, as well as If the DOE s topline budget in accounts other than the 050 account were required to be reduced 10% over the next four fiscal years from the FY17 request and starting in FY18 , does the Department have any recommendations as to where those reductions should be made?ARPA-E opened its doors in 2009 under President Obama and works on battery research, biofuel production, and wind turbine projects.Efforts to modernize the US aging and inefficient grids also seemed to get a critical eye.
Apple has made its first major investment in wind power.Apple recently bought a significant stake in several projects led by Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology, the world's largest wind power turbine maker.The Chinese firm sold its stakes in four project companies — basically, wind turbine fields in China — to Apple, according to regulatory filings seen by the South China Morning Post.Apple is not building wind power turbines, but has instead bought stakes in projects using Goldwind's turbines, and will use the power the projects generate to sell renewable energy to the factories that make Apple products.Apple is committed to powering all of its facilities around the world with 100 per cent renewable energy, and is now working with its suppliers to power Apple s product manufacturing with renewable energy, Goldwind said in the filing.It is the latest sign of Apple's ongoing effort in the world of renewable energy and green technology.Currently, Apple says that 93% of its operations around the world are powered by renewable energy, mostly solar power, but that figure does not include the factories that build iPhones and other Apple products.However, Apple has been able to convince some of its factory partners to invest in renewable energy, including Foxconn, the main iPhone assembler, which is currently building 400 megawatts of solar in China.The filing did not include the amount that Apple paid for its stake in the wind power farms, and it also said that the projects would no longer be included in Goldwind's financial statements.Apple declined to comment for this story.
Global warming promises to make the summers more and more unbearable.Instead of precariously balancing an air conditioner in your window, imagine how cool you d be standing underneath a jet engine ceiling fan.Styled after the turbine fans used to suck massive amounts of air into jet engines made by companies like Pratt & Whitney, these ceiling fans don t spin as fast or move as much air as the real things do.That s a good thing: Your bedroom probably already looks like the aftermath of a natural disaster without the help of a tornado-generating machine.With a price tag of around £2,400, these custom creations from Phighter Images are certainly more expensive than the ceiling fans at your local B But aviation enthusiasts will probably be happy to shell out that kind of money to have one of these hanging over their heads.Phighter Images via The Awesomer
Global warming promises to make the summers more and more unbearable.Instead of precariously balancing an air conditioner in your window, imagine how cool you d be standing underneath a jet engine ceiling fan.Styled after the turbine fans used to suck massive amounts of air into jet engines made by companies like Pratt & Whitney, these ceiling fans don t spin as fast or move as much air as the real things do.That s a good thing: Your bedroom probably already looks like the aftermath of a natural disaster without the help of a tornado-generating machine.With a price tag of around £2,400, these custom creations from Phighter Images are certainly more expensive than the ceiling fans at your local B But aviation enthusiasts will probably be happy to shell out that kind of money to have one of these hanging over their heads.Phighter Images via The Awesomer
A paper published in Nature Energy analyzed the opinions of 163 wind power experts from around the globe, and found that they expect the cost of wind energy to fall even further.Those experts said that by 2030, both onshore and offshore wind turbines will get bigger, leading to additional cost reductions and smoother energy generation.The median response from experts was that wind power cost could be reduced by 24 to 30 percent by 2030 based on the advances in turbine technology that are either projected or already being seen today.The authors of the study also acknowledge that estimates about wind power cost reductions have generally been conservative in the past—today in some areas wind energy is already competitive with fossil fuels.The engineering assessments are less common than other kinds of forecasts due to the detail and cost they require to complete.The survey, which the paper suggests is the largest of its kind to date, came up with some interesting numbers.
If Trump makes good on his rants against wind and solar, it will be countries like China and India that muscle in, the International Energy Agency IEA predicted in November.Australia can sell the 21st century world powers the technology to get them to a greener future.Working with the Chinese company Thermal Focus, CSIRO's technology will be used for concentrating solar thermal CST electricity generation.The CSIRO's heliostat system uses small mirrors to concentrate the sun's energy and help store energy at low cost."In a commercial field, we have thousands of heliostats or mirrors that move across the day and keep the sun focused onto one point on a receiver tower," Wes Stein, CSIRO's chief solar energy research scientist, told Mashable.The salt's steam can move a turbine for electricity generation, "whether it's cloudy, night time, it doesn't really matter."
There s something about the idea of being off the grid and self-sufficient that taps deep into the pioneer spirit.That s a sentiment that Canadian company Idénergie is aiming to serve with its portable river turbine: a smart piece of kit which promises to turn a river s flowing water into up to 12kWh of daily power for you and your family.There s a lot of hydrokinetic power in a moving mass of water, CEO and founder Pierre Blanchet told Digital Trends.By placing a turbine in that liquid you slow down the velocity of the fluid and convert it into mechanical energy.An electric generator and converter then changes it into electricity.Using this, you have a battery that can be charged 24 hours per day.
Clean energy and environmental interests usually go hand in hand.Apex's proposal to plant 70 propeller turbines amid the farms and towns east of Niagara Falls is still in its early stages, but it has already generated thousands of pages of comments, studies and legal documents considered by state regulators.Wildlife groups are concerned the turbines could disrupt a major flyway for migrating birds.Local lawmakers worry about flight operations being compromised at a nearby military base.Residents fret about potential health threats from noise, which are still being studied, and say views could be dominated by structures taller than any skyscraper in upstate New York."There's nothing this size on land," opponent Pam Atwater said of the turbine towers proposed by Apex Clean Energy.
do you Want to get your own stream out of the stream?A canadian company has built a flodturbin.Canadian Idenergie is located behind the small flodturbinen, which should be able to generate up to 12 kWh per day.According to the company themselves are the turbine are not harmful to the fish.Welcome to say your opinion on the New Technology.the Principle of our rules are simple: show respect for the people we write about and other readers who comment on articles.
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