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Florida utility plans to install 30 million solar panels by 2030

"Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has announced a groundbreaking "30-by-30" plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 and make the state of Florida a world leader in the production of solar energy.

FPL has secured solar sites throughout the state, enabling its bold plan to capture economies of scale and promote the construction of efficient and cost-effective solar generation. The end result will be the largest installation of solar panels by a regulated utility in the world and a 67% fleet-wide reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rate by 2030 as compared to the national average..."

https://www.futuretimeline.net/blog/2019/01/18-2.htm

#future = #REALnews #clean #green #sustainability #energy #tech #innovation #progress #science #design #engineering #revolution #environment #solar #climatechange #ClimateAction #renewableenergy #renewables #economy
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A Robot Is Learning to Cook and Clean in an Ikea Kitchen

"Dieter Fox thinks cobots, a portmanteau for “collaborative robots,” will be a fixture of our future. These bots will operate alongside people, acting as our coworkers, companions, and caretakers.

Fox also thinks he knows how to ensure the company he works for, NVIDIA, is the one leading this new era in robotics — and it all starts with an Ikea kitchen..."

https://futurism.com/the-byte/robots-cook-clean-ikea-kitchen

#future = #REALnews #robots #tech #innovation #science #design #singularity #engineering #automation #AI #artificialintelligence #economy #finance #universalbasicincome #basicincome #money #UBI #food #foodie #cooking
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Optical and electron microscopy have made tremendous inroads into understanding the complexity of the brain. Gao et al. introduce an approach for high-resolution tracing of neurons, their subassemblies, and their molecular constituents over large volumes. They applied their method, which combines expansion microscopy and lattice light-sheet microscopy, to the mouse cortical column and the entire Drosophila brain. The approach can be performed at speeds that should enable high-throughput comparative studies of neural development, circuit stereotypy, and structural correlations to neural activity or behavior.

Kelly Servick (2019) Microscope captures intricate images of glowing brains at record speed: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/microscope-captures-intricate-images-glowing-brains-record-speed

Gao et al. (2019) Cortical column and whole-brain imaging with molecular contrast and nanoscale resolution: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6424/eaau8302
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Trump-Deutsche Bank Links In Sights of US House Investigators
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A Look at #Iranian #Newspaper Front Pages on January 17

Almost all papers today covered the remarks about economic issues made by Iranian President Hassan #Rouhani in his meeting with cabinet members.
Hedieh Lahiji
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2020 Candidates Carry Heavy Baggage, and Trump Is Sure to Exploit That https://nym.ag/2FHy3cQ
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US Special Counsel disputes report Trump told lawyer to lie
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Celebrating 11 years of Flickr Commons

The Commons was launched on January 16, 2008, when Flickr released its pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress. The two main objectives of the program were to increase discovery and use of publicly-held photography collections and to provide a way for the general public to contribute knowledge through user-generated content (by adding tags, comments, and notes to these historical collections).

One of the cool things is that a lively community discusses the images and has provided information about the image.

The Library of Congress has collected a number of "11-ish" images in celebration, with commentary from their staff:
https://blogs.loc.gov/picturethis/2019/01/celebrating-eleven-years-in-the-flickr-commons/

See the images from the Library of Congress (and other Commons member accounts) with the highest number of community-generated tags on the +Flickr blog:
http://blog.flickr.net/en/2019/01/16/celebrating-the-11th-anniversary-of-flickr-commons/

Image: Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen with wife Pat, and eleven-month-old son Kent. Photo by Stanley Kubrick, 1947 June 2. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.52059

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Nokia 3.1 Plus seen running Android Pie on Geekbench

The Android Pie Update may be coming soon to the HMD’s Nokia 3.1 Plus as the benchmark score for the device running Pie went live on the Geekbench website. And while the initial pricing of the device left many in a predicament, the smartphone with the Pie…
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Greenland's ice sheets is melting even in Winter, if Greenland's ice be melted 6m 20cm rising sea levels. The scientist say, "Greenland, it contains enough water to raise global sea levels by average of 6m over. Now Greenland's fyold come to seas fresh waters, those inpacts cause warming seas temperature! Especially the Northen EU become cold, Northen Atlantic Sea become to reduce warming" by video. Badman Nishioka/HUTAN Group/Osaka
New analysis is cool EU that Greenland escape to melt! Carbon emission rose 345ppm in 1988 to 408 ppm in 2018. Among 30 years, global carbon emissions increased 63ppm. We hope EU, and Russia will do reduce carbon emissions! 2002 -2017, Greenland ices lost 286 GtCO2!. Please see this video!
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Trump loses support among his base over shutdown: Polls
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Milken is known as the billionaire “junk bond” king, and served two years in prison after pleading guilty to securities fraud in 1990.
Mnuchin Flew to L.A. on Billionaire Michael Milken’s Private Jet https://www.thedailybeast.com/mnuchin-flew-to-la-on-billionaire-michael-milkens-private-jet -via Flynx
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It sounds pretty cool, but it's just science -- cool science.
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Scientists Mapped Entire Brains at Nanoscale For This Psychadelic Visualization

"The brain remains famously remains one of the most mysterious parts of the human body. The challenges of neuroscience are among the most daunting in the medical field. Expansion microscopy is a crucial element of that study, a chemical technique that expands a small specimen to make it more observable at the molecular level. A new technique allows scientists to expand microscopy so instead of focusing a single sell, it can explore full neural circuits, at a speed around 1,000 times faster than before..."
https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/a25953963/lattice-light-sheet-expansion-microscopy/

#future = #REALnews #health #medicine #medtech #wellness #tech #innovation #science #design #biotech #biology #xMed #singularity #engineering #ai #artificialintelligence #robots #automation
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Humans can infer concepts from image pairs and apply those in the physical world in a completely different setting, enabling tasks like IKEA assembly from diagrams. If robots could represent and infer high-level concepts, then it would notably improve their ability to understand our intent and to transfer tasks between different environments. To that end, we introduce a computational framework that replicates aspects of human concept learning. Concepts are represented as programs on a computer architecture consisting of a visual perception system, working memory, and action controller. The instruction set of this cognitive computer has commands for parsing a visual scene, directing gaze and attention, imagining new objects, manipulating the contents of a visual working memory, and controlling arm movement. Inferring a concept corresponds to inducing a program that can transform the input to the output. Some concepts require the use of imagination and recursion. Previously learned concepts simplify the learning of subsequent, more elaborate concepts and create a hierarchy of abstractions. We demonstrate how a robot can use these abstractions to interpret novel concepts presented to it as schematic images and then apply those concepts in very different situations. By bringing cognitive science ideas on mental imagery, perceptual symbols, embodied cognition, and deictic mechanisms into the realm of machine learning, our work brings us closer to the goal of building robots that have interpretable representations and common sense.

Lázaro-Gredilla et al. (2019) Beyond imitation: Zero-shot task transfer on robots by learning concepts as cognitive programs: http://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/4/26/eaav3150
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Iranian Scientists Make #Herbal Spray to Treat #Migraine

Iranian researchers have made an herbal-based spray that can treat migraine headaches. This spray has been introduced to pharmacies with the permission of the Iran’s Food and Drug Administration.
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