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Energy Internet

04/27/2016

An experimental energy microgrid in Brooklyn, New York, shows how energy-generating homes can become part of a peer-to-peer electricity system, Fast Coexist reports. The project, part of the Brooklyn Microgrid ‒ a distributed energy development group in the Park Slope and Gowanus communities of Brooklyn, creating a connected network for local energy ‒ also shows how distributed ledger technology could enable the emerging “energy Internet.”

Source: Blockchain Technology Could Enable Next-Generation, Peer-To-Peer Energy Microgrids

Torquigener albomaculosus

04/19/2016

Scientists recently solved a 20-year-old mystery under the sea and discovered a new fish. Intricate ‘crop circles’ with geometric designs about six feet (2 meters) in diameter were found on the seafloor off the coast of Amami-Ōshima Island. They turn out to be the work of this new species of pufferfish. Males construct these circles as spawning nests by swimming and wriggling in the seafloor sand

The nests, used only once, are made to attract females. The nests have double edges and radiating troughs in a spoke-like geometry. The design isn’t just for show. Scientists discovered the ridges and grooves of the circle serve to minimise ocean current at the centre of the nest. This protects the eggs from the turbulent waters and possibly predators too

Source: See the top 10 new species of 2015 – in pictures

Playing A Fool’s Game

02/04/2016

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I have this sense (which came upon me when I was young and struggling, and hasn’t left yet) that certain verities (maybe these are especially American verities?) are false and harmful. So: There is no such thing as a “level playing field,” genetics and karma being what they are, and to the extent that we pretend there is such a thing (by conflating wealth with virtue) we are playing a fool’s game, taking credit for that which was given to us (a good family, health, affluence, basic ability, intelligence, et cetera, et cetera) by fate.

—George Saunders, in conversation with David Sedaris, from the paperback edition of Tenth of December

What Sublimity of Mind

01/15/2016

But surpassing all stupendous inventions, what sublimity of mind was his who dreamed of finding means to communicate his deepest thoughts to any other person, though distant by mighty intervals of place and time! Of talking with those who are in India; of speaking to those who are not yet born and will not be born for a thousand or ten thousand years; and with what facility, by the different arrangements of twenty characters upon a page!

Let this be the seal of all the admirable inventions of mankind.

Source: Galileo on Why We Read and How Books Give Us Superhuman Powers – Brain Pickings

As A Result Of This Curious Exercise

01/05/2016

IN the late 1980s, Dr. John Eng, an endocrinologist, became curious about certain animal poisons that damaged the pancreas, so he ordered lizard venom through the mail and began to play around with it. As a result of this curious exercise, he discovered a new compound in the saliva of a Gila monster, and that in turn led to a treatment for diabetes. One of Dr. Eng’s associates (quoted in a 2005 newspaper article) remarked that he was capable of seeing “patterns that others don’t see.”

Source: How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity – NYTimes.com

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