This Software Could Help Protect Birds and Bats Near Offshore Wind Turbines

This Software Could Help Protect Birds and Bats Near Offshore Wind Turbines

00 One of the biggest disadvantages of wind energy is that it kills bats and other avian creatures when they collide on the large blades of wind turbines. Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are currently working on a thermal imaging software that can help protect birds and bats around offshore wind turbines. The open-source software ThermalTracker is designed to identify birds and bats from video footages recorded during the night. This technology is expected to…

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Norwegian Billionaire Funds 600-Foot Superyacht to Help Save the Ocean

Norwegian Billionaire Funds 600-Foot Superyacht to Help Save the Ocean

00 One of Norway’s richest men is giving back to the community. Kjell Inge Rokke is worth roughly $2.6 billion. Like any good Norwegian billionaire, Rokke also has his fair share of yachts. It would normally come as no surprise to hear another superyacht is being constructed. However, Rokke wanted to build something more than a typical boat. [Image Source: VARD] Rokke’s superyacht will be managed by the World Wildlife Fund of Norway. The project is called…

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China Built the Largest Telescope in the World But Can’t Find Anyone to Run It

China Built the Largest Telescope in the World But Can’t Find Anyone to Run It

00 China has built an unbelievably huge telescope but has no one to run it. The instrument, located in the remote southern mountainous region of the country is nearly twice as big as its closest rival, the US-operated Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. The facility is searching for foreign talent to run the observatory as there are reportedly no qualified Chinese astronomers to run it. Advertisements have been running for the position since May…

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Scottish Owners Converted This Old Helicopter into a Stunning Mini Hotel Suite

Scottish Owners Converted This Old Helicopter into a Stunning Mini Hotel Suite

00 When most think of “helicopter” and “Scotland” in the same sentence, it’s normally as a helicopter tour of scenic Scotland. However, one innovative group decided to change that thinking entirely. They repurposed a decommissioned helicopter and converted it into a luxury stay. [Image Source HelicopterGlamping] The team at Helicopter Glamping bought an old Sea King helicopter at auction. (“Glamping,” for those unfamiliar, means “glamorous camping.”) The Sea King, decommissioned in 2002, cost £7,000in the March 2016…

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Hackers Could Use Security Flaws in Solar Panel Equipment to Take Over Power Grid

Hackers Could Use Security Flaws in Solar Panel Equipment to Take Over Power Grid

00 According to the new research, the flaws in the panels could lead to serious damage to solar power plants. This type of attack could have a longer lasting effect than just a temporary power outage. Solar power plants form an interconnected network that shares power across them in order to ensure demand is meant. For instance, when there is a surplus of power, it can be drawn upon by another plant that is in deficit….

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Facebook’s Comment and Post Translations Are Now All Managed by AI

Facebook’s Comment and Post Translations Are Now All Managed by AI

00 Facebook translates billions of its users’ posts and comments every day. The social media giant is now looking to get all its translations done by neural networks. Previously the social media site had used simple phrase-based machine translation models, but the switch to the advanced method will dramatically improve accuracy. “Creating seamless, highly accurate translation experiences for the 2 billion people who use Facebook is difficult,” Facebook explained, “We need to account for context, slang, typos, abbreviations, and…

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This High Performance E-Bike Looks and Feels Like a Vintage Chopper

This High Performance E-Bike Looks and Feels Like a Vintage Chopper

00 Sure, e-bikes are practical. They make longer distance transportation a bit easier than normal bikes while using less fuel than a car. They’re normally sleek and lightweight-looking to emphasize the light weight of the bike frames. Often times, an e-bike can look sporty and cute, but very few on the market can be labeled “tough.” [Image Source: Ruff Cycles] Ruff Cycles looked to change that with their new bike — the Ruffian. The German bike…

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This Terrifying Video Visualizes How Many People Would Die in a Nuclear War

This Terrifying Video Visualizes How Many People Would Die in a Nuclear War

00 As tensions between North Korea and the US increase, the possibility of a nuclear attack seems more real than ever. While we can only hope the leaders of these countries can use diplomacy rather than weapons, it is critical to ask the big questions about the possible conflict. What would the consequences of a nuclear attack be? What would be the human toll from nuclear missiles? Data visualizer Neil Halloran has created a brilliantly terrifying video that shows exactly…

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17 of the Biggest Machines in the World

17 of the Biggest Machines in the World

00 So you’re looking for the world’s biggest machines eh? Then look no further. The following are a combination of scientific apparatus, construction and mining vehicles and some interesting novelties for your entertainment. We’ll not mess around and just get stuck in. Enjoy. The following are in no particular order and it is far from exhaustive. 1. Large Hadron Collider The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest machine man has ever built to date. It…

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SpaceX Successfully Launches First Reused Dragon Capsule to ISS

SpaceX Successfully Launches First Reused Dragon Capsule to ISS

00 SpaceX’s successful flights seem to be getting more prevalent with each month. Yesterday, SpaceX launched yet another Falcon 9 rocket. However, this time, the cargo made headlines. SpaceX carried a Dragon cargo capsule that had already been in space. The recycled Dragon traveled with SpaceX in 2014 to deliver cargo to the ISS. This marks the first time in history a private company sent a vehicle into orbit for a second use. [Image Source: SpaceX…

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