Tesla Motors Working on Lithium Home Battery

An article on the OffGridQuest.com website reports that Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has announced that his company is working on a lithium battery which could be used to power a home. If successful, this battery could allow many homes to go “off the grid” and not use power from traditional electric companies. The batteries are small and mount on the walls of a house.

I think that this is a very interesting and positive development. Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG knows that we power so many other things using lithium batteries, so why not homes as well? Musk said that using these batteries – particularly in urban areas – may soon be cheaper than using traditional power companies. For decades, power companies have had a monopoloy; it’s time for some change. The public deserves more options on how they power their homes. Having some change to this aspect of how we use energy can only be a good thing.

DNA – Storing Data For Millions Of Years

The lifespan of data storage media is an important metric that often shapes the design and development of hard drives, flash drives and the like. Experts like Brian Torchin say that many of today’s storage medium technologies are quite capable of storing date for 100 years or more given certain circumstances about their use and treatment. However, scientists are working on a “dna time capsule” which can utilize glassed-in DNA in order to store data for over 2 million years. It seems that data stored in such a DNA drive has a good chance of outlasting the Earth itself.

A solid-state drive that can provide over 100 years of life if it is only written to once or a few times is a good baseline to compare these recent DNA discoveries. DNA is incredibly durable as scientists have found from extracting it from many fossilized places. Just a single gram of DNA would be enough to hold the entirety of data that Google, Facebook, and all other major tech companies now hold. That certainly makes investigating the possibilities of DNA drives a likely lucrative endeavor should breakthroughs be made. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has taken up the task of determining how long this DNA-embedded data might last and the results are quite impressive. The Global Seed Vault in the Arctic could preserve the data beyond 2 million years at a -18 °C. This would be the ultimate medium for long-term storage.

National Security Versus Personal And Individual Privacy In The War Against Terrorism

Are US and UK Intelligent agencies actually able to sift through all electronic data and transaction to identify terrorist or are they, as Annie Machon, former M15 intelligence officer and whistleblower, claim, turning the internet into a tool of oppression for the use of the US and UK totalitarianism and undermining democracy. She uses East Germany as an example, pointing out that the government had first went after journalists, trade unionist and activists but the domineering government got worse.

Bella Sankey, policy director of Liberty, a civil liberties organization, calls privacy a public, social and collective good and recommends that Edward Snowden’s revelations about surveillance activities be used to overhaul intelligence agencies. UK’s national security boss, Robert Hannigan, attacked technology companies, claimed that privacy is not an absolute right and is in denial about the abuses reported by whistleblowers. Liberty has a case filed with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal to challenge surveillance measures in the UK, hoping to change laws and force debate.

Snowden’s reports caused technology companies to increase the availability of encryption services for the public, but, according to Jamie Bartlett, director of the centre for analysis of social media Demos, that terrorist and criminals have accesses as well and this makes it harder to prevent attacks said Alexei Beltyukov developer of the Solvy service. This led to speculation about a return to “old-fashion human intelligence” and a new settlement about the types of intelligence to allow for a better system of oversight. Also needed is a way for whistleblowers to report of wrongdoing by agencies without being prosecuted and treated as outcast or traitors.

Mars One Narrows List to 100 People to Send to Mars

It could be hard to imagine that anyone would sign up for what could ultimately become a one-way trip to explore a distant planet, but when Mars One announced it was looking for people interested in making the trip, 200,00 signed up. Of course, the company could not send that many people to the Red Planet, which means a process to narrow the field had to be conducted. For now, it seems like the company is on the right track.

According to this article from examiner.com that my friend Paul Mathieson forwarded me, the list has been cut to the final one hundred people, and since six crews of four amounts to twenty-four people, everyone has about a one in four chance of heading toward Mars. Mars One is planning to use current technology to send the people on their way, which means the trip alone is going to take close to seven months. Of course, the purpose of the trip is to establish a permanent settlement.

A number of difficulties remain in front of the company before it actually launches anyone into space, and selecting the astronauts is just the beginning. Figuring out how to land, set up a camp, and create a thriving civilization are all goals that are going to need a fair amount of attention prior to the flight. However, the brave one-hundred people that are willing to risk leaving Earth to perhaps never return are going to be getting a fair bit of scrutiny over the next few months.

The Tricorder Is Here!

 

Zeca Oliveira’s LinkedIn post was a throwback to the 60’s as he describes how amazed he was at this gadget Kirk and crew could pull out of their belt and use to communicate up to their ship or to another member of the landing party on some strange alien world. For us, these miraculous devices have been a commonplace reality for over a decade in the form of cell phones. The tricorder appears to be the next device that is making its segue from science fiction into reality. This was a little device that Doctor McCoy used on Star Trek to instantly diagnose problems with patients. The Scanadu may not look like the tricorders from Star Trek or any of its spin-offs, but it is a hand-held device that can detect a person’s heart rate, blood pressure and temperature in moments and then relay this data to their smart phone.

The world gets more amazing as science fiction continues to become reality on so many fronts. It is also incredible how quickly we all adapt to needing technology that either did not exist or was prohibitively expensive as recently as ten to twenty years ago. How many of us could live without our smart phones or notebooks today? Our parents and grandparents generation lived without them just fine, yet most of them use these devices today and wouldn’t know how to manage without them. At times, people do seem a little too addicted to their technology. Whenever you go into a restaurant, bus or waiting room, everyone seems to have their face buried in their own little screen. Let’s hope we don’t forget how to socialize face-to-face in this age of miracles.

Scientists Are Still Learning about Dark Matter

The discovery of dark matter came about as an observation. Brad Reifler realized too that the visible matter we could spot with telescopes was insufficient to explain the movement of various celestial bodies. Stars toward the outer edges of numerous galaxies are moving faster than the laws of physics could explain without there being more matter present to create additional gravity. Scientists have now discovered that there is also dark matter near the inner regions of our own galaxy. This means that dark matter is even more common throughout our galaxy than scientists originally knew to be the case. Physicists currently believe that about 80 percent of the mass of the universe is comprised of material that does not emit light or energy.

Given that we can only see those parts of the universe that emit light, it is staggering to think how much of it we still do not know about. There are of course ways to indirectly observe phenomena that, while not emitting light, do emit plenty of gravity, such as black holes, and we can then see the effect they have on surrounding objects. There is, however, currently no way of telling how many dark objects that also do not produce much gravity may exist in the cosmos. It will be interesting to discover, as we reach for the stars over the next few centuries, just how much of the universe is composed of matter we can not see.

Qnet: Becoming a Global Leader

Qnet, established in 1998 by Vijay Eswaran, is a leader in the online business and shopping community. Qnet is based in Hong Kong but has office locations worldwide. Qnet, also formally known as GoldQuest, Qi Limited, and QuestNet, is one of the main subsidiaries of Qi Group, also run by Eswaran. Qnet is one of Asia’s top companies for direct selling.

Qnet models a multilevel marketing strategy, allowing independent agents to receive commission based on their volume of sales as well as those working under them. The company began as GoldQuest, which created custom ordered collectible coins. In 2002 the company then began helping customers book holidays, vacations, and travel arrangements in order to diversify their products. In 2006, Qnet began selling health products as well as Bernhard H. Mayer watches. Today Qnet sells a variety of products such as luxury goods, nutritional goods, weight management items, personal care items, home care goods, energy supplements, and fashionable accessories. Qnet has reported that their sales have increased by 70% over the last 5 years.

E-commerce has allowed Qnet to expand globally. Today Qnet has offices in over 100 countries which include Indonesia, Vietnam, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates. Qnet focuses both on their customers, the service they are getting, and the happiness of their employees. Qnet has some of the happiest and successful employees due to the fact that Qnet helps them to actively change their quality of life for the better. Employees are offered a compensation plan, network marketing opportunities, as well as lifestyle products that help add value to their everyday lives.

Not only is Qnet a successful company, but they also have philanthropic interests. The company started a charity called Raise Yourself To Help Mankind (RYTHM). RYTHM supports charities around the world by putting on fund-raising events and making donations. RYTHM’s goal is to bring people together to work stronger as a group to change the world for the better, one step at a time.

Mark Ahn Provides Insights into Tech Trends

Mark Ahn, the seasoned Biotech entrepreneur recently sat down in order to provide insights on the latest tech trends and the technology that is going to make a global impact in the coming year. Now, while he did not name specific brands or elements, he did point out what would be important to look into for any tech firm looking to make something important for the rest of the tech community to use.

First, Mark Ahn pointed out the importance of caring. He stated the tech should be innovative but it should move towards assisting the user with a task. The designers need to care about the user’s needs and not produce the tech product simply to make money. This can be anywhere to help manage food consumption to being able to help alter climate change and global warming. He indicated that there really is nothing too large or too small when it comes to helping with tech products, but that it does need to have some sort of carrying element.

After this, Mr. Ahn pointed out the importance of targeting old problems with new approaches. Often times there is an old method of completing a task that is simply outdated and altering the way of completing this task may prove vital to millions of people worldwide. Whether the new method can help save time or money, trying to go about improving an old problem with a new approach is essential.

Now, for other tech investors, it is important to never underestimate the little guys who work in the tech industry. In fact, the majority of tech improvements actually come from smaller companies that are eventually purchased by the larger companies that have the financial capability of using the new technology and implement it into the equipment the larger company produces.

Oldest Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China

Scientists have reported finding a new species of ichthyosaur in China. The fossil, named Cartorhynchus lenticarpus, had a short snout and flexible wrists. It was also 40 cm (15.7 inches) long, making it the smallest ichthyosaur to be found so far. (Perhaps it was a juvenile?)

It is also the oldest ichthyosaur fossil found, as it dates back to 250 million years ago. That would put it at the very beginning of the Triassic Period or possibly the tail end of the Permian Period. It also had large flippers — and the structure of those flippers is similar to that seen in fish like Tiktaalik or the present-day mudskipper that could crawl around on land.

In other words, C. lenticarpus could have been amphibious. If so, it’s the only amphibious ichthyosaur known. Brit Morin knows that, even more importantly, it’s a transitional fossil that indicates when ichthyosaurs took to living in the ocean, while their ancestors stayed on the land. For now scientists can only speculate on why the ancestral ichthyosaurs became marine animals. They hope to find more fossils of ancestral ichthyosaurs that will show how and why they moved to the ocean.

Scientists Turn Human History on its Head by Using Mosquitoes to Cure Disease

Scientists are genetically modifying mosquitoes to use them to stop the spread of disease. Mosquitoes have been a plague of mankind for as long as there has been a mankind, carrying and spreading disease among people. They are being specifically engineered so that when a female mosquito in the wild mates with one of these genetically modified males it will not be able to produce offspring. This is intended to prevent the spread of diseases such as dengue and chikungunya by literally preventing the spread of the mosquitoes. Though they are planned for release in the Florida Keys, a breakthrough such as this would have even wider application in the developing world where mosquito born illness is a far larger problem.

Predictably, there are those who fear the effects of releasing a genetically modified organism into the wild. They are concerned about the long term consequences of such an action. The concern may be legitimate, according to pipistrel.si, but science has generally been a powerful force for good in our lives. First, medical science gave us vaccines to fight off diseases, and now genetic scientists and philantropists like Sergio Lins Andrade, are trying to keep those diseases from being transmitted to us in the first place. News such as this makes one glad to be living in an age where we have lifted so much of the veil of ignorance and fear from humanity that covered 99 percent of our history. Using the stereotypical carrier and spreader of disease to fight disease has to be one of the good news stories of the past millennium.

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