Archive for June, 2017

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10 Battery Gigafactories Are Now in the Works, and Elon Musk May Add 4 More

June 30th, 2017

Via: Green Tech Media: Overall, Bloomberg reports that global battery-making capacity is set to more than double by 2021, topping 278 gigawatt-hours a year compared to 103 gigawatt-hours at present. The massive planned increase in battery production feels similar to the Chinese manufacturing boom that radically altered the PV landscape around a decade ago, by […]

Dutch Startup to Produce Electric Car with Integrated Solar Charging

June 29th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — I can’t see how a sedan is going to have enough surface area to make this work. Why not try it on something like a Nissan E-NV200? Nontrivial levels of PV generation would be possible from that. Oh boy, I want a used E-NV200 so […]

Plastic Bottle Apocalypse

June 28th, 2017

Via: Guardian: New figures obtained by the Guardian reveal the surge in usage of plastic bottles, more than half a trillion of which will be sold annually by the end of the decade. The demand, equivalent to about 20,000 bottles being bought every second, is driven by an apparently insatiable desire for bottled water and […]

American Pravda: CNN

June 27th, 2017

Via: Project Veritas: Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative. “I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.” He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings: […]

California: Glyphosate Will Be Added to List of Chemicals Known to Cause Cancer

June 27th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co’s (MON.N) popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday. Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required […]


June 27th, 2017

Via: Twitter: UPDATE 15:00 CEST — Maersk (@Maersk) June 27, 2017

New Cyber Attack Underway

June 27th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft (ROSN.MM) said a large-scale cyber attack hit its servers on Tuesday and computer systems at some banks and the main airport in neighboring Ukraine were also disrupted. A Moscow-based cyber security firm, Group-IB, said it appeared to be a coordinated attack simultaneously targeting victims in Russia and Ukraine. […]

Volkswagen Partners with Nvidia to Expand Its Use of AI Beyond Autonomous Vehicles

June 27th, 2017

Use AI to fire workers, in other words. Via: TechCrunch: Volkswagen is working with Nvidia to expand its usage of its artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies beyond autonomous vehicles and into other areas of business, the two companies revealed today. VW set up its Munich-based data lab in 2014. Last year it pushed on […]

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Can Play a Role that Churches and Little League Once Filled

June 27th, 2017

I’ll see you down at Reverend Wayne’s Pearly Gates. Via: CNBC: Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook groups to play an important role that community groups like churches and Little League teams used to perform: Bringing communities together. And with nearly 2 billion people around the world on Facebook today, he might have a chance to make […]

EU Has Fined Google $2.7 Billion for Manipulating Search Results

June 27th, 2017

Via: Recode: The European Union slapped Google with a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine on Tuesday, charging that the U.S. tech giant had manipulated search results in a way that gives an “illegal advantage” to its own services while harming the company’s rivals. The punishment — announced at a press conference by Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s […]

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