Note — May 01, 2022

No.217 Asides

  • 🇨🇳 💨 ☀️ 👏🏼 China Is Planning Record Wind and Solar Power Additions This Year. “China will add 140 gigawatts of capacity from the clean energy sources, said Tao Ye, a researcher with the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planning agency. That’s more than the rest of the world combined in 2020, according to BloombergNEF data.”
  • 🤯 🤩 👏🏼 From seawater to drinking water, with the push of a button. “The suitcase-sized device, which requires less power to operate than a cell phone charger, can also be driven by a small, portable solar panel, which can be purchased online for around $50. It automatically generates drinking water that exceeds World Health Organization quality standards. The technology is packaged into a user-friendly device that runs with the push of one button.”
  • 🇷🇼 🩸 Drones Have Transformed Blood Delivery in Rwanda. “Marie Paul Nisingizwe analyzed nearly 13,000 drone orders between 2017 and 2019 and found that half of the orders took 41 minutes or less to deliver by drone. On the road, that median time would be at least two hours. Reports of wasted blood donations dropped.”
  • 🤯 🔋 🜍 An accidental discovery could change the world. “In the battery, this phase completely stops the reaction that creates polysulfides. This was so effective that the scientists sent the battery through 4,000 charge cycles without a drop in capacity, meaning it lasts at least twice as long as lithium-ion.”
  • 🐴 ⏳ What Were Humans Doing in the Yukon 24,000 Years Ago?. “… most of the bones are from Beringian, or Yukon, horses. These furry animals were smaller than modern horses and likely roamed in herds with one male and many females. The Beringian horse went extinct about 14,000 years ago, possibly due to human pressure and climate change, she says.”
  • 🤔 🤖 Meta's newest AI discovers stronger and greener concrete formulas. “Of the generated list of potential formulas, the research team then selected the five most promising options and iteratively refined them until they met or exceeded the 7- and 28-day strength metrics while dropping carbon requirements by at least 40 percent.”
  • 👀 Dezeen can be quite annoying with their unidentified internal links but still, looks like there’s quite a bit of clicking and searching about these interesting people. Fifty architects and designers you need to know on Earth Day.
  • 🇺🇸 🌖 🏍 (More for the look than anything.) A Custom-Built Moon Motorcycle. “Named Tardigrade after the hearty micro-animal, the 2-wheeled rover weighs almost 300 pounds, is constructed out of aluminum, Kevlar, carbon fiber, and other materials, has a top speed of 9 mph, and a battery with a range of 62 miles.”