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Wind turbine generates energy floating 350 feet off the ground
Trials have just been finished on a new kind of wind turbine — an inflated, helium shell containing traditional blades that floats in the air stream. The airborne turbine is designed to capture stronger, high-altitude winds to provide a clean, portable and power energy option.
In the recent tests held in Limestone, Maine, a 35-foot scale version of the turbine was shown to generate more than twice as much power at high altitude than generated at conventional tower heights.
The Altaeros Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT) is transported to its location by a towable, docking trailer. The AWT is then deployed — in this trial some 350 feet above the ground — and held in place by tethers which also send the electricity generated back to the ground. Raising, operating and lowering the turbine was successfully completed a in fully automated cycle. […]
Facebook Helps Get One in Five People Worldwide Socializing on Online Networks
Amazon calculated that a page load slowdown of just 1 second could cost it $1.6 billion in sales each year. Google has calculated that by slowing its search results by just four tenths of a second they could lose 8 million searches per day—meaning they’d serve up many millions fewer online adverts. — via Fast Company (via courtenaybird)
Military Wants to Implant Tiny 'Doctors' in Soldiers' Bodies -
Disease has stalked battlefields since the dawn of war and continues to plague even the ranks of the modern U.S. military. That’s why the Pengaton’s scientists want to implant tiny particles inside the bodies of soldiers that could diagnose or even treat illness from within.
The military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced its vision for implantable “nanosensors” on March 15. Such tiny sensors would be based on nanoparticles thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair — a watchful swarm of molecules inside soldiers’ bodies that could monitor their health around the clock and keep them healthy on the most remote battlefields.
» via Live Science
Internet Accounts for 4.7% of the U.S. Economy -
The Internet accounts for 4.7% of the U.S. economy and is projected to grow 6.5% a year through 2016, according to a new report.
The Boston Consulting Group took a look at the top 20 global economies — also known as the “G-20″ — and found lots of reason for optimism. On average, the Internet economy is expected to grow 10.8% for the G-20. However, the expansion in developed countries like the U.S. will be on the low end, around 8%, while developing countries like Argentina and India will expand at rates of 24% and 23%, respectively, according to the report.
» via Mashable
“Fifty seven percent of companies who invest in social business outperform their peers. They see real business value, whether it’s a 25% increase in business or a 20% drop in the time it takes to manage projects”
Quote found on IBM’s Social business website and comes from a white paper on Social Business titled: “Social business: the advent of a new age”
“Cook reiterated that despite selling 37 million iPhones between October and December, that total made up just 9 percent of all handsets sold in the world. The number of handsets ‘is expected to grow to 2 billion in 2015,’ he said. ‘The potential for iPhone is enormous.’”
With dividend, Tim Cook thinks differently about Apple
US consumers lead the world trend, here, surely, but this is happening everywhere: Speed and Nowness are 2 trends that are changing the way we live, buy, create, communicate (and not always for the better, either). Read what I have said about these trends why these links: http://gerd.fm/nowandhere Found via my futurist buddy Stowe Boyd
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