Google geniuses, now powered by the sun
consistently tracks some of the most interesting and cutting-edge thinking related to green innovation. As EcoGeek explains, Google's new Solar Power initiative is helping to raise awareness of alternative energy sources within Corporate America. It's now possible to watch the sun power the geniuses at the Googleplex in real-time:
"Google has just switched on its gigantic solar project and, in traditional Google fashion, has an excellent web-based application
tracking its progress. Anyone familiar with Google's stats package will
recognize the software used here, but it's really cool to see the
actual amount of power being generated by the panels at any given time. And, of course, we have the obligatory "this would power 41,000
alarm clocks for one year" math going on at the bottom of the page..."
One day soon, of course, we expect the Google Solar Panel Project to power the Googleplex for every hour of every day.
[image: Eco Geek]
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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