2020-08-04 08:01:23| Fast Company
For inventing Heliogen, a sustainable alternative to using fossil fuels for industrial heating, Bill Gross is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2020 “You can try to persuade people to care about climate change, but the only way you’re going to get huge change is if you save them money,” says Bill Gross. The founder of tech incubator Idealab and a lifelong solar energy pioneer, Gross had a major breakthrough last fall when he demonstrated that solar power generated through his Heliogen system could substitute for the fossil fuels used in industrial processes, which currently contribute about 20% of the world’s greenhouse gases annually. His Bill Gates-backed company uses precisely controlled mirrors to turn sunlight into a superhot beam (like a giant magnifying glass) that can reach temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius—hot enough to manufacture cement, steel, and other industrial materials. Gross has since received more than 1,000 requests from companies, either to install Heliogen systems at their own facilities (and get free energy indefinitely, once the infrastructure is paid off) or to build a plant nearby and enter a long-term lease for energy (which Gross plans to sell for about 1 cent per kilowatt-hour, compared to fossil fuel’s 1.5 to 2 cents). Here’s how the system works.Read Full Story
2020-08-04 05:21:56| The Economic Times
India reported 3,69,588 cases during last week (July 27-Aug 2), higher than Brazils count of 3,13,776. The US logged 4,41,808 cases during the period. In the previous week (July 20-26), Indias count (317,892) was just behind Brazil, which had added 320,005 cases. The US had recorded 4,73,289 cases that week.
2020-08-03 21:18:17| digg
Thirty-one years after the Purple One's weirdest No. 1 smash ruled radio, we're still not sure if it's terrible or avant-garde. But there's never been anything like it.
2020-08-03 10:24:44| The Economic Times
The WTO is a members-driven organisation with decisions reached by consensus among 164 countries. Three WTO ambassadors who chair leading committees will lead the process, seeking to establish which among the eight candidates from Mexico to Moldova, have the widest support.
2020-08-02 03:19:46| The Economic Times
Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million; as countries across Western Europe announced new lockdowns and reported historic economic slumps, the WHO also said the effects of the pandemic "will be felt for decades to come".