This Might Be The Strongest And Lightest Material on Earth
10 times stronger than steel, with only 5 percent of its density.
JUNE JAVELOSA, FUTURISM
26 JAN 2018
For years, researchers have known that carbon, when arranged in a certain way, can be very strong.
Case in point: graphene. Graphene, which was heretofore, the strongest material known to man, is made from an extremely thin sheet of carbon atoms arranged in two dimensions.
“I swore it would never happen to me, but it is.
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.
BY MARIA POPOVA
Crack Team of US Cybersecurity Experts Building the Amazon of Cybersecurity
Tesla, fresh from the success of its newly-opened big battery in South Australia, has joined 18 other groups competing for the right to build another big battery, this time in the Northern Territory.
Expressions of interest for a big battery in the Darwin-Katherine network – with a nominal capacity of between 25MW and 45MW, and storage of 30 minutes and 1.5 hours – closed on Monday, with 19 companies responding.
Apart from Tesla, there was interest from Infigen Energy, Electranet, MPower, UGL, and Carnegie’s Energy Made Clean, along with New Zealand’s Vector (which is building a 5MW battery in Alice Springs), and international groups Kokam, Mitsui, and Alstom, among others listed here.
The government-owned utility Territory Generation wants the battery to provide contingency frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), reduce the required spinning reserve from its various gas and diesel generators, provide peak shaving and ultimately allow for more solar PV in the local grid.
I lived through this decline. I worked at UQ and was frustrated by lack of response to suggestions and recommendations, particularly in relation to engagement with UQ Gatton and private industry. Great to see commonsense now prevailing……
“For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars — pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time.”
BY MARIA POPOVA
“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty,” wrote the Japanese novelist Junichiro Tanizaki in his glorious 1933 love letter to darkness, enveloped in a lament about the perils of excessive illumination. It seems like, having never quite grown out of our perennial childhood fear of the dark, at some point in the twentieth century we took Carl Jung’s poetic assertion that “the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being” a little too literally and set out to illuminate darkness into nonexistence. But darkness — like silence, like solitude — belongs to that class of blessings increasingly endangered in modern life yet vitally necessary to the human spirit.