💡 Warp News Tips: Solar trillions, an 89-year-old reinventing the train & Space-NIMBY
Solar trillions, an 89-year-old reinventing the train, AlphaFold, Peak performance & the first space-NIMBY.
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This book is from 2009, which is great because then you can check if the author was right on his predictions.
"The cost of solar energy is expected to be as low as 3.5 ¢/kWh in 2020," Tony Seba claims in the book.
This is way lower than anyone else I've seen. Even lower than Ramez Naam predicted, often called a naive optimist. He believed it to be around 13 cents in 2020.
International Energy Agency thought it would be 27 cents.
The actual price in 2020 was 4 cents per kWh.
I wrote earlier about Tony Seba's report on solar and wind and this book gives a background to his thinking and continues the reasoning about solar in the coming decades.
Close to Hyperloop, but not Hyperloop.
ON A CLEAR, sunny day at a vineyard in the Northern California town of Ukiah, a most unusual train chugs through a field of barely budding syrah grapes. Well, it doesn't chug so much as whoosh, because this train—actually, a one-sixth scale train—doesn't rely upon a diesel engine or electricity to get around. It uses vacuum power and heavy duty magnets.
The 89-year-old man who built it believes it could change how the world moves.
👉 Meet the 89-Year-Old Reinventing the Train in His Backyard
If you haven't watched this 8 min video on AlphaFold, it is delightful and interesting.
🗄️ From the archive
There no such thing as a "10,000 Hour Rule" to become a world-class expert.
But with deliberate practice (for many hours) everyone has the potential to become an expert.
Professor K Anders Ericsson has shown us the enormous talent and potential in every human being.
🥇 Peak and the extraordinary potential of human beings
🤪 And now for something completly different
This takes NIMBY to another level!
A billionaire couple have invested almost £1.5m in plans for a space port in Shetland while opposing a similar project near where they own land.
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