Our solar system is now tied with Kepler-90 for number of planets circling a star

December 21, 2017 by  
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Eight planets circle our sun (sorry, Pluto ), but our solar system is no longer unique in that number. NASA recently announced the discovery of an eighth planet circling the star Kepler-90, tying our solar system with that one for most number of planets around one star. Machine learning from Google helped researchers discover Kepler-90i, a rocky, hot planet that orbits Kepler-90 every 14.4 days. Scientists drew on data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope to make the exciting discovery: there’s a star system out there with the same number of planets as our own. Kepler-90 is around 2,545 light-years away from Earth, and has eight planets circling it. There probably isn’t life – at least as we know it – on Kepler-90i; the planet’s surface is around 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Related: Kepler data reveals 20 potential habitable worlds “The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system. You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer,” said Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and NASA Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin , in a statement. The space telescope measures the dip in brightness of stars when planets orbit in front, according to a YouTube video from NASA’s Ames Research Center. So Vanderburg and software engineer Christopher Shallue of Google Brain trained computers to spot signals of small planets to uncover the presence of Kepler-90i. The two also found a sixth planet in the Kepler-80 system: Kepler-80g, which is Earth-sized. They aim to apply their neural network to the over 150,000 stars in Kepler’s full set. The Astronomical Journal accepted their research for publication. Jessie Dotson, Kepler project scientist at the Ames Research Center, said, “New ways of looking at the data – such as this early-stage research to apply machine learning algorithms – promises to continue to yield significant advances in our understanding of planetary systems around other stars . I’m sure there are more firsts in the data waiting for people to find them.” Via NASA Images via NASA/Wendy Stenzel and NASA’s Ames Research Center on YouTube

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Artist turns golden leaves of Sacramento Gingko tree into inspiring works of art

December 21, 2017 by  
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Gingko trees are renowned for their majestic beauty, but come autumn and a certain artist at Sacramento State University is busy raking those beautiful golden leaves into intricate designs. Joanna Hedrick , a counselor at the university and self-proclaimed “falling ginkgo artist,” spends hours creating her nature-based artwork , turning her design work into an annual campus tradition. Hornet Hive #exploresacstate #fallengforsacstate #sacstate #csus #ginkgo #ginkgobiloba #fallenginkgoart Una publicación compartida de Joanna Hedrick (@joanna_hedrick) el Nov 24, 2017 at 4:58 PST Joanna, who has a background in art and landscape design, began her artistic work years ago in an attempt to create a nice backdrop for family photos. What began as a simple clean up process, however, has turned into an annual tradition, beloved by all on campus. Her leaf art has become quite famous around town, but especially for those students who need a bit of distraction during finals. Related: Artist recycles leaf waste into biodegradable Beleaf chair Sunday Sunburst Labyrinth photo by @golconda1 #fallenginkgoart #sacstateginkgoart #labyrinth #ginkotree #ginkgobiloba #ginkgo #sunburst #fallingforsacstate #csus #sacstate #sacramento #rakingleaves #ginkgoleaves Una publicación compartida de Joanna Hedrick (@joanna_hedrick) el Dic 10, 2017 at 12:41 PST Hendrick uses a rake to comb the leaves into a variety of detailed shapes , from spiraling circles and honeycombs, to a complex golden labyrinth. She estimates that each design takes her about two to three hours, and is usually able to makes about six unique displays during the fall season. Having become something of a local legend, Hendrick is proud of her nature-based artwork . She told Sactown Mag , “[My art] is about taking something that’s already beautiful and making something unique—something you don’t just pass by.” + Joanna Hendrick Instagram Via Boooooom Photography by Joanna Hendrick Instagram

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AMD and chip-makers’ efforts to create energy-efficient CPUs

August 9, 2016 by  
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Amid growing awareness of the huge energy appetite of computer processing and particularly high end graphics, computer chip-maker AMD releases a more energy efficient chip — and a study to prove it.

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The benefit of more electronics recycling? Try $10 billion

October 20, 2015 by  
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Tech manufacturers are pretty efficient when it comes to reusing natural capital, but they could do far more.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

October 3, 2014 by  
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Computer equipment and residential electronics represent 15 percent of the energy that residents consume worldwide, and that number is expected to triple over the next couple of decades unless steps are taken to improve energy efficiency . After computers, services such as lighting, air conditioning, electric heating, and large appliances are the next biggest culprits. Steps can be taken to make your building more energy-savvy , from turning off all electronics and lights when they’re not in use to taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and i mproving insulation in order to reduce heating costs. Check out the infographic after the break for more tips on how to increase the energy efficiency of your home or office building. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “office building” , air conditioning , building electricity use , building energy efficiency , computer use , computers , electric heating , elevators , energy efficiency in buildings , green lighting , home electricity , lights , Office , turn off the lights

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This Open Source Glove Turns Your Fist Bump into Music

May 4, 2014 by  
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Good music almost always evokes a physical response. Maybe you tap your feet or nod your head. Maybe you dance or jump or fist bump. A new invention by musician Imogen Heap makes it possible. The  Mi.Mu Glove was developed by Heap and a team of engineers and designers who wanted to step away from their computers and make music with bodily movements like those who play other instruments do. For a while, this was Heap’s personal wearable technology but now she wants to make it open to the world. Find out how you can help by following the link below. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecouterre , Imogen heap , Imogen Heap glove , musical glove , open source glove , Open-Source “Mi.Mu”

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Your Next Dell Could Come with Wireless Charging Capabilities

March 4, 2014 by  
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Dell likes to be first. They were the first to market laptops directly to college freshmen through bro-friendly language , first to ship their computers in mushroom-based packaging , and, if their recent move is any indication, the first to take wireless charging capabilities mainstream. According to a press release, Dell recently became the first major PC manufacturer to support a wireless charging standard by joining the Alliance for Wireless Power  (A4WP). Despite the obvious genius of wireless charging technology, technology makers have been slow to adopt it, and though growing, the number of third-party wireless charging options are ridiculously low. That’s all something that could change with Dell and other A4WP members leading the way. Read the rest of Your Next Dell Could Come with Wireless Charging Capabilities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: A4WP , Alliance for Wireless Power , dell computers , dell laptops , wireless chargers , wireless charging , wireless charging capabilities , wireless charging laptops        

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PHOTOS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets a Shiny New PATH Platform

March 4, 2014 by  
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NY and NJ commuters welcomed an elegant new PATH train platform last week – the first one of its kind to open at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in downtown Manhattan. Called Platform A , the bright, white terminal services travelers going to and from Hoboken, and features snazzy upgrades like LED-lit displays, high-tech lighting and a lively new mural entitled “Iridescent Thunderbolt.” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brookfield Place Pavilion , lower Manhattan , mixed use buildings , path , PATH Train , PATH Train Platform A , santiago calatrava , world trade center , World Trade Center PATH Station , world trade center pathway , world trade center transportation hub , WTC , WTC PATH Station , WTC Platform A , WTC West Concourse , WTC Western Concourse        

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Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

March 4, 2014 by  
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US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

July 23, 2013 by  
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The Internet has greened many aspects of modern life, such as reducing resource extraction and emissions by digital distribution of mail, music, paper goods, and entertainment. Even so, the infrastructure supporting the web could still be made much more efficient through improvements to its computers,  servers , and buildings housing their equipment. The US Department of Energy announced this month that it intends to set standards for the technology and its infrastructure. Read the rest of US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amazon , apple , arman shehabi , carbon emissions , computers , Department of Energy , energy policy and conservation act , eric masanet , Facebook , facility , Google , internet , IT , jonathan koomey , nature climate change , servers , standards , US DOE , world wide web        

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