Nanoflowers grow in tiny garden: Harvard University engineers design beautiful roses, violets and tulips that are smaller than width of a human hair. http://tinyurl.com/ptoz2uw
A new type of fuel cell could make CO2 storage cheaper, but it could also prove to be a good way to pump more oil out of the ground. Why It Matters: Carbon capture technology is far too expensive, nearly doubling the cost of power from coal plants.
[Reproduced from MIT Technology Review]
Fuel Cells Could Offer Cheap Carbon-Dioxide Storage
[By Kevin Bullis]
The electrochemical reactions that occur inside fuel cells to generate electricity could provide a cheap way to selectively remove carbon dioxide from the exhaust gases of fossil-fuel power plants. The same reactions could concentrate the carbon dioxide, allowing it to be stored underground. The fuel cell could also be used to generate electricity, providing revenue to offset its cost.
Existing approaches to capturing carbon dioxide would nearly double the cost of electricity from a coal-fired power plant. And although using fuel cells instead would still increase the cost of electricity, that increase—based on early tests and calculations—might be one-third or less, says Shailesh Vora, a program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, which is helping to fund development of the technology with a $2.4 million grant. Researchers have considered using fuel cells for capturing carbon dioxide since at least the early 1990s, but the cells are cheaper now and they last longer, which could make them more practical.
Carbon capture technology, aimed at reducing emissions from power plants, might be key to addressing climate change, especially since fossil-fuel power is growing faster than power from low-carbon sources such as wind, solar, and nuclear (see “The Carbon Capture Conundrum,” “Will Carbon Capture Be Ready on Time?” and “The Enduring Technology of Coal”). Technology already exists that could capture carbon dioxide from exhaust gases, but it’s not being used at a large scale because it’s expensive, and because it uses steam that would otherwise be used to generate electricity, cutting a plant’s power production and revenue by about a third.
Loyal3 = an incredibly easy and creative way of owning stocks. Loyal3 is making company ownership fun and easy - and flips the investing model over by introducing flat contributions instead of a per-share price as well as select “brands you love”. Revolutionary.
[reproduced from VentureBeat]
Loyal3 raises $18M to make buying stock as easy as a Facebook ‘like’
[By Rebecca Grant]
It is one thing to ‘like’ a brand’s Facebook page, but quite another throw down actual dollars. Loyal3 has raised $18 million so consumers can put their money where their mouth is.
Loyal3 makes buying stock more social and accessible for people who don’t have much experience with the stock market. In three steps, you can invest as little as $10 in well-known companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks, Disney, Google, Coca Cola, Walmart etc…
Loyal3′s core philosophy is “own what you love.” Buying stocks can seem daunting for people without financial expertise. Loyal3 wants to make this process more user-friendly by providing fee-free investing and enabling the purchase of stock through a brands’ Facebook page. Loyal3 is a registered broker-dealer and offers stock in publicly traded companies, stock in Initial public Offerings (IPOs) and stock in follow-on offerings.
Consumer engagement is a major buzz word in the brand world right now as companies try to deepen their bonds with consumers and build loyalty. Loyal3 serves companies that want excited shareholders, as well as consumers who want to feel a strong connection to the brands they use everyday.
DNS-L3, LLC, an entity owned by Michael and Gigi Pritzker Pucker, led this round, along with existing investors Cris Kelly (former Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook) and Barry Schneider, Loyal3′s CEO. This is the company’s third round of financing. Loyal3 is based in San Francisco.
xbox one: a kinect, windows 8-based version of media center xp meets game console ? or vice versa. In a sense, the only interesting news was the announcement that the NFL will be bringing original content to the platform.
It’s however far fetched from the real holy grail: live HD streaming of major US sports leagues, i.e. football and baseball.
[Reproduced from VentureBeat]
Microsoft draws a mixed reaction for the Xbox One
Microsoft’s announcement of its Xbox One video game console landed with a thud on Wall Street, where the company’s shares are falling this morning. Other reactions have focused on what Microsoft didn’t talk about (it’s saving a lot for E3 in June) and consumer rights issues that it didn’t fully address.
Unfortunately, stock traders are reacting to the partial information that Microsoft released yesterday, and they’re not inclined to care if Microsoft was keeping its powder dry until the official E3 press conference June 10.
Microsoft touted features such as the integration of Kinect motion and voice controls into the heart of the system and the addition of new entertainment services and Skype. It showed glimpses of games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts (with exclusive downloadable content), EA Sports titles, and Microsoft’s own Quantum Break, promising they would look awesome. It touted clever hardware innovations such as cloud processing, which uses data centers to complement the processing power inside the machine. It also said it would integrate SmartGlass app controls into the system. Instant Kinect command recognition is Microsoft’s main selling point for how entertainment will become better on Xbox One. But those features didn’t capture a lot of the headlines.
Analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities said in a research note that he liked what he saw so far but details that will determine long-term success will likely have to wait until the E3 trade show in June. Ben Schachter of Macquarie Research wrote there were great new features in Kinect integration for multimedia, some exclusive content and a confirmed 2013 launch.
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