Bill Gates and investors worth $170 billion have a new fund to fight climate change via energy innovation
Bill Gates is leading a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation. “It’s such a big market that the value if you’re really providing a big portion of the world’s energy, the value of that will be super, super big.” BEV estimates the global energy market at $6 trillion, with energy demand increasing by one-third by 2040. He has personally made extensive investments in various energy technology companies over the years, including nuclear energy startup TerraPower, which he helped launch and where he serves as chairman. It’s expected that the size...
Tillerson leading candidate for secretary of state
Donald Trump is supposedly intrigued by the oil man's view of the worldThe final announcement is expected to be made in the middle of next weekThe final announcement is expected to be made in the middle of next week, according to a source close to the campaign. Trump's spokesman Jason Miller tweeted Saturday that there would be "no announcements on Secretary of State until next week at the earliest."Tillerson was originally considered a long shot to be America's top diplomat, but Trump is reportedly intrigued by the oil man's view of the world."He is much more than a business executive.
Bank and credit card apps are starting to get pretty good
Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images When did banking apps from the big finance giants suddenly get good? Lately I’m finding the various money-related apps on my phone (Bank of America, Citibank, Capital One) to be genuinely helpful and capable of things that they couldn’t do even a year ago. (Also on Android.) It’s another of those Mint-like utilities that aggregates all of your banking and credit card accounts in one place and becomes an easy reference for when payments are due and how much money you’ve got on hand.
No Bothans died in the making of Rogue One
(Obviously, the fact that this information made it to the Rebel Alliance at all is later revealed to be part of the Emperor's trap to destroy the Rebels, which means the Bothans probably died for nothing, but I digress.) The Bothans probably died for nothing, but I digress As to what a Bothan is, and the details of the operation that caused the death of many of them, we turn to the now-defunct Star Wars Expanded Universe, which explains that Bothans are a bipedal race of furry humanoids who are spies — yes, all of them are spies, in a...
What’s standing between Donald Trump and nuclear war?
After all, the US didn’t use nuclear weapons against Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War, even though Iraq didn’t have any nuclear weapons to retaliate with. It lumps nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons into a category of weapons of mass destruction that are unusable precisely because they’re so powerful and hard to control, says Tannenwald, author of The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons Since 1945. After the bombing of Nagasaki, President Harry Truman reportedly called off any more nuclear attacks, saying, “The thought of wiping out another 100,000 people was too horrible.” “Taboo” is...
Check out these epic Christmas lights synced to AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'
With the holidays around the corner, there are plenty of homes around trying to out-do each other when it comes to decorative lighting. SEE ALSO: Watch this voguing Santa officially 'sleigh' ChristmasThe lights have been set to classics like AC/DC's "Thunderstuck," but they're also well-matched with doof doof-style bangers such as Hocus Pocus' 1995 hit "Here's Johnny" and Darude's "Sandstorm" — which helped Jaeschke go viral back in 2014. According to Shepparton News, Jaeschke spends about six hours setting up the lights for each song. This year, the display consists of 280 channels of lights, which is up from 200...
A rocket will launch from the belly of an airplane tomorrow, sending eight NASA satellites into orbit
Orbital ATK Tomorrow, NASA will attempt to launch eight small satellites to space on board a Pegasus XL rocket, manufactured by private spaceflight company Orbital ATK. But launching these satellites into orbit won’t look like your typical trip to space, where a rocket takes off vertically from a launch pad on the ground. The Pegasus XL rocket launches after being dropped from the belly of an airplane That’s because the Pegasus XL rocket launches after being dropped from the belly of an airplane.
What’s the right price for a VR game? Nobody seems to know
It’s not just that lots of bad and middling games exist, it’s that there aren’t enough really good ones yet to make them ignorable — at a time when we’re rarely short on fantastic non-VR games, and it’s easier to get a sense of their quality through videos or the creator’s past work. Even with all the progress made this year, the overall bar for quality for VR is set at “not literally painful.” Of course, it’s complicated for developers who can’t rely on selling games for cheap in economies of scale, since they’re working in a tiny market. The...
After months without sleep, binge watching became my remedy
With every toss and turn, the progress I’d make in those minor weeks would roll backwards, and I’d inevitably find myself just as tired and cranky as before. A short time before my sleep issues, I’d turned my life upside down. I’d killed off my old life with about as much grace as an HBO show and never given myself the headspace to mourn it. Retreading old comforts (and this precious, quiet window of time) were permissions I didn’t know I’d been looking for: a place to think about problems or even depression without feeling selfish, conceited, or ignorant. And...
Nigeria church collapse kills 50 worshippers
Reigners Bible Church collapsed during a ceremony honoring the pastor Rescuers are searching for victims trapped beneath the rubbleAkwa Ibom Gov. Udom Emmanuel was at Reigners Bible Church when it collapsed Friday and narrowly escaped injury, his press secretary, Ekerete Udoh, said in a statement.Authorities did not provide any reasons for the church's collapse but said efforts were underway Saturday to rescue victims trapped beneath the rubble.According to Udoh's statement, the church "caved around them" at a ceremony to consecrate the church pastor's becoming a bishop.Uyo is the capital of Akwa Ibom state, which is in Nigeria's coastal southern region.