Energy To Power Video Games Could Power San Diego For A Year

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Playing Video Games Wastes A Lot Of Power

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council titled “Lowering the Cost of Play: Improving Energy Efficiency of Video Game Consoles” reveals that video game consoles across America collectively suck up “an estimated 16 billion kilowatt-hours per year – roughly equal to the annual electricity use of the city of San Diego.” So what’s the solution here – never game again?

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World’s Largest Laser Could Deliver Fusion Power

World’s Largest Laser Could Deliver Fusion Power 

The National Ignition Facility out at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California is the size of a football stadium and equipped with the largest laser in the world. With said massive laser nearing completion – it’ll be done by 2009 – and the facility scheduled to begin testing in 2010, the folks running the show have set an ambitious timetable of realizing fusion power by 2011.

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World’s First Wave Farm Powers 1500 Homes

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 World’s First Wave Farm

 There’s power in them thar waves! That’s why Portugal built Agucadoura, the world’s first wave farm off its coast, consisting of three Wave Energy Converters generating a total of 2.25MW.

 

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Year 2030: Top Ten Predictions

Top Ten Predictions For The Future

The World Future  Society has released a 10-page report forecasting more than 70 major global  developments for the coming year and beyond. The OUTLOOK 2009 report examines  the key trends in technology, the environment, the economy, international  relations, etc., in order to paint a full and credible portrait of our likely  future. Among the most provocative  findings:

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Rewiring The Brain May Help Treat Paralysis

Rewiring The Brain May Help Treat Paralysis 

 Paralyzed monkeys regained the ability to move their wrists when their nervous systems were rewired.

Rerouting electrical signals around damaged nerves may one day help treat paralysis.  A pair of partially paralyzed monkeys regained the ability to move their wrists when researchers wired individual neurons directly to the monkey’s arm muscles, according to a study published online in Nature on Wednesday.

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Eel Cells To Help Power Implants, Electrifying

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Eel’s Electricity For Powering Implants

Artificial versions of the eel’s electricity generating cells can be used as a power source for medical implants and other tiny devices, suggests a study.

The paper, according to NIST engineer David LaVan, says that there are at least seven different types of electrical channels in eels, each with several possible variables to tweak, such as their density in the membrane.

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