This week in science: cold-hearted super orb that rules the night

This week in science: cold-hearted super orb that rules the night

There’s a rumor going around that Elon Musk may have been one of the original inventors of bit coin. Musk denies the rumor, but the founder of Tesla did have an indirect hand in creating the world’s largest battery:

The power grid in South Australia now includes a huge Tesla battery tied to a wind farm, allowing the system to supply electricity around the clock. The battery was installed well before Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s 100-day guarantee lapsed — and in time for the start of summer. …  officials are hoping it can help stabilize the system and ease the power load during peak demand — key goals in South Australia, where the entire state endured a blackout in September 2016.

Australia’s geography and climate lend themselves well to both solar and wind. Large regions of desert and semi-desert produce predictable air currents and the long summer and clear skies that work well for solar go hand-in-hand with peak electricity demand. Storage during off production times has always been a challenge for either technology. This battery helps alleviate that.

You guys remember that crypto currency I wrote about earlier this year that ICO’d at five bucks a coin? Last I checked, it was over $30 in value. But don’t feel bad, I didn’t buy any either! 

Robots may now have artificial muscle tissue and, naturally, it’s way stronger than living muscle.

From deep in the Marianas Trench, over 8,000 meters or 26,000 feet below sea level in permanent darkness, comes this dazzling fish.

Is nothing from kindergarten art class sacred?

There will be a super-moon Sunday evening:

Because the moon is closer to Earth, it can appear about 14 percent larger than an apogee moon, or micromoon, which is when the moon is at its farthest distance from our planet. NPR’s Bill Chappell reported that last November’s supermoon was the closest Earth’s moon had been to the planet since 1948, and it’s not scheduled to get that close again until 2034.

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