According to Russ George
More than 2 billion people’s lives depend entirely on dung energy. Another billion use dung as part of their energy. That’s nearly half of humanity that depends on dung.
It’s a practical available fuel, but one that creates all manner of health issues.
There does not seem to be any alternative for the nearly half of humanity that is on the wrong end of this shitty deal, or is there?
The principal victims of the world of dung burning are women as they are most exposed to the deadly fumes, high levels of dioxins and chlorophenols compared to wood, released when using of dung as fuel. The World Health Organization is worrying about the deadly fumes that accompany dung fuel but has no tools to resolve this health crisis. Dung is the cheapest of all fuels and is used mostly in rural and undeveloped areas of the world where other forms of energy are simply neither available nor affordable. Thus for upwards of a billion low-income households, dung is the most vital and widely used fuel source. It is freely available and accessible without payment or very inexpensively. Burning dung delivers about half the energy as burning wood. But there are many drawbacks.
For example, according to the WHO link above
Exposure to household air pollution almost doubles the risk for childhood pneumonia and is responsible for 45% of all pneumonia deaths in children less than 5 years old. Household air pollution is also risk for acute lower respiratory infections (pneumonia) in adults, and contributes to 28% of all adult deaths to pneumonia.
VHDL-2018, the ten-year revision of IEEE 1076-2008, is currently in ballot and is expected to go to RevCom in October 2018. (You’ll see references on the web to “VHDL-2017”, but that was before delays in editing.)
According to the working group chair Jim Lewis
The top item on my list is interfaces as it benefits RTL and testbench design. VHDL-2017 interfaces are simply a record type plus a declared mode. The declared mode allows an entire interface to be bundled into a single signal with each element having separate input/output directions (in, out, and inout). For testbenches, this simplifies writing verification components using entities and architectures, and allows a style that is either just like RTL code or simpler behavioral code.
Here’s a presentation about all the enhancements in VHDL-2018 by Lieven Lemiengre
Listen to and read a summary of an “Interview with Andrea Rossi on E-Cat Commercialization” by Frank Acland.
The 1kW E-Cat QX is ‘almost’ ready. They will make a final decision by the end of June. […] goal is to deliver E-Cats by the end of this year. […] the first commercial efforts will be to provide heat for private industry. […] The price that customers will pay for heat will depend on each specific situation, but […] will be at between a 30 to 50 per cent discount compared to a customer’s current fuel costs.
According to Martin Luther King on April 4, 1967 (exactly a year before he was martyred in Memphis on April 4, 1968)
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
According to Clayborne Carson, as interviewed in “Clayborne Carson: King’s Chronicler”
He always put the immediate issue into greater context. In all of his great speeches, what he does is say we’re here, engaged in this immediate struggle, but the broader struggle is global and historical. The movement for human rights is taking place on a global level. And it has deep historical roots. It’s been going on since the time of slavery and after the passage of civil rights legislation, and if he were alive today he would say it’s still going on. That’s why he was an inspiring, visionary figure. He understood the larger context.
According to Joseph Trevithick in “Lockheed Martin Now Has a Patent For Its Potentially World Changing Fusion Reactor”
If the system works, it’s hard to underscore just how dramatically it could change not just the future of warfare, but the basic nature of human existence. Running on approximately 25 pounds of fuel – a mixture of hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium – Lockheed Martin estimated the notional reactor would be able to run for an entire year without stopping. The device would be able to generate a constant 100 megawatts of power during that period.
According to the company website on the CFR, the reactor could be powerful enough to run an aircraft carrier, power a plane the size of a C-5 Galaxy airlifter, provide electricity to cities with anywhere from 50 to 100,000 people, and maybe even speed up a trip to Mars. In each case, the compact reactor would take the place of large conventional fuel systems or fission reactors, eliminating weight and bulk. This in turn could create trade space for additional system or carrying capacity in terms of personnel or materiel or potentially allow for a more energy efficient overall shape or design.
The U.S. government also reserves the right to classify patents it feels might be a threat to national security if they were public, so the fact that this one is not might also calls into question how mature the system might be in actuality.
According to Noah Stephens-Davidowitz
The simulation of quantum systems is an awesome application. I think it gets less hype than it deserves because it just doesn’t sound cool to say “quantum computers can simulate quantum systems.” This fact sounds trivial, boring, and/or esoteric, but it’s simply none of those things. This will likely have huge effects on society via physics, engineering, materials science, molecular biology, etc. Good popular articles about quantum computers should probably focus on this almost entirely.