IBM, Airlight Solar Concentrator 80% Efficient

ibm, airlight solar consentrator

A common flat panel photovoltaic solar system, like you might find on a rooftop, has a conversion efficiency rating of 15% to 20%. Typically, CPVs magnify the Sun’s radiation about 500 times; the IBM/Airlight CPV system magnifies radiation 2,000 times to achieve an 80% efficiency rating.

via : Computer World

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Meteor over Virginia, Eastern States 9/14

Meteor over Virginia, Eastern States 9/15

The American Meteor Society said on Monday that the Sunday night sky was brightened up across a dozen eastern states by a blazing meteor.

According to society spokesman Mike Hankey, the meteor made its way right through the earth’s atmosphere over central Pennsylvania late Sunday and set up a brilliant show for sky gazers from Virginia to Massachusetts. More than 230 sighting reports were received by the American Meteor Society and majority of them came from the Washington region.

via Maine News Online

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Solar Flare – Geomagnetic Storm from Maine

As predicted, a pair of CMEs hit Earth’s magnetic field in quick succession on Sept. 11th and 12th. The result was a G3-class geomagnetic storm, the most intense of the year so far. At the peak of the storm on Sept 12-13, bright auroras ringed the Arctic Circle and spilled down over several northern-tier US states. The sky over Maine exploded in a rainbow of colors:

“I took the picture from Casco, Maine, facing north towards the Presidential Range in New Hampshire,” says photographer John Stetson. “Red, purple, green, blue–all the colors were there!”


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Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

“The inclusion of a section on ocean acidification in this issue of WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin is appropriate and needed. It is high time the ocean, as the primary driver of the planet’s climate and attenuator of climate change, becomesa central part of climate change discussions,” said Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

“If global warming is not a strong enough reason to cut CO2 emissions, ocean acidification should be, since its effects are already being felt and will increase for many decades to come. I echo WMO Secretary General Jarraud’s concern – we ARE running out of time,” she said.

via World Meteoroligical Organization

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Meteorite Hits Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries

A wire report from AFP says that an explosion heard in Managua last night, and a 40-foot crater evident today, are evidence that the city was the impact site for a small meteorite that struck Saturday night. The photos are not very exciting at a glance, which is a good thing, considering that a dirt crater and no injuries is probably the best outcome if a meteorite strikes the city where you live. From the article: The meteorite appeared to have hurtled into a wooded area near the airport around midnight Saturday, its thunderous impact felt across the capital. The hit was so large that it registered on the instruments Strauss’ organization uses to size up earthquakes. “You can see two waves: first, a small seismic wave when the meteorite hit Earth, and then another stronger one, which is the impact of the sound,” he said. Government officials and experts visited the impact site on Sunday. One of them, William Martínez, said it was not yet clear if the meteorite burned up completely or if it had been blasted into the soil. “You can see mirror-like spots on the sides of the crater from where the meteorite power-scraped the walls,” Martínez said. (The same news, in slightly shorter form, from the AP.)

Read more via AP link to the Omaha News post.

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The Metaphysics of World Collapse via Waking Times

Flickr - Burning Dollar - Mike Poresky

Thanks for the reminder from Guenon, nice article.

Our sole refuge is a higher consciousness and to individually reconnect with the God essence that dwells within All. Nothing ever dies and as the Bhagavad Gita tells us, ‘The Wise do not grieve.’ Rene Guenon would not have been surprised to witness our current predicament. Guenon offers us one last profound comfort in the final sentence of his brilliant ‘The Reign of Quantity’: “…it can be said in all truth that the ‘end of a world’ never is and never can be anything but the end of an illusion.”

Via: Waking Times

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3D Printed Homes, demo photos

Much more of this coming. I actually would love to decorate one of these things.


A Shanghai building company has erected a small village of pitched-roof, 3-D printed structures—in about a day. WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co is behind the series of humble buildings, which each cost less than $5,000 each. The homes were created through the use of a 490- by 33- by 20-foot 3-D printer that fabricates the basic components required for assembly.

Via A/N Blog

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Molly’s Astrology for March 2014


[Photo from Pique Magaine]

Some projects slow down, and others come to a screeching halt as Mars begins to appear to move backwards on March 1, initiating an 80-day process of review and reinforcement, developing and reworking ideas. [...]

Career planet Saturn also begins moving backward on March 2. Saturn governs business, work, and responsibilities, both public and private. Our ideas are put to the test. The energy plays out on a more internal and emotional level when a planet is retrograde, and Saturn is retrograde in Scorpio, a deeply emotional sign associated with matters of life and death, with karma. Scorpio deals with our evolution, and Saturn is about cause and effect. We have the choice to untie those karmic knots or pull them tighter.

Day by Day

A new Lunar cycle begins on March 1 with a New Moon in psychic, sensitive, spacey, and spiritual Pisces. Luna connects with Jupiter, signaling a burst of inspiration, expansive thinking, visionary ideas, and good luck. Review the note on Lunar magic on page 6. To read more about taking advantage of the power of the New Moon, check out Jan Spiller’s book New Moon Astrology.

A social/relationship cycle ends with some stress as Venus tangles with retrograde Mars on March 2. We find solutions and achieve closure as the Sun touches Chiron and Pluto on March 3. Friendly new energy re-energizes the social scene as Venus enters Aquarius on March 5.


Astro-Nerd Note: Saturn’s reach

Do you ever wonder what those numbers next to the planets in an astrological chart mean? Astrologers break up each sign into 30 degrees and number them 00 through 29. Saturn changes direction at 23 Scorpio. Saturn backs up into 22, 21, 20 and so on, until he reaches 16 in July and changes direction again.

If you have your birth chart (get it at, look for planets between 16 and 23 degrees of any fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius). Saturn hits those in a stressful way. Expect challenge in the areas ruled by that planet. If you see planets between 16 and 23 of Pisces, Cancer, Capricorn, Virgo, the retrograde opens doors and allows for ease and faster progress in your work.

Via: Molly’s Astrology


Grains to Galleries: Heatherwick design converts South African silos into a cathedral for art


A monolithic cluster of concrete silos on the Cape Town waterfront is the subject of a dramatic surgical intervention. The industrial relic will be transformed by Thomas Heatherwick into an art museum planned for the city’s V&A Waterfront. The project entails the conversion of the grain silo complex into a new space to house and display the Jochen Zeitz Collection, an assortment of art that will act as the foundation for Zeitz MOCAA a non-profit institution dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.

Via: A/N Blog

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Don’t Become Darkness When Fighting the Dark Side

For those who are more awake to the situation humanity finds itself in, seeing dark global agendas stream rolling over goodness, truth, and freedom throughout the world is more than enough to make anyone feel angry, negative, and even enraged. We as a humanity, along with all our rights, are under attack and the most common response to being attacked is either through anger and aggression, or fear and retreat—which is based on a raw animalistic fight or flight reaction.

Yet there is a third and higher way of responding—one in which we are still able to stand and defend ourselves against darkness, but instead do so from a place of inner peace and love. At its core it is not an animalistic response, but a spiritual one that comes from consciousness within. It has been taught since ancient times and even the Jedi knights of the Star Wars movie series used it. It requires an inner discipline and gives access to the intelligence and power of love, something crucial to defeating the attacks from darkness.


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