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No-deal Brexit could see ‘electricity generators on barges in sea’

“Northern Ireland could face an energy crisis if the UK crashes out of the EU without a withdrawal deal, according to reports” writes Shaun Connolly for independent.co.uk. The extreme situation could arise because Northern Ireland shares a single energy market with the Irish Republic.In a bid to prevent blackouts in Northern Ireland in a worse case situation the Government would need to put thousands of generators into place, according to the report.And officials fear they may need to commandeer some generators from the military in such a scenario. Source: independent.co.uk Share…

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U.S. Army Corps to remove generators from Puerto Rico in storm season

“The Army Corps said the two other generators will remain “until PREPA determines there is sufficient power generation and/or transmission.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, under direction from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, had contractors install three large generators in November to lend support to the island’s primary power plants.Puerto Rico has struggled to recover from Hurricane Maria, which devastated its power grid in September of last year.The U.S. Army Corps said in an email that the Yabucoa power plant in the southern…

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Why are countries creating public random number generators?

“Along with researchers around the world, he is developing technology that could persuade critics that audits are truly random: public random number generators” writes Sophia Chen for sciencemag.org. All aim to improve on commercial random number generators, not only by being free, but by generating the random numbers through transparent protocols and permanently archiving them.Some online random number generators rely on algorithms, which means their output is, in principle, predictable; others depend on random physical phenomena. Source: sciencemag.org Share This:

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$4 Million of IOTA Tokens Stolen by Hackers Through Online Seed Generators

“Therefore, some IOTA holders turn to online seed generators, websites that can be used to easily generate strings of characters that can be used as seeds for IOTA wallets” reports financemagnates.com. Malicious online seed generators are responsible for the theft of $4 million worth of IOTA tokens, according to a report by online news source CCN. In order to create a new IOTA wallet, a user must provide a string of 81 characters that can be used to access the wallet. Source: financemagnates.com Share This:

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You Could Mine 1 Bitcoin a Month If You Harvested Body Heat from 44,000 People

“This means that if 34 people laid still for a year and their excess body heat was harvested with 100 percent efficiency, they could harvest 1.2 bitcoins” reports vice.com. An adult human body generates approximately 100 watts of power while at rest, and about 80 percent of this power is wasted as excess body heat.The IoHO’s idea was to capture some of this excess body heat using wearable arrays of thermoelectric generators.”We never mined bitcoins because it would be useless to produce them with human heat,” Beltrán told me.These generators…

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Electric Eel-Inspired Generators Could Keep Artificial Organs Alive in Humans

“By creating a similar artificial organ for humans, doctors could eliminate the need for battery replacements in pacemakers and other surgical implant procedures” writes John Wenz for popularmechanics.com. New artificial organs may have a familiar, slimy face to thank for their near-future tech: electric eels.A series of 3D-printed gel layers use charged ions to produce energy.But the future is much brighter if the researchers are able to draw more power or create thinner membranes from these soft electric eel-inspired batteries. Source: popularmechanics.com Share This:

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The Coming Carbon-Monoxide Deaths: A Case Study in Regulatory Failure

“Irma, Harvey, and Maria all left thousands without power and reliant on their portable generators” writes Jesse Eisinger for theatlantic.com. But the problem of portable generators was so obvious that the little agency felt it needed to make a stand.The latest of these shows that portable generators have killed on average 70 people a year since 2005.Portable generators release more carbon monoxide—which is particularly dangerous because it is odorless and invisible—than most cars.Regulators worried that people would rush out to buy portable generators, leading to a spike in carbon-monoxide deaths. Source:…

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Nursing home generator requirement faces battle in Legislature

“The Scott administration has moved forward with administrative rules to try to require generators at nursing homes and assisted living facilities” writes Christine Sexton for sun-sentinel.com. The generator issue stems from the deaths of residents of a sweltering Hollywood, Florida, nursing home after Hurricane Irma.Meanwhile, Scott also is trying to require generators by going through the traditional rule-making process, which can take months or even years.Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, filed a proposal (SB 558) that would require nursing homes by Jan. 1, 2019 to have on-site generators and fuel supplies that…

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Scott’s deadline to install generators ‘impossible,’ nursing homes

“Rick Scott’s administration that nursing homes and assisted-living facilities quickly install generators to power air-conditioning systems” writes Jim Saunders for sun-sentinel.com. Under the emergency rules, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have 45 days to submit plans that would involve acquiring generators to ensure temperatures could be maintained at 80 degrees or cooler for 96 hours after losing electricity.Pointing to “impossible” timeframes, an industry group has filed a legal challenge to new requirements by Gov. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Record levels of green energy in UK create strange new world for generators

“As a knock-on effect of the oversupply, energy market prices collapsed, adding further volatility to a rapidly changing the environment for energy companies” writes Adam Vaughan for theguardian.com. On one Friday in May, solar power briefly eclipsed the UK’s eight nuclear power stations.Solar cuts power demand for National Grid, reducing prices, while wind power also lowers prices.Yet last Sunday was just one of a run of striking records for renewable power in Britain that pose profound questions for conventional generators and the companies which manage power grids. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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