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Weapon Wednesday – Japan’s Lithium Ion Submarine

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Japan Ministry of Defense
  • Submarines use batteries for quiet propulsion underwater.
  • Until recently, submarines used lead acid batteries, which were heavy and less energy efficient.
  • The adoption of lithium ion batteries is a huge improvement over the older batteries but carries some risks. read more

Predicting Lightning Strikes

The system is currently about 80-percent accurate
The system is currently about 80-percent accurate

Given how deadly and destructive lightning can be, it would certainly be good to know in advance where and when it was going to strike. A new artificial intelligence-based system could help, utilizing nothing but standard weather-station data. read more

Charge a Car in 10 Minutes?

Penn State's new fast-charging battery is designed to heat up 140° F (60° C) for just 10 minutes, and then be quickly cooled to ambient temperatures
Penn State’s new fast-charging battery is designed to heat up 140° F (60° C) for just 10 minutes, and then be quickly cooled to ambient temperatures
Chao-Yang Wang/Penn State

While Tesla’s latest superchargers can get its customers back on the road quicker than ever before, we’re still a ways off a world where recharging an electric vehicle is akin to a quick fuel stop. Exciting progress is being made, however, with the latest promising advance coming from chemical engineers at Penn State University, who have built a new battery they say can fully charge an electric car in just 10 minutes. read more

WND Exclusive – Defending France from the Climate Crisis Kids

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

The Golden Child of the current climate movement, Greta Thunberg, isn’t quite finished with her 15 minutes of fame.

After her scripted diatribe at the Climate Strike, she and 15 other misguided and misinformed youth headed to the United Nations Climate Summit, where the 16, ranging from age 8 to 17, hailing from 12 different countries, proceeded to lodge, “a landmark official complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to protest lack of government action on the climate crisis.”

I’m not sure what constitutes an “official” complaint to the U.N., but I assume it’s anything that advances socialism, communism, hatred of Israel or America, and radical leftism. And the climate crisis complaint pretty much checks most categories – ergo, it’s official.

That and the kids have their own legal representation, courtesy of global law firm Hausfeld LLP and Earthjustice whose motto is … ready for it … “Because the Earth Needs a Good Lawyer!” Wonder who’s paying these two? Just asking. read more

The Climate Strike is a Form of Child Abuse

by: Brent Smith

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Seeing the millions of children out marching during last weeks Climate Strike was not uplifting, but quite sad.

Our children today are privileged and spoiled and possibly more ignorant than any generation previous. And it’s not their fault.

They have been so thoroughly and successfully brainwashed by radical leftist adults – teachers, parents, actors and politicians that they’ve lost any ability to even listen, much less consider an alternative view.

Oh sure, we’ve all been teenagers that think we have things figured out. But we didn’t predict the end of the world if we didn’t get our way. And we certainly didn’t insist that world leaders heed our warnings of apocalypse.

Usually it was a thought, or lack of, that I can do X, and what could possibly go wrong? A very localized concern. And when it invariably did go wrong, our parents were there to fix it. As smart as we thought we were, we knew Mom and Dad had our backs, although doubtful we’d admit it. read more

Democrats Happily Grilling Meat and Polluting Mother Earth

As if we need more proof that Democrats are a bunch of phonies. They all fly around in private jets, drive in caravans of huge SUVs and now this – tell us that eating meat is bad, grilling is bad. Never allow them to lecture us on the evils of fossil fuels and carbon pollution. They’re all just a bunch of hypocrites.

from the Blaze:

Dems grill more than 10,000 steaks despite lecturing Americans about climate change, meat consumption

WND Exclusive – Trump’s California Emissions Move Unconstitutional

by Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

We’ve all heard by now that President Trump is proposing to take away “California’s power to set its own vehicle tailpipe emissions standards, escalating an environmental dispute that has trapped auto makers in the middle.”

This move by Trump is reported to be in conjunction with a rollback of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards.

To date, all of California emission standards restrictions eclipse those of the federal government.

If you are unfamiliar, Corporate Average Fuel Economy(CAFE) Standards are regulations, first enacted by the United States Congress in 1975, after the 1973–74 Arab oil embargo, to improve the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks (trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles) produced for sale in the United States. read more

Solar Robobee Flies on Its Own

The latest Robobee modification allows it to fly without needing a wire tether
The latest Robobee modification allows it to fly without needing a wire tether(Credit: Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)

We’ve been following the exploits of Harvard’s tiny Robobee for a few years now, from its first controlled flight, then learning to swim and perch, and rising out of the water with style. Until recently, it’s been powered via a wire tether, but researchers have cut the cord by installing teeny solar panels on the little robotic insect. read more

Portable Wind Turbine for Charging all Your Outdoor Gear

The Giga portable wind turbine is presently on Kickstarter
The Giga portable wind turbine is presently on Kickstarter

While some people might say that electronic devices have no business being on camping trips, the fact is that items such as LED lanterns, GPS units, two-way radios and cameras all have batteries that need charging. The Giga is designed to meet that need, using the power of the wind. read more

Nissan All-Electric Opus Camping Trailer

Nissan x Opus concept camping trailer
Nissan x Opus concept camping trailer(Credit: Nissan)

The RV market probably isn’t quite ready for a full-blown electric motorhome just yet, but electric vehicles can still have a positive impact on vehicle camping by lending their powerful battery technology. With the new Nissan x Opus camping trailer, Nissan shows how EV batteries can fully power the equipment of a non-engined camper. The Leaf-derived Energy ROAM battery pack gives the innovative, award-winning Air Opus inflatable six-sleeper enough juice to keep campers comfortable and fed for up to a week, all without the emissions and noise of a gas generator.

Nissan already offers travelers an all-electric mini-campervan option, and now it shows how that very same battery technology could be used in a non-powered trailer, with all the battery power going to onboard amenities like the lighting, microwave and fridge. read more