Why it matters: Google plans to invest more than $10 billion in data centers and offices across the US in 2020, CEO Sundar Pichai revealed on Wednesday. The expenditure will further deepen Google's roots in America and lead to the creation of more jobs, too. Pichai said Google has a presence in more than half of the states in the US but will focus its new investments in 11 states including Georgia, Colorado, Nebraska, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, Texas and California. … [Read more...] about Google will invest over $10 billion on US offices and data centers in 2020
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Xbox Series X avrà inoltre un SSD, lo standard ormai da tempo su PC, che potrà servire anche da RAM virtuale se necessario. Sopratutto permetterà di caricare gli elementi dei giochi fino a 40 volte più velocemente rispetto agli standard di oggi. Questo permetterà agli sviluppatori di creare mondi di gioco più dettagliati e senza schermate di caricamento. Quanto alla RAM, la console userà lo standard GDDR6 che normalmente viene usato nelle schede grafiche ma che sulla Xbox Series X dovrebbe funzionare come una RAM iper-veloce. … [Read more...] about Xbox Series X: uscita, prezzo, specifiche, retrocompatibilità e titoli di lancio
Seventy-nine percent of students say they are more likely to reach out to advisors when technology makes them more accessible. This also extends beyond academic support to mental health, stress management, and overall wellbeing. Over half of students (51%) look to find this kind of support on an institution's website or via email communications (42%). Close to half (42%) of students say digital communications around wellbeing and ways to best manage stress show that an institution is invested in their success. Innovating to support today's students Institutions are looking to digitally transform to best serve the needs of today's students at scale. Embracing video chat, chatbots and virtual reality (VR) are technologies that can help institutions foster a deeper connection between staff and students. … [Read more...] about Is higher education ready to serve the new traditional and connected students?
"China has become a leader in the wind power industry, not just because of issues surrounding environmental protection and climate change mitigation, but potentially because of all the potential jobs it could create, the potential economic benefits it might have if China becomes a leader," said renewable energy industry researcher Joanna Lewis at Georgetown University, who did not participate in this study. "There are security benefits as well that they're thinking seriously and strategically about, from relying on renewable sources of energy and not requiring imports." … [Read more...] about Powerful Ideas: Reducing China’s Carbon Emissions a Breeze
Strategies for capturing and storing carbon released by coal plants would depend on how the fuel is used in the first place. All but two commercial coal plants in the United States rely on pulverized coal, explained clean energy advocate Barbara Freese at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science advocacy group. To seize the carbon dioxide in the exhaust when this fuel is burned, the smoke in principle could get flowed past solvents that would draw in the gas, an energy intensive procedure that can require up to a third of the electricity the plant generates in the first place. … [Read more...] about The Energy Debates: Clean Coal