Hurricane Harvey, which has hit the US state of Texas with devastating damage, is in third place among the world's most expensive storm disasters. This was found out by researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Their estimated expected damage of around $58 billion for Texas alone puts this ravaging tropical storm among the ten most expensive natural disasters since the year 1900. "The direct damage itself is extensive," says geophysicist James Daniell who researches at KIT's Geophysical Institute and Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) and points out that "depending on how the weather develops during the next few days, we may see this estimate rise." The actual damage may amount even to at least $80 billion, depending on the assumptions providing the basis for the calculations. In the past ten years, only hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast of the US in 2012, caused greater damage: The loss then amounted to $70 billion. … [Read more...] about Harvey is one of the top 10 most costly natural disasters of all-time
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We’ve noted before the ongoing efforts to harness high-altitude wind power. Generally, though, the designs currently being tested and deployed on small scales don't fly high enough to take advantage of the most consistent and impressive of wind forces, the jet streams. Some scientists have touted these very high altitude wind energy sources – between 7 and 16 kilometers above the surface – as shockingly plentiful; one paper in 2009 said it contained about 100 times the total global energy demand. A new paper, though, published last week in a journal called Earth System Dynamics, throws a bit of cold water on the jet stream as an energy source. Axel Kleidon and colleagues from the Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany found instead a “peak potential for electricity production of 4.5 [terawatts].” The global energy use is in the vicinity of 17 TW per year, so we’ve clearly come down a bit from those earlier estimates. The new paper explains … [Read more...] about How Much Wind Energy is Available in the Jet Streams?
Small footprint makes it ideal for use in a wide range of mobile devicesCHICAGO, November 13, 2017 — Littelfuse, Inc., the global leader in circuit protection, today introduced a new series of small-footprint TVS Diode Arrays (SPA® Diodes) that are optimized for protecting high-speed signal pins. The SP3422-04UTG Series 0.2pF 22kV TVS Diode Array integrates four channels of ultra-low capacitance rail-to-rail diodes and an additional zener diode to provide protection for electronic equipment that may be exposed to destructive electrostatic discharges (ESD). This robust component can safely absorb repetitive ESD strikes above the maximum level specified in the IEC 61000-4-2 international standard without performance degradation.Typical applications for SP3422-04UTG Series TVS Diode Arrays include:ESD protection for V-by-One®.USB3.0, USB2.0, and IEEE 1394 interfaces.MIPI camera or display interfaces.Embedded display ports.Serial bus interfaces such as IEEE 1394.Flat panel … [Read more...] about Low Capacitance TVS Diode Array from Littelfuse Is One-Third the Size of Typical Four-Line Arrays Tech Videos Industry Trends Site Sponsors Featured Tech Videos
It’s been so long since it was first announced that Bill Willingham’s award-winning comic book series Fables was being adapted as a feature film that you’d be forgiven for thinking the project was no longer in the works. You’d be wrong, though, as producer David Heyman recently revealed that celebrated screenwriter Jane Goldman (Stardust, X-Men: First Class) is currently working on a draft for the project.In an interview with Spinoff Online, the Paddington producer said Goldman is working with director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) on the script for the Fables movie and acknowledged the long road to production the project has traveled.“Jane Goldman is working on a draft as we speak,” said Heyman. “Nik Arcel is attached [to direct]. He did a draft, and now he’s supervising Jane, who’s doing a draft. Hoping that it’ll come in and we’ll be able to move to the next stage. All these things … [Read more...] about X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman is working on the Fables movie now
After nearly twenty years spent rotting in a boatyard, the one-off speedboat commissioned by Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini has been restored to glory. And a piece of automotive and marine heritage is back on the water with V12s roaring.That’s right: V12s. Plural.Apparently Lamborghini was as mad at the get-go as it is now right. When Mr. Lamborghini himself commissioned his Aquarama from the Italian firm Riva in 1968, he ordered the installation of two Lamborghini 4.0-liter V12s under the wooden bodywork, each pushing out 350 of the best sounding horsepower the high seas ever heard.At 700 hp, the Lamborghini-powered craft was good for 48 knots (55 mph), which was fully eight knots faster than the standard boat upon which the custom ship was based.Unfortunately when Ferrucio Lamborghini died in 1993, the boat was forgotten and left to the ruins of time and weather.Good fortune arrived in the form of a Riva runabouts collector. He purchased the ailing craft and turned … [Read more...] about Mr. Lamborghini’s custom twin-V12 powerboat is back on the water
Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo said on Wednesday that Win32 “desktop” programs can now be purchased in the Windows Store. These aren’t apps that were built from the ground up for Windows 10, but software and games that can be installed on a Windows-based desktop or laptop. These programs have gone through Microsoft’s Desktop App Converter to make them compatible with the Universal Windows Platform format. That means these converted Win32 programs will eventually migrate to all Windows 10 devices, including the Xbox One and Windows 10 Phone.Microsoft’s service for bringing a Win32 program over to the Universal Windows Platform is called Desktop Bridge, aka Project Centennial. By converting to an app model (aka an AppX package), Win32 programs will benefit from a “clean” one-package install and “seamless” updates provided by the Windows Store. In turn, these converted apps will be able to send push notifications to customers, provide … [Read more...] about Finally, traditional desktop software is available in the Windows Store on Windows 10
A little over a year ago, the idea of a live streaming internet TV service wasn’t exactly unheard of, but it was still fairly novel — now it’s become positively commonplace. Hulu is confirmed to be working on a live TV package for 2017, and now it seems that YouTube is looking to join the club as well.Google’s video goliath is reportedly working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer a number of cable channels, similar to current offerings like Dish’s Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue, Bloomberg reports. The report claims this is one of the company’s top priorities, with YouTube’s underlying architecture already having been overhauled in order to support it.Discussions have already taken place between YouTube and media companies including NBCUniversal, Viacom, Twenty-First Century Fox, and CBS, but Bloomberg’s sources say no deals have been reached so far. While Hulu’s planned service is … [Read more...] about YouTube is hopping on the internet TV bandwagon
Apple’s iPad.Its application landed in the iTunes store Thursday, with high-definition videos, extra photographs and even an eight-minute mini documentary.The magazine business, fresh from one of the worst advertising droughts in decades, is crowding onto Apple’s new gadget for the chance to win new readers and ad dollars. Publishers see the iPad’s crisp display and touch-screen controls as a natural fit for the lush visuals they offer in print. And the iTunes store gives them a ready-made platform for charging readers.Still, it’s a largely unproven concept. Will readers really want to pay $4.99 — same as the regular newsstand price — to download each weekly issue when the free Sports Illustrated website is available on the same device? Will advertisers bite?Wired magazine, owned by Conde Nast, has boosted expectations. Its own $4.99 iPad app has sold more than 90,000 copies since going on sale last month.Sports Illustrated editor Terry McDonell said … [Read more...] about Sports Illustrated Now Available on the iPad
Informatics Is Earth on the Brink of a Mass Extinction?Tigers are one of Earth's most critically endangered species. Extinction of the majority of such species would indicate the sixth mass extinction is in our near future. Courtesy of Anthony Barnosky, UC BerkeleyWith the steep decline in populations of many animal species, from frogs and fish to tigers, some scientists have warned that Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction like those that have occurred only five times before during the past 540 million years. Each of these 'big five' saw three-quarters or more of all animal species go extinct. In a study published in the March 3, 2011, issue of the journal Nature, University of California, Berkeley, paleobiologists assess where mammals and other species stand today in terms of possible extinction, compared with the past 540 million years, and they find cause for hope, as well as alarm."If you look only at the critically endangered mammals — those where the risk of … [Read more...] about Is Earth on the Brink of a Mass Extinction?
Firebird, an open-source relational database, emerged from the InterBase source code, release by Inprise Corporation -- now known as Borland -- in 2000. Firebird, which runs on Linux, Windows and a variety of Unix platforms, offers concurrency, high performance and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. It has been used in production systems under a variety of names since 1981.Firebird is a commercially independent project of C and C++ programmers, technical advisors and supporters developing and enhancing a multiplatform database-management system based on the source code released under the InterBase Public License. In an interview with LinuxInsider, Helen Borrie, project team administrator and author of a forthcoming book on Firebird, provided an inside look at the project and where Firebird is headed.Helen Borrie: It's a fork of a mature commercial database called InterBase. InterBase is an enterprise-level database -- Firebird is the same, but better. You'll … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Beyond Proprietary Databases: Helen Borrie on the Future of Firebird