Australia Financial Review: Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak on the Apple Watch, Electric Cars
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has said he wants Apple to take on Tesla in the car business, that he plans to buy the cheapest Apple Watch available when it goes on sale, and that he has recently resigned himself to the fact that computers will one day become the masters of humanity.
Speaking to The Australian Financial Review from his U.S. home, the recently minted Australian permanent resident said that while the Tesla Model S P85D electric car was one of the finest pieces of technology he has ever owned, he was hoping recent rumors that Apple was getting into the automotive game would prove to be true.
Green Car Reports: Is Public Charging Not as Important as People Think for EV Adoption?
Ask any electric-car advocate, and they'll likely list availability of public charging as one of the key requirements to getting more people interested in plug-in vehicles.
The availability of public charging stations reduces range anxiety and gives drivers greater trip flexibility.
That would logically seem to make electric cars more desirable to consumers.Yet a new study claims that's not the case.
Mediaite: Jon Stewart Plugs His Ears and Pretends ‘Climate Change Doesn’t Exist’
After emerging from the hottest winter on record, Jon Stewart presented a new segment on The Daily Show Wednesday night while putting his fingers in his ear and singing “la, la, la”: “Climate Change Doesn’t Exist.”
The host turned to America’s “two most phallic states,” Florida and California, which happen to have opposite climate-related problems.
In Florida, Governor Rick Scott has reportedly instituted a ban on the terms “climate change” and “global warming” for his state’s Department of Environmental Protection employees. In one case, they were told to refer to sea level rise as “nuisance flooding.”
National Journal: Marco Rubio and Rand Paul Said Congress Shouldn't Act on Climate -- But 5 Republicans Disagreed
Marco Rubio and Rand Paul casted votes on Wednesday against an amendment saying that climate change is real and caused by human activity and that Congress must cut carbon pollution.
The two senators, both likely contenders for the 2016 presidential race, were voting against an amendment offered up by Vermont independent Bernie Sanders. Democrats have repeatedly offered up such amendments -- which in the current Senate have no chance of passing—in order to highlight Republicans' positions on climate change, betting it will repel swing voters.
Indeed, nearly all of the Senate's 54 Republicans voted against the amendment. The five exceptions were Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Mark Kirk, and Rob Portman, all of whom voted for the amendment.
R&D Magazine: New Kind of Tandem Solar Cell Developed
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford Univ. have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than those currently used in solar-power installations, the researchers say.
The new cell uses a layer of silicon -- which forms the basis for most of today’s solar panels -- but adds a semi-transparent layer of a material called perovskite, which can absorb higher-energy particles of light.