Friday, March 10, 2017

Things I learned lately - 10 March

  • The island of Kauai has an abundance of solar energy but it was only able to be used during the day. Kauai burned millions of gallons of fossil fuels annually to produce energy at night. Until now. Tesla’s 52 MWh Tesla Powerpack and 13 MW solar farm will store solar energy produced during the day and deliver it to the grid during the evening hours. 
  • Electronics retailer Radio Shack has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in just over two years.
  • Iceland will be the first country in the world to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. Upcoming legislation will require all employers with more than 25 staff to prove they give equal pay for work of equal value.
  • Tommy Chong's national cannabis brand, Chong's Choice, teamed up with Défoncé Chocolatier to create gourmet chocolate bars that can be easily split into smaller, more manageable doses of THC. The chocolates are part of a fast-growing category in the legal weed market that caters to adults who are new to edibles or are consuming for recreational, rather than medical, purposes. Each bar contains twenty 10-milligrams doses of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Chong's Choice chocolate bars are expected to arrive in select California dispensaries in May 2017.
  • The 5 largest cell providers in the US all offer phone plans now with unlimited data. Data speeds might slow down after you burn through 22GB+. The big 3 in Canada do not offer unlimited data plans.
  • Hyperloop One signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to evaluate building a Hyperloop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Hyperloop would reduce the commute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi from several hours to 12 minutes.
  • To help cut emissions, Barcelona will ban cars older than 20 years from the city and its 39 surrounding municipalities during the week and at times of high pollution.
  • Copenhagen now has more bikes than cars.
  • Spotify now has 50,000,000 paid subscribers (as of Q1 2017).

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