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Bill Gates invests in the future of electricity storage – Liquid Metal Batteries

Liquid Metal Battery Corporation, an MIT spin out that’s developing new technologies for electricity storage, has raised $15 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, Total and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The technology behind the company was developed by Dr. Donald Sadoway (his famous TED Talk), a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

“Large-scale electricity storage will be a critical part of reinventing the global electric grid infrastructure, and LMBC has developed the most innovative chemically-based solution that we’ve seen,” said Andrew Chung of Khosla Ventures.

via GeekWire

 

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Bill believes that creating large-scale batteries to store energy is a critical problem to solve if solar and wind energy are to become mainstream. In this video, Bill and MIT Professor Donald Sadoway discuss the importance of new battery storage technology and Sadoway’s focus on the development of a “liquid metal” battery.

via Gates Notes

 

 

To get more technical, the liquid in the all-liquid battery is molten salt and liquid metal, which:

“…avoids cycle-to-cycle capacity fade because the liquid electrodes are reconstituted with each charge – similar systems have operated in a lab environment for more than 17 months with daily cycling and no reduction in performance. The molten salt electrolyte combines high conductivity with abuse tolerance at low cost. Self-segregation due to three immiscible liquid phases of different densities (e.g. oil and water separation) allows for robust operation and ease of manufacture. Together, these attributes will enable the liquid metal battery to exceed 70% round-trip AC efficiency for over a decade without degradation.”

Learn more on the2-page information sheet from LMBC (pdf)

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Irreverent and scary: the other comic con movies

Total Recall

Set to come out in 2012 with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. From Rotten Tomatoes:

“Director Len Wiseman (Underworld) jumps into the remake game with this retooling of Philip K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, originally brought to the big screen by Paul Verhoeven in the 1990 sci-fi action eye-popper starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Colin Farrell stars as a blue-collar worker whose grip on his own identity breaks down after realizing…”

Star Wars

The Complete Saga – 9 discs on Blu-ray – I know what you’re thinking and I too already own too 7 sets of Star Wars movies. But, you have to watch these trailers, I mean you have to. They are that good.

2011 Comic Con sneak peekofficial trailer

Available September 16

Charlie’s Angels

An upcoming ABC series, Thurs 8pm – Three beautiful women, a former Miami police officer, a mysterious street racer, and a well-to-do thief, are given a chance at redemption when they are recruited by an anonymous millionaire named Charlie Townsend to solve crimes while struggling with their own personal problems, love lives and each others’ friendship.

The Raven

Starring John Cusack, to come out in 2012. From IMDB -  IMDB: “A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.”

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.’

the full poem

Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro is a legend in the sci-fi, horror, and monster genres and it’s easy see why. Here is his proclamation’s at the 2011 Comic Con, from The Hollywood Reporter:

Del Toro is working on the robot-monster film Pacific Rim and said of Legendary’s involvement in the project, “It’s a miracle finding a company that has the energy, the ambition, the balls to make movies the way we want to make them.”

The director lived up to the wild cheers that had greeted him in the hall (in Spanish and English alike) by making a promise to his fans: “It is my duty to commit to film the finest f—ing monsters ever committed to film. And secondly – I make the pledge to create the greatest f—ing robots ever committed to film.”

Not much out about the movie, except this one sentence plot and the military insignia picture: “When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence,giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.”

Tintin

It’s an old character being reinvented through animation. Not many probably know of this small time hero, unless you live in France, Belgium, or Germany where he is huge. Perhaps this is solely an international play?

The film does have two names big enough to get me to see it: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Tintin comes out this December.