Despite Drought, Hydropower Does Deliver Electricity
by U.S. Department of Energy | CleanTechnica

Hoover Dam hydroelectric facility. Photo by Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica.

Drought-strained hydropower sustains 80 percent average power generation capacity

In 2022, a quick internet search for Lake Mead or Lake Powell returns startling images of drying lake beds and parched land.

The megadrought in the Southwestern United States is the driest—and longest—in the last 1,200 years, depleting water reservoir levels to critically low levels over the past 22 years.

This persistent drought has policymakers and system planners concerned about the reliability of the electric grid under worsening drought conditions and climbing temperatures. Droughts particularly impact hydroelectric power dams as well as some thermoelectric power plants that require large amounts of water for cooling.

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Case Study: AR Helps Toyota Customers Accessorize
by Mike Boland | AR Insider

Immersive marketing continues to be a leading AR use case. It has landed with consumers for its utility in visualizing and trying on products. And it resonates with brand marketers for its creative capacity to demonstrate products with greater dimension… not to mention results.

So far, this has been most prominent in business verticals and product categories such as footwear and furniture. The former is all about getting a more informed purchase for size and style. And the latter helps avoid headaches in seeing if bulky items fit in your home before ordering.

For the same reason, AR visualization has begun to develop in the automotive vertical. We’re talking about placing that new Ford Mustang in your driveway or examining the interior leg room and textures. Like the above product categories, it’s all about qualifying big buying decisions.

But Toyota has taken AR in another direction. With intentions of infusing immersive technology (including VR) throughout the buying cycle, it has started to validate AR’s efficacy in a seemingly unlikely place: after-market accessories. This is a $46 billion global industry.

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Chicago Quantum Exchange Adds Several New Corporate Partners to Build Quantum Technologies
Reviewed by Laura Thomson | AZO Quantum

Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash

The Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE), a growing intellectual hub for the research and development of quantum technology, has added several new corporate partners: State Farm, QuEra Computing Inc., PsiQuantum, qBraid, and QuantCAD LLC. In addition, Le Lab Quantique (LLQ), a Paris-based think tank, will join as a nonprofit partner.

Joining the more than 30 companies and nonprofits that participate in the CQE community, these organizations are developing quantum technology's potential to address critical societal problems as members of an emerging global ecosystem.

Together, Chicago Quantum Exchange institutions and partners advance the science and engineering necessary to build and scale quantum technologies and develop practical applications.

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🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
A Stormy Stellar Nursery

This cloudy, turbulent scene acquired by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2017 shows a stellar nursery within the Large Magellanic Cloud. This nursery, known as N159, contains many hot young stars. These stars emit intense ultraviolet light, which causes nearby hydrogen gas to glow, and torrential stellar winds, which carve out ridges, arcs, and filaments from the surrounding material. N159 is located over 160,000 light-years away, just south of the Tarantula Nebula.

At the heart of this cosmic cloud lies the Papillon Nebula, a butterfly-shaped region of nebulosity. This small, dense object is classified as a High-Excitation Blob, and is thought to be tightly linked to the early stages of massive star formation.

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Text credit: European Space Agency

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