The city of Fairbanks, Alaska will soon be home to the world’s highest wind turbine from a startup spun out of MIT, called Altaeros. The four-year-old startup will deploy its large helium-filled blimp-looking turbine at 1,000 feet for 18 months at a cost of $1.3 million.
The idea around high-altitude wind is that the wind power at great heights can be much greater — winds 1,000 to 2,000 feet above the ground are 5 to 8 times as powerful as they are on the ground. Altaeros’ turbine, called the BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) can deliver twice as much power as a comparable standard turbine.
Floating a wind turbine in the air could have other advantages as well, like it would have less of an environmental footprint on the ground, and it could be kept away from sensitive regions under conflict or in a disaster area. The team is targeting…
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Teen ‘It’ girl of the moment Shailene Woodley is no fan of Twilight.
The 22-year-old star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the critically-acclaimed film, TheDescendants, is on the precipice of teen fiction superstardom: she has the lead role in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, both based on popular young adult novels and both due out this year.
In an interview with Teen Vogue, Woodley criticized the uber-popular YA series, Twilight. Though many have praised the book for its emphasis on love rather than sex—the couple famously waits until marriage to consumate the relationship—Woodley thinks the relationship sends a bad message. The young star calls out the seriesfor glorifying Bella’s decision to give up everything for a guy:
Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. [The protagonist Bella] falls in love with this guy and…
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