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Tesla’s 70 MW Gigafactory to Be Powered with Largest Solar Rooftop Array in the World

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How do you power the world’s largest Gigafactory? With solar of course. Just after announcing that its Gigafactory was up and running, Tesla is shocking the world again with news that the gigantic Nevada-based lithium-ion battery factory with be powered with its own 70-megawatt solar roof. This means that one of the world’s largest buildings is about to be powered entirely by renewable, clean energy.

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The Gigafactory’s solar array will be seven times larger than any solar roof currently installed, anywhere in the world. The solar panels will likely be provided by Solar City, says the Verge, which Tesla acquired in November of last year. In a hand-out released by Electrek, Tesla says that its Powerpack batteries will be made with the power of the sun, allowing the factory to run with great efficiency and zero carbon emissions. Tesla could even end up producing more energy than it actually needs.

Even the heating and water will be sustainable at the Gigafactory. Tesla’s literature stated,

“Gigafactory’s closed-loop water supply system uses six different treatment systems to efficiently re-circulate about 1.5 million liters (that’s around 400,000 gallons) of water, representing an 80 percent reduction in fresh water usage compared with standard processes.”

When you are in the middle of a desert, that’s not a small feat. But, that’s not all tesla has planned. They are even starting a recycling plant so that they can safely reprocess battery cells, packs, and modules to obtain used metal for new cells that are built.

The only other companies using solar on this scale are Whirlpool Corporation’s Regional Distribution Center in Perris, California, utilizing 10 MW, and another in India that uses 11.5 MW. They are both dwarfed by Tesla in comparison.

Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory Will Be Run on a Massive Solar Rooftop Array

Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory Will Be Run on a Massive Solar Rooftop Array

Elon Musk has already proven that he thinks outside the box with his other projects, including Space X, but the Gigafactory stands to possibly be the most sustainable corporate project in the US to date. Tesla has claimed that it would not use ANY fossil fuels in its Gigafactory, and now, through the 70 MW solar rooftop array and solar ground installations, that bodacious claim is being realized.

Investors recently got to complete a partial tour of the Gigafactory, but didn’t make it past the Model 3 Battery Pack shown on Tesla’s hand out. Tesla confirmed last week that they plan for the new 2170 battery cells to make their way into Model 3 battery packs as soon as in Q2 2017.

Who knows what other wonderful and exciting news the company may have to share.

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Video Showing UFOs Swarming Navy Warship is Real, Pentagon Confirms

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Late last month, reports emerged that a number of U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers sailing off the coast near Los Angeles encountered a swarm of strange unidentified flying objects or drones in 2019. While Navy investigators looked into the strange incident, no explanation has since been given.

However, new footage has been leaked to documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell that shows the strange flying objects swarming above one of the ships, and the Pentagon has confirmed that the videos are authentic.

“I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel,” a Department of Defense spokesperson told Futurism.

In the brief footage, which appears to have been recorded with night vision cameras, triangular or pyramid-shaped objects can be seen hovering above the deck of a Navy destroyer.

According to Corbell, the Pentagon has gone to great lengths to disavow any connection to the swarming UAVs.

“This was taken on deployment from the USS Russell,” Corbell told Mystery Wire. “It shows what they described as vehicles. And they made a great distinction. They made sure in this classified briefing, they made a great distinction that this is not something that we own either a black project, this is not something of a foreign military, that these were behaving in ways that we did not expect.

“And that they were you know shaped non aerodynamically,” he added. “Like pyramids, these are flying pyramids!”

The video, as well as a number of photos from the incident, have all been gathered by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, a group tasked with investigating encounters between the different service branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and a number of unidentified flying objects.

While officials have been baffled by the unknown flying objects, in recent years the Pentagon has been more vocal about past encounters, which they describe as having been frequent. Officials have also discouraged the use of the acronym “UFOs,” instead opting to describe them as unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.

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Prince Philip Joke About Reincarnating as Deadly Virus to ‘Solve Overpopulation’ Resurfaces

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The Friday announcement of the death of Prince Philip elicited a range of reactions on social media, with some users eulogizing the late royal while others used the occasion to heap mockery upon the British monarchy.

However, others also shared an old quote from the Prince Philip where he bizarrely suggested that after he died, his wish would be that he is reincarnated as a deadly virus in order to help solve the so-called problem of overpopulation.

The decidedly anti-social quote was taken from a 2009 article published by The Guardian that listed out a number of controversial and generally distasteful quotes from the Queen’s husband on various subjects.

The full quote read: “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation.”

Tweeting a screenshot of the quote, user Riya said: “WHAT THE F*CK.”

While others replied to the misanthropic quote with a reference to the ongoing pandemic:

The Daily Express notes that the quote originates from a joking comment about deadly viruses that the prince made in a 1988 interview with Deutsche Press-Agentur. The quote was also widely shared during the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip, royal consort to Queen Elizabeth II, on Friday morning.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the announcement read. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

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As Marine Life Flees the Equator, Global Mass Extinction is Imminent: Scientists

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The waters surrounding the equator are one of the most biodiverse areas in the globe, with the tropical area rich in marine life including rare sea turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and other creatures.

However, rampant rises in temperate have led to a mass exodus of marine species from the sensitive region – with grave implications for life on earth.

While ecologists have long seen the thriving biodiversity of equatorial species holding constant in the past few centuries, a new study by Australian researchers published in The Conversation has found that warming global temperatures are now hitting the equator hard, potentially leading to an unprecedented mass extinction event.

The researchers from the Universities of Auckland, Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast found that as waters surrounding the equator continue to heat up, the ecosystem is being disrupted and forcing species to flee toward the cooler water of the South and North Pole.

The massive changes in marine ecosystems that this entails will have a grave impact not only on ocean life – essentially becoming invasive species in their new homes –  but also on the human livelihoods that depend on it.

“When the same thing happened 252 million years ago, 90 percent of all marine species died,” the researchers wrote.

To see where marine life is headed, the researchers tracked the distribution of about 49,000 different species to see what their trajectory was. The global distribution of ocean life typically resembles a bell curve, with far fewer species near the poles and more near the equator.

However, the vast alteration of the curve is already in motion as creatures flee to the poles, according to a study they published in the journal PNAS.

These changes augur major disruptions to global ecosystem as marine life scrambles in a chaotic fight for food, space, and resources – with a mass die-off and extinction of creatures likely resulting.

The research underscores the dire need for human societies to control rampant climate change before the biodiversity and ecological health of the planet is pushed past the point of no return.

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