Late September, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that knocked out 85 percent of the island’s power. Because officials said it would take at least six months to fully restore electricity, Elon Musk — the co-founder of Tesla and founder of SpaceX and PayPal — offered to help.
Earlier this month on Twitter, Musk made a public offer to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure. Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello quickly responded, “Let’s talk.” Finally, the Powerwall battery systems and solar panels Tesla sent have arrived — and the first has been installed at a children’s hospital in San Juana, Puerto Rico.
Though ninety-eight percent of hospitals are open in Puerto Rico, electricity is only reliable in a few locations. For this reason, Governor Rossello and Musk decided to swiftly install the first microgrid project in the US territory at Hospital del Niño. Images posted to Twitter show that construction on a solar field behind the hospital has already begun. The microgrid system combines power generation — often through solar panels — and energy storage technology to allow an individual building or group of buildings to remain with power, even if the larger grid fails.
— Tesla (@Tesla) October 24, 2017
When Business Insider questioned a Tesla representative, they did not comment on how big the project is or when it will be completed. However, Tesla did say that it is the “first of many” projects to come. In a previous statement, Musk mentioned that Tesla is increasing battery production as part of its efforts in Puerto Rico. As a result, we can likely expect many more microgrid projects to crop up around the US territory.
Hopefully soon, power will be restored to all of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents, and the island will be much richer economically speaking as a result of the assistance received from Tesla and other companies.
Via Business Insider
Images via Tesla
Twins Born In Different Years, But Only 15 Minutes Apart, In Rare Birth
In a heartwarming start to the New Year, a pair of California twins were born only 15 minutes apart — in separate years, with one born minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve in 2021 and the other born at precisely midnight on New Year’s Day in 2022.
Their Mother, Fatima Madrigal, gave birth to her son Alfredo Antonio Trujillo at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night, according to the Natividad Medical Center, which announced the birth on Sunday.
Alfredo’s sister, Aylin Yolanda Trujillo, was born precisely at midnight in a new year with a different birthdate, just 15 minutes after Alfredo’s brother.
Dr. Ana Abril Arias, a family physician at the hospital, described the deliveries as being “uniquely timed” and “one of the most memorable deliveries of my career.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to help these little ones arrive here safely in 2021 and 2022,” Arias added in the release. “What an amazing way to start the New Year!”
After spending time in the hospital with their mother and father, Robert Trujillo, the two newborns will travel home to meet their three older siblings – two girls and a boy.
Game Changer: The FDA Approved Eye Drops That Replace Reading Glasses
The Food and Drug Administration authorized eye drops that may possibly replace reading glasses for millions of people in October, and they entered the market this week.
“It’s definitely a life changer,” trial participant Toni Wright told CBS. “I would not need my readers as much, especially on the computer, where I would always need to have them on.”
The drops, known as pilocarpine, and sold by pharma outlet Allergan under the name “Vuity,” might help the 128 million people in the United States who are nearsighted. One drop in each eye, according to the business, may enhance closeup eyesight for six to ten hours, according to CBS News.
The drops function by utilizing the eye’s natural capacity to shrink its pupil.
“Reducing the pupil size expands the depth of field or the depth of focus, and that allows you to focus at different ranges naturally,” George Waring, lead investigator of a clinical trial, told CBS.
At $80 for a 30-day supply, the drops aren’t cheap, but they’re also not excessively pricey, considering the benefit..
However, it is not a cure-all, and headaches and burning eyes are two of the most common adverse effects reported. The manufacturer also advises against using the drops at night while driving or when operating machinery.
Middle-aged adults are the ones who benefit the most from the drops. According to CBS, those over the age of 65 will be less affected by them.
Millions of people find wearing reading glasses inconvenient, therefore getting rid of them is surely appealing.
Along with revolutionary technologies like Lasik, humans are continually moving towards a future where problems with eyesight are a thing of the past. Nice.
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