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By Bill Gates: Why I’m investing $1 billion of my own money into clean energy research

Even for those of us who grew up eating every meal over a Rand McNally world map placemat, there are a lot of terms to remember. And confuse. Often, it seems people may not be aware they are using a specific term incorrectly—hence the overwhelmingly positive reception to Terry Blas’s recent illustration explaining the difference between “Hispanic” and “Latino.” As such, Quartz has compiled this handy dictionary of commonly misused and mixed-up geographical terms. Never get caught confusing “Guyana” and “Guinea” again! Hispanic vs. “Hispanic” refers to anyone with ancestors originating in a Spanish-speaking country. England vs. England is a constituent country of the United Kingdom, homeland of the English language and seat of the Anglican Church. Persian vs. “Persian” refers to the majority-ethnicity of Iran.

Chinese vs. Mandarin is the most-spoken language in the People’s Republic of China. Arab vs. The Midwest vs. American Indians vs. The Netherlands vs. America vs. Bill Gates Expected to Create Billion-Dollar Fund for Clean Energy. Photo WASHINGTON — Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of a Paris summit meeting intended to forge a global accord to cut planet-warming emissions, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

Bill Gates Expected to Create Billion-Dollar Fund for Clean Energy

The fund, which one of the people described as the largest such effort in history, is meant to pay for research and development of new clean-energy technologies. It will include contributions from other billionaires and philanthropies, as well as a commitment by the United States and other participating nations to double their budget for clean energy research and development, according to the people with knowledge of the plans, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the fund. The announcement of the fund, which has the joint backing of the governments of the United States, China, India and other countries, the people said, is intended to give momentum to the two-week Paris climate talks. Mr. It Only Took Four Months For China To Achieve A Jaw-Dropping Reduction In Carbon Emissions. Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables.

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point.

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back. The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. World’s first grid-connected wave power station switched on in Australia. The world’s first grid-connected wave power station has been activated off the coast of Western Australia (WA).

World’s first grid-connected wave power station switched on in Australia

Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries - Science - News. A recently discovered form of carbon graphite – the material in pencil lead – has turned out to have a completely unexpected property which could revolutionise the development of green energy and electric cars.

Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries - Science - News

Researchers have discovered that graphene allows positively charged hydrogen atoms or protons to pass through it despite being completely impermeable to all other gases, including hydrogen itself. The implications of the discovery are immense as it could dramatically increase the efficiency of fuel cells, which generate electricity directly from hydrogen, the scientists said. Professor Sir Andrei Geim received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 (Getty) Poor Countries Tap Renewables at Twice the Pace of Rich. Emerging markets are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations, a report concluded.

Poor Countries Tap Renewables at Twice the Pace of Rich

A study of 55 nations -- including China, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay and Kenya -- found that they’ve installed a combined 142 gigawatts from 2008 to 2013. The 143 percent growth in renewables in those markets compares with an 84 percent rate in wealthier nations, which installed 213 megawatts, according to a report released today by Climatescope. Scale Model WWII Craft Takes Flight With Fuel From the Sea Concept. Navy researchers at the U.S.

Scale Model WWII Craft Takes Flight With Fuel From the Sea Concept

13 Unexpected Sources of Energy that Could Save the World. CU-Boulder team develops new water splitting technique that could produce hydrogen fuel. Timeline Photos. Iceland taps the ultimate renewable energy source: Earth's magma. News January 31, 2014 03:32 PM ET.

Iceland taps the ultimate renewable energy source: Earth's magma

Billionaire Peter Thiel funds Positron Dynamics who are developing a 10 microgram per week antimatter factory. Billionaire Peter Thiel is famous for his early investment in Facebook.He also was a cofounder of Paypal which was then merged with Xcom which was started by Elon Musk.

Billionaire Peter Thiel funds Positron Dynamics who are developing a 10 microgram per week antimatter factory

Positron Dynamics has seed funding from Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs. Initial simulations show that as much as 10 micrograms of positrons could be produced each week with a linear accelerator," says co-founder Ryan Weed, PhD, a physicist and former cryogenic engineer for Jeff Bezos’s space flight company Blue Origin. Plastic flying carpet is kept afloat by ripple power. A Princeton grad student named Noah Jafferis has invented a flying carpet, of sorts.

Plastic flying carpet is kept afloat by ripple power

Rather than a magic lamp (or one’s imagination) this flying carpet is kept afloat using ripple power, something similar to how a skate or ray travels through the water. As a movement system the flying carpet design is interesting because it has no moving parts, which makes it ideal for use in adverse environments. Right now the flying carpet is simply a prototype that is just four inches across.

How Cold Fusion Works. ISIS Report 23/10/07 Many ways for atomic nuclei to come close coherently and fuse together in condensed matter. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members’ website. Details here.