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15 GW in deep water: US decides to become market leader in next-generation floating wind turbines

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The Joe Biden administration has announced new plans to put the US at the forefront of developing next-generation floating wind turbines that can operate where traditional fixed-base wind turbines cannot.

Such wind turbines cannot be installed at depths greater than 60 meters, where most of the exploitable offshore wind resources are located. Nearly 60% of the US offshore wind resources are at depths greater than 60 m. This includes almost the entire West Coast, and especially California and Oregon, where the Pacific Ocean floor drops off steeply close to the coastline.

“Offshore wind power is an important part of our planning for the future. Some of the nation’s best potential for wind energy is along the southern coast of Oregon and the northern coast of California, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said during a news conference. “At the same time, the depth of our oceans off the west coast and other technical challenges require the development of floating offshore wind technologies.”

15 GW in deep water: US decides to become market leader in next-generation floating wind turbines

By 2035, the Biden administration wants to deploy 15 GW floating offshore wind farms. According to the Department of the Interior (DOI), this energy would be enough to power more than 5 million American households. To make this happen, the Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $50 million in funding for research and development of floating offshore wind technology.

The US Departments of Energy, Interior, Commerce and Transportation plan to work together to reduce the cost of floating offshore wind farms by 70%. The goal is for this technology to reach $45 per MWh by 2035. By comparison, the average cost of offshore fixed bottom wind projects in the US was $84 per MWh in 2021.

Earlier, the Swedish company SeaTwirl signed a contract with operator Westcon to build and deploy its first floating 1 MW vertical axis wind turbine off the coast of Norway.

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Nvidia, where are the normal prices for inexpensive video cards? In Europe, prices fell by half of the Radeon RX 6000 models and just two RTX 30 models

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Nvidia where are the normal prices for inexpensive video cards

Despite the fact that a few months ago the average prices for video cards were at the level of recommended values, individual models have room for cheaper prices and they are getting cheaper.

Nvidia, where are the normal prices for inexpensive video cards?  In Europe, prices fell by half of the Radeon RX 6000 models and just two RTX 30 models

In particular, affordable AMD models were actively getting cheaper in the first half of the year and now they are generally not getting cheaper, but the more expensive ones continue to fall.

RX6400 RX6500XT RX6600 RX6600XT RX6650XT RX6700 RX6700XT RX6750XT RX6800 RX6800XT RX6900XT RX6950XT
Minimum price on July 26, euro 169 189 279 374 399 439 469 559 659 749 869 1173
Minimum price for today, euro 169 199 269 375 359 429 469 497 589 679 769 899
GTX 1630 RTX 3050 RTX 3060 RTX 3060 Ti RTX 3070 RTX 3070 Ti RTX 3080 RTX 3080 Ti RTX 3090 RTX 3090 Ti
Minimum price on July 26, euro 175 309 379 469 569 669 779 999 1323 1449
Minimum price for today, euro 175 300 379 459 578 679 799 999 1050 1199

For example, as you can see, the Radeon RX 6950 XT, instead of 1173 euros a couple of months ago, now costs only 900 euros, and this is the most productive AMD card and, together with the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, one of the most productive on the market in general. At least until the start of sales of the RTX 4090. At the same time, just a couple of months ago, the RX 6900 XT cost the same as the RX 6950 XT now, the RX 6800 XT, like the RX 6900 XT, and so on.

Things are not so good with Nvidia cards. Here, only two top models fell in price, however, both are very significant. The situation is worse with other adapters. For example, the popular RTX 3060 is now worth as much as the significantly more powerful RX 6650 XT, and the RTX 3080 Ti is 100 euros more expensive than the RX 6950 XT.

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There may be alien life. The Juno spacecraft flew just 417 km from the surface of Europa

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There may be alien life The Juno spacecraft flew just

The Juno spacecraft sent back new photos of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The new ones differ from the previous ones in that they were made during the flight of the apparatus over Europe at a distance of only about 350 km. For comparison, the ISS is above the Earth at an altitude of 417 km.

There may be alien life.  The Juno spacecraft flew just 417 km from the surface of Europa

It is not known how many photographs were taken in total, but if we talk about the closest approach, the device swept past Europe at a speed of 23.6 km / s, so it is unlikely that many photographs were taken during this time.

Now astronomers will be able to compare recent images with earlier ones and see if there are any changes on the surface of the satellite. Unlike many other bodies in the solar system, the surface of Europa can indeed change slightly over a fairly short period, since, according to current ideas, there is a huge ocean under the thick ice crust, and sometimes due to tidal forces, the ice can crack and move.

There may be alien life.  The Juno spacecraft flew just 417 km from the surface of Europa

In addition, scientists need as much data as possible about Europe, since in 2024 the Eupora Clipper should be launched – the first mission to this particular satellite of Jupiter, where, given the available data, there can be the most optimal conditions for the emergence and development of life.

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In Japan, introduced the physical version of the Gboard keyboard – it is very long

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In Japan introduced the physical version of the Gboard keyboard

The division of Google Japan introduced the physical keyboard Gboard in a very unusual form factor. The novelty resembles a long stick – there the buttons are placed in one row, which is why the length of such a keyboard is 1650 mm. Google Japan believes that with the Gboard Bar it is easier to find the right key, and you can also enter text together.

In Japan, introduced the physical version of the Gboard keyboard - it is very long

This keyboard can also be used as a ruler or fishing tackle holder. You can also touch the switch.

This is not the first such experiment of the Japanese branch of the company. There, last year they showed a version of the device in the form of a cup for a traditional tea ceremony. And in the future, it is planned to release a flexible version of the Gboard Bar that can be rolled up and put in your pocket.

So far, this is just a joke, not a single such device has been launched into the series, but the idea itself looks original.

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