Sasha Baron Cohen Drops Lawsuit Against Cannabis Dispensary’s ‘Borat’ Billboard

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SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped his lawsuit against a Massachusetts cannabis dispensary that used an image of his character Borat on a billboard without his permission. A document filed in Boston federal court on Tuesday said the two sides have agreed to dismiss the case brought last year by the “Borat” star. The legal filing did not mention any settlement in the case. Emails seeking comment were sent Wednesday to lawyers for Baron Cohen and the dispensary, Somerset-based Solar Therapeutics Inc. The billboard showed Baron Cohen posing as Borat with two thumbs up and the words “It’s nice!” — one of Borat’s catchphrases. The billboard along a Mass ...

Creaky US power grid threatens progress on renewables, EVs - Reuters.com

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After decades of struggle, the U.S. clean-energy business is booming, with soaring electric-car sales and fast growth in wind and Solar power. That’s raising hopes for the fight against climate change. All this progress, however, could be derailed without a massive overhaul of America’s antiquated electric infrastructure – a task some industry experts say requires more than $2 trillion. The current network of transmission wires, substations and transformers is decaying with age and underinvestment, a condition highlighted by catastrophic failures during increasingly frequent and severe weather events. Power outages over the last six years have more than doubled in number compa ...

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Vivint’s new updates make its smart home system even smarter

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I’ve had a Vivint smart home for about 18 months, ever since reviewing the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro and the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro. For the most part, I find them to be incredibly smart and useful. Plus, the integration with Google and Philips Hue in particular up the “whole-home smart home” game when I can unlock my front door and have my lights turn on. This week, Vivint announced updates to the Doorbell Pro and Outdoor Camera Pro, and it’s great to see that “smart” extends to the company itself. Let’s dive in. On-device recording Vivint upgraded all of its camera products — the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro, Outdoor Camera Pro, and Indoor Camera Pro — in a pretty sig ...

Major infrared breakthrough could lead to solar power at night

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The sun's enormous energy may soon be harnessed in the dark of night following a significant advance in thermal capture technology. Solar radiation heats the earth's crust significantly during daylight hours, but that energy is lost into the coldness of space when the sun goes down. Now, researchers within the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW Sydney have successfully tested a device capable of converting infrared heat into electrical power. The team, including members of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, used a power-generation device called a 'thermo-radiative diode', which is similar to the technology in night-vision goggles. Exciton Scie ...

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Top 10 travel accessories that are a must-have in your suitcase on your next vacation

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I love traveling! And although I may not be able to do much of it during this pandemic (although travel is opening up slowly), that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about it or planning my next vacation in my head. My travel bucket list is brimming to the top with exotic holiday destinations. And, as any experienced traveler (not that I am one…YET) will tell you, having a set of handy and trusty travel accessories is essential! These are the nifty little products that can help you out in the most impromptu and sudden of situations, and you’ll never regret having packed them in your suitcase. So, we’ve curated a bunch of travel-friendly designs that we think you will absolutely n ...

Severe drought could pose problems for US power grid this summer -NERC - Reuters

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Old and new natural gas power generation plants are shown next to the land of the Hunting Beach Wetland Conservancy in Huntington Beach, California, U.S. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com May 18 (Reuters) - The organization responsible for North American electric reliability warned energy shortfalls were possible this summer in California, Texas and the U.S. Midwest where extreme heat from a severe drought could cause power plants to fail. In 2021, numerous extreme weather events stressed the U.S. power grid, including the February freeze in Texas that knocked out power to millions after freezing natural gas pipes, and record hea ...

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Coding Up an IoT PCB Design

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TL;DR This post describes my project to knock some of the risk out of circuit board design. I try out a new way of writing code to design circuit boards. I develop an approach to shift between debug and production versions of circuit boards without introducing new errors, and use it to make a new IoT device. How It Started My name is Dylan Jackson. I’m an electrical engineer who, through no fault of my own, ended up specializing in embedded system design. I’ve worked on infrared imaging systems, robots that manage(d) solar farms, energy monitoring systems, and designed this COPD-monitoring medical device (currently in production): Since shifting to more contracting, I’ve worked ...

Mars' emitted energy and seasonal energy imbalance

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A seasonal imbalance in the amount of solar energy absorbed and released by the planet Mars is a likely cause of the dust storms that have long intrigued observers, a team of researchers reports. Mars' extreme imbalance in energy budget (a term referring to the measurement of solar energy a planet takes in from the sun then releases as heat) was documented by University of Houston researchers Liming Li, associate professor of physics; Xun Jiang, professor of atmospheric science; and Ellen Creecy, doctoral student and lead author of an article to be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "One of our most interesting findings is that the energy e ...

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Top 10 products designed to help you achieve a wholesome + fit lifestyle

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Maintaining a wholesome and healthy lifestyle has become extremely imperative in these times! Especially with COVID-19 completely shaking up our world. And being fit or healthy doesn’t simply mean hitting the gym – which has become a tad bit difficult in these pandemic-ridden times. It includes following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, taking care of our mental health, and more! Hence, we’ve curated a collection of product designs to make that holistic and healthy lifestyle an achievable goal for you! From marble fitness equipment inspired by ancient Rome to a bamboo food steamer – these innovative products are all you need to make all your fitness goals a reality. 1. Fitu ...

Factbox: What are Europe's options in case of Russian gas disruption? - Reuters.com

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April 26 (Reuters) - Russian energy giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) told Poland's PGNiG it will halt gas supplies along the Yamal pipeline from Wednesday morning, renewing supply concerns as Russia and the West remain at odds over Moscow's demand for gas payments to be made in roubles. read more Poland, whose gas deal with Russia expires at the end of this year, has repeatedly said it would not comply with Moscow's scheme that would require opening an account with Gazprombank and have hard currency gas payments converted into roubles. It has also said it would not extend the contract. Russia is ready for the possibility that Europe might stop buying Russian energy supplies, the TASS news agency ...

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