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Welcome to the golden age of scammers


Everything is a grift nowadays.

There are individual scammers, sure, and there always have been: the Billy McFarland’s of the see-and-be-seen party circuit, or the Bernie Madoffs of the world of wealth management (or mismanagement). Yet increasingly the headline-making cons of the moment seem like full-fledged cosmologies — personal, professional and political belief systems. And the adherents are trying to fool others even as they fool themselves.
 

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Rolls-Royce's electric plane hits 387 mph to lay claim as world's fastest


An aircraft developed by Rolls-Royce to smash the speed record for an all-electric plane looks to have done just that, within three years of the being announced. The Spirit of Innovation took to the skies at a UK Ministry of Defence testing site last week were it reached a maximum speed of 623 km/h (387.4 mph), which Rolls-Royce says not only makes it the fastest electric aircraft, but the world's fastest electric vehicle of any kind.
 

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Rooftop solar helps send South Australia grid to zero demand in world first


South Australia on Sunday became the first gigawatt scale grid in the world to reach zero demand when the combined output of rooftop solar and other small non-scheduled generators exceeded all the local customer load requirements.

The landmark event was observed by several energy analysts, including at Watt Clarity and NEMLog, where Geoff Eldridge noted that a number of measures for South Australia demand notched up record minimums for system normal conditions.
 

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DroneDek mailbox designed to securely accept deliveries-by-drone


As a package-carrying delivery drone approached the client's house, it would home in on the exact GPS coordinates being transmitted by the DroneDek box itself. Upon reaching that location, the hovering aircraft would then transmit an encrypted security code to the box, which would slide open its motorized top loading door in response.

The drone would then lower the package into the box, using a retractable tether. Once the package was in place and the tether was out of the way, the loading door would close and lock. And while the drone could simply turn around and fly back to its base, it could also land on the box to wirelessly recharge its battery if necessary.

 

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Virtual real estate plot sells for record $2.4 million


LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - A patch of virtual real estate in the online world Decentraland sold for a record $2.4 million worth of cryptocurrency, the buyer crypto investor Tokens.com (COIN.NLB) and Decentraland said on Tuesday.

Decentraland is an online environment - also called a "metaverse" - where users can buy land, visit buildings, walk around and meet people as avatars.
 

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UK report concludes crabs, octopuses and lobsters are sentient beings


A new animal welfare bill moving through UK parliament will now include crabs, octopuses, and lobsters after an independent research review concluded decapod crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs should be considered sentient beings. The review found strong scientific evidence these invertebrates are capable of feelings such as pain and distress.
 

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Living walls found to drastically reduce heat loss in older buildings


Along with benefits such as air purification and noise reduction, "living walls" are also claimed to help regulate the temperature within new buildings which they're built into. A recent study now indicates that they have the same effect when added to much older, existing structures.

Led by Dr. Matthew Fox, a team at Britain's University of Plymouth started by installing a plant-filled living wall facade on one section of the west-facing exterior wall of a pre-1970s building on the campus.

 

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