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What I'm Reading - 3/27/2018

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THE WORLD’S FIRST “NEGATIVE EMISSIONS” PLANT HAS BEGUN OPERATION—TURNING CARBON DIOXIDE INTO STONE

Climeworks just proved the cynics wrong. On Oct. 11, at a geothermal power plant in Iceland, the startup inaugurated the first system that does direct air capture and verifiably achieves negative carbon emissions. Although it’s still at pilot scale—capturing only 50 metric tons CO2 from the air each year, about the same emitted by a single US household or 10 Indian households—it’s the first system to convert the emissions into stone, thus ensuring they don’t escape back into the atmosphere for the next millions of years.

CHINA’S SPIRALING SPACE STATION WILL PLUNGE TO EARTH IN ABOUT A WEEK

Tiangong-1’s fall has caused a lot of concern because China no longer has control of the space station. The country’s engineers can’t just fire up the vehicle’s engines again and deposit it over open ocean. Tiangong-1 is pretty heavy, too. It weighed nearly 19,000 pounds (8,500 kilograms) when it first launched in 2011, making it one of the more massive objects to do an uncontrolled dive back to Earth. It’s also fairly dense, so while much of it will burn up in the atmosphere, it’s possible some big chunks of the station could make it all the way to the ground.

ENDEAVOR ACQUIRES STREAMING TECHNOLOGY COMPANY NEULION FOR $250 MILLION

NeuLion has built a technological back-end to handle the digital video — from managing assets to distributing and monetizing the videos. The New York firm’s clients include some of the best known sports leagues, including the National Football League, The National Basketball Association, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Euroleague.

A 21-YEAR OLD SWEDISH AI PRODIGY WANTS TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE $6 TRILLION EDUCATION INDUSTRY

Founded by a 21-year old Swedish AI expert, Joel Hellermark, Sana Labs wants to insert the latest advances in AI into education. "We want any education company in the world to be able to implement adaptivity in just a few days," says the founder and CEO. Once it's plugged into an existing digital education tool, Sana Labs helps students learn faster and become more interested in the content based on their individual learning behaviour.

What I'm Reading - 3/28/2018

Time For A Redesign...