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These Wind Turbines Harness Wind Energy From Unpredictable Typhoon Winds!

With Japan’s rising energy needs, this inventor created a wind turbine to harness energy from typhoons!

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Natural disasters are hardly ever a cause for celebration. Disasters like typhoons, earthquakes, monsoons, and floods are rarely ever welcomed because of the destruction they leave in their wake. However, due to the fact that Japan is no newbie to these forces of nature (with 6 typhoons in just 2016 alone!), they have invented a wind turbine that can harness the energy of these natural disasters.

“Typhoons are normally nothing but a disaster,” says Atsushi Shimizu, inventor of the world’s first typhoon turbine. His durable device looks like an eggbeater, but it packs a powerful punch! It was constructed originally to counteract Japan’s energy shortage, which has been an issue since the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Shimizu says, “Japan actually has a lot more wind power than it does solar power, it’s just not utilized.”

Atsushi Shimizu demonstrates how these eggbeater-shaped turbines are a better alternative to traditional wind turbines.

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Before the Fukushima disaster, Japan expected 60% of its energy to come from nuclear power plants by 2100. However, the earthquake and ensuing tsunami that killed 19,000 people resulted in the breakdown of 3 nuclear plants. With the much of their nuclear reactors inactive, Japan is forced to import 84% of their energy needs.

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“For decades, Japan has brought in European-style wind turbines, not designed for typhoon zones, and installed them with no careful consideration — they’ve broken almost entirely.”

So Shimizu decided to create his own typhoon turbine with an an omnidirectional axis to allow for the machine to withstand the unpredictable wind patterns of typhoons. The speed of the blades can be adjusted by tightening the center rod to keep them from spinning out of control. This is called the Magnus effect, which is the sideways force that makes a spinning object stray from its path.

An artistic rendering of how the turbines can be installed to harness energy from unpredictable winds.

An artistic rendering of how the turbines can be installed to harness energy from unpredictable winds.

The prototype has been tested, and it showed 30% efficiency. Though lower than the propeller-based turbines, Shimizu’s turbines are more likely to survive an actual storm. Earlier this year, a functional prototypes was installed near Okinawa, and is still being tested under high-wind conditions.

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This Font Simulates What It’s Like to Have Dyslexia

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to try to read when you have dyslexia?

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Dyslexia is a condition wherein a person has trouble reading, even if they have normal intelligence. This includes having a tough time trying to spell, read, and write words, as well as difficulty in pronouncing and understanding words. It's estimated that 1 out of 10 people have some form of dyslexia, which is why it's important for those who don't have dyslexia to empathize with those who do.

This is how a someone with dyslexia might see words.

This is how a someone with dyslexia might see words.

How can we do this? Graphic Designer Daniel Britton has created a font to simulate what it's like to have dyslexia. He designed this font in his final year in university to raise awareness of the condition.

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Elon Musk Reveals His Ambitious Plan to Send One Million People to Mars

It certainly is ambitious.

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This is not the first plan to send man to Mars, definitely. But when Elon Musk explains it, it seems legit and it even possible.

The billionaire revealed his grand plan at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Mexico. His proposal, called the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) involves sending people to Mars, 100 at a time, using a giant rocket. The rocket is said to be even bigger than NASA's Saturn V, which makes it the biggest in history.

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Elon Musk Reveals Photos of Raptor Engine, SpaceX’s Powerful New Engine

Elon Musk tweets images of his powerful new engine, the Raptor,

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Elon Musk has finally revealed photos of SpaceX's Raptor engine via Twitter last Monday. This engine will be use dfor his "Interplanetary Transport System." These photos were revealed on the eve of his speech on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, where Musk will out the elements of his vision for humanity to live in other planets.

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