Elon Musk gives a speech at the Powerpack Celebration in South Australia on September 29, 2017. (Screenshot via Youtube)

Riding high after a $50 million bet by Elon Musk that Tesla would be able to install the world’s largest battery system in South Australia in under 100 days, the massive Powerpack is now proving its worth.

The Loy Yang A 3 coal power plant in Victoria is one of the biggest power plants in Australia. On two different occasions, Loy Yang’s power grid experienced an outage, and both times, Tesla’s Powerpack battery was able to stabilize it within milliseconds, an especially impressive feat given that the coal plant is over 620 miles away.

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MIT's winning Mars city design. (Valentina Sumini / MIT Redwood Forest Team)

There’s been serious talk of late about sending people to Mars, the goal of which is to establish a permanent colony on the Red Planet, perhaps within the next decade. Assuming astronauts can survive the six-month-long journey in one piece, human life in the lethal Martian environment presents its own challenges. Sustainable habitation requires shelter, water, food and recreation, none of which exist on Mars in any usable form (there is water on Mars, but a lot of work is required to access it). Martian settlers will need to grow their own crops, generate their own air, purify their own water and find ways to have fun, all without any physical assistance from mission control.

Fortunately, there are some brilliant minds working to figure all this out, and very brave individuals living in Earth-based habitats that mimic what life would be like in a first-generation Martian colony.

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Screenshot via Corporate Carbon Policy Footprint Report.

The Corporate Carbon Policy Footprint (CCPF) must scare the bejesus out of climate activists.

Released in August, the CCPF argues that the bad guys take 35 of the top 50 most influential positions among companies informing climate policy in democratic governments around the world. The world’s heaviest polluters not only have a seat at the table when it comes to influencing and writing government policy, they have an overwhelming majority of seats.

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After keeping the Senate healthcare bill secret even from Republican Senators in the so-called health care working group, Senator Mitch McConnell promised to release a discussion draft of the bill Thursday morning ahead of a potential vote next week. But by Wednesday evening details of the bill had leaked.

According to The Washington Post, much like the American Health Care Act that narrowly passed the House in May, the Senate bill would:

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[DIGEST: NYTimes, Fortune, Data Center Knowledge]

How often do you think about data? Many of us consider it only when our mobile plans inform us we are nearing, or have exceeded, our monthly data usage limit. But data is always there, and it has to be stored somewhere.

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[DIGEST: CNNMoney, skyTran, FastCoExist]

A NASA Space Act company called skyTran, based in California, is closer than ever to making an efficient, sustainable and safe form of transportation a reality. The company’s patented overhead transportation system uses maglev (magnetic levitation) technology to transport passenger “cars” while emitting virtually no pollution. The computer-controlled, two-person vehicles run on a lightweight, steel and aluminum track built 20-30 feet above the ground. The 18-inch support poles, tracks, and vehicles ideal to hold solar panels, which could provide almost all of the energy needed in operating the system.

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The world's first solar road, located in the Netherlands, has only been open for six months but is already producing more energy than expected.

SolaRoad has produced over 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy since opening in November 2014, according to Think Progress. The spokesman for this public-private partnership project, Stan de Wit, spoke of its success in a recent statement:"[w]e did not expect a yield as high as this so quickly."

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