Why the Northern Virginia Data Center Market Is Bigger Than Most Realize
- And it manages to do so based on numbers that don’t include the largest data center operator there: Amazon Web Services, the world’s top cloud provider.
- If you’re a regular reader of DCK, you probably already know that Amazon uses a subsidiary called Vadata as a proxy that contracts for AWS data center shell space.
- You probably also know that the biggest third-party developer of data center shells for AWS in Northern Virginia has been Corporate Office Property Trust.
- In March 2018, for example, Northstar Commercial Partners announced plans to build two data centers totaling 400,000 square feet that were pre-leased to a "Fortune 20 customer" (believed to be Amazon) on land purchased in Sterling, Virginia.
- Hyperscale players (think Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon) are also banking their own land in Northern Virginia suitable to build massive data centers.
MIT researchers figured out how to build 'pop-up islands' that could save places like Hawaii from disappearing underwater
- Their first project uses the current to gather small sandbars — which could eventually become islands — in the Maldives, a group of low-lying islands that could soon find itself underwater due to rising sea levels.
- "It has always been on my mind that maybe we could take these natural disasters — earthquakes, tsunamis, windstorms, mudslides, landslides, fires — and build instead of destroy," he said.
- Though Tibbits' project relies on the ocean current to build sandbars, the force of tsunamis or windstorms could help accelerate the process.
- To turn a temporary sandbar into a permanent island, he said, communities would keep the underwater ramps, which mimic the topography of a coral reef and help anchor the sand.
- Tibbits said the model could be preferable to "static" infrastructure projects like the Blue Dunes proposal, which aims to protect the Mid-Atlantic coast from flooding and sea-level rise through the construction of artificial islands.
Half of all land must be kept in a natural state to protect Earth
- All of this needs to be done by 2030 to have a real hope of keeping climate change under the “danger zone” target of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) and to prevent the world’s ecosystems from unravelling—according to an ambitious plan called the Global Deal for Nature.
- Only when 50 percent of the Earth’s terrestrial areas are protected, along with substantial cuts in fossil-fuel use and major increases in renewable energy, will we have a good chance of meeting the Paris climate target of less than 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) of warming, the scientists argue.
- Although the Global Deal for Nature is focused on land, the study authors support the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its member organization’s call for 30 percent protection of the oceans by 2030.
Huge dinosaur may have stood on its toes with fleshy pads for balance
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- A 24-tonne dinosaur appears to have stood on its tip toes.
- A fossil analysis reveals how its bone structure meant it couldn’t have flattened its feet on the ground, and instead may have stood on its toes with fleshy pads for balance.
- Rhoetosaurus brownie lived around 170 million years ago and was a type of sauropod dinosaur.
- Sauropoods walked on all fours and had long necks and tails.
- They are the largest land animals ever known to exist and the group includes Diplodocus.
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Half of England Is Owned by Less Than 1% of Its Population, Researcher Says
- Less than 1 percent of the population — including aristocrats, royals and wealthy investors — owns about half of the land, according to “Who Owns England,” a book that is to be published in May. And many of them inherited the property as members of families that have held it for generations — even centuries.
- In the book, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, the author, Guy Shrubsole, an environmental activist and writer, identifies many of the owners and compiles data gathered by peppering public bodies with freedom of information requests and combing through the 25 million title records in the government’s Land Registry.
- But in Britain, land accounted for half of the country’s net worth in 2016, according to data from the Office of National Statistics — double that of Germany and higher than in countries like France, Canada and Japan.
China unveils the first autonomous amphibious military landing vehicle
- Earlier this month, a Chinese shipbuilder unveiled an amphibious autonomous landing vehicle that could someday be part of the country’s military.
- The state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company says that the prototype of the landing craft has been successfully tested and delivered, and it’s the first such vehicle in the world.
- The vehicle can also be equipped with a pair of machine guns and a missile launcher, although it’s likely going to rely on an external operator for those functions.
- The company says that the Chinese military could essentially drop it off on an abandoned island and reactivate it later; the vehicle can lie dormant for up to eight months.
- Amphibious landings are a particularly challenging location for militaries, as vehicles have to be able to operate both on land and in the water, all the while, any defender can take advantage of the local terrain against an attacker.
Land Rover's new lineup has some of the world's fastest SUVs, including the new Range Rover Velar
- Luckily for buyers, the Land Rover lineup also happens to include some of the market's fastest and most powerful SUVs. The Velar SVA Dynamic, as company folks are inclined to call it, is a perfect example with its 550 horsepower supercharged V-8 engine capable of launching to 60 in a mere 4.3 seconds.
- Inside, it may not be quite as plush as the flagship Range Rover -- and yes, Land Rover names can get confusing – but Velar's cabin is about the most modern among the members of this British SUV family, with plenty of high-line features, including heated and cooled leather seats and a sophisticated infotainment system.
- But for those wanting the ultimate level of performance, the Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition bumps that up to 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque using the brand's most powerful and sophisticated powertrain.