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'History in the making': World's biggest battery launched in Australia as Elon Musk beats 100-day deadline

'History in the making': World's biggest battery launched in Australia as Elon Musk beats 100-day deadlineThe world’s biggest battery was officially launched in Australia on Friday, a day after the Elon Musk-driven project was powered up early to meet demand amid a bout of hot weather, officials said. Musk’s Tesla built the Powerpack system, which can provide electricity for more than 30,000 homes, to ease South Australia’s energy woes after the state was hit with a total blackout in 2016 following an "unprecedented" storm. The maverick billionaire earlier this year offered on Twitter to build the battery farm, and completed it last week to narrowly beat his self-imposed deadline of having it ready in 100 days. "South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7," state Premier Jay Weatherill said Friday at the launch to coincide with the first day of summer. "This is history in the making." The 100 MW/129 MWh battery, located in the rural town of Jamestown north of Adelaide and connected to a wind farm operated by French energy firm Neoen, was switched on a day early, just as temperatures soar in the state. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) said it delivered 70MW of stored wind energy into the state’s market to meet peak demand on Thursday. The world's biggest battery was officially launched in Australia on Friday Credit: AFP The battery farm is expected to help tackle power shortages, reduce intermittencies and address demands in summer, when most of the country experiences its highest energy usage. Tesla said it was hopeful the project would provide a model for future deployments around the world, adding in a statement Friday that its fast completion "shows that a sustainable, effective energy solution is possible". Neoen deputy chief executive Romain Desrousseaux said the "ambitious" project – which Musk estimated cost at least US$ 50 million – would bring the state to the forefront of global energy storage technology. Last summer, extreme hot weather as well as storms saw blackouts hit some regions of Australia. The AEMO is switching on closed gas-fired power stations to provide extra power to Australia’s east coast this season. Although Australia is one of the world’s largest producers of coal and gas, the South Australian blackout raised questions about its energy security. Several ageing coal-fired power plants have been closed, while strong demand for gas exports and a rise in onshore gas drilling bans have fuelled concerns of a looming domestic energy shortage in the next few years. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier this year said a hydro-electric project in New South Wales state, the Snowy Mountains Scheme, would be expanded to provide electricity to 500,000 homes. More than 60 percent of electricity generation in Australia is from coal, with 14 percent from renewables, according to government data published last year. History of Tesla  



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Ohio Police Officer Beats Traffic Offender Before Arrest, Video Goes Viral

Ohio Police Officer Beats Traffic Offender Before Arrest, Video Goes ViralThe police officer, who engaged in violent behavior, is currently on paid administrative leave after the video of the violent arrest went viral.



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JP Morgan beats Street 2Q forecasts

JP Morgan beats Street 2Q forecastsNEW YORK (AP) _ JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $ 7.03 billion.



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Man Beats Tiny Yorkie to Death for Vomiting in His Car: Cops

Man Beats Tiny Yorkie to Death for Vomiting in His Car: CopsSigman Hernandez, 40, allegedly confessed to the violent crime after turning himself in to Miami Beach police.



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Best Buy's Epic Galaxy S8/S8+ Deal Beats Everyone Else

Best Buy's Epic Galaxy S8/S8+ Deal Beats Everyone ElseThe dust has barely settled on yesterday's Galaxy S8 Unboxed event and already we've spotted a Galaxy price war.



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Science won’t stop until it beats AIDS, says HIV pioneer

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, French virologist and director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Division (Unite de Regulation des Infections Retrovirales) at the Institut Pasteur, poses during an interview with Reuters, in ParisBy Kate Kelland PARIS, Oct 9 (Reuters) – More than 30 years after she identified one of the most pernicious viruses to infect humankind, Francoise Barre Sinoussi, who shared a Nobel prize for discovering HIV, is hanging up her lab coat and retiring. While a cure for AIDS may or may not be found in her lifetime, the 68-year-old says, achieving "remission" – where infected patients control HIV in their bodies and, crucially, can come off treatment for years – is definitely within reach.



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HPV Test Beats Pap Long-Term: Study

MONDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) — Testing for HPV, the human papillomavirus linked to cervical cancer, can predict which women will stay cancer-free for a decade or more, a new study shows.
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GSK’s HIV drug beats Gilead market leader in study

LONDON (Reuters) – An experimental once-daily AIDS drug from GlaxoSmithKline and its Japanese partner Shionogi has proved better than Gilead’s market-leading Atripla in a late-stage clinical trial, increasing hopes for the product. Dolutegravir, which could reach the market late next year, belongs to a novel class of drugs known as integrase inhibitors that fight HIV/AIDS by blocking the virus causing the disease from entering cells. It should help British group GSK rejuvenate its HIV/AIDS business – an area it used to dominate but where it has fallen behind rivals, notably U.S. rival Gilead. …
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