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Monday, September 23, 2002
Tuwaitha - Iraq Special Weapons Facilities
: Globalsecurity.org offers commercial satellite imagery of international hotspots. Iraqi and Iranian facilities, and US facilities at Qatar, are currently available. 9:07:33 PM
Learn for free from MIT, online
: "Over the next 10 years, MIT will move all its existing coursework on to the internet. There will be no online degrees for sale, however. Instead, it will offer thousands of pages of information, available to anyone around the globe at no cost, as well as hours and hours of streaming video lectures, seminars and experiments. This is just the tip of the iceberg. MIT wants to start nothing short of a global revolution in education. "Our hope and aspiration is that by setting an example, other universities will also put their valued materials on the internet .. There is no revenue objective for OCW, ever. It will always be free," insisted Ms Margulies. " 7:30:19 PM
Solar Power Is Reaching Where Wires Can't: NYT Sep 2001 article links rural power and telecom: "Business has long been keenly aware of the potential of providing energy to deprived areas. And interest in narrowing the world's much-discussed digital divide, between the connected and the unconnected, has only made the opportunity more inviting... Two billion people, roughly 30 percent of the world population, are off the energy grid, living in areas without utility services. And a billion of them have the means to pay for power, said Prof. Daniel M. Kammen, (Berkeley)... Strategies Unlimited predicts that the leading companies in the industry will continue to have revenue growth of about 20 percent a year from these markets. That will make the remote rural market alone worth roughly $2.5 billion by 2005." Examples:
- In July 2001 Shell Solar signed an agreement with Beijing's Sun Oasis Company to supply systems for up to 78,000 households in western China
- Over the last two years, the Grameen Bank financed interest-bearing loans to people in 30 villages to buy "Internet connectivity products like solar panels and phone equipment". Loan payback rate is 90%.
- Solar-powered education equipment is credited with improved results in a South African school.