Eddy's Good News: Largest floating solar system and why we see faces in different objects!

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16 May 2022, 09:10

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Every day during his show on Virgin Radio, Eddy Temple-Morris brings you Good News stories from around the world, to help inject a bit of positivity into your day!Be sure to listen each day between 10am and 1pm (Monday - Friday) to hear Eddy's Good News stories (amongst the finest music of course), but if you miss any of them you can catch up on the transcripts of Eddy's most recent stories below:

Monday 16th May 2022

Impressive news from Portugal who now have Europe’s largest floating solar power station. Say ‘Bon dia’ to the Alqueva Reservoir in South Eastern Portugal and to 12,000 solar panels the collective size of four football pitches and which supply a third of the electricity for nearby towns, Moura and Fortel.

They’re also equipped with 1.5 gigawatt lithium ion batteries and here’s the really clever bit. When the batteries are fully charged, and given that part of Portugal’s largely all year round sunshine, that’ll happen frequently, the unused electricity is used to power pumps to get more water into the reservoir, which is then used to make bonus hydro electric power from the dam right next door.They may not be in the beautiful flower petal shapes of that project I told you about in South Korea, but similarly, it’s not taking up valuable land and it’ll help the Portuguese Govt reach their goal of 100% renewable power across all their infrastructure. They’re, impressively, already at 78%!

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org

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Fascinating news from down under now and research into a peculiar phenomenon that’s accounted for millions of Instagram posts - why do we see faces in things!? It’s a real thing isn’t it, there are so many social media pages devoted to faces in things, from a your vacuum cleaner to a building, even the twin lights above the rearview mirror in your car, we see faces everywhere and scientists have not stopped to study and understand why the brain processes visual signals that clearly aren’t human faces.

Boat-race boffins at The University Of Sydney have been studying this phenomenon, which is called “face pareidolia”, and the lead author of the school of psychology study says “From an evolutionary perspective, it seems that the benefit of never missing a face far outweighs the errors where inanimate objects are seen as faces.” or, in other words, if a caveman saw a surprise face, it might usually be swiftly followed by the agonising thud of a stone tipped spear entering his thorax, so it’s a good job our brain processes faces so quickly. In actual fact it takes only a fraction of a millisecond, which’ll give you time to skillfully dodge that spear!

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org