For two centuries technological civilization has revolved around the energy of fossil fuels, but now humankind has the capability and knowledge to make the energy of the sun the centre of its development.
Senior scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Former guest professor at ETH Zurich, and at the Universities of Lugano, Pavia, Siena, Pisa and Ancona. Journalist, book, film and theater author.
Solar Impulse is the world's largest civilian aircraft and the lightest: 72-meter wide and 2 tons in weight. With the same wingspan the Airbus 380 weights 500 tons. 100 is the number of millions of euro that the entire project costed, and the it is also the speed of Solar Impulse in km/h.
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'Renzie', Italy's New Premier, Grabs the Reins - Can a Young Man Run a Country Dominated By the Old?
With a new and disruptive coalescence of young voters on the rise, who fully oppose the iron grip of the elderly, the fragile and illusive reins of power may well slip from Renzi's grasp...
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