Google's homepage illustration celebrates the pioneering bird illustrator.
Google's homepage illustration today (Tuesday, April 26, 2011) celebrated the 226th birthday of ornithologist John James Audubon (1785-1851), after whom the Audubon Naturalist Society, headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., is named. Audubon's masterpiece was a book, "Birds of America," published as a series in the 1830s, which documented hundreds of varieties of birds with his careful and precise bird portraits. The Google illustration suggests Audubon's detailed drawings.
Investors hope the $5 billion transmission backbone will attract wind turbine developers.
Google and the Trans-Elect Development Company, LLC, a power transmission company based in Chevy Chase, Md., have teamed up to develop a giant undersea transmission line meant to convey electricity generated from wind turbines off the mid-Atlantic East Coast. Google, along with several other investors, will provide the capital for the Atlantic Wind Connection, and Trans-Elect will oversee its construction. Jamie Yood, a spokesman for Google's green initiatives, said the project "is definitely the first of its kind" and could be a turning point for the offshore wind industry. The venture aims to lay down a transmission backbone, which will lure in massive wind turbine development, said Trans-Elect spokesman Frank Maisano. He emphasized that…