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  • Don't be afraid of the HDR format wars (Smart TV , Android TV, 4K TV...)

    04/23/2017 11:53:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 127 replies ^ | Jan 5, 2017, 3:12pm EST | Chaim Gartenberg
    This year at CES, HDR support is the buzzword heard from almost every single TV manufacturer, culminating in this frightening-looking slide from LG which proudly promised its set would be compatible with all four major HDR standards.Things aren't quite as problematic as they seem As a consumer, that many different video standards is a daunting idea that brings to mind the format wars of yore (think VHS vs. Betamax or Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD). Fortunately, while the fact that there are now four standards — HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR — for companies and consumers to consider when...
  • Clean Coal: Carbon Capture and Enhanced Oil Recovery

    04/20/2017 6:58:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | April 18, 2017 | David Middleton
    Guest post by David Middleton THE 240MWE FACILITY IS THE LARGEST POST-COMBUSTION CARBON CAPTURE PROJECT IN THE WORLD WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of Energy Rick Perry took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the opening of Petra Nova, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture project, which was completed on-schedule and on-budget. The large-scale demonstration project, located at the W.A. Parish power plant in Thompsons, Texas, is a joint venture between NRG Energy (NRG) and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (JX).“I commend all those who contributed to this major achievement,” said Secretary Perry. “While the Petra Nova...
  • ‘Apple of oil’ EOG stays ahead of rivals with fracking 2.0

    04/20/2017 9:30:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies ^ | April 1, 2017 | Erin Ailworth The Wall Street Journal
    Using a proprietary app called ­iSteer, Brian Tapp, a geologist for EOG Resources, dashed off instructions to a drilling rig 160km away. This tool is among the reasons the little-known Midland, Texas, company says it pumps more oil from the continental US than Exxon Mobil, or any other producer.A rig worker received Mr Tapp’s iPhone alert and tweaked the trajectory of a drill bit thousands of feet underground, to land more squarely in a sweet spot of rock filled with West Texas crude.US shale drillers transformed the energy industry over the past decade with hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, in...
  • Opinion: Fracking could fuel Alaska’s next oil boom

    04/18/2017 11:02:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies ^ | Apr 18, 2017 1:37 p.m. ET | By Scott L. Montgomery
    Over the past year oil companies have discovered five billion barrels or more of recoverable oil on Alaska’s North Slope*******************************INteractive chart****************************Varios prices by trading time. of day***************************************************Fracking has been utilized in Alaska since the 1980s, but on a small scale. An earlier version said this would be the first time fracking is used in Alaska.************************ Arctic lands and waters hold irresistible allure for global oil companies. Despite opposition from environmental groups and President Obama’s 2016 ban on drilling in federal Arctic waters, exploration in Alaska has revealed massive new volumes of oil.This comes at a time of low oil prices...
  • What “permanent drought”? New all-time rainfall record set for California

    04/17/2017 11:42:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | April 14, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    From the California Dept. of Water ResourcesNorthern Sierra Precipitation Sets Water Year Record Atmospheric Rivers Pushed Total to 89.7 Inches since October 1 SACRAMENTO – Never in nearly a century of Department of Water Resources (DWR) recordkeeping has so much precipitation fallen in the northern Sierra in a water year. DWR reported today that 89.7 inches of precipitation – rain and snowmelt – has been recorded by the eight weather stations it has monitored continuously since 1920 from Shasta Lake to the American River basin.Source:’s total surpassed the previous record of 88.5 inches recorded in the entirety of Water Year...
  • L A Times ... deceptively hides ... US massive reduction of reducction of emissions (truc)

    04/17/2017 11:15:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | April 17, 2017 | Guest essay by Larry Hamlin
    An April 16, 2017 L A Times article entitled “Climate goal in peril” presents a graph which portrays US greenhouse gas emission reductions as falling short of Obama’s voluntary and unenforceable 2015 Paris agreement pledge.The L A Times article graph very selectively presents US greenhouse gas emissions data for years 2011 through 2015 along with a projection for year 2025 versus Obama’s Paris agreement voluntary goal for that year.The graph also shows the minimal role (5%) that California Governor Brown’s massively costly and bureaucratically intrusive (imposed on tens of millions of California citizens) SB 32 greenhouse gas reduction targets play...
  • Genetically Modified Pigs Could Ease Organ Shortage

    04/17/2017 11:37:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies ^ | Updated Dec. 1, 2016 12:44 p.m. ET | By Amy Dockser Marcus
    Researchers breed animals whose organs may be compatible with humans There are more than 120,000 people in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant and not enough donors. The dire shortage has led some researchers to consider an unusual solution: They are breeding genetically modified pigs whose organs could be compatible for human transplant. Researchers have been trying for decades to make animal-to-human transplants work, a process known as xenotransplantation. Pigs are a particularly promising source of organs. They produce big litters. Organs such as the kidney and liver are similar... To Read the Full Story Subscribe
  • Group Seeks to Overturn Patent Ruling on Breakthrough Gene Tech...

    04/17/2017 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | Updated April 13, 2017 9:03 p.m. ET | Amy Dockser Marcus and Joe Palazzolo
    Crispr-Cas9, a system scientists hope will reduce gene-editing to something akin to cutting and pasting text on a computer, has been claimed by two research groups Tensions are escalating in the long-running dispute between two major groups over the research and rights to Crispr, a biological system that has been adapted to easily edit the genes of animals, plants and people.
  • High-Court Case to Challenge Jurisdiction ‘Shopping’ in Patent Suits

    04/17/2017 8:57:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies ^ | March 23, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET | By John D. McKinnon
    Litigation challenges system that has led to concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly districts WASHINGTON—Businesses, particularly those in the tech sector, are watching closely a case to be argued in the Supreme Court next week challenging a system that has led to a concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions such as eastern Texas.The companies, often defendants in a patent-litigation boom of the last decade, are looking to the high court to curb what they say is “pervasive and pernicious forum...
  • The US Plan to Neutralize North Korea Doesn’t Involve the Military

    04/17/2017 7:31:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 17, 2017
    ***************************************************President Trump and members of his administration have recently struck a very friendly tone toward China, particularly with respect to that country’s apparent support for the effort to “denuclearize” the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un. But a senior Republican member of Congress on Sunday suggested that, behind the scenes, the administration is working on a different option that would be much more confrontational.In an appearance on CNN, House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) said that despite indications that Beijing is concerned about nuclear proliferation in North Korea, the Chinese government is still supporting the Korean economy and...
  • Hacker documents show NSA tools for breaching global money transfer system

    04/16/2017 6:26:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies ^ | April 15, 2017 | By Clare Baldwin and Joseph Menn Reuters
    By Clare Baldwin and Joseph MennHONG KONG/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Documents and computer files released by hackers provide a blueprint for how the U.S. National Security Agency likely used weaknesses in commercially available software to gain access to the global system for transferring money between banks, a review of the data showed.On Friday, a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers released documents and files indicating NSA had accessed the SWIFT money-transfer system through service providers in the Middle East and Latin America. That release was the latest in a series of disclosures by the group in recent months.Matt Suiche, founder...
  • He knows he can't win but it would be an unimaginable humiliation for him to back down:

    04/14/2017 6:44:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | , 14 April 2017 | Updated: 21:02 EDT, 14 Apri | By Mark Almond For The Daily Mail
    He knows he can't win but it would be an unimaginable humiliation for him to back down: In a deadly game of dare, Kim Jong-un will take the suicide option, says MARK ALMOND
  • Gen. Jack Keane reacts to US airstrikes in Syria (FOXNEWS VIDEO)

    04/06/2017 11:13:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 51 replies ^ | 4/6/2017 | FOXNEWS
  • U.S. Launches Cruise Missiles at Syrian Air Base in Response to Chemical Attack (Late night info)

    04/06/2017 9:13:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 48 replies ^ | Updated April 6, 2017 11:57 p.m. ET | By Gordon Lubold and Dion Nissenbaum
    Strikes represent first time a U.S. military operation deliberately targeted regime of President Bashar al-Assad WASHINGTON—The U.S. military launched nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian air base Friday, responding to mounting calls for a display of force in the wake of ....
  • How upgrading humans will become the next billion-dollar industry

    04/04/2017 11:42:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies ^ | Apr 4, 2017 3:13 a.m. ET | Jeremy Olshan
    By JeremyOlshan Editor Amazon Detail of “Homo Deus” hardcover dust jacket. Investors searching for the next transformative technology destined to turn a bunch of Ivy League dropouts into billionaires, and half the market into a loose slot machine, need only look in the mirror.“The greatest industry of the 21st century will probably be to upgrade human beings,” historian Yuval Harari, author of the fascinating new book “Homo Deus,” told MarketWatch. ‘For the first time in history it will be possible to translate economic inequality into biological inequality.’ Yuval Harari
  • Current Weak Solar Cycle Could Reduce Global Temperatures By Half A Degree

    04/01/2017 10:34:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | March 31, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    From ​the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)Sun’s impact on climate change quantified for first timeA solar flare captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory – click for much larger image For the first time, model calculations show a plausible way that fluctuations in solar activity could have a tangible impact on the climate. Studies funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation expect human-induced global warming to tail off slightly over the next few decades. A weaker sun could reduce temperatures by half a degree. There is human-induced climate change, and there are natural climate fluctuations. One important factor in the unchanging rise...
  • Stock Surge in First Quarter of 2017 Rides the Tech Wave

    04/01/2017 10:00:15 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | Updated March 31, 2017 10:09 p.m. ET | Corrie Driebusch
    Investors turn away from ‘Trump trade’ wagers—banks and industrials—to bet on growth shares The S&P 500 posted its biggest quarterly gain since the end of 2015, as a brightening economic outlook offset investors’ waning enthusiasm for the “Trump trade.”The index’s 5.5% rise in the first three months of the year extended postelection gains that have sent major U.S. indexes to records, but the most recent move higher reflects a change in the bets that are fueling the rally.Investors dialed back on shares expected... To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In
  • More wailing over Trump’s killing Obama’s overreaching climate regs – this time the doctors weigh in

    03/30/2017 11:01:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | March 28, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    From the AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS and the “how do people survive the climate change when they move from New York to Miami?” department, comes this warning that has all these deaths attached to the press release. As I said about a similar press release wailing about potential excess deaths earlier today, show me death certificates that puts climate change as the cause.ACP decries devastating impact of climate change orderWashington (March 28, 2017) President Trump’s executive order on climate change will have a devastating impact on public health, said the American College of Physicians (ACP) today. President Trump signed an executive...
  • U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”

    03/27/2017 9:27:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | March 22, 2017 | David Middleton
    Guest post by David MiddletonSource: U.S. Department of Agriculture Drought Monitor MARCH 22, 2017Record precipitation, snowpack in California expected to increase hydro generation in 2017 For the first time since 2011, California’s drought is significantly weakening—a result of one of the wettest winters on record. California has experienced record levels of precipitation this winter, and unlike last winter, cooler temperatures over the 2016–2017 winter season have enabled the precipitation to build up snowpack (the total accumulated snow and ice on the ground). High precipitation and snowpack levels, both of which supply hydroelectric generators throughout the year, suggest that hydroelectric...
  • DELINGPOLE: Scott Pruitt Is Failing to Drain the Swamp at the EPA

    03/27/2017 4:17:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies ^ | 27 Mar 2017 | James Delingpole
    President Trump’s attempts to drain the swamp are being undermined by one of his key administrators. President Trump’s attempts to drain the swamp are being undermined by one of his key administrators. Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is more interested in building his political career than he is taking on the Green Blob, insiders report. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Pruitt is also said to be behind attempts to remove at least one of the key phrases from the president’s long-awaited Executive Order on the environment.It concerns a proposal to repeal the EPA’s Endangerment Finding on CO2 (the disastrous, unscientific, job-killing ruling...