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  • Smaller, Cheaper Microbial Fuel Cells Turn Urine into Electricity

    03/16/2016 8:28:21 AM PDT · by palmer · 41 replies
    R&D Mag ^ | Wed, 03/16/2016 - 10:40am | Elsevier
    A new kind of fuel cell that can turn urine into electricity could revolutionize the way we produce bioenergy, particularly in developing countries. The research, published in Electrochimica Acta, describes a new design of microbial fuel cell that's smaller, cheaper and more powerful than traditional ones. The world's supply of fossil fuels is being depleted, and there is increasing pressure to develop new renewable sources of energy. Bioenergy is one such source, and microbial fuel cells can produce it. In their study, researchers from University of Bath, Queen Mary University of London and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory describe a new...
  • Hillary Clinton Commits to Curing Alzheimerâs by 2025

    12/22/2015 12:16:40 PM PST · by palmer · 34 replies ^ | Tue, 12/22/2015 - 11:37am | Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outlined a plan to cure Alzheimer's disease by 2025 at her final campaign stop before the Christmas holiday in Iowa today. The proposal highlights increasing annual funding to $2 billion for the next 10 years with the goal of developing a cure by 2025. "The best scientific minds tell us we have a real chance to make groundbreaking progress on curing this disease and relieving the pain so many families feel every day. My plan will set us on that course," she said.
  • Please don't post large animated GIFs

    10/24/2015 11:09:31 AM PDT · by palmer · 125 replies
    Vanity ^ | 24Oct15 | Palmer
    This is a plea from those of us with limited bandwidth. This morning there was a touchdown animation that took about 2 minutes to load on my browser. It was in a thread that was completely unrelated to football or touchdowns. There are an increasing number of animated GIFs showing up that are either unrelated to the topic or superfluous. Videos like youtube links are automatically blocked from loading until you ask to load them. Those are great and I select a few to click and load. Links to animated GIFs could be replaced with a single frame GIF of...
  • Sudoku Puzzles Cause Seizures in Avalanche Survivor

    10/20/2015 12:13:39 PM PDT · by palmer · 1 replies
    Laboratory Equipment ^ | Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:14pm | Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor
    Sudoku, the logic-based, number placement puzzle known to help stimulate cognitive abilities, causes one man to have seizures. Doctors from the University of Munich published the case study in the Journal JAMA Neurology. A 25-year-old right-handed man started experiencing this unique case of reflex epilepsy after being buried by an avalanche during a ski trip. He was deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes, but made it out alive. "He had to be resuscitated, but was extremely lucky that he survived," says Berend Feddersen, author of the study. However, surviving the ordeal didnât come without side effects. Shortly after, the patient...
  • Police seek teen suspect in slaying of American U. grad on D.C. Metro

    07/06/2015 6:38:42 AM PDT · by palmer · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 5 at 6:14 PM | Michael Smith and T. Rees Shapiro
    He was a Connecticut transplant thriving in his adopted city, a policy and politics wonk known to capture sun-basked monuments, cherry blossoms and the marble halls of power in Washington with his ever-present camera. On July 4, Kevin Joseph Sutherland stepped onto the Metro to visit friends, but he never arrived at the gathering. In an altercation police believe was the result of a robbery gone awry, Sutherland was stabbed to death aboard a train during the Saturday afternoon rush at the NoMa-Gallaudet U station on Florida Avenue NE. ... and he decorated his student government office at American University...
  • Robot Kills Technician At German VW Plant

    07/02/2015 7:44:05 AM PDT · by palmer · 92 replies ^ | Wed, 07/01/2015 - 5:08pm | Andy Szal, Digital Reporter
    A technician died from injuries sustained while working on a robot at Volkswagen's factory in Kessel, Germany, according to media reports. The reports indicated that two men, who worked for an outside contractor, were installing the robot when the mechanism struck one of them in the chest and pressed him against a metal plate. The 21-year-old man, who was working within the metal safety cage confining the robot, later died from the accident. His co-worker was outside the metal cage and unharmed. Prosecutors are investigating the incident. Volkswagen officials said that the robot did not have a technical defect and...
  • Jellyfish-lamb Hybrid Ends Up as Meat at French Slaughterhouse

    06/23/2015 12:10:50 PM PDT · by palmer · 13 replies ^ | Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:29pm | Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter
    A lamb that was genetically modified with jellyfish genes for advanced research was sold to a slaughterhouse for meat in France, according to European news accounts. An investigation to find out how the genetically-altered animal ended up as meat is underway, according to Le Parisien, the French newspaper that broke the story. "Rubis, the lamb, was found on a plate. Who ate her? No one knows. All that's known is the meat left a French slaughterhouse in November 2014" according to Le Parisien. The story states Rubis came from a program started in 2009 called "Green Mutton" within the scientific...
  • [December 10, 2014] LET US BREATHE

    06/12/2015 3:50:18 PM PDT · by palmer · 24 replies
    Inlander (Urban Weekly) ^ | December 10, 2014 | Rachel Dolezal
    Spokane joins national protests over the failure to indict white officers for killing black civilians By Rachel Dolezal By now, you've probably decided to care, or not care, about the #BlackLivesMatter campaign sweeping America. Translated for black families: You've decided to care or not care about us. Joining the national movement calling for justice and an end to police brutality, Spokane has rallied, marched and circulated petitions. We have not been silent. From the protests this October at Eastern Washington University that started the momentum with memorial tributes to 25 black victims of police shootings, to the formal campus forum...
  • BREAKING: Ebola Response in Clarendon (Arlington, VA)

    02/26/2015 10:35:23 AM PST · by palmer · 13 replies
    Arlington Now ^ | February 26, 2015 at 10:05 am |
    (Updated at 10:35 a.m.) Arlington County medics, firefighters and the hazmat team are on the scene of a Clarendon apartment building for a potential case of Ebola. The call came in just after 9:30 this morning, for a possible Ebola patient in the new Beacon at Clarendon apartment building at 1128 N. Irving Street. According to ACFD spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Marchegiani, the department dispatches an Ebola response out of an abundance of caution when a sick person has a travel history and symptoms consistent with a case of the deadly virus. While its unlikely its Ebola, the fire department...
  • CA Startup Unveils Gun Technology For Police

    10/24/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT · by palmer · 29 replies (AP) ^ | Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:36am | Haven Daley, The Associated Press
    A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired. It can also track where the gun is located and in what direction it was fired. ...
  • U.S. plans 21-day monitoring of people who arrive from Ebola-stricken nations

    10/23/2014 4:46:09 AM PDT · by palmer · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 22 at 10:13 PM | Ashley Halsey III and Lori Aratani
    Every airline passenger who arrives in the United States from one of the three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola will be monitored by state and local health authorities for 21 days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. ... The burden of monitoring will fall to state and local health officials, who have legal authority to control infectious disease, Frieden said. ... "What a logistical nightmare," said John Connor, an associate professor of microbiology at Boston University and an investigator with the university'a National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories....
  • Man Caught With "Ebola" Heroin at New Jersey Hotel: Police

    10/23/2014 3:58:20 AM PDT · by palmer · 5 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 Updated at 11:52 AM EDT | Associated Press / NBC New York
    A 47-year-old New Jersey man was arrested at a hotel Monday after authorities allegedly found more than 600 packets of heroin, many of them branded "Ebola," for sale, along with crack cocaine. Barnabas Davis was taken into custody at the Ramada Inn on Route 9 in Toms River after officials executed a search warrant for the rear suites. Investigators allegedly found 633 wax folds containing heroin and about 40 grams of crack cocaine in his possession. ...
  • Ebola patient receives experimental treatment in Dallas hospital

    10/06/2014 11:08:08 AM PDT · by palmer · 91 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12:47 pm on October 6, 2014 | Sherry Jacobson
    Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who is fighting a severe Ebola infection in Dallas, is getting an experimental treatment, the hospital announced Monday. The drug is an investigational medication, brincidofovir, for Ebola Virus Disease. Chimerix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company today announced that brincidofovir has been provided for potential use in patients with Ebola Virus Disease. ...
  • 'He gave me a big hug,' fearful daughter of Dallas Ebola patient's girlfriend says

    10/04/2014 8:44:06 AM PDT · by palmer · 101 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 04, 2014 | Fox News
    The first man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. got much sicker shortly after a Dallas hospital diagnosed him with a fever and sent him home, says a woman who calls the man her stepfather and took his temperature. ... Two days later, Jallah told the Journal in a story published Friday, her mother called her again. "She said, 'Your step-daddy is not feeling OK,'" she said. "He's been going to the bathroom all night. You should come over and fetch him some breakfast.'" The woman said Duncan had been up all night with diarrhea. She took his temperature and...
  • Unlocking The Market For Electric Vehicles [in Europe]

    10/01/2014 8:43:54 AM PDT · by palmer · 3 replies
    Manufacturing dot Net ^ | Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:28am | European Commission, CORDIS
    Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. ... In practice, this means that the car is intelligent, and provides the driver with braking tips based on traffic flows and advice on the best route to limit energy use. Up to 30 % of energy can be saved this way, without losing much time along the way. ...
  • Bash specially-crafted environment variables code injection attack

    09/25/2014 7:04:10 PM PDT · by palmer · 10 replies
    Red Hat ^ | Update 2014-09-25 16:00 UTC | Red Hat
    Red Hat is aware that the patch for CVE-2014-6271 is incomplete. An attacker can provide specially-crafted environment variables containing arbitrary commands that will be executed on vulnerable systems under certain conditions. The new issue has been assigned CVE-2014-7169. ...
  • Airborne Transmission of Ebola is a Possibility

    09/18/2014 7:15:04 AM PDT · by palmer · 22 replies
    Laboratory Equipment Magazine ^ | Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00am | Purdue Univ.
    The idea of the Ebola virus becoming airborne is not far-fetched as its ability to enter cells that line the trachea and lungs has been shown under controlled laboratory conditions, a Purdue Univ. virus expert says. David Sanders, an associate professor of biological sciences who has studied the Zaire strain of Ebola virus that is responsible for the current outbreak in West Africa, says the possibility of the virus becoming airborne should not be discounted. ...
  • Toss routers with hardcoded passwords, expert says

    08/28/2014 3:30:05 AM PDT · by palmer · 24 replies
    Network World ^ | Aug 27, 2014 4:26 AM PT | Antone Gonsalves
    Sometimes it is best to toss security-challenged technology, and that's the recommendation experts are giving to small businesses using a flawed router from a China-based manufacturer. Trend Micro reported this week that routers sold under the brand name of Netcore in China and Netis outside of the country contained a "backdoor" that could be easily accessed by a hacker to monitor Internet traffic. ...
  • Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

    08/13/2014 8:16:15 AM PDT · by palmer · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wed, 08/13/2014 - 7:29am | John Flesher - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press
    Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly. Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them...
  • Udall cancels appearance at fundraiser with Obama

    07/09/2014 6:17:51 AM PDT · by palmer · 23 replies
    Associated Press via Washington Post ^ | July 9 at 9:04 AM | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, who was to appear with President Barack Obama in Denver at a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday, says he's too busy with legislative business in Washington to attend. In a statement, Udall said that "due to last-minute votes and legislative activity" he will be unable to make the trip back to Colorado for the event. ...
  • Obama Climate Rules Can't Wait Until After Election

    05/08/2014 7:13:35 AM PDT · by palmer · 29 replies
    AP via ^ | Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:22am | Josh Lederman, Associated Press
    ... But Obama can't wait that long. Unlike the Keystone XL oil pipeline, whose review the administration has delayed, probably until after November's elections, the clock is ticking for the power plant rules - the cornerstone of Obama's campaign to curb climate change. Unless he starts now, the rules won't be in place before he leaves office, making it easier for his successor to stop them. So even though the action could bolster Republican attacks against some of this year's most vulnerable Democrats, the administration is proceeding at full speed. Obama's counselor on climate issues, John Podesta, affirmed that the...
  • Handicapping the 2016 vice presidential field.

    03/07/2014 12:35:43 PM PST · by palmer · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 7 at 2:24 pm | BY SEAN SULLIVAN
    [skipping the explanations] Dems: 1. Deval Patrick. 2. Elizabeth Warren. 3. The Castro brothers. 4. Kirsten Gillibrand 5. Cory Booker. Rinos: 1. Susana Martinez. 2. Marco Rubio. 3. Scott Walker. 4. Bobby Jindal. 5. Brian Sandoval.
  • Snow makes unseasonal return to Britain as temperatures dip

    05/15/2013 12:21:29 PM PDT · by palmer · 16 replies
    The Grauniad ^ | 15 May 2013 12.00 EDT | Steven Morris
    A blast of wet and chilly weather left some hilly areas of the UK cloaked in snow as well as spring blossom on Wednesday.... Among areas affected was the hamlet of Anchor, close to the border between Shropshire and Wales. Landlord Mike Steedman, who has run the Anchor Inn for the past 17 years, said he could not remember snow falling in the area during May....
  • The Letter Blew Away

    01/16/2013 6:51:48 PM PST · by palmer · 63 replies
    vanity ^ | 16 Jan 2013 | palmer
    "I was going to write my Congressman but there was a sudden gust of wind and the letter blew away." Make sense? How about: this: "I lost my firearms in a (insert overused unfunny cliche) accident so I no longer exercise my Second Amendment rights." In other words, I'll just pretend to not be armed until some ill-defined time in the future, and then I'll get out my firearms, and do some practice since I won't have had any for years and then... ?? Maybe at that point I'll find my pen and some more paper and ???
  • Microsoft to release emergency Internet Explorer patch on Monday

    01/14/2013 6:55:52 AM PST · by palmer · 31 replies
    Network World ^ | January 13, 2013 11:06 PM | Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
    IDG News Service - Microsoft will release a patch on Monday for older versions of its Internet Explorer browser, deviating from its normal repair schedule due to the seriousness of the problem. The vulnerability, which is present in IE 6, 7 and 8, is a memory corruption issue. It can be exploited by an attacker via a drive-by download, a term for loading a website with attack code that delivers malware to a victim's computer if the person merely visits the website. ... The patch, which will be released at 10 AM PST, will be distributed through Windows Update. Childs...
  • 3D-Printed Weapons & the Consequences

    12/12/2012 6:32:09 AM PST · by palmer · 56 replies
    DesignNews ^ | 12/11/2012 | Cabe Atwell
    At-home 3D printing is on the rise, and what was once just a lofty promise is now a reality. More and more hobbyists are acquiring affordable printers, such as the Makerbot Replicator 2 and the RapMan Universal 3D (single/dual head) printer, to manufacture just about everything from toys to working clocks. Some hobbyists have used these printers for fast-prototyping items that are controversial -- or even deadly. It comes as no surprise that some would attempt to replicate weapons systems (or at least parts of them) in an effort to create a fully functional gun. It's not exactly clear who...
  • TARP as Congressional Failure [how to lose the ObamaTARP vote]

    11/11/2012 7:54:55 AM PST · by palmer
    CATO ^ | February 4, 2010 | John Samples
    ...Congress did a poor job of deliberating regarding EESA. Its leadership deferred to leaders of the executive branch and failed to show a seemly skepticism about the bailout. In the end, Congress resorted to less seemly methods to pass the law. After the initial rejection of EESA, congressional leaders purchased the necessary votes for passage by offering funding for projects favored by members who had voted no earlier. In other words, the leaders bought the passage of EESA by wasting perhaps $150 billion on what were essentially bribes.56 Vote-buying, not deliberation, brought victory on October 3.... ...The first vote taken...
  • Out of town on Nov. 6? Cast an absentee ballot now (barf alert)

    09/26/2012 11:32:20 AM PDT · by palmer · 12 replies
    Northern Virginia Daily ^ | Sep. 26, 2012 | Linda Ash
    My daughter Jennifer is one happy Kent State student. She sent me a photo of her ticket to see President Barack Obama, who will be giving a speech in the university's M.A.C. Center later today. ...Linda Ash is editor of the Northern Virginia Daily.
  • How to Solve the Climate Problem: a Step-by-Step Guide [Stalin approves]

    09/14/2012 7:22:23 PM PDT · by palmer · 16 replies
    SkepticalScience Blog ^ | 14 September 2012 | Dana Nuccitelli (aka Dana1981)
    Excerpts from "Gingerbaker "...Climate change is the most serious national (and international) crisis mankind has ever faced. It requires a solution on a scale that only the national government can accomplish. ...If we were to cover the Mojave Desert with PV panels, it would supply enough electricity to power our entire energy needs for the next thousand years. And since we, as American taxpayers, paid for those panels and an upgraded smart grid we should rightfully expect that our electricity would be free. Rip the meters right off the walls.... "Old Mole" sez ...Isn't it time to consider sawing off...
  • New Intel Processor Instruction

    06/07/2012 7:05:20 AM PDT · by palmer · 5 replies
    None ^ | 7 June | Palmer
    Just thought of a potentially useful new instruction for the Intel processor: Floating point Unordered Bitwise Or
  • Tsunami-Swept Harley Found In Canada

    05/02/2012 8:19:16 AM PDT · by palmer · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 5/2/2012 | Malcolm Foster
    TOKYO (AP) -- It must have been a wild ride. Japanese media say a Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost in last year's tsunami has washed up on a Canadian island about 6,400 kilometers (4,000 miles) away. The rusted bike was found in a large white container where its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, had kept it. He was located through the license plate number, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. "This is unmistakably mine. It's miraculous," Yokoyama told Nippon TV when shown photos of the motorcycle. Yokoyama lost three members of his family in the March 11, 2011, tsunami...
  • Winter Storm Watch (western NY, central/western PA, WV mtns)

    04/21/2012 6:14:55 PM PDT · by palmer · 96 replies
    National Weather Service ^ | April 21, 2012 | N/A
  • Century-Old Bulb From Ohio Site Still Works

    03/27/2012 8:42:55 AM PDT · by palmer · 18 replies ^ | Tue, 03/27/2012 - 9:55am | AP
    EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- At least one of five century-old incandescent light bulbs still works after being pulled from the cornerstone of a Cleveland-area building along with a time capsule ...
  • New Probe Finds Fatal Radiation Levels at Fukushima Reactor

    03/27/2012 8:36:05 AM PDT · by palmer · 18 replies
    Design Daily ^ | Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | AP
    <p>TOKYO (AP) A new probe at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant has found fatal radiation levels and hardly any cooling water inside one of the reactors, renewing concerns about the plant's stability.</p> <p>The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says an endoscopic examination Tuesday detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the No. 2 reactor's contain chamber, suggesting challenges ahead in shutting down the facility.</p>
  • The Origin of the Heartland Documents

    02/20/2012 7:18:43 PM PST · by palmer · 27 replies
    Huffpost via Climate Audit ^ | Feb 20, 2012 | Peter H. Gleick
    From Gleick's Huffington Post confession: Given the potential impact however, I attempted to confirm the accuracy of the information in this document. In an effort to do so, and in a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics, I solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else's name. The materials the Heartland Institute sent to me confirmed many of the facts in the original document, including especially their 2012 fundraising strategy and budget. I forwarded, anonymously, the documents I had received to a set of journalists and experts working on climate issues....
  • Larry Sinclair is NOT dead

    11/14/2011 4:52:20 AM PST · by palmer · 45 replies · 3+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 14 Nov 2011 | vanity
    Body of thread (REQUIRED)
  • Just donated to Cain

    09/29/2011 10:34:18 AM PDT · by palmer · 29 replies
    Cain for President ^ | today | palmer
    Just sent my second largest political donation ever to Cain. (the largest was to the Libertarian party back when I was young and naive).
  • Its the Regulations, Stupid

    09/10/2011 8:37:28 AM PDT · by palmer · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | Sept 8, 2011 | Henry Payne
    The canary in the Obamanomics pixie-dust mine has been American industry choking on green. From EPAs carbon crusade to light bulbs to Obamacare, hyper-regulation has weakened the industrial jobs engine. Ask jobs creators in Michigan what President Obama should do to resurrect the economy tonight, and the answer is uniform: Take your regulatory boot off our necks. A variety of business people interviewed by the Detroit News editorial page this week spoke in one voice about Obamas job-killing regs. Stop over-regulating the industry. From the EPA lead laws to the new OSHA fall protection laws, we need to stop the...
  • Former EPA climate policy advocate becomes Siemens lobbyist (follow the $$)

    06/13/2011 6:24:00 AM PDT · by palmer · 8 replies
    WashingtonTechnology ^ | Jun 10, 2011 | David Hubler
    Siemens Corp. has hired former EPA executive David McIntosh as its vice president for federal lobbying, effective June 27. He will help oversee legislative and regulatory issues within the companys Government Affairs Office, according to a June 9 Siemens announcement. McIntosh previously served as a senior political adviser to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and the associate administrator for congressional and intergovernmental relations. In those roles, he was responsible for the agency's interactions with members of Congress and state government officials. He also served as Jackson's lead political strategist on climate policy and implementation of the Clean Air Act. ...
  • Divide and Conquer (using Obama BC)

    05/15/2011 8:46:10 AM PDT · by palmer · 82 replies
    n/a ^ | 15May2011 | palmer
    The long form forgery theory includes the idea that the forger forged the left paren in "(Stanley)" separately from the Stanley and right paren. At the same time (same layer) that they forged that left paren, they forged "BA ACK". Then they forged the "R" separately. None of those things is evidence of forgery but rather is evidence that the document brought back from Hawaii was loaded into a graphics program which thresholded the graphics by darkness and line thickness which create the layers observed in the WH PDF. That suggests a rather bizarre conspiracy of someone in the WH...
  • Macbook Air sh/ctrl keys not working? (vanity)

    02/19/2011 5:54:13 AM PST · by palmer · 24 replies · 1+ views
    none | today | me
    Just got a new MacBook Air 11 last night, first mac I've bought since my Mac Plus in early 86. I liked that computer too, but too slow now... Anyway this morning I turned it on, downloaded tbird and tried typing my name and the left shift key did't work. Then I tested the left control key with the terminal program and it didn't work either. Then I started surfing for answers and they started working. My question is: is there any way this could be SW, or do I need to take this back?
  • Study Finds New Evidence of Warming in Antarctica (2009)

    12/06/2010 5:29:43 PM PST · by palmer · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2009 | KENNETH CHANG
    Antarctica is warming. ... We now see warming is taking place on all seven of the earths continents in accord with what models predict as a response to greenhouse gases, said Eric J. Steig, a professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, who is the lead author of a paper to be published Thursday in the journal Nature.
  • Secretary Chu: China's Clean Energy Successes Represent a New "Sputnik Moment" for America

    12/01/2010 10:02:46 AM PST · by palmer · 30 replies
    Dept. of Energy website ^ | November 29, 2010 | n/a
    November 29, 2010Secretary Chu: China's Clean Energy Successes Represent a New "Sputnik Moment" for America At National Press Club, Energy Secretary Says Innovation is Key to America's Economic Competitiveness Washington, D.C. - In a speech at the National Press Club, U.S Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that the success of China and other countries in clean energy industries represents a new "Sputnik Moment" for the United States, and requires a similar mobilization of America's innovation machine so that we can compete in the global race for the jobs of the future. Secretary Chu outlined efforts underway at the Department to...
  • Tie tax cuts to unemployment rate (DU backwards alert)

    11/12/2010 6:19:36 AM PST · by palmer · 5 replies
    Fri Nov-12-10 08:40 AM | "Pholus "
    10% unemployment = 50% top tax rate corporate = 85% individual top tax rate for more than $250k/year 4% unemployment = 20% top tax rate corporate = 25% individual top tax rate for more than $250k/year 1% unemployment = 0% top tax rate corporate = 10% individual top tax rate for more than $250k/year
  • Blizzard Warning

    10/26/2010 3:53:58 AM PDT · by palmer · 20 replies
    National Weather Service, Bismark, ND ^ | 435 AM CDT TUE OCT 26 2010 | NWS, Bismark, ND
  • Dr. Art Robinson for Congress (Oregon 4th District)

    09/21/2010 6:38:26 AM PDT · by palmer · 7 replies
    Not Specified | Art Robinson
    Positions 1. Tax and spend policies by government destroy more jobs than they create. 2. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as intended by the framers should be the basis of all U.S. laws. 3. Energy independence requires that government impediments to energy production - in the forms of taxation, regulation, and sponsorship of litigation - be rolled back. 4. Many government agencies are counterproductive and should be eliminated. 5 . Job growth requires that taxes and regulations imposed by government be reduced. 6. Government meddling in the farm and forest industries should cease. 7. U.S. borders should be...
  • The Passing of a Climate Warrior

    07/19/2010 11:29:40 AM PDT · by palmer · 28 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 19July2010 | Revkin (another climate "warrior")
    Stephen H. Schneider, a Stanford University climate scientist who for decades built the case that global warming, while laden with complexity, justified an aggressive response, has died. Ralph Cicerone, the president of the National Academy of Sciences, of which Schneider was a longtime member, said he had confirmed the news. Schneider, who was 65, spent decades studying the forces influencing climate and the policy implications of human-driven warming, as well as pressing the case for action to curb emissions of greenhouse gases even as he battled and subdued a rare cancer in recent years. In an e-mail message to a...
  • Twitter Musings in Syria Elicit Groans in Washington

    07/01/2010 5:59:46 AM PDT · by palmer · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | June 29, 2010 | MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON When two young State Department officials took a delegation of Silicon Valley executives to Syria recently, they billed it as a chance to use the promise of technology to reach out to a country with which the United States has long had icy relations. ... She [the other One] singled out Mr. Cohen, 28, and Mr. Ross, 38, saying they symbolize the drive to create "21st-century statecraft."
  • Iron to be dumped at sea to reduce global warming

    06/21/2010 3:16:58 AM PDT · by palmer · 40 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:30AM BST 21 Jun 2010 | none
    Thousands of tonnes of iron will be dumped at sea in an attempt to cut global warming by sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it has been reported. The iron will lay vast amounts of phytoplankton, which absorbs CO2 as the grow, The Times reported. ... Proponents say the cost could be met by businesses to offset their carbon emissions, the paper added.
  • Merely Human? Thats So Yesterday

    06/14/2010 3:02:31 AM PDT · by palmer · 7 replies · 337+ views
    The immortal New York Times ^ | June 11, 2010 | ASHLEE VANCE
    ON a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for a nine-day, $15,000 course at Singularity University, saw it happen. While the flesh-and-blood version of Mr. Brin sat miles away at a computer capable of remotely steering a robot, the gizmo rolling around here consisted of a printer-size base with wheels attached to a boxy, head-height screen glowing with an image of Mr. Brins face. The BrinBot obeyed its human commander and sputtered around from group to group, talking to attendees...