Submitted by: Goshin @ 03:09 PM | Monday, November 25, 2013 | (url: http://www.nytime...)
From two graphite electrodes, an arc of electricity leaps about a foot to the molten slag, producing a cloud of ionized particles known as plasma, which heats the chamber. Most heavier metals settle to the bottom of the pool, below a layer of liquid silica and other oxides. The metals are removed, cooled and used for steel or other products.
Effectively, 100 percent of all the metals on the base are being recycled, Mr. Robau said.
The liquid oxides are removed and form a glassy solid when cooled. The slag traps contaminants like errant lead molecules and other heavy metals in a vitreous matrix that takes up 1 percent of the volume of the original waste, Mr. Robau said, a tenth of the volume left over after traditional incineration.
In the past five years, with increased interest in energy independence and sustainability, venture capitalists and companies have financed testing of small-scale systems, including a 25-ton system built and run by InEnTec in Arlington, Ore., Mr. Vaillancourt said. Waste Management now holds an equity stake in InEnTec.
Last month the Agriculture Department announced a conditional $105 million loan guarantee for Fulcrum BioEnergy to build a much larger system outside Reno, Nev. It will use three InEnTec plasma melters to process 400 tons of garbage a day, an unprecedented scale for a plasma municipal waste facility, said Mr. Vaillancourt and others in the industry. Fulcrum plans to create ethanol from the syngas, and expects the Reno plant to be running in 2014.
New York City, too, is looking for innovative technology to deal with some of the citys waste. In March, the Bloomberg administration requested proposals to build a facility that would use newer techniques like plasma gasification or anaerobic digestion to process as much as 900 tons of garbage a day.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 05:03 PM | Thursday, November 21, 2013 | (url: http://www.wired....)
This week, health authorities in New Zealand announced that the tightly quarantined island nation has experienced its first case, and first death, from a strain of totally drug-resistant bacteria.
If we really lost antibiotics to advancing drug resistance and trust me, were not far off heres what we would lose. Not just the ability to treat infectious disease; thats obvious.
But also: The ability to treat cancer, and to transplant organs, because doing those successfully relies on suppressing the immune system and willingly making ourselves vulnerable to infection. Any treatment that relies on a permanent port into the bloodstream for instance, kidney dialysis. Any major open-cavity surgery, on the heart, the lungs, the abdomen. Any surgery on a part of the body that already harbors a population of bacteria: the guts, the bladder, the genitals. Implantable devices: new hips, new knees, new heart valves. Cosmetic plastic surgery. Liposuction. Tattoos.
Wed lose the ability to treat people after traumatic accidents, as major as crashing your car and as minor as your kid falling out of a tree. Wed lose the safety of modern childbirth: Before the antibiotic era, 5 women died out of every 1,000 who gave birth. One out of every nine skin infections killed. Three out of every 10 people who got pneumonia died from it.
And wed lose, as well, a good portion of our cheap modern food supply. Most of the meat we eat in the industrialized world is raised with the routine use of antibiotics, to fatten livestock and protect them from the conditions in which the animals are raised. Either way, meat and fish and seafood, also raised with abundant antibiotics in the fish farms of Asia would become much more expensive.
Antibiotics are used in plant agriculture as well. Right now, a drug-resistant version of the bacterial disease fire blight is attacking American apple crops. Theres currently one drug left to fight it.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 12:39 PM | Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | (url: https://www.holid...)
$12, 12 gifts, over 12 days
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Submitted by: Goshin @ 02:00 PM | Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | (url: http://www.huffin...)
in our galaxy, based on initial estimates from Kepler taking a survey of the sky for the last 4 years, there are 20 billion earths. The closet one is 12 light years away, much closer than the original thought of 40 light years.
Lets shoot radio signals at it
Sadly, Kepler died :(
Kepler has so far confirmed 135 planets beyond our Solar System.
But it still has more than 3,500 "candidates" in its database that have yet to be fully investigated, and the vast majority of these are expected to be confirmed as planets in due course.
Kepler completed its prime mission in November 2012, so it has already worked beyond its minimum requirements. But there is hope more science can be extracted from the spacecraft, with suggestions that it be turned over to look for asteroids, comets and exploding stars.
The US space agency, however, will have to decide whether a damaged Kepler merits further funding.
More planet-hunting missions are due to come online in the coming years.
The European Space Agency will launch its Gaia observatory before the end of 2013. Although its main goal is to map the positions of stars, it will do this so precisely that it should discover thousands of orbiting worlds in the process.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 08:25 AM | Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | (url: http://www.whiteh...)
The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury today released the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget results, which show that we are continuing to make significant progress in reducing the deficit. The final 2013 deficit was $680 billion, $409 billion less than the 2012 deficit and $293 billion less than forecast in President Obamas April Budget. As a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the deficit fell to 4.1 percent, representing a reduction of more than half from the deficit that the Administration inherited when the President took office in 2009. The deficit reduction since that point represents the fastest decline in the deficit over a sustained period since the end of World War II.
Under the President's leadership, we have already locked in more than $2.5 trillion of deficit reduction over the next decade, through a combination of spending cuts and revenue increases from asking the wealthiest to pay their share.
The significant decrease in the deficit from last year was due to a combination of higher receipts and lower outlays in 2013, which can be attributed to a variety of factors, including a stronger economy, the expiration of certain tax cuts for high income Americans, and spending reductions like those achieved from the troop drawdown in Afghanistan as proposed in the Presidents Budget
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:24 PM | Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)
The research by America's Morgan Stanley financial services giant says demand for wine "exceeded supply by 300m cases in 2012".
It describes this as "the deepest shortfall in over 40 years of records".
Last year, production also dropped to its lowest levels in more than four decades.
And as consumption then inevitably turns to the 2012 vintage, the authors say they "expect the current production shortfall to culminate in a significant increase in export demand, and higher prices for exports globally".
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:42 PM | Thursday, October 17, 2013 | (url: http://www.thever...)
seems cool, but we wont get one anytime soon. that shit has to operate at near absolute zero temps
Beyond the film, Google says it's made great leaps in recent experiments with the quantum chips, determining which algorithms work better in a quantum setup and providing further evidence that the D-Wave processor uses quantum entanglement, a behavior that links particles with no apparent physical connection between them. D-Wave has always claimed that its chips involved entanglement, but it had been difficult to conclusively demonstrate before now.
The first practical application has been on Google Glass, as engineers put the quantum chips to work on Glass's blink detector, helping it to better distinguish between intentional winks and involuntary blinks. For engineering reasons, the quantum processor can never be installed in Glass, but together with Google's conventional server centers, it can point the way to a better blink-detecting algorithm. That would allow the Glass processor to detect blinks with better accuracy and using significantly less power. If successful, it could be an important breakthrough for wink-triggered apps, which have struggled with the task so far.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 03:27 PM | Monday, October 14, 2013 | (url: http://www.youtub...)
Basically they passed a resolution for the house that only allows the leader of the house majority party and some of his buddies able to open a discussion on reopening the government
this congressman then calls them on it
meanwhile america dies a little bit more
Submitted by: ZooL @ 10:08 AM | Saturday, October 5, 2013 | (url: http://townhall.c...)
Among the bills sent to Brown last month is one that would outlaw an entire class of weapons that includes most assault rifles. It is the latest and most far-reaching attempt to close loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent previous assault weapon bans enacted in the state since the 1990s.
The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action wrote in a post on its website that the bill is unconstitutional and "would make unprecedented changes to Californias already unjust and byzantine 'assault weapon' law."
Under current California law, assault weapons can only be used for limited purposes and owners are prohibited from transferring them to anyone in the state. The bill would change the definition of an assault weapon to include any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine or a fixed magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, according to the group's statement.
Submitted by: ZooL @ 08:24 PM | Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | (url: http://tenthamend...)
Liberty Preservation Act: Nullify Indefinite Detention
Calif. achieved a tremendous victory yesterday when a coalition of grassroots efforts managed to persuade Gov. Jerry Brown to sign into law the California Liberty Preservation Act, also known as AB-351 and Habeas Corpus.
AB-351, which was first introduced by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in Feb., rejects the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), also known as indefinite detention, declaring the federal law null and void throughout the state. It also bans all cooperation with the NDAA and any other attempts by the feds to indefinitely detain Calif. citizens.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:52 PM | Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | (url: http://www.slate....)
The word clouds allowed the researchers to generate new insights into relationships between traits and language used. For example, participants with the most emotional stability refer to sports much more. Researcher Lyle Ungar said this suggests "we should explore the possibility that neurotic individuals would become more emotionally stable if they played more sports. In this way, the results provide new ways of researching connections between traits, behaviors, and the effectiveness of psychological interventions.
men vs women
age highschool vs college vs young adult vs OLD PEOPLE
Submitted by: ZooL @ 03:33 PM | Sunday, September 29, 2013 | (url: http://www.wnd.co...)
JERUSALEM An adviser to the Department of Homeland Security has used his Twitter profile to defend the Muslim Brotherhood while accusing Egypts persecuted Christian minority of inciting against Islam.
Earlier this month, Mohamed Elibiary, who was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council by then-secretary Janet Napolitano in 2010, tweeted that he was reappointed and even promoted.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/dhs-adviser-to-persecuted-christians-you-incited-muslims/#2IWBrAmIuXiafq7c.99
The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported Elibiarys tweets about Egypts Coptic Christians.
For decade since 9/11 attack extremist American #Coptic activists have nurtured anti #Islam & anti #Muslim sentiments among AM RT wing, Elibiary wrote.
Earlier, Elibiary attacked the U.S. Coptic community for its protests against a wave of Muslim attacks on their relatives in Egypt.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/dhs-adviser-to-persecuted-christians-you-incited-muslims/#2IWBrAmIuXiafq7c.99
Submitted by: ZooL @ 05:53 PM | Monday, September 16, 2013 | (url: http://www.foxnew...)
Militants in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula struck a police bus with a roadside bomb on Monday, wounding nine people and killing with a gunshot to the head a young conscript who had survived the blast, security officials said.
The 21-year-old had jumped from the moving bus after the explosion and was likely kidnapped by militants who shot him and dumped his body on the side of the road, they said. One of the wounded in the bus attack was a civilian, the rest were conscripts.
The blast on the outskirts of el-Arish, northern Sinai's provincial capital, came amid a counterinsurgency operation by Egypt's military and police in the volatile desert region.
The bus had carrying conscripts from the border town of Rafah, near the Palestinian Gaza Strip, to el-Arish and was escorted by an armored police car. The bomb was set off by remote control, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The attack comes as Egypt's military presses its largest offensive in years against militants in Sinai in response to attacks the army says have killed more than 100 policemen and soldiers since the July coup that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from power. The deadliest attack took place Aug. 19 when unidentified gunmen pulled 25 police conscripts off minibuses and shot them dead on the side of the main road linking Rafah to el-Arish.
While the military says it is only targeting militant hideouts in northern Sinai, security officials have not commented about alleged civilian deaths in the latest offensive. Few journalists have direct access to what is happening in Sinai because of security restrictions and concerns, forcing many to rely on statements by officials.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:59 PM | Friday, September 13, 2013 | (url: http://www.forbes...)
Really interesting read and info graph
where the jobs are heading
how is the pop aging and where is it moving to
check it out
Submitted by: ZooL @ 10:14 AM | Sunday, September 8, 2013 | (url: http://hosted.ap....)
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Rebels including al-Qaida-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of the capital Damascus, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning.
It was impossible to independently verify the reports from Maaloula, a scenic mountain community known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic. The village is on a UNESCO list of tentative world heritage sites.
The rebel advance into the area this week was spearheaded by Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, exacerbating fears among Syrians and religious minorities about the role played by Islamic extremists within the rebel ranks.
It was not immediately clear why the army couldn't sufficiently reinforce its troops to prevent the rebel advance in the area some 45 kilometers (25 miles) from Damascus. Some activists say that Assad's forces are stretched thin, fighting in other areas in the north and south of the country.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdul-Rahman, said Jabhat al-Nusra backed by another group, the Qalamon Liberation Front, moved into the village after heavy clashes with the army late Saturday. He said around 1,500 rebels are inside the town.
"The army pulled back to the outskirts of the village and both (rebel groups) are in total control of Maaloula now," Abdul-Rahman said.
A Maaloula resident said the rebels, many of them sporting beards and shouting God is great, attacked Christian homes and churches shortly after moving into the village overnight.
"They shot and killed people. I heard gunshots and then I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street in the old quarters of the village," said the resident, reached by telephone from neighboring Jordan. "So many people fled the village for safety."