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Navy creates fuel from seawater at $3-$6/gallon

Submitted by: Goshin @ 08:18 PM | Saturday, April 12, 2014 | (url: http://www.addict...)

Also it pulls CO2 out of the ocean in the process, allowing the ocean to re-absorb this stuff, making it carbon neutral. boats are pretty fuel hungry, so this should be pretty nice for weening off gas

http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2012/fueling-the-fleet-navy-looks-to-the-seas
Refueling U.S. Navy vessels, at sea and underway, is a costly endeavor in terms of logistics, time, fiscal constraints and threats to national security and sailors at sea.

In Fiscal Year 2011, the U.S. Navy Military Sea Lift Command, the primary supplier of fuel and oil to the U.S. Navy fleet, delivered nearly 600 million gallons of fuel to Navy vessels underway, operating 15 fleet replenishment oilers around the globe.

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HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THESE PRICES!

Submitted by: Goshin @ 03:38 PM | Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | (url: http://www.huffin...)

ARE YOU WANTING TO FLY CHEAPLY TO FUCKING ENGLAND FROM LA, NYC, OR FTL THIS YEAR!??!@/!?
WELL HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THESE PRICES! $240 FROM NYC TO LONDON!!!! ONLY $30 MORE FOR FOOD, LUGGAGE, AND PRIORTY SEATS!!! ITS A STEAL!


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/18/norwegian%20budget%20airline%20london%20us%20low%20cost_n_4122881.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

Are you an anglophile who bemoans the exorbitant price of transatlantic flights to London? Well, we've got some good news for you.

Beginning in July 2014, budget airline Norwegian will offer flights from New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Gatwick Airport starting at 149 (that's just over $240), the Guardian reports.

Norwegian is comparable to Ryanair, with slightly better amenities. Flying budget across the Atlantic Ocean doesn't sound like the most comfortable situation but, at the price, it's an attractive option.

Travelers on Norwegian's long-haul flights will fly on new Boeing Dreamliners. The airline will offer seat-back in-flight entertainment systems for free, but charge extra (30, approximately $50) for a package that will include meals, luggage and reserved seating.

Even with the added charge for amenities, Norwegian's flights will still be a steal. According to Skyscanner, the cheapest flight to London last month was 349 or $565.

Norwegian will compete with popular New York to London air carries like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, which generally charge much higher air fares but have more amenities and fly into Heathrow Airport.

"There's great demand for high-quality flights at a low fare between the UK and the US, particularly to and from Gatwick," Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian's chief executive, said. "It shows the benefits to passengers of Gatwick competing with Heathrow on routes, price and service."

The airline plans on having three weekly New York to London flights and twice weekly flights to Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.

HOLY CRAP WE SHOULD ALL GO!!!!!!!!

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Chrome's next target: Your meeting room

Submitted by: Hologram @ 12:37 AM | Friday, February 7, 2014 | (url: http://news.cnet....)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Armed with a plethora of hardware weapons, Google wants to take over meeting room teleconferencing systems with a low-cost Chromebox for Meetings.

Announced on Thursday, the new system provides what Google calls a compelling suite of hardware and software tools to get more businesses to buy into video-conference calls. The system retails for $999 per meeting room, includes a new Core i7-powered Chromebox, remote control, microphone-speaker combo, and high-definition Webcam, and is available immediately in the US.

"We want to redo the meeting room," Caesar Sengupta, the vice president of product management for Chromebooks, told a press gathering at Google's headquarters.

He said that the system combines new hardware and new ways of using existing Google services to create a low-priced alternative to complicated, expensive teleconferencing systems. From low-quality video streams, to difficulties identifying other people on your conference call, Sengupta enthusiastically described how Chromebox for Meetings will change the workplace -- if businesses flock to it.
The initial $999 fee includes service for one year. Thereafter, Chromebox for Meetings will cost $250 per year.

Sengupta said the reason that Google developed the Chromebox for Business was utilitarian. The company needed to solve its own teleconferencing problems.

He described teleconferencing systems as "too complicated for most regular users," and said that the problems start with trying to get somebody to join in remotely.

"Even I can't remember 20-digit numbers," he said. He wasn't joking.


Tesla has coast to coast coverage with super charge stations now

Submitted by: Goshin @ 09:22 AM | Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | (url: http://watchplayr...)

You can drive from west to east for free if you own a Tesla S
takes 30 minutes to charge 170 miles, so stopping every 3 hours. I guess it'll keep you regular for bathrooms and food.
They plan on having EVEN MORE stations by 2015.

[qoute]The Model S is known to have an operating range of 265 EPA certified miles, 170 of which can be recharged (for free mind you) within 30 minutes of being plugged in. This means that essentially every pit stop that you take on your road trip allows time to recharge and stretch your legs while not costing you anything in gas. Right now, there are 71 stations active and is now possible for you to travel from one coast to the other via the network of charging stations.

By 2015, Tesla plans on having 98% of the United States covered with access to the power stations[/quote]
[img]http://watchplayread.com/files/2014/01/tesla-supercharger-map.png[/img]

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Tesla has coast to coast coverage with super charge stations now

Submitted by: Goshin @ 09:22 AM | Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | (url: http://watchplayr...)

You can drive from west to east for free if you own a Tesla S
takes 30 minutes to charge 170 miles, so stopping every 3 hours. I guess it'll keep you regular for bathrooms and food.
They plan on having EVEN MORE stations by 2015.

[qoute]The Model S is known to have an operating range of 265 EPA certified miles, 170 of which can be recharged (for free mind you) within 30 minutes of being plugged in. This means that essentially every pit stop that you take on your road trip allows time to recharge and stretch your legs while not costing you anything in gas. Right now, there are 71 stations active and is now possible for you to travel from one coast to the other via the network of charging stations.

By 2015, Tesla plans on having 98% of the United States covered with access to the power stations[/quote]
[img]http://watchplayread.com/files/2014/01/tesla-supercharger-map.png[/img]

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Burning Garbage with Plasma Arc Tech!

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.

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The End Is Nigh

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.

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Cards Against Humanity is giving YOU 12 gifts, maybe...if you're good

Submitted by: Goshin @ 12:39 PM | Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | (url: https://www.holid...)

or not
$12, 12 gifts, over 12 days
mystery stuff, sounds fun looks fun i did it go nuts if you want otherwise fuck you


We Are Probably Not Alone

Submitted by: Goshin @ 02:00 PM | Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | (url: http://www.huffin...)

Sup friends
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 :(
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23724344
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.

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Apparently Obama has cut the deficit in half since 2009

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.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/cutting-our-deficit-half

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

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We're running out of wine!

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".

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google's quantum computer

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.

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House repubs make opening government impossible

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


CALIFORNIANS MUST FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS AGAIN

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.

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A CRACK FORMS IN THE COMMUNISTS ARMOR

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.

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