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Scientists solve solar energy’s burning question: how to make it cheaper than fossil fuels

In a fight between solar and fossil fuels, the latter has always had a killer question up its sleeve: “What about supercritical steam?" That’s the method by which the most advanced power stations generate electricity, superheating water until it instantly becomes steam, a feat that’s only possible (and affordable) by burning coal or gas. Or, at least it was. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has managed to use solar energy to the same effect, boiling liquid to temperatures of 570 degrees Celsius in a test chamber.

Full Story: Endgadget

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The Chinese Government Is Investing Heavily in the Maker Movement

China’s Communist Party government loves the DIY maker movement. “Innovation is no longer only promoted by the top-down initiatives of the world’s biggest companies,” enthused the state-run Liberation Daily newspaper, “but is being built from the bottom up by countless individuals such as amateurs, entrepreneurs and professionals. As [Chris] Anderson says, we are born makers.”

Anderson, former Wired editor and author of Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, is something of a rock star among Chinese makers and officials. 

Thanks to the Internet’s global sharing and the robust foundation of China’s electronics manufacturing industry, the Liberation Daily continued, “the future of China’s maker industry will be very competitive.”Another state media article added that authorities “should seize the current opportunity to introduce plans as soon as possible to support the development of the maker movement.”

Full Story: Slate

this experiment is fucking crazy.

this experiment is fucking crazy.

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Virus from Siberian permafrost revived

French scientists have revived a giant virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years, a breakthrough that may server as a warning that long-dormant, possibly harmful pathogens in frozen soil could be revived by Arctic drilling and global warming.  

The scientists thawed the virus, Pithovirus sibericum, and watched it replicate in a culture in a petri dish, where it infected an amoeba, a simple single-cell organism, according to a study published Monday in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The study’s lead author told the LA Times that the discovery proves “that we could eventually resurrect active infectious viruses from different periods.”

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(Photo: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

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Aaaaaand the zombie apocolypse begins

these people obv don’t watch movies

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Aboriginal rights a threat to Canada’s natural resource agenda, documents reveal
March 3, 2014

The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal.

Since 2008, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs has run a risk management program to evaluate and respond to “significant risks” to its agenda, including assertions of treaty rights, the rising expectations of aboriginal peoples, and new legal precedents at odds with the government’s policies.

Yearly government reports obtained by the Guardian predict that the failure to manage the risks could result in more “adversarial relations” with aboriginal peoples, “public outcry and negative international attention,” and “economic development projects [being] delayed.”

“There is a risk that the legal landscape can undermine the ability of the department to move forward in its policy agenda,” one Aboriginal Affairs’ report says. “There is a tension between the rights-based agenda of Aboriginal groups and the non-rights based policy approaches” of the federal government.

The Conservative government is planning in the next ten years to attract $650 billion of investment to mining, forestry, gas and oil projects, much of it on or near traditional aboriginal lands.

Critics say the government is determined to evade Supreme Court rulings that recognize aboriginal peoples’ rights to a decision-making role in, even in some cases jurisdiction over, resource development in large areas of the country.

“The Harper government is committed to a policy of extinguishing indigenous peoples’ land rights, instead of a policy of recognition and co-existence,” said Arthur Manuel, chair of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, which has lead an effort to have the economic implications of aboriginal rights identified as a financial risk.

“They are trying to contain the threat that our rights pose to business-as-usual and the expansion of dirty energy projects. But our legal challenges and direct actions are creating economic uncertainty and risk, raising the heat on the government to change its current policies.”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs declined to answer the Guardian’s questions, but sent a response saying the risk reports are compiled from internal reviews and “targeted interviews with senior management in those areas experiencing significant change.”

“The [corporate risk profile] is designed as an analytical tool for planning and not a public document. A good deal of [its] content would only be understandable to those working for the department as it speaks to the details of the operations of specific programs.”

Last year Canada was swept by the aboriginal-led Idle No More protest movement, building on years of aboriginal struggles against resource projects, the most high-profile of which has targeted Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that would carry Alberta tar sands to the western coast of British Columbia.

“Native land claims scare the hell out of investors,” an analyst with global risk consultancy firm Eurasia Group has noted, concluding that First Nations opposition and legal standing has dramatically decreased the chances the Enbridge pipeline will be built.

In British Columbia and across the country, aboriginal peoples’ new assertiveness has been backed by successive victories in the courts.

According to a report released in November by Virginia-based First Peoples Worldwide, the risk associated with not respecting aboriginal peoples’ rights over lands and resources is emerging as a new financial bubble for extractive industries.

The report anticipates that as aboriginal peoples become better connected through digital media, win broader public support, and mount campaigns that more effectively impact business profits, failures to uphold aboriginal rights will carry an even higher risk.

The Aboriginal Affairs’ documents describe how a special legal branch helps the Ministry monitor and “mitigate” the risks posed by aboriginal court cases.

The federal government has spent far more fighting aboriginal litigation than any other legal issue – including $106 million in 2013, a sum that has grown over the last several years.

A special envoy appointed in 2013 by the Harper government to address First Nations opposition to energy projects in western Canada recentlyrecommended that the federal government move rapidly to improve consultation and dialogue.

To boost support for its agenda, the government has considered offeringbonds to allow First Nations to take equity stakes in resource projects. This is part of a rising trend of provincial governments and companies signing “benefit-sharing” agreements with First Nations to gain access to their lands, while falling short of any kind of recognition of aboriginal rights or jurisdiction.

Since 2007, the government has also turned to increased spying, creating a surveillance program aimed at aboriginal communities deemed “hot spots” because of their involvement in protest and civil disobedience against unwanted extraction on their lands.

Over the last year, the Harper government has cut funding to national, regional and tribal aboriginal organizations that provide legal services and advocate politically on behalf of First Nations, raising cries that it is trying to silence growing dissent.

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(Source: thepeoplesrecord)

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.
California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

Shocking before & after pictures of California drought.

  • California declared a drought state of emergency last month as statewide reservoir capacity dropped to 35 per cent
  • Recent pictures have been released showing the devastating effect the dry spell has had on state reservoirs
  • Strong storms earlier this week and forecast for this weekend are expected to improve the situation but many fear it won’t be enough and dry land will increase chance of flooding

This is NOT good. Once Japan is attacked then the US has to get involved as an ally. They actually have a pact together.

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Hero.

Most of you have probably already read this, but this is so, so important. I think it’s a damn shame that the name of the Aurora shooter or the marathon bombers is common knowledge but not the name of this brave young man.

His father said that, “He made his mother cry, but he saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”

I can’t imagine such pure selflessness. I remember when I was 15, and I couldn’t have done something like this. I don’t think I’m even this selfless now.

Young heroes like Aitzaz and Malala give me hope for Pakistan, and the world. They’re the change that we need. They’re the people who you should judge Islam by, not the extremists. I know I don’t have that many followers, but please, for anyone who reads this today, spare a moment to think about this young hero and his grieving family.

I’m going to reblog anything that has to do with him. I still get chill throughout my body any time I read a new article. He and his family will definitely be in my dua’a’s inshAllah 

May Allah (SWT) grant him the highest level of Junnah and bring patience and strength to his family inshAllah 

They keep calling him a boy, he’s more of a man then I am