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“The beauty of having exponential growth on your side is that very quickly, even the current blue spike will look tiny. In 2020 or 2030 we’ll look back on 2015 and it’ll barely register as the beginning of the curve on the chart.”
 
Originally published on Sustainnovate. By Henry Lindon Solar energy has been in a bit of a boom phase as of late (one that will arguably continue for a long while). Why exactly, one might ask, has the technology been finding more and more of a foothold in the global marketplace? Well, the graph above (courtesy of the
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Interesting perspective.
Listen to Bernie Sanders' policy ideas and you can see how his views are mainstream and appeal to Americans worried by economic challenges, says Julian Zelizer
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Interesting Quinnipiac poll, seems to indicate that the times, they are-a-changing in America. Of particular note: "In the general election matchups, Sanders runs stronger than Hillary Clinton. Sanders beats Trump 49% – 39%, Cruz 46% – 42%, and ties Rubio 43%-43%. Clinton beats Trump 46%-41%, ties Cruz 45%-45%, and trails Rubio 48%-41%."
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"While the UK might be pushing the boundaries of fertility research, at least it has a regulatory body devoted to answering the tough questions surrounding human gene editing—and in that way, it’s light years ahead of other countries."
This is a controversial first step toward what some see as a future of designer babies. But it doesn't go nearly that far.
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"Imagine what will become possible when we upgrade our tools to really open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics."
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Je ne suis qu un pseudo geek !! ;)
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"Between this and plans for a human head transplant, it doesn’t seem so far off that you’ll be able to just 3D-print a body for yourself to exact specifications like a toy factory making a G.I. Joe." Excited yet?
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+Bob Calder I missed it - thanks! Soon we may have all the spare parts we need ;)
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A new phase in our understanding of the universe? "The detection proves that Einstein was right about yet another aspect of the physical universe. Although his theory deals with gravity, it has primarily been tested in our solar system, a place with a notably weak gravitational regime. “You think Earth’s gravity is really something when you’re climbing the stairs,” Weiss said. “But, as far as physics goes, it is a pipsqueak, infinitesimal, tiny little effect.” Near a black hole, however, gravity becomes the strongest force in the universe, capable of tearing atoms apart. Einstein predicted as much in 1916, and the LIGO results suggest that his equations align almost perfectly with real-world observation. “How could he have ever known this?” Weiss asked. “I would love to present him with the data that I saw that morning, to see his face.”
A hundred years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of moving ripples in space and time. Credit Illustration by Aleks Sennwald
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Via +michael barth  Understatement of the day: Any revolution involves risk. If our American system of government is (likely, according to all main parties) due for another revolution, this one deserves careful consideration in terms of its risk/reward ratio.
 
Bernie Sanders' economic plan would create nearly 26 million jobs and increase median income by more than $22,000, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman.
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Near Mount Rainier, Washington. The perfect day hike.
 
Tatoosh Range

   An older favourite of mine - Wildflowers and the Tatoosh Range from Mazama Ridge. Wildflower species include Broadleaf Lupine (Lupinus latifolius), Magenta Paintbrush (Castilleja parviflora), Buttercup (Ranunculus eschscholtzi) and Western Anenome seedheads (Anenome occidentalis).

A bit more about this (and another photograph from this location) on my blog post: http://photoblog.mrussellphotography.com/rainier-wildflowers-mazama-ridge/

For #mountainmonday (+Mountain Monday) by +Michael Russell
+Landscape Photography #landscapephotography by Margaret Tomkins et al.

#mountains #photography #mountrainier #wildflowers #washington #pnw
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Uh oh... This 2016 campaign is getting more interesting by the minute!
For years, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) has been dogged by a backburner controversy about whether he is eligible to serve as President since he was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada in 1970. But since Cruz's mother was an American citizen, the place of his birth actually is irrelevant to his eligibility. Yet Cruz's mother's name appears on a Canadian government document, obtained by TPM in 2013, that lists Canadian citizens eligible to vote in 1974.
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Combining human and computer Intelligence - "Instead of creating just one-off human computation systems from scratch each time, we now have the ability to connect different methods of engagement and have real-time access to crowds"
Combining human and computer intelligence could help solve the world's most vexing problems, researchers envisioned in an article published Monday in the journal Science. Researchers from Cornell University and the Human Computation Institute want more humans to help out in accelerating research and finding solutions to life's most difficult problems, such as cancer, HIV and climate change.
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From California, here comes the FF - or car of concepts.
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Singularitarian dreamer, moved from France to Canada in 1966, picked up wife in Ottawa in 1970, took off with her & kids to California in 1989.
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