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Flying Spaghetti Monster
This pasta is alive....A team from energy giant BP recently stumbled upon a wiggly, pasta-like creature more than 4,000 feet under water off the Angola coast while using a remotely operated deep-sea vehicle for oil well maintenance, according to the journal New Scientist. 

This unusual marine animal is a  speciemen of bathyphysa conifera, in the order of the siphonophorae. Each siphonophore begins as a single fertilized egg that reproduces asexually by cloning itself, sometimes thousands of times. Each new zooid has its own role within the colony and functions with the other clones as one living siphonophore.
The creature appears spaghetti-like because the stem is contracted up so that all the feeding zooids are jam-packed together.

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https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28022-flying-spaghetti-monster-caught-on-video-off-the-angolan-coast/

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/08/11/this-deep-sea-creature-looks-just-like-the-flying-spaghetti-monster/

#biodiversity   #marinecreatures   #siphonophorae  
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Flying Spaghetti Monster -- Bolognese or Genovese?? TEACH THE CONTROVERSY!
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       "Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep til noon" - Mark Twain. There is apparently no greater leader on climate change than Germany. Here is some evidence. This country ...
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Quite interesting, and also the comment from Peter (German insider) who give us a different perspective of the things.

Actually, though that I agree on the real account of consumed GW (that is the only element that matters), it is also true that changing a culture takes long time, and snapshooting intermediate results can also mislead to wrong evaluation.

Peter, on the other hand, claims that it happens to have an overproduction with wind power in some areas, with additional costs to deliver energy elsewhere.

Thus, energy storage is, once again, the current frontier of the sustainability.
And is the target we need to choose.
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Wind and solar power are more expensive than is commonly thought.
SUBSIDIES for renewable energy are one of the most contested areas of public policy. Billions are spent nursing the infant solar- and wind-power industries in the...
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A balanced article. The smug "Impact Team" purports righteousness. They have criminally violated the privacy rights of millions of victims, many of whom are innocent of anything along with their families. Lives will be hurt. "Impact Team" should be outed, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to decades of imprisonment.
What many people are treating as an amusing sex scandal could end up as a Pandora's box.
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American politics are corrupt, obviously. And there's nothing we can do about it. Right?
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is exploring a Democratic presidential bid that would be focused on pushing a single agenda.
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FWIW I gave him some money.  (He says he'll give it back if he doesn't run.)
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Trump is a disgusting pig. No surprise if media find 70 women he's egregiously offended. He's probably just as egregiously offended 700 men. But men are not a protected class.
So far, the Trump camp is not backing down from any negative statements toward Fox's Megyn Kelly or other women. Actually, he thinks he deserves an apology from Kelly. 
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Grass field next to Soldier's Field Road has room for a dozen volleyball courts. Christian Herter Park, Allston. Near kayak rental. "The River"
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I happen to be one of those people who do not drink any beverage while eating a meal.  Yet, I consume 200 gallons of fresh water with each meal.
What we eat - our diet - makes up at least two-thirds of our total water footprint, which includes the large volume of "virtual water" needed to produce food.
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"A person who is vegan will save 1,100 gallons of water, 20 pounds CO2 equivalent, 30 square feet of forested land, 45 pounds of grain and one sentient animal’s life¹ every day."

http://www.thrive-living.net/2015/07/saving-planet-one-meal-at-time.html
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Software Developer at Google, Nuclear Energy Advocate
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Professional software developer for 25+ years.
 
I'm an environmental advocate, specializing in energy production technologies. I have read much and am convinced our best energy option currently is nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is much safer and cleaner than people perceive. Burning coal and petroleum are much more harmful than people know, and all fossil fuels should be taxed for the damage the do. Natural gas may emit more greenhouse gas than coal. Wind and solar are diffuse and not yet economical. Far less than 1% of our energy comes from solar/wind.

Many anti-nukes assume that pro-nukes are anti-environment and establishmentarian. I am ultra-green. I believe in steep taxes on carbon, minerals and fresh water. We could boost our economy based on green technologies and practices.

I am at best a lukewarm supporter of our current nuclear industry and the NRC. Even though nuclear energy has saved lives and has been good for the environment, the industry has mismanaged itself badly. The industry has lied to the public and done a very bad job of educating the public. The NRC is a bunch of political stuffed shirts who are hell bent on doing pretty much nothing. Both the industry and our corrupt federal government have been opposed to research and development of improved nuclear energy technologies, especially LFTR and other fast reactors. As a result, our advancement of nuclear science (our best hope for the future) has pretty much been at a standstill since 1970. I have never worked in the nuclear power industry. I have no family or close friends in the industry. Nor am I financially invested in it. The only motivation I have to support nuclear power is that it is our most underused option to save the biosphere.
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