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Harvard Scientist Engineers Superbug That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy
The Harvard chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into fuel alcohol. Now he reports the process converts sunlight ten times more efficiently than plants do.
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We're on our way.
 
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Today we remember the victims of WW2. Meanwhile it often feels like we're about to make the same mistakes again. pic.twitter.com/h9fdmcgRIQ
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Wondering how many of my employer's articles can be found there, and also if we can fix any of this.
 
Discuss: Why is Sci-Hub so popular?
Data on Sci-Hub activity prompts discussion about why the research-paper website is so popular.
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There's some truth in many jokes. How much truth there is (is there?) in these covers, when applied to my workspace.
 
Sorry to be a little off topic and jokey, but you guys are the best audience for this post ... I'm just going to leave these concept book covers here for your consideration #someTruthHere

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Seriously media. Why have you become a propaganda channel for NATO/US?

Today there was a ton of stories in almost every western media about a close encounter between a US destroyer and some Russian fighter jets. And it sure did happen. We have both the official press release from the US Navy... and we have a video. (Press release with video: http://goo.gl/ehF6xj )

But the problem is that the media is acting completely and totally irresponsible in its reporting of this. They are not asking any of the hard questions, but are instead helping the US Navy and government (as well as their NATO partners) to spread what is obvious propaganda.

Every single news story portraits Russia as the aggressor and the provocateur, and every news story is saying that the US won't accept being intimidated this way, as if that US destroyer was just minding its own business.

I'm sorry, but this is crap reporting.

Let me tell you what actually happened.

Take a look at the map below (the first one). This is the Baltic Sea, an area of ocean between the Nordic and the Baltic countries. In the middle of this is Russia (marked with red), and its territorial waters (light red).

I placed four destroyers as an example, so where do you think it actually was at the time?

- Was it position 1, between the coasts of Denmark, Germany and Sweden? No, of course not
- Was it parked outside the coast of Stockholm, Sweden (position 2)? Nah...

The right answer, of course, was that the US destroyer USS Donald Cook was parked in position 4, right outside the coast of Russia, where it was 'conducting deck landing drills with an allied force.'

Think about what that means.

The US Navy sailed a destroyer across the Atlantic ocean, up the coast of Europe, and into the Baltic sea. It then parked it right outside the coast, at the only part of the Baltic Sea close to Russia (but still in International Waters), where it conducted naval exercises.

And then, when Russia obviously sent up its fighters jets and helicopters to tell the US that they don’t like this form of bullying, the US went all ballistic (with the help of European/US media) and said that Russia provoked and imitated them.

...oh and here is another thing. The US NAVY said that the Russian jets was doing 'attack runs'. I'm sorry but that's crap too. If you are in a fighter jet wanting to attack a destroyer, there is no way that you would fly that close to it. That's how planes used to attack ships in WW1. Today's fighter jets use guided missiles which they fire from a safe distance.

This is a blatant lie.

This is not hollywood where you have to be within camera's field of view, or where planes have top skip a few meters above its targets.

What the fuck?

I’m sorry, but that is crap at the highest order. The only one intimidating anyone today was the US Navy in an obvious attempt to provoke Russia. They knew this would be the response before they even started. This whole thing was one big PR propaganda campaign, which the media happily helped with.

Think about what would have happened if the roles had been reversed. Imagine if a Russian Destroyer had sailed from Russia, across the Atlantic Ocean and parked itself right outside the coast of New York (see the second image below), where it would then conduct naval exercises.

How do you think the US would respond to that? Do you think they would just ignore that it was there? …or do you think the US would send out its own fighter jets and helicopters to tell the Russians to go home?

This was an obvious provocation by the US (and NATO). It had only one purpose, which was to get Russia to respond this way.

And we all know why.

The US wants Europe to feel insecure, because that position both the US military industry (who are trying to sell new fighter jets to the Nordics) and the US government an a better position. It helps them convince more countries to join NATO (an obvious goal), to convince politicians to set up missile defenses along the border to Russia (even though they say it’s to protect from terrorist somewhere else… who don’t have missiles).

But more to the point, by making Europe feel more insecure, the US can convince Europe to spend more on its NATO budgets, thus helping the US to reduce its own military expenses (which they badly need to do).

Mind you. I understand why the US is doing this. But it’s fucked up.

But my anger with this isn’t about Russia or the US, it’s about the media. The media (especially European media) is not supposed to be a blatant propaganda channel for US interest. It’s not supposed to be a PR channel for US NAVY press releases, published without any fact-checking and questions asked.

That’s what happened today. Most newspapers merely copy/pasted the press release from the US military, the White House spokesman, and John Kerry. They also helped this propaganda even further by interviewing clearly biased ‘defense experts’, who also completely ignored what actually happened and instead said Russia was the provocateur.

Mind you, I’m not trying to defend Russia here. Flying that close to a US destroyer was dangerous to say the least, but they are all idiots.

What we need, and what the press needs to focus on, is to find ways to ease the tension between Europe and Russia. Nobody wins if we are all fighting.

The media is supposed to protect democracy, so why are you allowing clearly anti-democratic things to happen without questioning its purpose?

We have enough problems with tension in the world already. Stop this nonsense, and… to the media, stop being the propaganda channel of the military (whomever they might be).

Update: Just to show how ridicules this thing is, here is what Russia said (
http://tass.ru/en/defense/869555):

"On April 13, crews of Sukhoi Su-24 planes of the Russian air force made planned training flights above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. The route of the Russian aircraft crossed the area where the USS Donald Cook was - about 70 kilometers from the Russian Naval base."

"The flights of Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft over the Baltic sea were performed in accordance with international rules. Having discovered the US destroyer in the Baltic Sea, the warplanes turned away from the vessel observing all safety measures."

"Spotting the ship within the visibility zone, the Russian pilots turned their aircraft away from the vessel fully observing the safety measures. All flights of aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces are performed strictly in accordance with the international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters."

"Frankly speaking, even does not understand the reason for such a painful reaction of our American colleagues. The principle of freedom of navigation for the US destroyer, which is staying in close proximity to a Russian naval base in the Baltic Sea, does at all not cancel the principle of freedom of flight for Russian aircraft."

So everyone is claiming that they just 'happened' to be training, while being practically on top of each other.

Again, my concern here is the media. It obvious to anyone that this wasn't a training exercise at all. You don't sail a destroyer half way across the world to 'exercise' 70 KM from a Russian naval base, and Russia wasn't training while obviously flying circles right above the ship.

Everyone is lying here, but again, the story in the western press doesn't illustrate this.

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Just opposite my hotel, tomorrow; I think I'll go! You probably approve +Ton Van der Kolk?! Any plussers care to join?
Dr. Lonnie Smith at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Sunday, April 10, 2016, 7:30PM , Bethesda, MD
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I do and yes, you should! Say hi to him from his Dordrecht friends
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Great article on energy, cars and Tesla. Really makes one think.
 
This is one long article, but is written really well - How #Tesla will change the world. Fun, informative, and will totally ruin your productivity at work today as it has done for my team. Everything you could want to know about electric vehicles, green energy, history, and more.
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Goed artikel uit Humo over de misvattingen over vet, suiker en gezonde voeding in het algemeen. 
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‘WE ZIJN NET DIKKER GEWORDEN SINDS WE GEEN VET MEER ETEN’ - Weet wat je eet / ‘WE ZIJN NET DIKKER GEWORDEN SINDS WE GEEN VET MEER ETEN’ / Hoe wetenschap, politiek en industrie ons jarenlang hebben voorgelogen / Meer dan een halve eeuw wisten we het zeker: vetten zaaien dood en verderf. We sneden vetrandjes weg, smeerden margarine bij het leven en lieten smeuïge camemberts links liggen uit angst voor cholesterol, hartaanvallen en beroertes. Fout, ...
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Now in English: +Rutger Bregman​​ has some good ideas on the future of society. 
For more than 100 years, our workweek kept getting shorter. But since the 1980s, we've started working more and more. Why, exactly, is anybody's guess, because a shorter workweek would solve nearly all the big problems of our day.
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+Carmelyne Thompson​ points it out very well. I am not sure my reshare will be to her version. If not check out her profile. 
"And then we wept." The chatter of gossip distracts us from the really big story: the Anthropocene, the new geological era we are bringing about. Pay… - Carmelyne Thompson - Google+
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This guy played some horny notes on his Hammond. Apologies for the sound quality; a pity that my phone could record 4K but does such a poor job sound-wise. +Ton Van der Kolk​ he says hi back, mentioned that he was supposed to be going to you tomorrow, but lost his passport or something. How old is he? 73? It sure is nice to see old people in their strength on stage. 
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Hahaha well in fact he's coming this way soon to play with the Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw for a few shows. I love him
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  • Leiden University
    French linguistics, 1991 - 1995
  • Erasmus University
    General Administration, 1989 - 1991
  • Leiden University
    General Linguistics, 1995 - 1997
  • Johan de Witt Gymnasium
    1983 - 1989
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