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Vertical farming stacks crops on top of one another in a climate controlled, indoor facility, using aeroponic technology, which involves misting the roots of the plants, using an astonishing 95% less water. The plants are grown organically, in a reusable cloth made from recycled plastic, so no soil is needed. What’s cool is that the technology is mature… it actually works on pragmatic and commercial scales, at least for table greens. Doubtless there are some crops that won’t apply. But this — plus tissue-culture meat — could loosen humanity’s death grip on the planet’s arable land, just in the nick of time, and make our cities much more sustainable.
Considering it uses 95% less water than regular farms, could vertical farming be the future of agriculture?
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Amazing Spider Silk Continues to Surprise Scientists http://gizmodo.com/amazing-spider-silk-continues-to-surprise-scientists-1784323695 …
We already know that spider silk is something of a wonder material, but scientists are still discovering more awesome things that it can do. An international team of researchers has found that spider silk shares a useful property with semiconductors—except rather than exploiting this to manipulate electrons, it can be used to manipulate sound and heat.
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Or perhaps more to the point - what they used to both say, but one has abandoned
 
A rather thoughtful analysis of something that's been happening in the US lately. The speeches at the DNC have been on themes of family values, patriotism, and American exceptionalism – traditionally Republican themes, but now (with that party's candidate having rejected all of these fairly soundly) up for grabs. The result is something rather interesting, and could have deep effects on politics down the line. This may be a key moment in the realignment of American political parties.

Worth the read, and a ponder.
Family values. Patriotism. The military. Even Ronald Reagan’s best line.
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yes please
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Rather awesome on multiple levels - thanks Rob

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h/t +Kimberly Chapman 

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In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge.

Now, Highsmith has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty for “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs. “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” the complaint reads. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” According to the lawsuit, Getty and Alamy, on their websites, have been selling licenses for thousands of Highsmith’s photographs, many without her name attached to them and stamped with “false watermarks.”

Since 1988, Highsmith has been donating tens of thousands of photographs of people and places in the United States to the Library of Congress, making them free for public use. The institution calls the donation “one of the greatest acts of generosity in the history of the Library.” The Carol M. Highsmith Collection is featured in the library’s Prints & Photographs Division, alongside the likes of Dorothea Lange’s Dust Bowl and Depression photographs.
In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website.
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Just to be clear, the "30,000 emails" that Donald Trump wants Russia to find for him - there aren't even assertions of any concealed misdeeds on them. Contrast this to 22 MILLION (yes, million) Bush emails that went "missing" when Congress sought information about the firing of 6 federal prosecutors who were sniffing at Bush-Cheney corruption. 

In 2014, e-sleuths managed to recover a bunch of them, though getting them sorted could take more years.  But the issue is both the amnesia and weird sense of scale displayed by our republican friends. Four volunteers who took an ill-advised risk in Benghazi... versus thousands who died on 9/11 because Bush re-assigned agents away from terror duties. Which got endless, endless hearings?

Millions of deliberately deleted emails pertinent to blatant abuse of power in evading a corruption probe vs a few thousand personal emails that no one even suggests were pertinent to any malfeasance? (See below). Which got hearings?

Cheney companies making BILLIONS off the Iraq wars and more billions sent by Cheney into Iraq, raw cash on pallets, that promptly disappeared, vs a few hundred thousands in speaking fees with no known quid pro quo and those banks due to get broken up by HC?  Which has a lynch mob?

I could go on and on.  But you see, those would be FACTS.  And now you see why Fox and its wholly owned party have declared war on science.

DETAILS: "The e-mail controversy dates back to the Bush administration's 2006 firing of the top federal prosecutors in nine cities. After congressional committees demanded the administration produce documents related to the firings, the White House said millions of e-mails might have been lost from its servers. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive sued over the issue in 2007, arguing the Bush administration violated federal laws that require presidential records to be preserved."

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/14/white.house.emails/
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Can't help it, that is nice
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H/T +Kate Savage 

I believe the expression is "THIS, so much THIS!"
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