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What's that you say? Solar panels ugly? Au contrare, mon frere.

Yale Environment 360: U.S. scientists say that emerging photo-voltaic technologies will enable the production of solar shingles made from abundantly available elements rather than rare-earth metals, an innovation that would make solar energy cheaper and more sustainable.

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Facebook unveiled a radical new look for the news feed today, but it wasn't the only social network getting major buzz following the design announcement. Minutes after Facebook debuted the overhaul, people took to social media to discuss the similarities between the update and the existing look of Google+.

Check out the similarities: http://on.mash.to/16cavTX

Do you think Facebook's redesign looks like Google+?
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6 year old b-girl Terra will wipe away your MoodyMonday

Yes, she's SIX. She jumps in pretty early on and it's ok (remember she's six) but then at 1 min 30 seconds she does this "slit your throat"/"your dead" movement and then just throws down..the crowd goes banana's.

It's not her best "dancing" (I think it's this one http://youtu.be/XbVwcNvMO94) but it certainly shows her energy! 
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EFF's new HOWTO: the Kafkaesque process of opting out from the data brokers behind Facebook's new targeted ads
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The most important consequence of this discovery, along with similar discoveries of extremophiles -- tube worms living on suboceanic vents at 460°C, tardigrades which can survive the vacuum and radiation of space without ill effect -- is that we increasingly see evidence that life, of various forms, can survive nearly anywhere that organic molecules can hold together. Combined with our increasing understanding of the ubiquity of organic matter, our understanding of how much matter tends to get shipped around the Solar System, our discovery of rich and interesting sites like the subsurface saltwater oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa, and our discovery of the near-ubiquity of extrasolar planets, the odds that the universe is in fact teeming with life have never seemed higher. 
 
The science news continues -- the Russian team drilling into Lake Vostok in Antarctica has discovered a previously unknown form of life living in the water. The reason this is so important is that Lake Vostok is, perhaps, the single most isolated body of water on Earth: 2.34 miles beneath the Antarctic  surface, buried and isolated for over a million years, receiving no sunlight, heated only by the energy of the Earth's mantle. It represents some of the most extreme conditions on Earth, and as such is in many ways a template for how life might exist elsewhere in the Solar System. 

The lake itself was only hypothesized to exist in the 1950's, and its existence was only confirmed in 1996. The Russians have been drilling since the late 1980's, and last year finally reached its surface. (Consider the challenges of drilling 2.3 miles deep at 78° South, at a place literally called "the Pole of Cold") And the first rewards are coming: the discovery of new forms of life, isolated from all other life for an unknown length of time, but still somehow thriving in these extreme conditions. Its radical difference from all other known forms of life -- only an 86% DNA match with its closest cousin, which is a huge difference; that's less similar than we are to tigers -- helps confirm that this is, in fact, Vostokian life and not surface contamination. (Although finding other, related life forms in the lake will tell us for sure)

The most important consequence of this discovery, along with similar discoveries of extremophiles -- tube worms living on suboceanic vents at 460°C, tardigrades which can survive the vacuum and radiation of space without ill effect -- is that we increasingly see evidence that life, of various forms, can survive nearly anywhere that organic molecules can hold together. Combined with our increasing understanding of the ubiquity of organic matter, our understanding of how much matter tends to get shipped around the Solar System, our discovery of rich and interesting sites like the subsurface saltwater oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa, and our discovery of the near-ubiquity of extrasolar planets, the odds that the universe is in fact teeming with life have never seemed higher. 
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Guys -- I realize that this article has some aspects that I don't want to engage with (raw milk wars, etc.), but I've read the actual FDA petition, and it's kind of terrifying. 

I specifically avoid aspartame and other artificial sweeteners because they wreak hell with my digestion.  I look at labels on products I buy, and don't buy the ones with artificial sweeteners.  The milk industry is trying to do an end-run around people looking to avoid artificial sweeteners, by removing the labeling requirement that says that they have to disclose the inclusion of artificial sweeteners on the label.

I know people whose kids have major sensitivities to artificial sweeteners, who already have to watch their kids' diets carefully.  This kind of move is designed to mislead consumers, and increases the possibility of adverse health reactions by people who previously knew to avoid certain chemicals being inadvertently exposed to them because they're no longer required to even be listed on the label.

Here's the link to the FDA petition if you'd rather just go straight to it:

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavored-milk-petition-to-amend-the-standard-of-identity-for-milk-and-17-additional-dairy-products

Please comment and pass this one on.  Even if you aren't a milk-drinker.
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