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Utrecht University: Nanotechnology Turns Plants into Common Plastic

Dutch scientists have found a way of turning plant (non-food sources of biomass, such as fast-growing trees or grasses) into the building blocks of common plastics using a nanotechnology process that offers an alternative to oil-based production.

This new system produces chemicals that are the same as those made in petrochemical works, allowing them to be used in a wide range of industries.
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Wired: Help NASA Code Its Way Through Space

GitHub: https://github.com/nasa
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Santa's North Pole is melting. NYT: Temperature Rising: As Glaciers Melt, Science Seeks Data on Rising Seas


As a result of recent calculations that take the changes into account, many scientists now say that sea level is likely to rise perhaps three feet by 2100, an increase that, should it come to pass, would pose a threat to coastal regions the world over.

And the calculations suggest that the rise could conceivably exceed six feet, which would put thousands of square miles of the American coastline under water and would probably displace tens of millions of people in Asia.
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Does Santa fret about the melting polar caps? The U.S. Navy (and the Russians) are in full tilt preparation for an Arctic that may be ice-free by 2030. Yes Virginia, that includes the North Pole. Perhaps fear for Santa Claus will help kids get through to their parents, who clutch to beliefs that are even more mythological than jolly old gift-giving elves.
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Yes +Rajini Rao, we like it or not, the disaster will happen in the future of our descendants.
Netherlands is nowadays example with 25% of its area located under sea level. Kevin Costner's movie "Water World" is a warning to us :)

In other side of those "black energy" uses, industrial countries want the world's lung forests in Amazon, Borneo, New Guinea, etc to be retained, but the world also need woods and other forest assets. Those countries own the forests need $$$ from the sale of forest products. Millions of hectares of forest had been clearcut, some is converted into palm (oil) and other plantations.
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Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year
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#MerryChristmas #HappyNewYear

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year!

~ Professor +Muhammad Yunus
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flipthepyramid.com : Child Poverty In America Is Absolutely Exploding - 16 Shocking Statistics That Will Break Your Heart

It was a diamond-shaped with middle class as majority, then a pyramid-shaped with poors in the bottom and many of middle class degrading to the bottom.
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Imagine if people could get as upset and active about child poverty as they do about keeping video clips free.
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The Guardian: Rape in the US military: America's dirty little secret
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This is pretty horrific stuff. Not an easy read by any means but highly recommended.

Also, I did not know this; "Rape within the US military has become so widespread that it is estimated that a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be attacked by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire."

Yikes.
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very cool info here.
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Laser Fusion Power Plant already on the drawing board for 2030
http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/59062

How importance is this alternative?
-Peak oil is the simplest label for the problem of energy resource depletion, or more specifically, the peak in global oil production. http://energybulletin.net/primer.php
-Olduvai revisited 2008, http://www.theoildrum.com/node/3565
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Fusion soon

Next year, 02012, should bring major fusion news---the first "ignition" that yields more energy out than in at the National Ignition Facility within the Lawrence Livermore Lab in California. The technique (which yields preliminary fusion events weekly now) focuses massive laser energy for billions of a second on a tiny target of hydrogen.

Once net-output ignition is proven, the goal is to develop massively scalable clean energy from a "laser inertial fusion engine" (LIFE). The project has a new website, linked below. The prospect looks surprisingly promising.

It could be a world-saver.

"Artificial solar" is Danny Hillis's term for fusion power.
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Scientific Paper Infographic, Publish or Perish
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Publish or Perish! Scientists publish huge numbers of papers each year, as shown in the infographic taken from the latest issue of Nature magazine. Most must pass through trial by fire, more benevolently known as Peer Review.. one of those unpaid, thankless jobs that we scientists agree to take on, mostly out of guilt. This collection of reviewer comments compiled by the editors of Environmental Microbiology will lighten my holiday task. :)

• Season’s Greetings! I apologize for my slow response but a roast goose prevented me from answering emails for a few days.

• Reject – More holes than my grandad’s string vest!

• The writing and data presentation are so bad that I had to leave work and go home early and then spend time to wonder what life is about.

• I agreed to review this manuscript whilst answering e-mails in the golden glow of a balmy evening on the terrace of our holiday hotel on Lake Como. Back in the harsh light of reality in Belfast I realize that it’s just on the limit of my comfort zone and that it would probably have been better not to have volunteered.

• I started to review this but could not get much past the abstract.

• Merry X-mas! First, my recommendation was reject with new submission, because it is necessary to investigate further, but reading a well written manuscript before X-mas makes me feel like Santa Claus.

• Ken, I would suggest that EM is setting up a fund that pays for the red wine reviewers may need to digest manuscripts like this one. (Ed.:this excellent suggestion was duly proposed to the Publisher. However, given the logistical difficulties of problem-solving within narrow time frames,combined with the known deleterious effect of transport on good wine, a modification of the remedy was adopted, namely that Editors would act as proxies for reviewers with said digestive complaints.)
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Nick D'Aloisio: Why spend hours on Facebook when you can build a company?
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ComputerWorld: US spy drone tricked into Iran landing by GPS spoofing. Electronic warfare experts used GPS spoofing techniques to snag drone, according to a report

By Jaikumar Vijayan
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A hundred years late, is Oswald Spengler finally proving right about the Decline of the West? America currently can employ only 16% of its Ph.D.’s in academia….and there’s a glut of post-docs. But Europeans have a different sort of problem - young people are not going into science at all."
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