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"This study concludes that the level of infrasound at houses near the wind turbines assessed is no greater than that experienced in other urban and rural environments, and that the contribution of wind turbines to the measured infrasound levels is insignificant in comparison with the background level of infrasound in the environment."

So, yet again, nothing to see here folks.
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I have never understood the noise argument. Not that I've lived around them but have worked around them.
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Damn you, Bakers Delight. How can I resist this?
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Firstborn has reached the point where she demands one of these every time I take her home from child care.  She's rapidly become the local Bakers Delight's favourite customer. 
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This report from the slyly named "Global Warming Policy Foundation", actually a climate change denialist group, is making the rounds (starting with The Australian, of course).

No doubt bloggers with more time than I will do a proper critique and deconstruction shortly, but from first read the numbers and arguments presented therein are a gross misrepresentation of the facts.

Yes, wind power is expensive - but that's not in and of itself an argument against it. So just beware of what you hear on the news in the next day or so!
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Sam: De-coupling driving from burning stuff - democratizing the power source that moves cars by using electricity irrespective of the way it's produced, buying 100% of it from renewable, while putting storage on the grid at the same time... I don't know what you call it. I call it a silver howitzer shell.

Because they're going to disrupt a 10 trillion dollar car+oil+ancillary-services market worldwide. With a 90% margin business. (Gives you an idea how they found 700 million dollars worth of VC lying around in the middle of the GFC)

And since China comitted to this vision some 9 months ago... I think it's gone past critical mass.
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* facepalm *

There's so much wrong with this article. My favourite bugbear is that because a lot of people use it, it must be right (or at least legitimate). Yeah, well, a lot of people subscribe to Scientology. As the great philosopher Tim Minchin says, "I don't believe just 'cos ideas are tenacious it means they are worthy."

Fortunately, miraculously even, for once the comments (for the most part) warm the cockles of my heart!
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Heh, you're welcome. It's a bit like climate change - the science that's clear cut is clear cut, and the science that's uncertain is uncertain, but there's a lot of lobby groups hiding and misrepresenting (or just outright lying about) the scientific results.
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Regarding the mission to launch a person into orbit:

"Almost all the workers back then were in their 20s and fresh out of college. The managers were in their 30s. 'I don’t know if I’d trust a 20-year-old today,' Mr. Beckel said."

Makes you think, doesn't it? (And should I have done a lot more before turning 30? ;) )
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Incredible. I just feel like these people have never stopped to think about it from the perspective of an individual woman contemplating an abortion. I can only imagine that it would be a traumatic decision for most women and their partners, and one not taken lightly - but they really see it as the only, or best, option.

To further heap psychological and physical assault on these women should be criminal - not law.

A highly frustrated h/t to +Nikki Love.
 
This is disgusting. That something like this was even proposed, let alone passed just goes to show how far gone this country is. This is figuratively, and quite literally driving a wedge even further between the opposing viewpoints trying to cohabitate in the US in 2012. This is the kind of thing that doesn't just go away. People don't forget things like this. This just makes things worse.

Nice work Virginia.
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How the fuck is this not sexual assault? With the additional sickening subtext: if you want your freedom, first spread your legs for the GOP's gratification.
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To chime in on the Beyonce lip-syncing debacle, my feeling is if she "did not feel comfortable taking the risk" of singing live, then perhaps she should have given the honour to someone who would take that risk. If you can't sing live, you're not a live singer.

I can't imagine lip-syncing as "one of my proudest moments".
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The transit of Venus, 2012 - pretty amazing! (Even if the photography isn't :) ) I really enjoyed seeing it with the naked eye through filtered glasses too - amazing (*) that you can see it without magnification.

( * ) I understand the science and maths, and I know it's not surprsing - but it still feels like it!
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Awesome J.  It was cloudy here. :-(
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Whether this will replace Dropbox for me, I don't know, but the sizing and price point for additional space is definitely attractive.

I love living in the future!
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I would be careful Joel, the terms and conditions give google a wide berth with your data.

Here is a taste of the policy you must agree to:
When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.

Unlike dropbox etc that claim right only to copy etc for storage and protection.
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I discovered something both traumatic and ingenious today: the delicious Shlix gelati bar had a slightly different menu on display when I went past...it's salad!

They're actually a salad bar by lunch and gelati bar by night - very clever, really. The owner did assure me, however, that all flavours were available in the back room if I so desired. :)
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@Daniel Now I'm a sensible person and have been known to work in offices. And salad for lunch just doesn't hit the spot. I guess that's what my vegitarian habits bring me: I just don't see salad as containing real veggies.
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The Bad Astronomer +Philip Plait gets right to the point on the Heartland institute.
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/02/16/hip-hip-hypocrisy/

I think this is another key difference between scientists and deniers (in all their forms): the scientists don't have time to screw around answering baseless claims, but they still do. Because the truth is important. Deniers, however, immediately launch their lawyers and start talking about "hate groups". (And, you know, these claims aren't baseless - except possibly for one faked memo.)

Grrrr. I'd love to think that Heartland are just ignorant - but I can't believe they're not corrupt. (Oh, and I love the line "The authenticity of those documents has not been confirmed." Which is pretty much double speak for "They're true.")
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Waiting for news of the SKA. Apparently a confidential recommendation has been given, but nothing has leaked yet.

It would be pretty awesome to host here in Australia, but wherever it is built, there'll be some amazing science produced!
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