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"Australia's household solar revolution has caught the energy sector by surprise..."

These must be the same captains of industry who run the newspapers:  `OMG!  The internet!  If only someone had warned us.....'
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So the only way forward is to jump on the solar pv bandwagon then? Even without a carbon tax it's more expensive to not produce your own? The only problem I see with this is the effect on wind power but then wind farms can use that bloated unnecessary distribution network, right?
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Three evenings, two lenses, varying degrees of incompetence.

I quite like the cloudy ones, reminiscent of the more distant type of nebula.
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These are looking good! You will have to teach me how to do this when the weather is more agreeable 
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Looks like grim times for science in Portugal.
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"This part of the scientific process - the extended conversation - is alive and well in many fields, but there are some scientists who have effectively hijacked the system by aggressively moving their findings into the mainstream public conversation long before the science conversation has reached a consensus."
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The most surprising thing about this -- to me -- is that PNAS published it.  I'm in the fortunate position of not having to trouble ethics committees for my research (no body cares what you do to quarks or say about them afterwards), but I am dimly aware of the hoops some others have to jump through, especially if it involves human subjects.  Consent is sometimes an issues when evaluating pedagogy.   The data for this paper was obtained in a reckless and underhanded way, and if it cared about its credibility PNAS should have declined it.
The well-educated white men of Silicon Valley have no regard for you as a person. You are a set of data, and they can do what they please with it. Cue Facebook messing with your mind.
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I wonder how long it is before it is discovered that one of the people whose mood they were experimenting with committed suicide. Facebook has a history of unethical behavior but what might end up being a million dollar fine is small deterrent to such a large company.
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Never too much Kashmir.
 
"so here's a French brass/klezmer/bluegrass band on Segways with fog machines playing "Kashmir""

Huh. So it is.
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Amen.
 
"The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it" - I'd say it's at least an order of magnitude, and is often more.... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Br12ZUTCMAAv59b.jpg:large (from https://twitter.com/conradhackett/status/485674512281636866/photo/1 )
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Couldn't possibly have.  The show was very straight-forward.

"Fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever,  seven words to make them go without pain, how to say goodbye to a friend who is dying, how to be poor, how to be rich, how to rediscover dreams when the world has stolen them from you." - Elric
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Non-zero branching fraction for W -> tau mu (lepton number violating)  AND a hint of SUSY in WW production.  Neither signal is particularly compelling (IMNHO) but the two results together makes for a rare week in particle physics.
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It's probably just the universe teasing you...
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One of my favourite bloggers is on holiday and still he produces and interesting article!
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I knew it!  Healthcare reform was just a means to an end......
 
The Borowitz Report: A ten-year European plan to gradually phase out American football in the United States and replace it with soccer is “very much on track,” a spokesman for the European Union confirmed. #humor
Once a country has socialism, national health care, and gay marriage, soccer is usually next.
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I can add nothing to that title.
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Nice plie
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This is a rather neat idea.  I especially enjoyed the fact that they'll need gravity maps to prevent it from being thrown off by topography.  (I didn't know submarines use accelerometers to keep track of their position.)
 
Quantum positioning system steps in when GPS fails: In 2016 a British submarine will slip its moorings and set sail under the guidance of the quantum world. The navigation system it will be testing should record the vessel's position with 1000 times more accuracy than anything before.
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This is an interesting article - BUT ...

But the author knows practically nothing about the accuracy of underwater navigation systems. Putting on my wayback hat, when I was a "bubblehead", I worked on navigation systems more accurate than he thinks they are today!

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    Senior Lecturer, 2006 - present
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  • Indiana University
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