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The network news videos aren't making it clear which car and how Indy driver, Justin Wilson was fatally injured.  Note how high the part flies after striking Wilson.
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50%  solar energy conversion efficiency at 11% efficiency prices ... that would be a game changer!!  I'd like to see it come to pass.
 
Plasmon-induced resonance energy transfer is revealed and explored for solar energy harvesting from visible and near-infrared light. This research was published Nature Photonics and can be read here: http://bit.ly/1JMKOjA
Golden nanoparticles bring the magic of quantum mechanics to solar energy.
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Why does the progressive left want only the genetically superior to rule?
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WOW!!! "In addition our results may have broader implications for the treatment of protein-aggregations diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes, which collectively are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly population, by encouraging the investigation of small-molecule approaches, such as the one demonstrated here."
 
A new treatment can increase lens transparency in dogs with cataracts, suggests research in Nature this week. The study is a first step towards a drug treatment for cataracts, the most common cause of blindness worldwide and currently only treatable by surgery. Read the paper here: http://bit.ly/1In1eya
In coming decades, doctors might be able to treat or prevent cataracts with eyedrops -- all because of an unexpected discovery, revealed during a genetics study, about a molecule that helps make cholesterol in human cells.
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Iron age British peoples survived the various migrations and occupations to still predominate the ancestry of today's Brits.
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I just watched the movie, "Mr. Nobody". It wasn't terribly involving or interesting to think about. But it did get me thinking about what it was about. It was long, I won't watch it again, but I am continuing to think about what it was about.
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Bad reviews and in not watching
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Obamacare Subsidy Decision

The US Supreme Court has supported the administration position granting persons from states which did not set up exchanges to receive subsidies just like the law allows for those from states that did set up exchanges. The supreme court admits that this is in violation of the plain language of the law. However the court ruled that the intent of the law was that persons be elgible for subsidies regardless of where they live. I think the court is correct that is the intent. Congress throught the provisions were harsh enough that all states would set up exchanges, so they did intend the subsidies to be available in all states. I think where the court is in error is that the Congress that passed the law is not the only intent that matters, and the federal government is not the only user of the law. The states also read the law and recognized that despite the coercion they could still exercise their choice and not set up their own exchanges. The precedent the Supreme Court decision sets is that states and probably individuals as well can no longer rely upon the language of the law, or resist the federal government despite their willingness to accept the coercion or turn down the largess by which the federal government is seeking to impose its plans. I'd have to read the opinion to know for sure, but the reliance of more than 30 of the states on the language and explicitly expressed intent of the law implemented in that language was not considered.
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Very good, I like a person that does his homework.
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Large conscript militaries were the original, and historically the most destructive weapon of mass destruction by several orders of magnitude.  What kind of mind turns once again to conscript slavery and calls it "service"?   "Conscription-based militaries are out of vogue in most of Europe and in the U.S., and for good reason. They're expensive, inefficient and unpopular (I know I wouldn't have wanted to join the army at 18)."  He is wrong they aren't expensive, because they are financed by an extremely regressive tax, the taking of the time and liberty of the young, unqualified, and often in the past, disenfranchised.   #draft #fascism  
Military training gave French-train heroes a chance to succeed. Don't more of us need it?
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+Olivier Malinur Not Bakunin?  Where we perhaps disagree or find common ground is what is "a little freedom" and where the nation/state ranks in order of priority.  As a counter factual example, how do you evaluate the relative moral standing of France and Russia during Napoleon's invasion?  Did Russia have a right to resist, given what victory by France might have meant for the serfs?  Or does every nation/state have a right to self defense?  Do local ethnic groups have  a right overthrow liberal colonial rule to impose oppressive "self government"?
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Feed the bees honey instead of high fructose corn syrup: "We were surprised to find out there’s a chemical called p-coumaric acid which is present in honey and pollen. It’s the building unit of the polymer that makes up pollen cell walls, called sporopollenin. When bees ingest p-coumaric acid it turns on their detoxification enzymes."
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Royal Jelly is even better... Ask me how
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No doubt, she should be thoroughly checked out for brain trauma and other injuries, but I wonder if that final  head protecting roll was a reflex or instinct. I've heard of deer being hit like this and just getting up and running away, but I've always wondered if they really survived or just died later from their injuries.   I wonder if that guy just sent her on her way.  I can't see for sure, but I think his windshield is shattered.
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It's better to go over than under.
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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are potentially a great boon to humanity.  A new genetically modified rice reduces emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from rice paddies.  Will anti-science, anti-GMO activists oppose GMO rice, even though the starch is as different from non-GMO starch as cane sugar is from beet sugar, i.e., not at all different?
 
A new type of high-starch low-methane rice has been developed with a view to simultaneously boosting crop yield and reducing anthropogenically driven methane emissions. This research was published in Nature and can be read here: http://bit.ly/1MmpLn1
Over half the people on the planet eat rice as a staple food. Growing rice emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas — to the tune of 25 million to 100 million metric tons of methane every year, a notable contribution to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
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The remnant of the First Peoples of the Americas have been found marginalized in the Amazon.   The subsequent waves of invaders and occupiers are the subject of the PBS series "First Peoples."  The series should probably be renamed "2nd Through 6th Peoples."
DID an ancient tribe of Australian Aborigines colonise the Amazon? Unexpected new DNA results may have uncovered a long-forgotten wave of migration some 15,000 years ago.
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It may also mean that this gene was shared by some populations which migrated from Siberia, got extinct and is found in this relic population. It's actually much more likely than a migration from Australia.
Just read more carefully the article:
"The new genetic data is surprising, but importantly the authors don’t make the claim that indigenous Australasians travelled to South America by boat,” says University of Adelaide ancient DNA expert Dr Jeremy Austin. “Instead, it seems that a small group of Australasians may have travelled around the Pacific Rim, leaving no genetic trace, finally settling in and surviving only in the Amazon Basin."
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Complex Systems Analyst, using evidence based reasoning to debunk pseudoscience and racism.
Introduction
Decades ago I chose physics as a major because I couldn't decide which science I loved most.  I ended up a triple major in physics, philosophy and economics.  I called it the theory of everything.  

I had been turned off of history by public school. But my spouse was a history buff and loves to read aloud.  She showed me that history is really about stories and not just dates and facts.   She also introduced me to Jane Austen, Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskel, which we share aloud, and in various TV miniseries.

I had always been dissatisfied with my public school experience.  The bullying peer culture, the waste of time, and the one size fits all pace of learning.  I remember hating when summer was over and reading and learning had to be put on hold for another year.  So, when I learned of the unschooling movement championed by John Holt, I gradually came to realize there were alternatives.  When my oldest child started in the age segregated factory model school system, we saw her change under the stressful culture, and we realized we couldn't institutionalize her is such an inhumane unnatural system.  So we homeschooled and unschooled all three of our children through the GED and they've gone on to university.  My youngest just had his first day of school at the U of New Mexico this semester.  The older two have graduated.  One in linguistics and the other in art and classics.
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Co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, or so say many of my co-winners.
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  • Universities of Washington, Texas and Houston
    Physics, Economics, Philosophy, Business, Computer Science
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