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  • Frankengrain

    12/07/2016 8:28:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    Wheat Belly Blog ^ | September 11, 2016 | Dr. William Davis
    Here’s an excerpt from the Wheat Belly Cookbook about modern high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat, what I call the “Frankengrain” because of the extensive and bizarre changes introduced into this grass by geneticists and agribusiness. (Even though a cookbook, I tried to make the Wheat Belly Cookbook a standalone book that discusses the background on why and how the Wheat Belly lifestyle yields such unexpected and extravagant health and weight loss successes. For this reason, the first 90 pages of the cookbook reiterate many of the Wheat Belly basic concepts.)From the Wheat Belly Cookbook: Wheat encapsulates a fundamental dilemma of our technological...
  • A little butter on your slice of Frankenwheat? (good reason to avoid grains)

    12/06/2016 6:00:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Wheat Belly Blog ^ | November 3, 2016 | Dr. William Davis
    Imagine that I’m a mad scientist (or perhaps just a geneticist who doesn’t blink an eye while fiddling with nature’s design) and I want to see what happens when I introduce substantial genetic changes into a chimpanzee.In my experimentation, I double the chimp’s height, change it’s hair color to yellow, induce mutations to change eye color, give it the ability to see better at night, increase muscle strength in its lower body so that it can jump long distances, and several dozen other changes. The end result looks different, acts different, has changes in physiology, its capacity to tolerate heat,...
  • Meat products from 3D printer could be the new food for aged care homes and restaurants

    12/02/2016 11:10:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | December 1, 2016 | Sarina Locke
    Meat could be used in 3D printing to produce a soft food with specific nutrients and suitable for people who have problems with chewing or swallowing. By using a meat extract as ink, layer-by-layer, a food could be created that is as soft as butter and like meat, packed with nutrients. Meat and Livestock Australia was alerted to the possibility of red meat three-dimensional printing after seeing it done with chicken meat in Germany. The research, development and marketing body has investigated a way to turn every last bit of meat from the bone into a high value product and...
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress SYNOPSIS

    12/01/2016 7:38:11 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 30 replies
    Schmoop ^ | 1966 | Robert Heinlein
    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Summary How It All Goes Down Book 1: That Dinkum Thinkum Manuel Garcia O'Kelly-Davis, or Mannie for short, goes on a routine computer repair job only to learn that the super computer has gained self-awareness. It's just another day in ascience fictionworld, really. Mannie befriends the personalitynaming it Mikeand helps it gain an understanding of human behavior. To this end, Mike requests Mannie bring a recorder to a "Sons of Revolution" rally.When the Warden's bodyguard busts in to arrest everybody, Mannie helps revolutionary Wyoming Knott escape, and like all classic heroes, he gets dragged...
  • Gravity may have chased light in the early universe

    11/28/2016 8:22:13 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 39 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 23 Nov, 2016 | Michael Brooks
    Its supposed to be the most fundamental constant in physics, but the speed of light may not always have been the same. This twist on a controversial idea could overturn our standard cosmological wisdom. In 1998, Joao Magueijo at Imperial College London, proposed that the speed of light might vary, to solve what cosmologists call the horizon problem. This says that the universe reached a uniform temperature long before heat-carrying photons, which travel at the speed of light, had time to reach all corners of the universe. The standard way to explain this conundrum is an idea called inflation, which...
  • Breakthrough for DNA-editing: US team discovers 'holy grail' to fix genes to cure incurable diseases

    11/18/2016 7:56:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2016 | Mia De Graaf
    * Salk Institute scientists have used new technique to cure rats' blindness * It is the first time anyone has edited DNA in eyes, heart, brain or liver * These organs' cells rarely divide, making them very difficult to penetrate * So far the most advanced method is called CRISPR, which can edit skin and gut genes - it was tested yesterday by Chinese scientists * But Salk's study has been hailed as biggest leap in DNA research to date Scientists have discovered how to edit DNA to repair 'broken genes' to cure incurable diseases - and potentially extend human...
  • AMEN! Oregon Democrat who put Christian bakers out of business gets served JUSTICE

    11/16/2016 2:17:04 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 11/15/16 | Allen B. West
    Youve seen the story multiple times already: a Christian baker declines to cater a gay wedding, and gets sued in the process. The most publicized came out of Oregon, where the bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa chose not to bake a wedding for a same-sex wedding. Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her mother visited Sweet Cakes planning to order a wedding cake. Bowman-Cryer had purchased a cake previously from the Kleins for her mothers sixth wedding. Bowman-Cryer wanted to have the same cake she had purchased for her mother. Thats when Aaron Klein asked what the name of the bride and groom...
  • Coming Soon: Print Your Own Organs

    11/13/2016 1:40:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | November 12, 2016
    The demand for body organs to be used for transplantation is undoubtedly very high. In fact, US Department of Health and Human Services statistics show that in the U.S., there are currently 119,966 people that need an organ transplant to live. However, there only have been 11,777 organ donors as of October 2016. Another morbid fact that society faces today is that more and more evidence of organ trafficking is being exposed, with reports that some of these body organs like kidneys and livers sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars in the black market. There is a need obviously...
  • William Mason -- Unknown Genius, Gunsmith, Inventor

    11/13/2016 10:52:14 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    American Cowboy Chronicles ^ | November 11, 2016 | Tom Correa
    William Mason -- Unknown Genius, Gunsmith, Inventor Dear Friends, Every once in a while, I'll find someone who really needs to be talked about. And as my regular readers already know, I talk a lot about the real Old West and those who have contributed significantly to our history. And yes, as most of you know, I like talking about people who are not very well known. Yes, the unsung heroes, lawmen, great inventors, the pioneers who have taken a back seat to the more glamorized individuals made famous in Dime Novels, and later Hollywood. As for great American...
  • Earth and Pleiades From Stereo Ahead H1A camera

    11/03/2016 9:10:58 AM PDT · by SubMareener · 1 replies
  • The notoriety of picking Trump the winner

    10/29/2016 12:22:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 28, 2016 | Daniel Libit
    "Conflicted." That's the word political scientist Helmut Norpoth used to describe his current lot in life, one that finds his professional credibility intertwined with a politician who appears to have less and less of it: Donald J. Trump. With mind-boggling confidence, Norpoth's "Primary Model," his heretofore successful election forecast system, projects Trump to win the presidential election in less than two weeks. The model puts the odds of this above 87 percent. And despite a blizzard of public polls to the contrary, Norpoth isn't hedging his bet. Instead, with invocations of "Dewey Beats Truman," he's calling into question the consensus...
  • Where are the Bear Attack Pistol Failures?

    10/26/2016 5:43:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 51 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Todd Orr Relied on Bear Spray instead of the Pistol he had with him While discussing the effectiveness of pistols to defend against bear attacks, a consistent theme is the claim that pistols are not effective, are difficult to use, and that many more people who use handguns are badly mauled than use pistols successfully. I tried to recall an incident where someone used a pistol in defense against a bear, where it did not work. I could not remember one, so I posted this request in response to the claim. From freerepublic.com: Actually, there are legions of people...
  • Scientists produce first 3D-printed magnets

    10/25/2016 11:20:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    United Press International ^ | October 25, 2016 | Brooks Hays
    "[Three-dimensional] printing brings something to magnet design which we could previously only dream of," said researcher Dieter Sss. VIENNA, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- From a technological perspective, making a powerful magnet is no problem. Precisely controlling the shape of magnet's magnetic field, however, has proven difficult -- until now. Engineers at TU Wien have for the first time designed and produced magnets using a 3D printer. The method offers scientists newfound control over the size and shape of the magnetic field, allowing them to produce magnets that better meet the needs of a range of technologies. "The strength of a...
  • Steven DenBeste, Captain of the USS Clueless, has died

    10/24/2016 2:48:40 PM PDT · by Jubal Harshaw · 3 replies
    chisumatic.mee.nu ^ | October 24, 2016 | The Brickmuppet
    From chisumatic.mee.nu: "37 Steven DenBeste has passed away. I just received a call from his brother. I have no other details. Posted by: The Brickmuppet at October 24, 2016 08:58 AM (KicmI)"
  • VANITY: IT Experts Please Help Sort Out Intel Claims of Russian Hack

    It keeps being said that US intel says Wikileaks is from Russian hackers. The article at https://www.threatconnect.com/blog/does-a-bear-leak-in-the-woods/ gives some of the "evidence". I know nothing about this, but if some Freepers with knowledge could weigh in on the validity of this assessment I would appreciate it. Please use language appropriate for a computer idiot. =)
  • How to Turn Graphenes Defects into Assets

    10/12/2016 8:44:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Engineering ^ | October 12, 2016 | Staff
    Researchers at Penn State, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company have developed methods to control defects in two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, that may lead to improved membranes for water desalination, energy storage, sensing or advanced protective coatings. For a two-dimensional, one-atom-thick material like graphene, defects such as small cracks or holes can make a big difference in performance. Usually, these defects are considered undesirable. But if the defects can be controlled, they can be used to engineer new, desirable properties into the material. "As long as you can control defects, you...
  • Diseases Once Eradicated Are Making a Comeback

    10/10/2016 9:00:48 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/10/16 | Karen Lees
    The perfect storm for a humanitarian and public health disaster is brewing in the U.S. and the mainstream media is largely ignoring it. Its the politically incorrect elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. With the influx of well over one million new persons each year not born in the U.S, diseases that rarely occurred or were eliminated have begun to re-emerge, putting all Americans at risk. Breitbart reports, Until recently, most Americans believed these diseases were gone from our shores for good. But a politicized public health system and a rise in the subsidized migration...
  • Virginians with EBT card can now get into Science Museum for less

    10/09/2016 11:21:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    WAHU-TV ^ | October 5, 2016 | The Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Low-income families who want to visit the Science Museum of Virginia will now get to do it at a fraction of the cost. Local media outlets report that the museum will charge an exhibit admission fee of $1 per child and $2 per adult to families who have an Electronic Benefit Transfer card. If they pay an additional $1, they can watch a movie in the museum's Dome Theatre. EBT cards are used by low-income families to pay for things like groceries....
  • Is the Era of Polling Over? Time and time again, pollsters are getting it wrong

    10/07/2016 8:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Observer ^ | October 7, 2016 | Ashe Schow
    The downturn in the accuracy of polling seems to have picked up steam in 2012, after major pollsters Rasmussen (which is right-leaning) and Gallup (which is not) showed that Republican challenger Mitt Romney would best incumbent President Barack Obama. Obviously, Romney did not win, and Gallup ended up holding a news conference about the errors in its polling and correcting its methodology. Gallup listed four reasons why its polls were so wrong, including the way it weighted white respondents and categorized likely voters. Not every pollster was wrong about the 2012 election. The Real Clear Politics average ended up being...
  • Question about long term fuel storage

    10/07/2016 12:39:24 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 40 replies
    Question ^ | 10/6/16 | Rebelbase
    No link at source. Question: Regarding long term storage of gasoline are there any stabilizer alternatives other than Stabil? What was used prior to Stabil? Does non-ethanol Gasoline keep longer than the ethanol type? Google has a mess of stuff that mostly circled back to Stabil. Thank-you for helping.
  • An Invasion is Coming

    10/03/2016 3:45:06 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Let's move to Mars You may have noticed in recent news headlines, one company here is getting sued by the government there for multi-billions and another company there is getting sued for similar billions by the government here. Is it just a coincidence or something of a tit-for-tat game? Frankly, Im not sure. Perhaps each side has some legitimate reasons to complain.
  • The Failure of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

    10/03/2016 9:19:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/3/16 | Dr. John D. Lilly
    Deaths in the U.S. due to prescription drug overdose are reaching crisis proportions. The increase in the death rate due to all prescription drugs has been primarily due to the increase in prescription opioid pain medications. State governments are looking for a solution to the problem. Historically, it has been very easy for people to obtain opioid prescriptions from multiple doctors; therefore, an obvious solution is to monitor who is receiving all opioid prescriptions. States enacted Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) which record who is filling opioid prescription medications at every pharmacy in the state. The information goes into a...
  • Rethinking Polls. Whistling Past the Graveyard The Threat of Low Response Rates in Political Polls

    10/03/2016 8:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Media File ^ | October 3, 2016 | John Newhagen
    Rip Smith, played by Jimmy Stewart, solved the problem of getting respondents to take part in a telephone poll in the 1947 film Magic Town. He found the perfectly representative Midwestern city and simply asked a few folks around town how they felt about the days burning issues. Stewarts character, just back from the war, had his work cut out for him. He wanted to break into the then new science of public opinion polling. But he was broke and his competition, George Stringer, was well established. Then he discovered Grandview, which was perfectly representative of the county as a...
  • Glendale tot with rare condition awaits intestine, liver transplant

    10/01/2016 2:03:03 PM PDT · by AzNASCARfan · 9 replies
    self | October 1, 2016 | AzNascarFan
    I tried to link the article but it is at the Arizona Repugnant and due to copyright complaints apparently we cant directly post their articles... This article is about my Grandson Jaxson... I had a prayer request thread Hereabout 2 months ago, when the doctors told us he might be in the hospital until a donor was found... Since then, things have happened in almost a miraculous fashion for those of us who understand the power or prayer.
  • Judges must understand: climate rules are irrational

    09/30/2016 10:09:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/30/16 | Tom Harris
    Most people across the world do not care about climate change On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments in the litigation over President Barack Obamas Clean Power Plan (CPP). If implemented, CPP regulations will require states to develop and bring into force plans to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants. Arguments against the CPP focussed primarily on its questionable legality. However, the ten judges considering the case should also keep in mind that the rules are pointless. No matter what one believes about the causes of climate change, the...
  • Democrat hits new low; demands GOP double amputee war hero opponent stand behind your own ads.

    09/26/2016 9:13:54 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/26/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Randy Perkins is a typical Democrat. He will say anything, insult anyone and mock anyone, even a double amputee war hero if he thinks it will get him elected. Brian Mast is his Republican opponent in the race to fill the 18th CD seat in Florida being vacated by another Democrat who is running for higher office. Like all Democrats in politics, Perkins doesnt do patriotism well. Reverence for America and the heroes that keep our nation safe is just not in their DNA. Perkins insult and lower than low remark came during a candidates debate that the Democrat apparently...
  • Trump will emerge victorious in November: Professor of history

    09/25/2016 7:19:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Press TV ^ | September 24, 2016
    US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will win the race for the White House, says an American professor, who has correctly predicted all the last eight presidents of the United States. Allan Lichtman, a distinguished professor of history at American University, told The Washington Post that based on a system he calls "Keys to the White House", Trump will emerge victorious in the November election. Based on the 13 keys, it would predict a Donald Trump victory, he claimed. The professor said he derived the system of true/false statements, "by looking at every American presidential election from 1860 to 1980,...
  • Seaweed Solid State Cell

    09/23/2016 10:46:01 AM PDT · by amorphous · 5 replies
    Robert Murray-Smith Youtube Channel ^ | 15 Sep 2016 | Rober Murray-Smith
    I posted this so you could share that moment of discovery - there is no real point in asking me about performance characteristics regarding this cell as it is quite literally 1 day old - so i have no idea. - Robert Murray-Smith.
  • ARDEC develops next generation of hand grenade

    09/21/2016 11:47:29 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    Picatinny Arsenal Public Affairs ^ | 09/15/2016 | Eric Kowal
    Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are working on the first new lethal hand grenade in more than 40 years, which is designed to give greater flexibility to the warfighter. The multi-purpose hand grenade design will provide both fragmentation and blast overpressure more effectively and safely than its legacy counterparts. Once fielded, Soldiers will be able to select and use a hand grenade with different effects simply by flipping a switch.
  • Unearthed Where David Battled Goliath

    09/15/2016 9:16:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | September 11, 2016 | Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman
    Archaeologists believe they have found the location of the battle between David and Goliath, narrated in the Book of Samuel, in a mysterious two-gated city from the early 10th century. Known by its modern name, Khirbet Qeiyafa, the site is located in the the Elah Valley, 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem. The excavation project took nearly seven years, and was led by Professor Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Chair of Archeology at Hebrew University’s Institute of Archeology in Jerusalem, together with Sa’ar Ganor from the Israel Antiquities Authority and Professor Michal Hazel of Southern Adventist University of Tennessee. Through the...
  • How Does America Keep Finding Vast Stores of Energy?

    09/12/2016 4:22:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Slate ^ | September 12, 2016 | Daniel Gross
    By completely overhauling the old rules of the business. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on an energy bonanza. A company discovered a new field with the equivalent of at least two billion barrels of oil that has the promise to become one of the biggest energy finds of the past decade. But the discovery wasnt made by a foreign company in the Amazon, or deep in the waters off the coast off Africa, or in Kazakhstanor any of the other politically treacherous, high-risk, low-infrastructure places where Big Oil has been prospecting for gigantic new gushers. Instead, the lucky...
  • Beneath This Medieval German Town Lie Over 25 Miles of Forgotten Tunnels

    09/11/2016 4:57:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | September 7, 2016 | Jennifer Nalewicki
    O n the surface, Oppenheim looks like your typical German town resting along the banks of the Rhine River. But there's more to Oppenheim than beer halls and a Gothic-style cathedral from the Middle Ages. Beneath its narrow cobblestone streets lies something deeperan entire labyrinth of tunnels and cellars. The town is practically honeycombed with cavities, Wilfried Hilpke, a tour guide with Oppenheims tourism office, tells Smithsonian.com. Hilpke should know. For the past ten years, hes spent much of his time leading hour-long hardhat tours of Oppenheims elaborate tunnel system, taking visitors through a journey that covers just a fraction...
  • Don't Count Out the Internal Combustion Engine

    09/07/2016 11:15:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Real Clear Future ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rob Tracinski
    Is the electric car the inevitable wave of the future? Is the internal combustion engine finished, through, a relic of the 20th centuryas many are now saying? I have argued before that electric cars are overhyped. I calculated that the Tesla, for example, is still a really bad deal when you compare its substantial extra costs against the cost of operating a similar gasoline-powered car over five or ten years. But what if I'm wrong? For example, how much of that calculation is due to the inflated cost of a Tesla, which uses all of the positive publicity lavished on...
  • Microwave Is Used As A Way To Make High-Quality Graphene

    09/05/2016 2:47:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    iTech Post ^ | September 5, 2016 | Rodney Rafols
    High-quality graphene would soon be used for the next generation of electronics and energy devices. To produce it a simple method has been done. This method involves only using a microwave oven in order to bake the compound. Researchers at Rutgers' School of Engineering in Rutgers University have found that high-quality graphene could be produced using simple methods. That could potentially mean millions of dollars saved in making the new compound that would be used for new electronic devices. The discovery has been made by students, most of whom are either undergraduates or are post-doctoral associates, as Phys Org reports....
  • This Startup Wants to Make Cow's MilkWithout Cows

    09/04/2016 7:24:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Fortune ^ | August 31, 2016 | Beth Kowitt
    For Perumal Gandhi and Ryan Pandya, the impetus to start their company in 2014 really came down to cheese. Gandhi, now 25, was trying to cut back on meat and dairy for sustainability and animal welfare reasons, but he desperately missed pizza. Pandya, 24, was experimenting with veganism but one incident in particular gave him pause: He bought a bagel slathered with dairy-free cream cheese that was so sad and soppy that it dripped all over his leg. Its asking a lot of someone to become vegan, says Pandya. Cheese is only the beginning. As he puts it, you have...
  • US Defense Threat Reduction Agency Releases LENR Report (Cold Fusion 'Real and Nuclear')

    09/04/2016 12:33:41 PM PDT · by Normandy · 100 replies
    E-Cat World ^ | Sep 4, 2016
    Thanks to Joseph J for posting about a report that has been published by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) titled Investigation of Nano-Nuclear Reactions in Condensed Matter. The report is written by Pamela Mosier-Boss of SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, Lawrence Forsely of JWK International and Patrick K. McDaniel of the University of New Mexico. According to Wikipedia the DTRA is an agency within the United States Department of Defense and is the official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosives). DTRAs main functions are threat reduction, threat control, combat...
  • I ask Climate Change believers one simple question. (Vanity)

    09/03/2016 5:56:31 PM PDT · by Trteamer · 66 replies
    Vanity | 9-3-2016 | Trteamer
    I ask all Climate Change believers one simple question. In parts per million, how much has CO2 in the atmosphere increased in the last 40 years? All I ever get is the deer in the headlights stare. Not a single one yet has been able to tell me the answer.
  • NASA's Impossible Space Engine, The EMdrive, Passes Peer Review (But That Doesn't Mean It Works)

    09/02/2016 8:39:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 2, 2016 | Ethan Siegel
    For every action, theres an equal and opposite reaction. So goes Newtons third law, and despite the developments of relativity and quantum mechanics, that fundamental law of the Universe otherwise known as the conservation of momentum has never been challenged. Yet a few years ago, a new space drive that claims to break that exact law was proposed and put forth by inventor Roger Shawyer, the EMdrive. Unlike conventional rocket engines, which cause thrust in one direction by propelling exhaust outwards in the opposite direction, the EMdrive claims to take an external source of power and convert it...
  • One big question: Why can't we 3D print functioning organs today?

    09/02/2016 1:12:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    New Atlas ^ | August 26, 2016 | Michael Franco
    We recently reported on an alliance between four companies that has 3D printed heart structures in a weightless environment. As the first installment of our regular new feature where we put one big question to one really smart person, we asked Euguene D. Boland, the chief scientist of Techshot one of the companies involved in the research what the single biggest impediment is to having lab-grown organs available right now. The single biggest impediment is one familiar to many other engineers in their disciplines as well, it's transport. In our case, we are not moving people or cars...
  • Your Next Nuke Will Be Small And Modular

    08/24/2016 10:19:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 24, 2016 | Michael Lynch
    For at least two decades, nuclear engineers have been talking about new reactor designs, but few have progressed to become important components of the industry. Naturally, as with any new technology, there are always boosters and their enthusiasm should be treated with caution, but there is definitely potential for advances that could mean a surge in nuclear power. One aspect that needs greater attention is the benefit of smaller reactors, which greatly reduce risk on the part of investors. Some new designs are more incrementally advanced, such as the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) developed by Areva and EDF in France,...
  • M6.2 - 10km SE of Norcia, Italy

    08/23/2016 7:16:42 PM PDT · by amorphous · 37 replies
    USGS ^ | 23 August 2016 | NA
    Shallow - may have caused considerable damage. Map
  • Hillary is in Los Angeles this weekend! Where is Medical help available?

    08/23/2016 10:30:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Me ^ | 8/23/16 | Nachum
    Hillary is in Los Angeles this weekend and well... her health is not as good as it could be.  So, as a public service, we need to let her personnel know where she can can get medical helo in a hurry! On the west side, the larges hospital where ALL her friends probably would go is Cedars Sinai.; 8700 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA‎ (800) 233-2771‎ If she finds herself  close to the more eastern side of town, it would be USC ;  1200 North State Street, Los Angeles (323) 409-1000.  or, if she finds herself even more westerly, there is UCLA;...
  • Could graphene solve world water shortages? A new exhibition examines the evidence

    08/20/2016 5:36:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Manchester Evening News ^ | July 24, 2016 | Sarah Walters
    Among Manchesters proudest scientific developments has to be graphene - its very own homegrown wonder material first isolated by scientists at the University of Manchester back in 2004. A material made from a single atom layer of carbon that is super lightweight, super conductive and super strong, it seems to have endless capabilities in the modern world - from smart clothing to intergalactic exploration. Twelve years after its discovery via a sticky tape dispenser - and six years since its developers Andre Geim (pictured below) and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics - and interest in graphene...
  • Surely water deserves a higher place in the political agenda

    08/20/2016 3:38:39 PM PDT · by Peter ODonnell · 36 replies
    original to FR | August 20, 2016 | Peter O'Donnell
    The western United States is chronically short of water and the situation can only get worse, barring some sort of major reversal of climate. I don't believe this is caused by climate change, but rather is an inevitable function of increasing population demands on a limited resource. With few exceptions, Lake Mead, designed to be a major supplier of water for southern California and Las Vegas, has been steadily dropping to the point where it may fail to produce any water in dry times of the cycle. Other reservoirs have been observed to dry up or lose over three quarters...
  • My view: For future nuclear electric power, small is the answer

    08/19/2016 6:56:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | August 19, 2016 | Gary Sandquist
    On the horizon are U.S.-designed small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) that range from 50 megawatts to 300 megawatts electrical power output. Like renewables (wind and solar), SMRs produce no air pollution or global warming gases, but SMRs are also capable of generating base load electrical power on demand. Almost 50 companies are creating designs for SMRs using 21st-century technology and enhanced features. These designs include modularity, efficient factory construction, rapid siting and exceptional safe operation. Very important is that SMRs are less expensive and easier and faster to site and build than conventional 1,200-megawatt nuclear plants. Reliance on renewables as...
  • Is The Oil Production Efficiency Boom Coming To An End?

    08/18/2016 7:58:28 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-08-2016 | Peter
    How much more productive can these new wells get? I asked my host who had kindly invited me on a field trip to some of western Canadas most prolific oil fields. Looking down the aisle of bobbing pump jacks, seven in a row on one side of the immaculate gravel pad, the veteran oil executive replied, We can get up to 1,000 barrels a day out of some of the new ones, but thats not a limit; were improving the economics and productivity with each new well. Impressive I thought, subconsciously nodding my head in sync with the leading pump...
  • Humanity may not need a warp drive to go interstellar

    08/14/2016 4:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Astronomy Magazine ^ | August 10, 2016 | David Warmflash
    Here are a few ways that humanity may be able to leave the cradle of Earth. The field equations of Einsteins General Relativity theory say that faster-than-light (FTL) travel is possible, so a handful of researchers are working to see whether a Star Trek-style warp drive, or perhaps a kind of artificial wormhole, could be created through our technology. But even if shown feasible tomorrow, its possible that designs for an FTL system could be as far ahead of a functional starship as Leonardo da Vincis 16th century drawings of flying machines were ahead of the Wright Flyer of 1903....
  • Transhumanist Candidate Zoltan Istvan Promises Immortality In 2016 Presidential Election

    08/13/2016 5:07:00 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 25 replies
    Prophecy News ^ | 1/4/2016 | Greg White
    Would you vote for a presidential candidate whose campaign promises eternal life? If yes, then vote for Zoltan Istvan, a third-party transhumanist presidential candidate, who believes the technology necessary to make humans immortal could be a reality in two to three decades. Istvan is an ambitious man. He doesnt just want to beat Trump in the polls by a landslide; he wants to beat death. Im hoping I will live indefinitely, thats a major priority, Istvan told the Daily Mail. Even if dont, I would freeze myself or use some other type of mechanism.
  • Meteor shower visible late Thursday night

    08/11/2016 10:06:19 AM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Ted Forte, Huachuca Astronomy Club
    Meteor showers are associated with streams of debris left behind by comets. The Perseids are dust bits from Comet Swift-Tuttle and are famous for creating bright fireballs and elevated meteor activity for nearly two weeks in mid-August. This year it is predicted the shower will peak on the overnight of Thursday, Aug. 11, to Friday, Aug. 12. It is predicted to be twice the usual intensity. Thats because Earth will pass through the center of the debris stream rather than the grazing encounter we experience in most years. The display should be well worth the loss of a few hours...
  • Zika: an obama train wreck in slow motion

    08/09/2016 10:03:20 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-09-16 | DrJohn
    How badly can a crisis be managed? Zika shows us just how badly. January, 2016: White House: Zika virus is not EbolaThe Obama administration is looking to ease public fears over the Zika virus as it becomes increasingly likely that the mosquito-borne disease will spread to the U.S. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that federal officials are planning a "conspicuous, concerted effort" to communicate the risks of the disease, making clear that it poses a far different and less severe threat than the recent Ebola epidemic. While both viruses had a rapid spread, the Ebola virus...