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How Well Do You Know Martin Gardner? [Quiz]

Scientific American - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:00
Do you think of yourself as a true fan of Martin Gardnerrsquo;s? Test your knowledge of him herebr/ br/ -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=ahFU844GfIE:2un941AYB44:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=ahFU844GfIE:2un941AYB44:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=ahFU844GfIE:2un941AYB44:l6gmwiTKsz0"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=l6gmwiTKsz0" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=ahFU844GfIE:2un941AYB44:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?i=ahFU844GfIE:2un941AYB44:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=ahFU844GfIE:2un941AYB44:ZC7T4KBF6Nw"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=ahFU844GfIE:2un941AYB44:I9og5sOYxJI"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=ahFU844GfIE:2un941AYB44:QXVau8BzmBE"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=QXVau8BzmBE" border="0"/img/a /div

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/10/14

Naked Capitalism - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 13:58
Today's Water Cooler: Hong Kong and Jimmy Lai, MH370, Democrats reviving the grand bargain, and Bill Gates and his manure problem.

Buffett's MidAmerican to Invest Another $280 Million in Iowa Wind Energy

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:08
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/10/10/feature-0-1412957427359.jpg" /pMidAmerican Energy Co., which has already committed about $15 billion to renewable energy, plans to invest an additional $280 million in Iowa wind farms./p

Will an Energy Proposal in New York Institutionalize Power Monopolies?

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/10/10/feature-0-1412957153416.jpg" /pOn August 22, the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) issued a proposed rule on the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and comments were submitted throughout September. In short, the PSC intends to transform NY’s utilities into Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs), which will create, operate, plan, and police new markets /p

The Biggest Methane Leak in America Is in New Mexico

Scientific American - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:44
Projects to harvest natural gas from a coal mine in the Four Corners region is spewing the potent greenhouse gasbr/ br/ -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=xA892ajnEQ0:-r5fm_NUwZQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=xA892ajnEQ0:-r5fm_NUwZQ:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=xA892ajnEQ0:-r5fm_NUwZQ:l6gmwiTKsz0"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=l6gmwiTKsz0" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=xA892ajnEQ0:-r5fm_NUwZQ:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?i=xA892ajnEQ0:-r5fm_NUwZQ:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=xA892ajnEQ0:-r5fm_NUwZQ:ZC7T4KBF6Nw"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=xA892ajnEQ0:-r5fm_NUwZQ:I9og5sOYxJI"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=xA892ajnEQ0:-r5fm_NUwZQ:QXVau8BzmBE"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=QXVau8BzmBE" border="0"/img/a /div

How One Utility Enlisted Geothermal Cooling to Reduce Peak Electric Demand and Improve System Utilization

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:34
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/10/10/feature-0-1412955729181.jpg" /pOn July 1st, 2014, PSEG Long Island released its Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan. This plan is on the leading edge of New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding. REV is a process through which the NYS Public Service Commission is defining the utility of the future — one that meets customers’ and society’s evolving needs by making efficient use of distributed energy resources (DER). The REV defines DERs to include energy efficiency, demand response and distributed generation./p

MidAmerican Plans #036;280M Investment To Expand Its Iowa Wind Energy Portfolio

American Wind Power News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:22
Utility company MidAmerican Energy Co. has announced plans to invest up to #036;280 million more in Iowa wind generation to develop one new wind farm [...]

Net-Zero Neighborhoods Gaining Traction

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:18
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/10/9/feature-0-1412869897486.jpg" /pThe largest net-zero neighborhood in North America will be constructed more than a mile above sea level. All 308 houses in the Geos Neighborhood in Arvada, Colo. will harness sunlight and the earth’s core to generate as much energy as the homes consume. But before the solar and geothermal technology comes into play, the design of these cottages and/p

Is Energy Efficiency Investment Hurting Renewables?

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:09
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/10/10/feature-0-1412954158628.jpg" /pInvestments in measures to curb energy waste and boost efficiency are overtaking wind and solar spending and have reached at least $310 billion a year, the International Energy Agency said./p

Canadian Solar Secures #036;46M In Project Financing

Solar Industry News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:06
Canadian Solar Inc. says Manufacturer's Life Insurance Co. has agreed to provide approximately #036;46 million in construction and term financing to Canadian Solar for the [...]

The Surprising Beauty and Biodiversity of Freshwater Fauna [Slide Show]

Scientific American - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:00
Lakes, rivers and streams are home to an amazingmdash;and overlookedmdash;menagerie of aquatic lifebr/ br/ -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=6Hq265R4ki4:oCcrn0rxSXY:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=6Hq265R4ki4:oCcrn0rxSXY:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=6Hq265R4ki4:oCcrn0rxSXY:l6gmwiTKsz0"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=l6gmwiTKsz0" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=6Hq265R4ki4:oCcrn0rxSXY:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?i=6Hq265R4ki4:oCcrn0rxSXY:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=6Hq265R4ki4:oCcrn0rxSXY:ZC7T4KBF6Nw"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=6Hq265R4ki4:oCcrn0rxSXY:I9og5sOYxJI"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=6Hq265R4ki4:oCcrn0rxSXY:QXVau8BzmBE"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=QXVau8BzmBE" border="0"/img/a /div

100 kW Solar Installation Helps Melbourne Zoo Achieve Carbon-Neutral Status

Solar Industry News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:54
Madison Australia has installed three rooftop systems with a total capacity of over 100 kW for the Melbourne Zoo. The photovoltaic systems and other initiatives [...]

Poll Shows Albertans Support Development Of More Wind Energy

American Wind Power News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:52
Almost 80% of Albertans say the government of Alberta has not done enough to develop wind power and other renewable forms of large-scale electricity generation, [...]

SCE Seeks Energy From Solar Installations

Solar Industry News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:51
Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched a request for offers (RFO) to procure electricity from independent power producers as part of its Solar Photovoltaic Program [...]

Plant Biology Informs the Origins of the Stradivarius

Scientific American - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:30
A tomato expert and viola player uses plant statistics to trace the history of the violinbr/ br/ -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=vM1hCmWORjE:ZhPPiucQuwg:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=vM1hCmWORjE:ZhPPiucQuwg:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=vM1hCmWORjE:ZhPPiucQuwg:l6gmwiTKsz0"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=l6gmwiTKsz0" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=vM1hCmWORjE:ZhPPiucQuwg:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?i=vM1hCmWORjE:ZhPPiucQuwg:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=vM1hCmWORjE:ZhPPiucQuwg:ZC7T4KBF6Nw"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=vM1hCmWORjE:ZhPPiucQuwg:I9og5sOYxJI"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=vM1hCmWORjE:ZhPPiucQuwg:QXVau8BzmBE"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=QXVau8BzmBE" border="0"/img/a /div

First Wind Selects GE#039;s Wind PowerUp Platform

American Wind Power News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:18
GE has contracted with renewable power producer First Wind to implement PowerUp services on 107 GE 1.5-77 and 1.5-82.5 wind turbines at the Milford I [...]

Iberdrola To Carry Out Floating Turbine RD Project In The U.K.

American Wind Power News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:18
Iberdrola, via its engineering and construction subsidiary, has teamed up with the Scottish University of Strathclyde and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to start work on [...]

Book Review: WTF, Evolution?!

Scientific American - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:00
Books and recommendations from Scientific Americanbr/ br/ -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=05bLDpgHJyY:d_YC8rJ4ofE:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=05bLDpgHJyY:d_YC8rJ4ofE:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=05bLDpgHJyY:d_YC8rJ4ofE:l6gmwiTKsz0"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=l6gmwiTKsz0" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=05bLDpgHJyY:d_YC8rJ4ofE:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?i=05bLDpgHJyY:d_YC8rJ4ofE:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=05bLDpgHJyY:d_YC8rJ4ofE:ZC7T4KBF6Nw"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=05bLDpgHJyY:d_YC8rJ4ofE:I9og5sOYxJI"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?a=05bLDpgHJyY:d_YC8rJ4ofE:QXVau8BzmBE"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ScientificAmerican-Global?d=QXVau8BzmBE" border="0"/img/a /div

How the Discharged Ebola Patient Demonstrates the Danger of Corporatized Medicine

Naked Capitalism - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:55
As discussion, if not outright panic, about Ebola infections increases in the US, it is still hard to figure out what heath care professionals and the health care system need to do to protect patients and the public in a very changed world.

Energy Department Issues Green Building Certification System Final Rule to Support Increased Energy Measurement and Efficient Building Design

U.S. Dept. of Energy News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:37
div class=dateOctober 10, 2014/diva href=/eere/articles/energy-department-issues-green-building-certification-system-final-rule-support-0 class=title-linkspanEnergy Department Issues Green Building Certification System Final Rule to Support Increased Energy Measurement and Efficient Building Design /span/adiv class=field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hiddendiv class=field-itemsdiv property=content:encoded class=field-item odd pSupporting the Obama Administration’s goal to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, the Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen federal energy management through increased focus on measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design./p /div/div/div

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