Breaking The Mold (jdargis)
In her latest book, DePaulo continues to examine lifestyles that don’t quite fit cultural norms. For How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century, she traveled around the United States, looking at alternative—that is, non-nuclear—ways of living.
The world’s positive experience index average for 2014 was 71/100—the same as 2013, and just about what it’s been since 2006.
Carbon Fiber Cloth Can Generate Hydrogen (Wendy SD)
Splitting water can yield clean-burning hydrogen fuel, but catalysts that generate hydrogen are often expensive, and unstable in water. Now a team from Singapore and Taiwan have shown that carbon fiber cloths coated in inexpensive catalysts can generate hydrogen, and perform not only in water but in seawater as well. The researchers detailed their findings online August 21 in the journal Science Advances.
The International Space Station and other satellites have been able to collect solar energy and use it for maintaining work. The main benefit of solar power generation in space instead of Earth is the permanent availability of energy regardless the weather conditions or the time of the day.
JAXA has been working for years on the Space Solar Power Systems project (SSPS) which envisages a space-based solar power plant that generates energy by collecting sunlight in geostationary orbit.
But China, historically, has been very resistant to others telling it what to do, due to a huge reliance on outdated methods of energy generation. This appears to be changing, with President Xi Jinping’s and Indian Prime Minister Nadendra Modi’s public calls for developing countries to commit to cutting carbon emissions and a pledge to help others to do so.
South African prototype may solve solar power problem (Arthur Robey)
Beginning their work in April 2014, the Helio100 team came up with a much smaller heliostat made of six triangular mirrors that does not need a concrete foundation. They’ve also devised wireless, smart positioning technology that ensures the beam of light is always on target.
This compact construction, makes it “plonkable,” said Bode, meaning it can be plonked down, without only two people needed to set it up.
Across the pond, here in the US we saw jobless claims dip for the first week in five, coming in at 271k (versus 274k expected); good news. Further good news has arrived via an updated print for US GDP for the second quarter, which showed economic growth of 3.7% QoQ, above both consensus of +3.2% and the initial print of +2.3%.
And, of course, there is the question of “electability.” As Bernie Sanders has shown, electability is a moving target: get enough votes to win the nomination, and you’re electable. Besides, anyone arguing that the trio of lackluster apparatchiks who have been rapidly outshone by Corbyn would be more “electable” if they were only facing a Tory opponent (overwhelmingly backed by the British media) instead of a rumpled, bearded, teetotal Marxist vegetarian obviously has an idiosyncratic understanding of the word.
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