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Daily Digest 7/26 - Scientists Discover What's Killing Bees, 100 Abandoned Houses

Friday, July 26, 2013, 10:58 AM

Economy

Jeremy Scahill Condemns White House Opposition To Freeing Of Abdulelah Haider Shaye (kelvinator)

Journalist Jeremy Scahill said today that "This administration has been utterly shameful in its approach toward a free press"….Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Shaye was imprisoned for three years "because he had the audacity to expose a U.S. cruise missile attack that killed three dozen women and children, and the United States had tried to cover it up...My question for the White House is: You want to co-sign a dictator's arrest of a journalist, beating of a journalist, and conviction in a court that every human rights organization in the world has said was a sham court?"

Elliot Lake Mall Collapse: Algo Centre Mall Owner Admits Having Cash, But Not For Repairs (westcoastjan)

Mall owner Bob Nazarian said he had $2.6 million from the sale of a property, but chose to spend it buying another property rather than fix the roof.

He said he had worked too long to save money for his family, and didn't want to throw it into what he called a black hole.

Short on cash? Sell some stock in yourself (westcoastjan)

Pave is part of a small but growing financing effort around the globe, one that enables young people to fund their education or early professional efforts by selling equity in themselves to strangers for a small percentage of their future income. Some of the programs also offer mentorship, career counselling and job referrals to investees.

100 Abandoned Houses (Amanda)

The abandoned houses project began innocently enough roughly ten years ago. I actually began photographing abandonment in Detroit in the mid 90’s as a creative outlet, and as a way of satisfying my curiosity with the state of my home town. I had always found it to be amazing, depressing, and perplexing that a once great city could find itself in such great distress, all the while surrounded by such affluence...As the number of images grew, and a documentary style emerged, I switched from mostly black and white, to color, and decided to name the series 100 Abandoned Houses. 100 seemed like a lot, although the number of abandoned houses in Detroit is more like 12,000.

Energy

The Cost Del Sol (westcoastjan)

The changes have turned renewable energy into a fully-regulated business. Companies used to be able to choose between getting market prices plus a premium, or to agree on long-term contracts that guaranteed a set margin above their costs. The government scrapped the first option earlier this year and has now scrapped the second. Instead, it will estimate the value of companies’ assets and cap their pre-tax profits at three percentage points above ten-year Spanish government-bond yields. (How this will work in practice has not been announced.)

Energy and the Economy – Basic Principles and Feedback Loops (James S.)

The most basic type of energy, at least from a human perspective, is human energy. This is the energy we as humans have that allows us to move our own bodies and allows us to think. Each of us is given approximately the same amount of energy, with males having somewhat more energy for lifting and pushing objects, and females having the special ability to give birth to new humans.

Environment

Cold Lake oil spill leaking for months: Documents (Northernlights)

n order to resume operations, CNRL has to file a written application and receive written approval from the ERCB’s Oil Sands and Coal Branch with a “thorough assessment of the potential environmental risks associated with recommencing steam injection, any risk mitigation measures proposed, and any alternatives to the proposed steam injection operations.”

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought (Amanda, alura, Wendy SD)

Most disturbing, bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected by the parasite. Widely used, fungicides had been thought to be harmless for bees as they’re designed to kill fungus, not insects, on crops like apples.

Beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder (westcoastjan)

Many animals can sense the environment differently that we humans do. For example, bees can perceive ultraviolet light. To capitalize on that ability, many flowers have evolved UV “landing strips” for bees. We cannot see them directly with our own eyes, but we can see – and enjoy the fascinating ingenuity of nature – through science and its discoveries.

North Pole Melting Leaves Small Lake At The Top Of The World (westcoastjan)

Arctic sea ice has become a noticeable victim of climate change. The area of ice cover expands and contracts every year with the change in seasons, but last summer's minimum extent was the lowest on record and this year's maximum winter coverage was the sixth-lowest since satellite observations began in the 1970s.

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