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Salt Water Shows Promise as Battery Juice

Salt Water Shows Promise as Battery Juice | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

When people think of harvesting energy from the oceans, it’s typically in the form of wave or tidal power, in which the motion of the water drives the production of electricity. A paper in Nano Letters suggests an alternate way to turn the ocean into power: using the fact that it’s salty. There have been a few ideas about how to extract energy from the salinity difference between salt and fresh water, but the paper suggests a rather intriguing approach: Treat the entire ocean a bit like a battery medium.

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DVICE: GM: Volt drivers getting 1,000 miles per tank

DVICE: GM: Volt drivers getting 1,000 miles per tank | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

Now that GM has sold a thousand of their Volt plug-in hybrids, they're starting to get feedback from owners about how the cars are performing in day-to-day use, and here's the number you care about: people get an average of 1,000 miles between fill-ups.

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Study: We’ve Got Plenty of Land for Biofuels

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One of the great arguments against biofuels is the wisdom, if not the morality, of using land to produce fuel instead of food. But research out of Illinois suggests it doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition.

 

Researchers at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have found that biofuel crops cultivated on land unsuitable for food crops could produce as much as half the world’s current fuel consumption without adverse impact on food crops or pastureland.

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On Resilience § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

On Resilience § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it
How much disturbance can a system withstand? With roots in ecology and complexity science, resilience theory can turn crises into catalysts for innovation.
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A behavioral perspective on the biophysics of the light-dependent magnetic compass: a link between directional and spatial perception?

In terrestrial organisms, sensitivity to the Earth's magnetic field is mediated by at least two different magnetoreception mechanisms, one involving biogenic ferromagnetic crystals (magnetite/maghemite) and the second involving a photo-induced biochemical reaction that forms long-lasting, spin-coordinated, radical pair intermediates. In some vertebrate groups (amphibians and birds), both mechanisms are present; a light-dependent mechanism provides a directional sense or ‘compass’, and a non-light-dependent mechanism underlies a geographical-position sense or ‘map’.

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Can Tech Make the Desert Bloom Again?

Can Tech Make the Desert Bloom Again? | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

Learning how to live in a parched environment could become the next export for Israel. Approximately 45 percent of the people in the world live in dry lands, defined as regions that get 600 millimeters or less of rain a year, according to Alon Tal, a professor at Ben-Gurion University, which oversees the Blaustein Institutes.

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A Physicist Turns the City Into an Equation

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What makes a city grow and thrive? What causes it to stagnate and fall? Geoffrey West thinks the tools of physics can give us the answers.

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Streetsblog: Seattle’s New Parking Policy More Rational than NYC’s | PubliCola

Streetsblog: Seattle’s New Parking Policy More Rational than NYC’s | PubliCola | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

Streetsblog highlights efforts by city council members Mike O’Brien and Tim Burgess to base Seattle on-street parking rates on demand, rather than setting flat meter rates by neighborhood, calling that strategy “courageous” compared to the current policy in New York City, where the city council recently rejected efforts to increase meter rates by a quarter.

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Visualizing Friendships | Facebook

Visualizing Friendships | Facebook | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

When the data is the social graph of 500 million people, there are a lot of lenses through which you can view it. One that piqued my curiosity was the locality of friendship. I was interested in seeing how geography and political borders affected where people lived relative to their friends. I wanted a visualization that would show which cities had a lot of friendships between them.

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Zoologger: The butterfly that sleeps its way to safety - life - 12 January 2011 - New Scientist

Zoologger: The butterfly that sleeps its way to safety - life - 12 January 2011 - New Scientist | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it
Faced with an onslaught of parasitic wasps, the large white butterfly goes into suspended animation...
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