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Marcus Bleasdale's Stunning Photos Reveal The Ugly Truth About How Your Smartphone Is Made

Marcus Bleasdale's Stunning Photos Reveal The Ugly Truth About How Your Smartphone Is Made | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Meet the people who put their lives on the line, enduring horrifying conditions, in order to harvest the precious minerals needed to make your smartphone.
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"The environmental devastation that must occur so that these minerals can be installed in your smartphone is mind-boggling–especially when you consider that only a fraction of these perfectly reusable minerals are harvested from used phones before they’re trashed. But even that pales in comparison to the true revelation of how our insatiable desire for the latest and greatest technology is literally killing those who have no other option but to work in the mines. Something to consider before using the word “need” and “smartphone” in the same sentence ever again, unless you buy the only one made with conflict-free materials."

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Solar power with a view: Transparent luminescent solar concentrators

Solar power with a view: Transparent luminescent solar concentrators | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

Researchers have developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a flat, clear surface.

 

Research in the production of energy from solar cells placed around luminescent plastic-like materials is not new. These past efforts, however, have yielded poor results -- the energy production was inefficient and the materials were highly colored.

 

"No one wants to sit behind colored glass," said Lunt, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science. "It makes for a very colorful environment, like working in a disco. We take an approach where we actually make the luminescent active layer itself transparent."

 

The solar harvesting system uses small organic molecules developed by Lunt and his team to absorb specific nonvisible wavelengths of sunlight. "We can tune these materials to pick up just the ultraviolet and the near infrared wavelengths that then 'glow' at another wavelength in the infrared," he said.


The "glowing" infrared light is guided to the edge of the plastic where it is converted to electricity by thin strips of photovoltaic solar cells. "Because the materials do not absorb or emit light in the visible spectrum, they look exceptionally transparent to the human eye," Lunt said.


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Eggshell Geode Crystals : Science Bob's Science Experiment Blog

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Can making your wine listen to music improve its flavour?

Can making your wine listen to music improve its flavour? | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

Trevor Baker: It's the latest bonkers trend to come out of the viticulture industry – and although, yes, it's almost certainly nonsense, it's no stranger than a lot of ideas kicking around in the wine world,


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The drinkable book cleans and purifies water with advanced filtering paper

The drinkable book cleans and purifies water with advanced filtering paper | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

The drinkable book serves as a tool to kill deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid and E.coli, providing a 4 year source of clean drinking water.


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Under The Volcano

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Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous quantities. We love Mexican beverages, happily knocking back...
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Mystery of Bizarre Duck-Like Ocean Sound Solved

Mystery of Bizarre Duck-Like Ocean Sound Solved | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A mysterious duck-like sound recorded in the ocean around Antarctica has baffled scientists for decades, but the source of the sound has finally been found, researchers say. "In the beginning, no one really knew what it was," said Denise Risch, a marine biologist at NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass. Because the sound was so repetitive, scientists first thought it might be human-made, possibly coming from submarines. The noises also occur seasonally, and have been heard simultaneously in the Eastern Weddell Sea off Antarctica and Western Australia. In February 2013, during the Southern Hemisphere's summer, Risch's colleagues tagged two Antarctic minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) off of Western Antarctica with suction-cup tags.
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A Magical Miniature World Of Snails By Vyacheslav Mishchenko

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Talented Ukrainian nature photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko has an eye for taking photos that bring small natural worlds up to our level, showing us how the world might look if we could see it through the eyes of an ant, snail or lizard. Mishchenko's interest with the miniature natural world ...
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Photographs taken inside of instruments - Lost At E Minor: For creative people

Photographs taken inside of instruments - Lost At E Minor: For creative people | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
There’s something other-worldly about these shots by Mierswa Kluska for the Berlin Philharmonic, which take a fascinating perspective from within the acous
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New Age Bullshit Generator

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We are in the midst of a cosmic flowering of synchronicity that will remove the barriers to the dreamscape itself.
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Metal Cats: Hardcore Metal Musicians Pose With Their Cats

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Musicians and fans of the metal music community often get a bad rap because of their dark, gruff and tattooed looks. The adorable set of photos published in Metal Cats by Alexandra Crockett sets out to change all that by getting accomplished metal musicians to pose with their feline friends and ...
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Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

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Italian designer Arturo Vittori has unveiled the WarkaWater Tower, a revoluntionary new way to collect clean drinking water in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. The artist was inspired by a recent trip to a remote village in northeastern Ethiopia where water collection is often a dangerous and incredibly time-consuming process. With just a little financial backing, Vittori hopes the innovative WarkaWater Towers, which take advantage of condensation, will provide a more reliable, efficient and sustainable method of water harvestingfor local women and their families.

 

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Geology Page: Five-tonne dinosaur species discovered

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Fossilised remains of what scientists believe was the largest terrestrial predator ever to have roamed Europe have been found in Portugal.

The dinosaur, a new species named Torvosaurus gurneyi, was up to 10m (33ft) long and weighed between four and five tonnes.

Its head measured 1.15m from front to back and was filled with blade-shaped teeth up to 10cm (4in) long, suggesting it may have been near the top of the food chain and eaten other large dinosaurs.

Scientists found the bones north of Portugal's capital, Lisbon, and originally thought they belonged to a species from North America, Torvosaurus tanneri.
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What you need to know about the Ebola outbreak

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Mistaken Identity: 'Sea Anemone' Is Actually New Type of Animal

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Lurking in the deep sea is a marine creature thought to be one of the world's largest sea anemones. But the animal, which has tentacles measuring more than 6 feet (2 meters) long, isn't an anemone but rather the first known organism in a new order of animals, according to new research. In doing so, they examined the DNA of Boloceroides daphneae — discovered in 2006 in the deep Pacific Ocean — and found the creature stood out as not fitting on the sea anemone tree of life at all. Researchers have now renamed the species Relicanthus daphneae, placing it into a new order (the equivalent of Carnivoria for mammals, Crocodilia for reptiles or Actiniaria for sea anemones) within the subclass Hexacorallia, which also includes anemones, black corals and stony corals.
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How Yoga Can Help in California's Overcrowded Prisons

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There are a lot of people on Earth--7.2 billion, in fact. Ever wondered what it would look like if you took all of us and piled us up on the floor of the Grand Canyon?

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Student photographer imagines herself as a teenager from every decade in the last hundred years [20 pics]

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For a class project, budding photographer Annalisa Hartlaub imagined herself as a teenager in every decade since the 1920's. In one photo she is mainstream and beside it she emulates the counter-culture of the time. And for all the photos, she filtered...
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Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium

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There’s a quiet revolution underway in theoretical physics.
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Health Check: when is 'the flu' really a cold?

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Most people who think they have the flu, don’t. And some people who think they have a cold, really have the flu. So what is the difference between a cold and the flu? And does it matter? A cold is a mild…
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Do Bees Really Die After They Sting You?

Do Bees Really Die After They Sting You? | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Short answer for the overwhelmed readers with little time on their hands: Yes, some do.



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The process of stinging and dying is called autotomizing and only various honey bees are susceptible, not honey wasps or yellowjackets or the Honey Nut Cheerios bee. Here’s how it works: When the bee stings you, its stinging apparatus screws into your skin like a corkscrew. The bee is too weak to pull it out without tearing its abdomen apart. Interestingly, when the bee stings an animal or
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Russia will not import GMO products - PM Medvedev

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Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food.
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Why Light Inspires Ritual - Issue 11: Light - Nautilus

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Stanford Study: 100% Renewable Energy Is Feasible and Affordable

Stanford Study: 100% Renewable Energy Is Feasible and Affordable | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

One of the greatest promises of the high-tech future, whether made explicitly or implicitly through shiny clean concept sketches, is that we will have efficient energy that doesn’t churn pollutants into the air and onto the streets.

 

But here in the present, politicians and even many clean energy advocates maintain that a world run on hydrogen and wind, water and solar power is not yet possible due to technical challenges like energy storage and cost.

 

Yet Stanford University researchers led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson have developed detailed plans for each state in the union that to move to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050 using only technology that’s already available. The plan, presented recently at the AAAS conference in Chicago, also forms the basis for The Solutions Project nonprofit.

 

“The conclusion is that it’s technically and economically feasible,” states Jacobson. The plan doesn’t rely, like many others, on dramatic energy efficiency regimes. Nor does it include biofuels or nuclear power, whose green credentials are the source of much debate.


The proposal is straightforward: eliminate combustion as a source of energy, because it’s dirty and inefficient. All vehicles would be powered by electric batteries or by hydrogen, where the hydrogen is produced through electrolysis rather than natural gas. High-temperature industrial processes would also use electricity or hydrogen combustion.

 

The rest would simply be a question of allowing existing fossil-fuel plants to age out and using renewable sources to power any new plants that come online. The energy sources in the road map include geothermal energy, concentrating solar power, off-shore and on-land wind turbines and some and tidal energy. All but tidal energy collectors are already commercially available.


Clean energy would save an average American consumer $3,400 per year than the current fossil fuel regime by 2050, the study lays out. That’s because the price of fossil fuel rises regularly, but with clean energy — where raw materials are free — once the infrastructure is built, prices would fall.


Jacobson has previously mapped out a similar proposal for the global energy market, including China. A related plan with a greater emphasis on efficiency was recently released by the World Wildlife Fund.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 30, 1:12 PM

Way cool.

 

But it will not be put into place due to the politics of the fossil fuel industry and their undemocratic influence in our governments across the world.

 

They stand to lose a lot of money; forced to give up massive amounts of invested capital (even though the profits they've realized from those capital assets have, so far, more than paid for themselves already).

 

Here we are, contemplating putting a high polluting oil pipeline through our country while we frack for natural gas, and we could be spending our time getting off fossil fuels entirely in an economically viable manner.

 

Think about it.