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Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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

Geology Page: Five-tonne dinosaur species discovered | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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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BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left ...
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Marijuana POWs in Colorado Could Soon Go Free

Marijuana POWs in Colorado Could Soon Go Free | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
People currently in prison for pot possession could soon go free in Colorado.
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"Possession of up to one ounce of pot became legal in Colorado on Jan. 1, 2014, leaving tens of thousands of Colorado residents convicted of marijuana possession stuck in an ambiguous legal middle ground, as what they had done was no longer a crime in Colorado, but remains illegal federally. The Appeals Court decision begins to clear away that confusion."

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Measles is spreading, and the anti-vaccine movement is the cause

Measles is spreading, and the anti-vaccine movement is the cause | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
And now, New York City .
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"Health experts add these to the tally of the anti-vaccination movement, which is based almost entirely on a long since debunked and withdrawn paper published in Britain in 1998. The author of the paper has been stripped of his medical license because of the dishonesty of that paper; but its devastating effect on vaccination rates in Britain and the U.S. lives on.  Measles should have been all but eradicated in first-world countries by now; it's the shame of the anti-vaccination that the dangerous disease still spreads. 

During a similar outbreak last year, the national Centers for Disease Control concluded that 82% of the cases occurred in unvaccinated persons, and of those, 79% said they deliberately shunned vaccination on "philosophical" grounds."

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Why prairies matter and lawns don't

Why prairies matter and lawns don't | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Prairies - those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people. Lawns - those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban,...
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UPDATE 4-Sunoco oil pipeline leaks in Ohio nature preserve

Clean-up operations began on Tuesday after a major oil pipeline owned by Sunoco Logistics Partners LP leaked hundreds of barrels of crude oil into a nature preserve next to the Great Miami River in southwest Ohio.

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"Crews vacuumed oil that had leaked from the Mid-Valley pipeline into a wetland area of the Oak Glen Nature Preserve, 20 miles (32 km) north of Cincinnati, according to local officials.

 

The 240-barrel (10,000-gallons/38,000-liter) spill has been contained, Sunoco said in a statement."

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Internet surveillance predicts disease outbreak before WHO

Internet surveillance predicts disease outbreak before WHO | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

Have you ever Googled for an online diagnosis before visiting a doctor? If so, you may have helped provide early warning of an infectious disease epidemic.

 

In a new study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, Internet-based surveillance has been found to detect infectious diseases such as Dengue Fever and Influenza up to two weeks earlier than traditional surveillance methods, according to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) research fellow and senior author of the paper Wenbiao Hu.

 

Hu, based at the Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, said there was often a lag time of two weeks before traditional surveillance methods could detect an emerging infectious disease.

 

“This is because traditional surveillance relies on the patient recognizing the symptoms and seeking treatment before diagnosis, along with the time taken for health professionals to alert authorities through their health networks. In contrast, digital surveillance can provide real-time detection of epidemics.”

 

Hu said the study used search engine algorithms such as Google Trends and Google Insights. It found that detecting the 2005–06 avian influenza outbreak “Bird Flu” would have been possible between one and two weeks earlier than official surveillance reports.

 

“In another example, a digital data collection network was found to be able to detect the SARS outbreak more than two months before the first publications by the World Health Organization (WHO),” Hu said.


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Historic Court Ruling Stops Cultivation of Bayer’s GM Maize in Brazil

Historic Court Ruling Stops Cultivation of Bayer’s GM Maize in Brazil | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

In an historic ruling on Thursday Brazil’s Federal Appeals Court has unanimously decided to cancel the release for cultivation of Bayer’s Liberty Link GM Maize. The ruling is another legal disaster for the biotech industry as it follows the decision taken earlier this week by a court in the Campeche region of Mexico to ban GM Soybean cultivation, to protect the traditions of the Mayan people, namely beekeeping.

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"The Brazilian Court annulled the decision by Brazil’s Biosecurity Commission (CTNBio), who had allowed the release for cultivation of Liberty Link GM Maize. The civil action against CTNBio was started by Land Rights, the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense – IDEC and the National Association of Small Farmers.

 

The decision is reported to have created new legal paradigm and may force Brazilian authorities to reconsider all other commercial releases of GMOs in Brazil. Never before has a Judge stated that there is a need for studies on the negative impacts of GMOs in all major biomes in the country."

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Comcast spreads cash wide on Capitol Hill

Comcast spreads cash wide on Capitol Hill | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

"The Philadelphia cable giant historically has been a major Beltway player, and it’s sure to strengthen its political offense in order to sell the new, controversial megadeal. Yet even before announcing its plans for Time Warner Cable, Comcast had donated to almost every member of Congress who has a hand in regulating it."

 

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Animals left to starve in Ukrainian zoo as new government divert funds

Animals left to starve in Ukrainian zoo as new government divert funds | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
The director of Kharkiv Zoo blamed Ukraine’s warring politicians for failing to provide funds, saying the zoo only have enough food to last until Monday.
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"A letter sent by the director Grigoriev to Ukraine's prime minister said: ‘The Kharkiv zoo animals on the verge of starvation.’

Suppliers have been providing food for free for three months but have now refused to provide more, he said, pleading with the government for immediate action.

The country - partially invaded by Russia last week - is also on the point of bankruptcy.

A local campaigner for the zoo, Olga Sitkovskaya, said: ‘I spoke to the director and, sorry for this detail, but this clever, strong adult man burst into tears of helplessness.


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An end in sight in the long search for gravity waves

An end in sight in the long search for gravity waves | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Our unfolding understanding of the universe is marked by epic searches and we are now on the brink of discovering something that has escaped detection for many years.
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Changing Your Personal Consumption Isn't Confronting The Problem - disinformation

Changing Your Personal Consumption Isn't Confronting The Problem - disinformation | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
I’m not saying we shouldn’t live simply. But don’t pretend that not buying much (or not driving much, or not having kids) is a powerful political act.
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"Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet."

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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.


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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 30, 2014 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.

Avneel Channan's curator insight, March 27, 8:44 AM

Corroborating with the Costa Rica article, 100% renewable energy research is the stop towards a less polluted Earth. 

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FREE THE BILLBOARDS

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What would the city look like if billboards weren't for profit? What would a city look like that...
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HEINEKEN WOBO: A Beer Bottle That Doubles as a Brick heineken wobo brick

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Mr. Heineken’s idea came after a visit to the Caribbean where he saw two problems: beaches littered with bottles and a lack of affordable building materials. The WOBO became his vision to solve both the recycling and housing challenges that he had witnessed on the islands.
 
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Goats are far more clever than previously thought, and have an excellent memory

Goats are far more clever than previously thought, and have an excellent memory | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Goats learn how to solve complicated tasks quickly and can recall how to perform them for at least 10 months, which might explain their remarkable ability to adapt to harsh environments, say researchers. The goats' ability to remember the task was tested after one month and again at 10 months. They learned the task within 12 trials and took less than two minutes to remember the challenge.
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How Cosmos bungles the history of religion and science

How Cosmos bungles the history of religion and science | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

Neil Degrasse Tyson’s remake of the 1980s series tries to explain how early-modern thinkers began to discover the wonders of the universe. Its history is as cartoonish as its graphics.


Via Luca Baptista
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"While the early-modern religious persecution certainly can’t be denied, Bruno was killed because he flamboyantly denied basic tenets of the Catholic faith, not because religious authorities were out to suppress all “freedom of thought.” Cosmos’ treatment of Bruno as a “martyr for science” is just a small example of a kind of cultural myth we tell ourselves about the development of modern society, one that’s almost completely divorced from the messy reality."

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Tibetan Buddhist Art in the Twenty-First Century

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Tibetan Buddhist Art in the Twenty-First Century | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Assistant Curator Kurt Behrendt explores two works featured in Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations that reinterpret the use of traditional Buddhist imagery.
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Paris bans cars, makes transit free to fight air pollution

Paris bans cars, makes transit free to fight air pollution | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Epic smog has settled over the City of Love, so officials are taking drastic steps to clear the air.
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Unseasonably warm weather has triggered unprecedented air pollution levels in Paris. Over the weekend, the city responded by offering free public transportation and bike sharing. (Similar measures were taken throughout nearby Belguim, which also reduced speed limits.) But that wasn’t enough to fix the problem, so Paris and 22 surrounding areas are taking more extreme steps, banning nearly half of vehicles from their roads.


Private cars and motorcycles with even registration numbers will be barred from the streets on Monday. Unless the air quality improves quickly and dramatically, odd registration numbers will be banned from the roads on Tuesday. Electric vehicles and hybrids will be exempted, as will any cars carrying at least three people. About 700 police officers will be stationed at checkpoints, handing out $31 (€22) fines to violators.

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Sri Lankan President Bans Sale of Roundup Over Chronic Kidney Disease Study

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Sri Lanka has beome the first country to ban the sale of Monsanto’s “Roundup” glyphosate weedicide after a study found that the weedicide is responsible for the increasing number of chronic kidney disease patients.

 

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Kim Jong Un Wins 100% of Votes in North Korea Election - NBC News

Kim Jong Un Wins 100% of Votes in North Korea Election - NBC News | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
North Korea's state media confirmed on Monday what was surely never in doubt — a 100 percent, no-abstention victory for leader Kim Jong Un in the country's s...
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150 scientists condemn retraction of Séralini study as bow to commercial interests - End Science Censorship

The editor of the Elsevier journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT), Dr A. Wallace Hayes, claimed he retracted the study by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini’s team because some of its findings are “inconclusive”.
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""The retraction is a shameful violation of scientific and publishing integrity by economic and political interests." Donald R. Davis, PhD, nutritional biochemist at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University; retired from Biochemical Institute, University of Texas at Austin, USA

 

"The excellent work of Professor Séralini and his colleagues should be published in all the independent scientific journals of the world, as a form of protest and resistance against pressure of transnational corporations." Tomás Enrique León Sicard, PhD, Professor of Agrology, Institute of Environmental Studies, National University of Colombia

 

"Séralini's study underpins the urgent need of carcinogenic risk assessment of GMO crops, and should never have been retracted from FCT." Henk A.Tennekes, PhD, consultant toxicologist, member of EUROTOX; Dutch, Swiss and British Societies of Toxicology; Society of Toxicologic Pathology; International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), Netherlands"

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Germany sets new solar power record, institute says

Germany sets new solar power record, institute says | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
BERLIN (Reuters) - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and
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German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

 

The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022.

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Camera lowered into deep ocean trench finds unexpected creatures

Camera lowered into deep ocean trench finds unexpected creatures | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Scientists have taken their first look into the previously unexplored New Hebrides deep-sea trench in the Pacific Ocean. At the bottom of the trench — a depth of more than 23,000 feet (7,000...
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