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Geothermal takes a technological step forward

Geothermal takes a technological step forward | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) — Geothermal energy developers working on the flanks of an ancient Oregon volcano say they have taken an important technological step toward expanding geothermal energy from a small niche into a potential major source of homegrown power, but...
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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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Yes, Oil Is Behind a Lot of Wars

Yes, Oil Is Behind a Lot of Wars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Economists check the claim that a thirst for oil motivates interventions in civil wars, and they find out it's right.
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30 Awesome Survival Apps | Urban Survival Site

30 Awesome Survival Apps | Urban Survival Site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you don't have any survival apps on your phone, you're missing out. There are apps to help with food storage, first aid, navigation, and much more.
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Increasing demand for refined products will increase oil prices

Increasing demand for refined products will increase oil prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
My opinion is that all of the analysts who are now blaming the sharp drop in oil prices on a “glut” of supply could change their tune quickly as consumers adjust to lower fuel costs.
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Here is how metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

Here is how metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The technique, known as biomining, is already being tested here on Earth as a sustainable treatment of ores and mine waste.
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Scientists develop compound to fight MRSA

Scientists develop compound to fight MRSA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Microbiologists and chemists at the University of South Florida have developed and patented a synthetic compound that has shown antibiotic action against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA, which can cause many serious infections and deaths.
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Five things you need to know about the Chikungunya virus

Five things you need to know about the Chikungunya virus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's no secret that mosquitos are a huge headache for residents in South Florida. But what appears to be a routine mosquito bite could wind up being something much worse.
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Among gut microbes, strains, not just species, matter

Among gut microbes, strains, not just species, matter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A large community of microorganisms calls the human digestive tract home. This dynamic conglomerate of microscopic life forms - the gut microbiome - is vital to how people metabolize various nutrients in their food, how their immune systems react to infection, and how they respond to various medications. ...
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Uber steers anti-taxi idea to become global phenomenon

Uber steers anti-taxi idea to become global phenomenon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unlike many American startups, Uber was not founded in someone's garage, but was conceived instead on a cold night in Paris, when two tech entrepreneurs could not find a taxi.
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Where did the missing oil go? New study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor

Where did the missing oil go? New study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After 200 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the government and BP cleanup crews mysteriously had trouble locating all of it.
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Climate models don't over-predict warming, study shows

Climate models don't over-predict warming, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you listen to climate change skeptics, Earth's surface hasn't warmed appreciably in the last 15 years, and any 'record' set last year is just the result of the planet doing what the planet naturally does.
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Koch Brothers Exposed: Watch Free Documentary on the Fifth Anniversary of Citizens United

Today marks five years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the wrong way on the Citizens United case, allowing unlimited spending by corporations in elections. Protesters in Washington spent the morning disrupting the Supreme Court to register their frustration with the ruling, yelling “overturn
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Can Saudi Arabia Diversify Away From Oil?

Can Saudi Arabia Diversify Away From Oil? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Economic Cities in Saudi Arabia are being constructed with a view to diversifying the economy away from oil, but the plans might be doomed from the outset…
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Want to Avoid Oils Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge

Want to Avoid Oils Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While some celebrated shale oil as a boom, Nick Hodge derided it as a Ponzi scheme. Today the shale sector quivers before the specter of falling oil prices, and the oil majors that have invested heavily in shale may be humbled. In this interview with The Energy Report, the founder of the Outsider Club and investment director of Early Advantage argues that nuclear energy is about to reassert itself, and that solar power is on the verge of becoming a major energy source. He also highlights one uranium and four solar companies with especially bright futures.
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Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.

 

More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

 

Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea.

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How to Operate a HAM Radio

How to Operate a HAM Radio | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HAM radio is a popular hobby that allows amateur operators to communicate with one another on multiple frequencies. It is also a useful skill to develop in the event of an emergency or disaster.
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Australian Uranium Mining Company Accused of Contaminating Lake Malawi

Paladin Energy, an Australian mining company, has been accused of discharging uranium-contaminated sludge into Lake Malawi, which supports 1.7 million people in three countries – Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The company began uranium mining operations in Malawi in 2009 although it suspended operations last year after ore prices fell.

 
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Transgender kids show consistent gender identity across measures

Transgender kids show consistent gender identity across measures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study with 32 transgender children, ages 5 to 12, indicates that the gender identity of these children is deeply held and is not the result of confusion about gender identity or pretense. The study, led by psychological scientist Kristina Olson of the University of Washington, is one of the first ...
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Steroid therapy increases risk of blood clots five-fold in IBD patients

Steroid therapy increases risk of blood clots five-fold in IBD patients | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Compared with biologic therapy, corticosteroid (steroid) use is associated with a nearly five-fold increase of venous thromboembolism in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American ...
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Physical education guidelines for healthier, happier, longer and more productive living

Physical education guidelines for healthier, happier, longer and more productive living | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The time children and adults all over the world spend engaging in physical activity is decreasing with dire consequences on their health, life expectancy, and ability to perform in the classroom, in society and at work.
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Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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Paris cabbies driven to anger by competition from Uber

Paris cabbies driven to anger by competition from Uber | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Renowned for a scarcity of taxis and grumpy drivers, Paris is fertile ground for new transport apps such as Uber, but traditional cabbies are not giving up without a fight.
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Public perception of man-made climate change is at a 10-year high

The British public's belief in the reality of climate change and its humancauses rose last year following the winter floods, and is now at its highest since 2005, according to a new study.
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MedievalDeception 2015: Inhofe Drags Senate Back To Dark Ages

On January 21, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) again displayed the same deception/incompetence that pervaded his book, The Greatest Hoax (2012).
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Missing link in metal physics explains Earth’s magnetic field

Missing link in metal physics explains Earth’s magnetic field | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Earth’s magnetic field is crucial for our existence, as it shields the life on our planet’s surface from deadly cosmic rays. It is generated by turbulent motions of liquid iron in Earth’s core. Iron is a metal, which means it can easily conduct a flow of electrons that makes up an electric current. New findings show a missing piece of the traditional theory explaining why metals become less conductive when they are heated.
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