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Low-tech Magazine: The Mechanical Transmission of Power (1): Stangenkunst

Low-tech Magazine: The Mechanical Transmission of Power (1): Stangenkunst | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Long-distance power transmission predates the invention of electricity by almost four centuries.
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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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How antioxidants can accelerate cancers, and why they don't protect against them

How antioxidants can accelerate cancers, and why they don't protect against them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For decades, health-conscious people around the globe have taken antioxidant supplements and eaten foods rich in antioxidants, figuring this was one of the paths to good health and a long life.
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Research finds association between certain pain relievers and heart attack

Research finds association between certain pain relievers and heart attack | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—For women taking certain kinds of pain relievers, a heart attack could be waiting in their medicine cabinets.
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Kerry cites frank cyberhacking talks with China (Update 2)

Kerry cites frank cyberhacking talks with China (Update 2) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China and the United States on Thursday promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea, although China warned the U.S. not to take sides on its maritime disputes with Asian neighbors.
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Can magnetically levitating trains run at 3,000km/h?

Can magnetically levitating trains run at 3,000km/h? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Trains that use magnets to levitate above the tracks might sound like something from Back to the Future, but the concept of magnetic levitation has been around for many years. Maglev trains, which use this technology, were first developed in the 1960s and many different methods have since been developed ...
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Probing Question: What is Bitcoin?

Probing Question: What is Bitcoin? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1729, when he was 23 years old, Benjamin Franklin authored a pamphlet titled 'A Modest Inquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency.' The revolutionary idea he advocated? Paper money printed and controlled by the Colonies. As a printer by trade, Franklin himself created some of the earliest ...
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News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash

News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a country known for its high-tech 'smart loos', a Japanese exhibition dedicated to what gets flushed down them and featuring a giant toilet slide is making a splash in Tokyo.
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Polar zone ozone and UV exposure, under closer scrutiny than ever

Polar zone ozone and UV exposure, under closer scrutiny than ever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global changes, such as climate warming and stratospheric ozone depletion, are increasingly noticeable. Therefore, there is a need for scientists to have reliable information about atmospheric and stratospheric processes. Today, all developed countries have invested in sophisticated surveillance systems. ...
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Straits of Mackinac 'worst possible place' for a Great Lakes oil spill

Straits of Mackinac 'worst possible place' for a Great Lakes oil spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Because the strong currents in the Straits of Mackinac reverse direction every few days, a rupture of the oil pipeline beneath the channel would quickly contaminate shorelines miles away in both lakes Michigan and Huron, according to a new University of Michigan study commissioned by the National Wildlife ...
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Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean

Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Microplastics – microscopic particles of plastic debris – are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms.
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Canada Struggles with Melting Permafrost as Climate Warms

Canada Struggles with Melting Permafrost as Climate Warms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warming temperatures in the Great White North are melting important ice roads and heating waterways beyond optimal temperatures for some fish
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Global Warming Requires a More Frequent Rethink of "Normal" Weather: U.N.

Global Warming Requires a More Frequent Rethink of "Normal" Weather: U.N. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global warming, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday.

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Why Is Namibia Killing Its Rare Desert Elephants? | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Why Is Namibia Killing Its Rare Desert Elephants? | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Saturday, June 21 one of the Republic of Namibia's rare desert elephants was felled by a hunter's rifle. Unlike most of the other elephants that ...
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Inherited 'memory' of environmental impact on health may be limited

Inherited 'memory' of environmental impact on health may be limited | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When a pregnant mother is undernourished, her child is at a greater than average risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes, in part due to so-called 'epigenetic' effects. A new study in mice demonstrates that this 'memory' of nutrition during pregnancy can be passed through sperm of male offspring ...
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United Nations urged to take bold action to curb non-communicable diseases

United Nations urged to take bold action to curb non-communicable diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—In the journal Nature this week, Georgetown Law Professor Lawrence Gostin argues that coherent international regulations could spur local governments to adopt common-sense, cost-effective measures to prevent disease and promote healthy living. He urges the United Nations General ...
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Exploiting the potential of geothermal district heating

Exploiting the potential of geothermal district heating | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent turbulence in Ukraine has led to an even more intensified hunt for secure sources of energy for Europe. Geothermal district heating (GeoDH) is one of the solutions being touted as a valuable and immediate option for the alleviation of Central and Eastern Europe's dependency on Russian gas.
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Bitcoin ATM builder targets money-transfer business

Bitcoin ATM builder targets money-transfer business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a makeshift office - a living room crowded with desks, monitors and a beanbag chair - programmers are hacking away on computers, aiming to make their mark on the multibillion-dollar financial services industry.
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New design and construction logics for the next generation of high-performance buildings

New design and construction logics for the next generation of high-performance buildings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mark Goulthorpe is an architect, writer, and teacher. In each role, his goal is the same: to seek models of thought that might yield new approaches to designing and constructing buildings. In the classroom, he has students engage in projects from theoretical, creative, and practical angles, and he often ...
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Industrial control a weak link in cybersecurity, study says

Industrial control a weak link in cybersecurity, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cybersecurity threats are rising for industrial control systems around the world, a growing target for attackers seeking to wreak havoc, a study showed Thursday.
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China to scrap purchase tax on electric vehicles

China to scrap purchase tax on electric vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China will exempt electric cars and other types of 'new energy' vehicles from purchase tax, the government said, as it seeks to reduce pollution and conserve resources.
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Blow for Australia government as carbon tax repeal fails

Blow for Australia government as carbon tax repeal fails | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia's conservative government on Thursday suffered a setback when the upper house Senate voted against abolishing a carbon tax, the central platform of its election win last year.
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Canal route in Nicaragua raises concerns over lake

Canal route in Nicaragua raises concerns over lake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Now that Nicaragua has picked a path for a Chinese firm to dig a canal connecting the Caribbean and the Pacific, environmentalists are worried about a huge lake on the route.

 

They fret about the effects of ship traffic on the health of Lake Cocibolca, the largest freshwater body in Central America.

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ClimateCrocks at NetRoots!

ClimateCrocks at NetRoots! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This year the premier event for online activism comes to Detroit, my back yard. I've been fortunate enough to be invited. Next week. Netrootsnation: Session Type(s): Panel Starts: Thursday, Jul. 17...
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Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Parks

Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Parks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A large percentage of the country's national parks have recently experienced extreme heat, precipitation or drought, which could hurt plant and animal species
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Hotter Heat Waves Deadly, but Cities Can Use Tricks for Cooling Off

Hotter Heat Waves Deadly, but Cities Can Use Tricks for Cooling Off | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities can combat the urban heat island effect under global warming with trees, white roofs and other fixes
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Air Pollution's Impact on Cancer Is "Grossly Underestimated"

Air Pollution's Impact on Cancer Is "Grossly Underestimated" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carcinogens are all around us, so scientists are broadening their ideas of environmental risk
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