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Hertz Adds Tesla Model S To US Dream Cars Lineup

Hertz Adds Tesla Model S To US Dream Cars Lineup | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The large car rental company Hertz has added the all-electric Tesla Model S to a line of rental vehicles it calls
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Centipede venom trumps morphine in mouse study of pain : Spoonful of Medicine

Centipede venom trumps morphine in mouse study of pain : Spoonful of Medicine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Placing a Chinese red headed centipede on a burn can speed up the healing process, according to ancient Chinese medicine. But a mouse study published today suggests that what the Chinese interpreted as a healing effect may in fact have been the handiwork of a pain-inhibiting peptide contained within this centipede’s venom, which kills insects but is harmless in humans. The results indicate that the peptide, called m-SLPTX-Ssm6a, is a powerful analgesic that, in some cases, surpasses the effect of morphine. Given its apparent lack of side effects, Ssm6a is seen by scientists as an attractive candidate drug compound that might prove suitable for treating chronic pain.

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Cecilia Urbina's curator insight, March 7, 2014 6:57 PM

In the ancient Chinese culture many believed that placing a Chinese red centipede on a burn would speed the process of healing. Todays research shows that a centipede  contains venom that kills insects but is harmless to humans. Regardless of the treatment I think I would be terrified of the thought of having a centipede healing a burn. 

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FAO - News Article: Global hunger down, but millions still chronically hungry

FAO - News Article: Global hunger down, but millions still chronically hungry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Rome - Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, not getting enough food to lead active and healthy lives according to a report released by the UN food agencies.

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Why I’m never flying again

Why I’m never flying again | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Last week, when a panel of the world’s best scientists issued a new report on climate change (pdf), I did my best to read it like a meteorologist. The facts led to a simple conclusion: Humans cause global warming. And without an immediate and dramatic cut in carbon emissions, the problem could become irreversible.


That was easy enough to convey. But later that day, I was on the phone with my wife, getting ready to board a plane in San Francisco and thinking about the report more existentially. Any hope for a healthy planet seemed to be dwindling, a death warrant written in stark, black-and-white data. It came as a shock.
This was our chance,” I told her, crying. “And it’s gone.”
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11 Reasons Why A Government Shutdown Is Terrible For You

11 Reasons Why A Government Shutdown Is Terrible For You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The government is hours away from its first shutdown since 1996. Here's why it would be awful:
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Taibbi: 'Defaulting Is Just Stupid'

Taibbi: 'Defaulting Is Just Stupid' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The looming government shutdown could be terrible for the economy. Yet, Congress could do even more damage if it refuses to raise the debt ceiling, forcing the United States to default on its debt.
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Story of Stuff | Lets Grow Solutions

The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.


In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn't more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet?


Shouldn't that be what winning means?

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Local Food: Transforming Our Food System - Real Food - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Local Food: Transforming Our Food System - Real Food - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A local-food revolution is taking place across North America, as ordinary people subscribe to CSA programs, shop at farmers markets and take up neighborhood farming in order to fill their plates with real, fresh food.
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Methane Out, Carbon Dioxide In

Methane Out, Carbon Dioxide In | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 -
A University of Virginia engineering professor has proposed a novel approach for keeping waste carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
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Can bacteria combat oil spill disasters?

Can bacteria combat oil spill disasters? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 -
Teams of international scientists have decrypted the effectiveness of two types of bacteria, which could be used in the future to help combat oil spill disasters.
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Drexel finds new energy storage capabilities between layers of 2-D materials

Drexel finds new energy storage capabilities between layers of 2-D materials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 - Drexel University researchers are continuing to expand the capabilities and functionalities of a family of two-dimensional materials they discovered that are as thin as a single atom, but have the potential to store massive amounts of energy. Their latest achievement has pushed the materials storage capacities to new levels while also allowing for their use in flexible devices.

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‘Climate change? People get very emotional about the subject. It’s not all bad’: Owen Paterson accused of being irresponsible after he plays down the dangers of global warming

‘Climate change? People get very emotional about the subject. It’s not all bad’: Owen Paterson accused of being irresponsible after he plays down the dangers of global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Britain’s leading climate scientists have accused the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson of being “irresponsible and immoral” – as well as incorrect and misleading – after he played down the dangers of global warming – and even suggested the...
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Friction over 'fracking' grows in South

Friction over 'fracking' grows in South | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Environmental activists chalked it up as a victory when the University of Tennessee failed this month to receive any bids for a natural gas drilling project on an 8,600-acre publicly owned research forest.

 

The prospect of drilling for natural gas — and the controversial practice to extract it known as fracking — set off intense debate in the state about how best to use public land and resources, particularly in the university's Cumberland Forest.

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Fukushima Recovery and Media Coverage | The Energy Collective

Fukushima Recovery and Media Coverage | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In late August, TEPCO reported a contaminated water leak at Fukushima from storage tanks for water used to cool the reactors, and, examining the news over the past few weeks, it would appear the crisis there is getting worse, not better.
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Have the media failed us in reporting on climate Cchange?

Have the media failed us in reporting on climate Cchange? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Journalists from Slate, the Guardian, the Atlantic Cities, the Huffington Post, and Mother Jones meet up at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas, to hold the press to account.
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What The Shutdown Means For Energy And Environmental Programs

What The Shutdown Means For Energy And Environmental Programs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As you’ve probably heard, the U.S. government has shut down for the first time in 17 years.

 

That means many of the agencies responsible for weather, climate and energy regulation are largely shuttered as well, forced to whittle down their staffs to only their most essential employees. These include:

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US government shuts down: Research disrupted as lawmakers spar over funding.

US government shuts down:   Research disrupted as lawmakers spar over funding. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The US government entered a state of suspended animation on 1 October after Congress failed to agree on a budget for the next fiscal year, causing federal agencies — including those overseeing science policy and research — to shut down indefinitely.

 

Most government scientists were ordered to stay at home, their offices and labs closed or run by a skeleton staff of ‘essential’ workers. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) stopped processing grants, some government websites were made inaccessible and many important research programmes were left hanging, potentially putting lives at risk in the case of some disease studies. Use of government telephones and e-mail was also suspended. The restrictions were still in place as Nature went to press.

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Every Day The Government Is Closed We Spend Beyonce's Net Worth

Every Day The Government Is Closed We Spend Beyonce's Net Worth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The price of political incompetence? About $300 million per day.
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7 Charts That Show Just How Bad Things Are For Young People

7 Charts That Show Just How Bad Things Are For Young People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Young people are taking longer to launch their careers, but it's not totally their fault, a report released Monday from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, found.
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MSU Press | Building a Green Economy

MSU Press | Building a Green Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The first decade of the twenty-first century has been characterized by a growing global awareness of the tremendous strains that human economic activity place on natural resources and the environment. As the world’s population increases, so does the demand for energy, food, and other resources, which adds to existing stresses on ecosystems, with potentially disastrous consequences. Humanity is at a crossroads in our pathway to future prosperity, and our next steps will impact our long-term sustainability immensely.

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Researchers demonstrate 'accelerator on a chip'

Researchers demonstrate 'accelerator on a chip' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stanford CA (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 - In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology i...
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Bright, laser-based lighting devices

Bright, laser-based lighting devices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 -
As a modern culture, we crave artificial white lights - the brighter the better, and ideally using less energy than ever before.


To meet the ever-escalating demand for more lighting in more places and to improve the bulbs used in sports stadiums, car headlights and street lamps, scientists are scrambling to create better light-emitting diodes (LEDs) -- solid state lighting devices that are more energy efficient than conventional incandescent or fluorescent light sources.

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3-D models of electrical streamers

3-D models of electrical streamers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 -
Streamers may be great for decorating a child's party, but in dielectrics, they are the primary origin of electric breakdown. They can cause catastrophic damage to electrical equipment, harm the surrounding environment, and lead to large-scale power outages. Understanding streamers and the mechanisms behind their initiation, acceleration and branching is necessary to devise better solutions to avoid them.
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Spirals of Light May Lead to Better Electronics

Spirals of Light May Lead to Better Electronics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 - A group of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has created the optical equivalent of a tuning fork-a device that can help steady the electrical currents needed to power high-end electronics and stabilize the signals of high-quality lasers. The work marks the first time that such a device has been miniaturized to fit on a chip and may pave the way to improvements in high-speed communications, navigation, and remote sensing.

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Peatland management could prevent forest fires

An official from the country’s climate change body has said that the effective management of peatland by farmers could reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and prevent the incidence of forest fires.

“In Indonesia, traditional farmers convert peatland into rubber and oil palm plantations. Inappropriate land activities, such as clearing land by using slash-and-burn methods, as well as draining peatland contribute to a massive release of carbon,” head of the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF), Syamsidar Thamrin, said late last week during a visit to Central Kalimantan..

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