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Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States 256

Posted by Soulskill
from the any-way-the-wind-blows dept.
coondoggie writes: Bigger wind turbines and towers are just part of what the U.S. needs in order to more effectively use wind energy in all 50 states.That was the thrust of a wind energy call-to-arms report called "Enabling Wind Power nationwide" issued this week by the Department of Energy. They detail new technology that can reach higher into the sky to capture more energy and more powerful turbines to generate more gigawatts. These new turbines are 110-140 meters tall, with blades 60 meters long. The Energy Department forecasts strong, steady growth of wind power across the country, both on land and off shore.

Comment: A possible explanation (Score 1) 301

So here we have a paper about *sexism*, garnering a review that is egregiously, over-the-top sexist in nature.

So, this would suggest to me (not by any means an expert) that the reviewer was quite aware of what he was saying -- he was being sarcastic, and/or trying to be funny. In other words, the over-the-top sexist tone was deliberate.

Wise? Probably not. But people often try to make points in misguided ways, and of those, sarcasm probably leads the pack. I'm reminded of the Justine Sacco controversy. Sacco, if you recall, was the flack who tweeted: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just Kidding. I'm White!" So all the Right-Thinking People were all outraged. Except, Sacco is a Good Progressive. Her tweet was (obviously, to some of us) an attempt to sarcastically tweak White Privilege. (Picture her saying it while rolling her eyes.)

Same idea might apply here.

Comment: Re:Strictly speaking... (Score 1) 417

Hey, Mr. Science: Were you trying to give us textbook examples of both Argument Ad Hominem and Appeal to Authority?

Save me your sputtering but nonsensical reply (which is what you guys ALWAYS respond with, every time, without fail). tompaulco presented facts. Are they correct? I don't know - but I know even less after your reply, which just makes everyone who reads it a little stupider. If the information exists to refute it ... well, why not present THAT, and really look smart, instead of spouting your textbook examples of logical fallacies?


The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Introduces the Doomsday Dashboard 92

Posted by samzenpus
from the for-your-viewing-pleasure dept.
Lasrick writes You probably know the hand on the Doomsday Clock now rests at 3 minutes to midnight. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has launched a pretty cool little interactive Dashboard that lets you see data that the Bulletin's Science and Security Board considers when making the decision on the Clock's time each year. There are interactive graphs that show global nuclear arsenals, nuclear material security breaches, and how much weapons-grade plutonium and uranium is stored (and where). The climate change section features graphs of global sea level rise over time, Arctic sea ice minimums. atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, and differences in global temperature. There's also a section for research on biosecurity and emerging technologies.

Comment: Re:"Getting whiter" (Score 1) 496

by Alaska Jack (#48430361) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

No, no, he was talking about Japan, right? Or, no, wait -- Switzerland?

Well, let's see what Google ("World's most peaceful countries") gives us.

Iceland tops that list, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Japan, Belgium and Norway.

[Scanning list for diversity] ... Well ... let's see ... Those are some startlingly homogeneous cultures. I guess New Zealand is a bit diverse? No, not really -- 69 percent are "New Zealand European." OK. Canada? Well, according to Wikipedia, their largest non-European ethnicity is Chinese at ... 4.31 percent.

Bottom line: Evidence that more homogeneity means more strife = ... zero.

lllll AJ

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 496

by Alaska Jack (#48430227) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

You live in a libertarian fantasy land where wages have much at all to do with competition.

I don't understand. I've read that for most large companies, at least, wages and associated benefits are their primary expense. Is that not true? I didn't read it in some libertarian fantasy newsletter -- it was on Forbes or the WSJ or something.

Comment: I have a suggestion as to where to get funding (Score 1) 198

by Alaska Jack (#48320627) Attached to: Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) just announced that it will be spending $31 million to "enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce."

$31 million seem like it would buy ... a lot of diversity ... I guess.

Maybe some of the money could be diverted toward actual research like this.

lllll AJ


If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly 305

Posted by Soulskill
from the taming-a-small-star dept.
Lasrick writes: Yale's Jason Parisi makes a compelling case for fusion power, and explains why fusion is cleaner, safer, and doesn't provide opportunities for nuclear smuggling and proliferation. The only downside will be the transition period, when there are both fission and fusion plants available and the small amount of "booster" elements (tritium and deuterium) found in fusion power could provide would-be proliferators what they need to boost the yield of fission bombs: "The period during which both fission and fusion plants coexist could be dangerous, however. Just a few grams of deuterium and tritium are needed to increase the yield of a fission bomb, in a process known as 'boosting.'" Details about current research into fusion power and an exploration of relative costs make fusion power seem like the answer to a civilization trying to get away from fossil fuels.

+ - What You Must Know About the Products->

Submitted by morganjlbv
morganjlbv writes: Be as detailed as possible when advertising a product. Studies show that profuse explanations are needed by substantial percentages of the citizenry about the advantages of these products they may be thinking of buying to be able to be convinced. If customers truly consider the marketing, they'll be much more willing to buy the product. Researchers have found that many people will trust a web site with several paragraphs of info about a product over a website that's very succinct.
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Comment: Re:I live in Montana. I'm looking forward to it. (Score 0) 389

by Alaska Jack (#47420915) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis


I have no dog in this fight -- I wouldn't know Watt from Adam. I'm only commenting because I'm curious -- you do realize, right, then when people talk about how the science gets drowned out by immature idiots spouting partisan garbage, that they're talking about people like you? Right?

lllll AJ

Comment: I don't believe a word of it. Here's why. (Score 1) 364

by Alaska Jack (#47420863) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

If there's one thing the big Obamacare debates on Slashdot taught me, it's that the government CAN be trusted to faithfully and competently handle giant, complex projects. The government exists outside your petty notions of supply and demand. I am sure -- SURE -- that these problems must be imaginary.

lllll AJ

Comment: I, simply, don't believe it. (Score 1) 265

by Alaska Jack (#47327987) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

My entire life, I've been told diversity is a critical component of success -- building a robust and varied environment out of people from a range of different experiences, etc.

Now you're telling me that two of the most successful companies on the entire planet are, in fact, super homogeneous?

Yeah, right. This flies in the face of everything I was indoctrinated to believe.

lllll AJ

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