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+ - The Surge of Civil Unrest in Post-Fukushima Japan->

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Harperdog
Harperdog writes "Daniel P. Aldrich documents the surging civil dissent in Japan, post-Fukushima. Here's a quote: "Tens of thousands filled the square as the echoes of the speaker at the podium boomed through huge speakers. Some came in anger, others in grief, but all agreed: It was time for a change. Many carried banners, others carried drums; some had taken their children out of school to attend. No, this wasn't Tahrir Square; it was Tokyo, Japan...""
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Power

+ - Nanowire Forests Use Sunlight To Split Water-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "One of the fundamental problems with fuel cells has been the cost of producing hydrogen. While hydrogen is, of course, the most abundant element, it attaches itself to other elements like nitrogen or fluorine, and perhaps most ubiquitously to oxygen to create the water molecule. ... Now researchers at University of California, San Diego have developed a quite different approach to mimicking photosynthesis for splitting water molecules by using a 3D branched nanowire array that looks like a forest of trees. ... The nanowire forest [uses] the process of photoelectrochemical water-splitting to produce hydrogen gas. The method used by the researchers, which was published in the journal Nanoscale (abstract), found that the forest structure of the nanowires, which has a massive amount of surface area, not only captured more light than flat planar designs, but also produced more hydrogen gas."
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Star Wars Prequels

+ - Ralph McQuarrie, Darth Vader Designer, Dead at 82->

Submitted by Dominus Suus
Dominus Suus (1187361) writes "The concept artist who designed iconic figures in the Star Wars Trilogy, ET, Battlestar Galactica, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and Star Trek IV, has passed away at 82. Originally a technical illustrator for Boeing in the 1960s, McQuarrie expanded into film and television. Then-unknown-director George Lucas hired McQuarrie in 1975 to design the characters who would become C-3P0, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Yoda and Darth Vader. In 1985 he shared the Academy Award for Visual Effects for his work in Ron Howard's Cocoon. He is survived by his wife Joan."
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Star Wars Prequels

+ - The man who designed Darth Vader dies.->

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therufus (677843) writes "It's a sad day for the concept art world. Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created concept designs for the first Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica television show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and other science fiction classics, has passed away at age 82. He set our minds on fire and made so many of us fall in love with science fiction. He'll be missed."
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Comment: Ground rules (Score 1) 292

by Dominus Suus (#39156263) Attached to: Cars Emit More Black Carbon Than Previously Thought
If you're going to flame, at least quote something scientific and peer reviewed. I'm sick to death of these people citing The Economist and Newsweek and Time and, God forbid, The Register, when they go on tirades. There are a lot of facts in this world so there's no need to make up your own information.

Comment: The problem is with the employees (Score 1) 744

by Dominus Suus (#38868465) Attached to: Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions
The issue is not the prison-like dorms, abmysally low pay, lack of social interraction or pathetic employee support at Foxconn factories. The real problem is that workers have grown used to working under the Microsoft Windows system. The Foxconn model of working is far more intuitive and natural.

Comment: Apple never makes mistakes (Score 3, Funny) 443

by Dominus Suus (#36571632) Attached to: Is Final Cut Pro X Apple's Biggest Mistake In Years?
FCP users are used to doing things the 'Windows' way. When they learn why Apple removed all of those features, they'll realise that having to change their entire workflow and implement a bunch of clumsy workarounds will make them far more efficient than before. Besides, the features that have been dropped nobody ever uses anyway.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.

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