AT&T has already refused to attempt to fix the billing meter, and asserts they have tested it and found it correct. Yet they refuse to provide a realtime readout of the counter that would make independent testing trivial. I've been through the agencies (CPUC, FCC, and Weights & Measures) and can't find one that is interested, AT&T will not provide any means for reasonable independent testing of the meter. It is my understanding that if there is a meter and its calibration cannot be checked, there is a violation of the law, yet I can't find an agency that can even accept such a claim (I'm not getting "your claim is meritless", but "we don't handle that"). If indeed they are not overbilling, my claim of no way to verify the meter still stands. My options are running thin here.
So that my account can be identified by someone who recognizes the case: 7a6c74964fafd56c61e06abf6c820845cbcd4fc0 (bit commitment)."
“Heterojunctions are fundamental elements of electronic and photonic devices,” said senior author Xiaodong Xu, a UW assistant professor of materials science and engineering and of physics. “Our experimental demonstration of such junctions between two-dimensional materials should enable new kinds of transistors, LEDs, nanolasers, and solar cells to be developed for highly integrated electronic and optical circuits within a single atomic plane.”
The research was published online this week in Nature Materials. The researchers discovered that two flat semiconductor materials can be connected edge-to-edge with crystalline perfection. They worked with two single-layer, or monolayer, materials – molybdenum diselenide and tungsten diselenide – that have very similar structures, which was key to creating the composite two-dimensional semiconductor."
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"Specifically prohibiting a discussion of the scientific process is a recipe for educational chaos. To begin with, it leaves the knowledge the kids will still receive—the things we have learned through science—completely unmoored from any indication of how that knowledge was generated or whether it's likely to be reliable. The scientific process is also useful in that it can help people understand the world around them and the information they're bombarded with; it can also help people assess the reliability of various sources of information.""
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It isn't fair to say it's unreliable when the issues you cite are not universal to *all* nuclear power facilities. The cracking issues can be attributed to the component design and shortcomings with QA during construction, as well as a lack of experience in the long-term. Those Belgian plants were built in the 1970s, making them 30+ years old now. When they were built there hadn't been any plants of similar design around long enough for the cracking issues to show up. Engineering is an iterative process and we're still only just going into the 2nd or 3rd generation plants with most designs. Check out the nuclear power industry in France -- if a country wants reliable, cookie-cutter reactors that's where they buy them. They've done a great job by building all plants to one of a limited set of designs, allowing for continuous process improvements, as well as making it easier to move staff between facilities without a lot of retraining. Most of the problems they've had have been procedural, which they were always quick to address.
If you don't like nuclear power then what do you suggest? The petrochemicals we burn are limited and foolish to use, even ignoring the limited availability. Fracking to increase the supply has begun causing earthquakes, and still won't extend our supply for long. So.. what? Solar is only good during the day (among other issues) so while they're great for reducing demand they can't be relied on for the baseline supply. Wind is better, and 24/7, but still varies with the whims of the wind. I like the idea of going green, but we'd have to build enough solar and wind capacity to generate more power during the day than we need, and find some large-scale storage tech to store the solar energy for nighttime use. That's a LOT of capacity, and you need ready access to a lot of water and a mountain if you want to use pumped storage to turn a lake into a gravitational-potential battery.