assertation writes: The price of electricity from decentralized roof top solar in Austrailia is becoming cheaper than electricity generated from centralized coal fired power plants. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour — equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity — through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.
The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: Bill Gates and the founders of Twitter are betting millions that meat lovers will embrace a new plant-based product that mimics the taste of chicken and beef.
Meat substitutes have had a hard time making it to the dinner tables of Americans over the years, but the tech giants believe these newest products will pass the "tastes like chicken" test. Gates has met several times with Ethan Brown, whose product, Beyond Meat, is a mash-up of proteins from peas and plants. Just don't call it "fake" meat. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: According to the guardian 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer printed over eBooks. Reasons given were the feel of "real books", a perceived unfairly high cost for eBooks, and the ease of sharing printed books. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: Many organizations complain about lost productivity due to employees spending a lot of time on social media sites like Facebook. Many of these organizations have URL filtering. So, why don't they just block Facebook, Tumblr, etc? Is it that the boss also likes using those sites? What do you think?
assertation writes: The designs will be released August 12th. A solar-powered inter-city passenger transport system. Faster than air travel, cheaper than bullet trains, and the designs will be open source. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: The Harvard Business Review Blog: Apple & Google made their fortunes with taxpayer funded innovations, but neither company is giving back to the American taxpayer. Google's CEO has publicly bragged about his company's herculean tax dodging and Apple keeps its manufacturing jobs overseas. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: It is not vaporware. It is up, running and growing in membership by 10% a week for the last month. Co-founders, Dustin Studer and Suprasanna Mishra were inspired by the desire to share good times with friends on the web, but were weary of reading that 69 percent of employers said they have rejected job applicants because of what they have found on Facebook. Privacy is #1 at CapStory.com, giving the users control over their information, even to the point giving the users the ability to set special permission on pictures. CapStory.com runs on servers that have the same level of security as bank websites do. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: Plantmyphone.org is part of the UN 8 Billion Tree project. They will recycle your old old cell or smart phone and use the money to plant trees. They will even pay for you to mail them your phone. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: Tagg Romney, the son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has purchased electronic voting machines that will be used in the 2012 elections in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington and Colorado. Both The Nation and New York Times confirm the connection between the Romney family, Solamere and the Bain Capital investment in the voting machine company, Hart Intercivic, whose board of directors serve H.I.G. Capital. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: We reported earlier this evening on a video from the Republican primary debates in which Mitt Romney responds “absolutely” when asked whether FEMA funding should either no longer be guaranteed and/or the agency disbanded and left to individual states to handle FEMA’s responsibilities.
Tonight, the Huffington Post asked the Romney campaign to comment on what appears to be the suggestion that FEMA be shut down, and the Romney campaign refused to deny the underlying allegation Link to Original Source
assertation writes: A few weeks ago an article was posted to Slashdot referring to a Stanford Study stating that organic produce, contrary to popular belief is not more nutritious. According to Mark Bitman of The New York times the Standford study was flawed. A spelling error skewed the results as well as the study ignoring several types of nutrients. Link to Original Source
assertation writes: "A poll of 370 specialists around the world voted India as the worst place to be a woman out of all the G20 countries. Saudi Arabia was number 2. In India, women and girls continue to be sold as chattel, married off as young as 10, burned alive as a result of dowry-related disputes and young girls exploited as domestic slave labour Link to Original Source