The lake, buried under more than 2 miles (3.7 kilometers) of Antarctic ice, has been seen as an earthly analog for ice-covered seas on such worlds as Europa and Enceladus. It's thought to have been cut off from the outside world for as long as 15 million years. But the latest results, reported in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, suggest that the lake isn't as sterile or otherworldly as some scientists might have thought.
More than 3,500 different DNA sequences were identified in samples extracted from layers of ice that have built up just above the surface of the lake.
And that is the likely goal!
Remember, it is the Templeton Foundation (they of the Templeton Prize) funding this research. This is just a wild-goose-chase that will add another pseudo-argument to the quiver: "See, Intelligent Design it is plausible. "Science" has looked for Dyson Spheres and didn't find any! Therefore we must be alone in the universe and therefore we must be the special unique creations of God."
They even get to pretend to be impartial because they funded it. Ugh!
Android could notch 8.1 billion app downloads this year, compared with 6 billion for Apple's iOS devices. That marks an explosion of growth for both platforms; Apple had 2.7 billion downloads and Android recorded 1.4 billion last year. The total number of application downloads is expected to grow by 144 percent this year, Ovum said in a report issued today.""
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Having spent 2 days at a Renewable Energy conference talking to power generators, utilities and distributors recently, this is exactly what I asked of the people who are justifying building these projects.
- Are these projects (wind, solar, landfill gas, waste-to-energy) cost effective without subsidies? ANSWER: No
- Can the industry place some monetary present-value-of-future-worth on the reduced environmental impact from renewables? ANSWER: No
Unfortunately, while it seems logical that we should be able to take into account our children's children's fresh air/current coastline/climate/etc., nobody seems to be able to do this. Without some significant technological leap in efficiency or materials, it appears renewables cannot compete on a purely economic calculation without government subsidies. Unfortunately, that means we are dependent on the changing political will of each subsequent congress/administration.
What was particularly telling was the chart I saw showing MW of Wind Generation added per year. There would be significant installations (100s of MW) in one year, then almost nothing the next, because the Federal Installation Tax Credit was not renewed that year. The next year the installations spiked again due to new tax credits. The following year, bupkis, due again to no tax credits.
I would appreciate an invitation please, if you have some left. jpyeck[at]gmail
Thanks in advance!
SIP to access our phone account while traveling.
Some of the things I would like to use it for:
- Dock in my car for GPS/Navigation
- Dock in my car for OBD2 data feeds via Arduino hack
- Carry at work for lab notes and PDF drawing pull-ups
- Home automation panel via Arduino hack
- Books and Wired mag
- Surfing Slashdot when the kids and wife have the PCs all tied up!
I've already set aside >2x the amount I'm willing to spend on this "treat", plus payed some debt down.
This exercise is trying to maximize the remaining bang-for-the-buck.