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Submission + - Solar Power plant uses natural gas while not using natural gas

tomhath writes: In order to be considered a "green" power plant Ivanpah cannot generate more than 5% of its output by burning fossil fuel. But it can use gas to keep the boilers up to temperature when the Sun isn't shining.

The Ivanpah plant in the Mojave Desert uses natural gas as a supplementary fuel. Data from the California Energy Commission show that the plant burned enough natural gas in 2014 – its first year of operation – to emit more than 46,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide

The same amount of natural gas burned at a conventional power plant would have produced enough electricity to meet the annual needs of 17,000 California homes – or roughly a quarter of the Ivanpah plant’s total electricity projection for 2014.

But burning gas that doesn't generate electricity doesn't count against the 5% limit on electricity produced from fossil fuel, so the plant is still considered "green".

Submission + - Marissa Mayer most overpaid CEO ever (

tomhath writes: Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at NYU Stern School of Business, went after Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer this morning.

If she hadn't announced she was pregnant with twins, she'd be out of a job within six months...Marissa Mayer is the most overpaid CEO in history

Submission + - Snapshot Serengeti project crowdsources identification of animals (

tomhath writes: The Snapshot Serengeti project needed help classifying many images they've taken by setting up game cameras on the Serengeti plains.

Hundreds of camera traps in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, are providing a powerful new window into the dynamics of Africa’s most elusive wildlife species. We need your help to classify all the different animals caught in millions of camera trap images.

We’re done for now, but we still need you

With your help, we've classified all the data we have so far. Great work! We are leaving some images active for you to classify. Please keep an eye on the blog for updates about research and when new Snapshot Serengeti data will be available.

Submission + - Coast Guard spots 100+ year old shipwrecks from the air

tomhath writes: "Earlier this month, a helicopter from the Coast Guard's Air Station in Traverse City, Michigan, was out on a routine patrol over the lake, looking for boats in distress or anything out of the ordinary. It was a calm day; the ice that covered the lake had recently melted, and the water was still very cold, just 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3.3 degrees Celsius) — a perfect combination for good visibility.

When Petty Officer Mitch Brown looked out the window of the helicopter, he could spot several century-old shipwrecks in the crystal-blue waters."

Submission + - Nuclear firm makes a play for carbon credit cash (

tomhath writes: "The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity...Exelon Corp., operator of the largest fleet of U.S. nuclear plants, says it could have to close three of them if Illinois rejects the company’s pitch to let it recoup more from consumers since the plants do not produce greenhouse gases...Exelon and other around-the-clock plants sometimes take losses when wind turbines produce too much electricity for the system...Under the system, electric suppliers would have to buy credits from carbon-free energy producers. Exelon says the plan would benefit nuclear plants, hydroelectric dams, and other solar and wind projects."

Submission + - Executive order will require antimicrobial stewardship

tomhath writes: An Executive Order signed recently will require most health care providers in the US to have antimicrobial stewardship programs.

The Federal Government will work domestically and internationally to detect, prevent, and control illness and death related to antibiotic-resistant infections by implementing measures that reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and help ensure the continued availability of effective therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial infections.

In addition, the order will restrict the use of antibiotics in livestock.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in HHS, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (USDA), shall continue taking steps to eliminate the use of medically important classes of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-producing animals.

Submission + - Psychologist's study finds the old adage "Happy Wife, Happy Life" is true (

tomhath writes: "When men felt willing to express their anger or frustration, women took that as a sign that their partners were investing in the relationship, the study found. For most women studied, this translated into a sense of security or happiness for the women.

Men, by contrast, commonly expressed more fulfillment after their female partners expressed to them that they were fulfilled and satisfied in their relationships.

While the study, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, ultimately found that happiness stems from a willingness to try and understand whatever emotion one’s partner is feeling, men tend to disengage when negatively aroused, while women tend to engage and want to discuss the problem."

Submission + - CEO out for blood patents idea, starts billion dollar company (

tomhath writes: "Holmes had then just spent the summer working in a lab at the Genome Institute in Singapore, a post she had been able to fill thanks to having learned Mandarin in her spare hours as a Houston teenager. Upon returning to Palo Alto, she showed Robertson a patent application she had just written. As a freshman, Holmes had taken Robertson’s seminar on advanced drug-delivery devices–things like patches, pills, and even a contact-lens-like film that secreted glaucoma medication–but now she had invented one the likes of which Robertson had never conceived. "

Submission + - Girls' Brains Really Are Different From Boys' Brains (

tomhath writes: Portions of the brain develop differently during puberty..

By the end of adolescence, females had significantly higher Cerebral Blood Flow than males, and this difference was most prominent in areas of the brain involved in social behaviors and emotion regulation, such as the orbitofrontal cortex. The findings give clues to sex-specific susceptibilities to certain psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.

Submission + - Cold weather, common infections linked to stroke and brain function decline

tomhath writes: Cold weather and some common infections are suspected of causing unexpected health problems such as stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and decreased mental performance:

The results showed links between antibody levels caused by exposure to common infections and worsening cognitive performance in functions like memory, planning and reasoning ability, speed of mental processing and abstract thinking.

Submission + - Supreme Court to decide if Monsanto GMO patents are valid ( 2

tomhath writes: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an Indiana farmer's appeal that challenges the scope of Monsanto Co.'s patent rights on its Roundup Ready seeds.

Mr. Bowman bought and planted "commodity seeds" from a grain elevator. Those soybean seeds were a mix and included some that contained Monsanto's technology.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case over the objections of the Obama administration, which had urged the justices to leave the lower court rulings in place.

Submission + - New Official Worlds Hottest Temperature ( 5

tomhath writes: After an in-depth investigation by a team of meteorologists working for the World Meteorological Organization, the official hottest temperature ever recorded (134 F or 56.7 C) has been declared to have occurred in Death 1913. The previous record (136.4 F or 58 C) that was recorded in Libya in 1922 was found to be erroneous.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg