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+ - Kinetic Wind Map Makes US Look like Woolly Mammoth->

baosol writes: This new map of real-time wind speeds in the US is not only memorizing, but it's also useful tool to help us better understand wind's power and potential. The kinetic map was developed by HINT.FM who are exploring ways that data set in graphical form can help us think better collectively. The design can make the US look like a woolly mammoth or a poodle, depending on the weather conditions.

While entertaining, the map is a slick interpretation of the enormous potential of wind as a power source – something that most of us are aware of in the abstract sense, but now we can literally see it on a screen.

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America Online

+ - AOL unplugs 10,000 servers, saves $5M->

alphadogg writes: AOL decommissioned almost 10,000 servers and saved itself $5 million along the way to winning a contest that highlights the cost of running inefficient or underutilized IT equipment. Decommissioning a 1U rack server can save a company $500 a year in energy costs, $500 in OS licenses and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs, according to Uptime Institute, the industry group that organized the competition, which it called the Server Roundup Contest. AOL's savings included $1.65 million in energy bills, $2.2 million in OS licenses and $62,000 in hardware maintenance costs. It also gained $1.2 million from scrap and resale, and reduced its carbon emissions by 20 million tons.
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Comment: Re:Nate Silver (Score 1) 343 343

Yes! Nate's writing is smart and fun. Don't believe me? Read how awesome he uses statistics to describe the improbable collapse of the Boston Red Sox this year:

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/september-collapse-of-red-sox-could-be-worst-ever/

Medicine

Doctors Baffled, Intrigued By Girl Who Doesn't Age 599 599

phyrebyrd writes "Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler. She turned 16 in January. Brooke hasn't aged in the conventional sense. Dr. Richard Walker of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, in Tampa, says Brooke's body is not developing as a coordinated unit, but as independent parts that are out of sync. She has never been diagnosed with any known genetic syndrome or chromosomal abnormality that would help explain why. Brooke's hair and her nails are the only two things that grow, Howard said. 'She has pajamas and outfits that are 10 or 12 years old,' he said."

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