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Minnesota Introduces World's First Carbon Tariff 303

hollywoodb writes "The first carbon tax to reduce the greenhouse gases from imports comes not between two nations, but between two states. Minnesota has passed a measure to stop carbon at its border with North Dakota. To encourage the switch to clean, renewable energy, Minnesota plans to add a carbon fee of between $4 and $34 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions to the cost of coal-fired electricity, to begin in 2012 ... Minnesota has been generally pushing for cleaner power within its borders, but the utility companies that operate in MN have, over the past decades, sited a lot of coal power plants on the relatively cheap and open land of North Dakota, which is preparing a legal battle against Minnesota over the tariff."
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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

Comment Re:419 Scams (Score 1) 808

A good book about actual millionaires in the US is The Millionaire Next Door. It has some interesting trends (like millionaires are more likely to drive an F150 than a luxury car) and shows that most millionaires get there through hard work, investment, and most importantly, don't spend it on a bunch of crap they don't need. The American dream is still alive and well, but most people aren't willing to put in the time, elbow grease and self-restraint to actually get there.

Comment Re:This is so important ... (Score 1) 512

That's one thing that has always bugged me. There's always a big commotion about anorexic models, but they don't consider that they are only a small percentage of population, with only 3% of the population having a binge eating disorder, and roughly two thirds of the population is overweight or obese. Don't get me wrong, anorexia is a serious medical condition and people need to be informed about it, but I think its been way over publicized because of all the celebrity gossip that's going around today, so people think it's more prevalent than it actually is.

Comment Re:Please read up before commenting, (Score 1) 92

The whole story of Perot's rescue was documented in a book by Ken Follett called "On Wings of Eagles".
At one point, Perot actually flew in to Tehran pretending to be a courier for a news service so he could actually visit the two guys in jail. Pretty ballsy, and while there might be few executives who would organize a rescue attempt, he's probably the only one willing to do that for their employees.

Comment Re:Obvious bullshit (Score 1) 98

There's already a company in Boulder, Colorado that tests kids' DNA for a "sports" gene. Apparently there is some sort of link between the ATCN3 gene and athletic ability (like running speed or endurance). This just looks like they're looking at other genes that have a tenuous association with other abilities. That being said, even an overall sports ability is probably based on more than just that gene, so I don't think any of these types of tests are detailed enough to give much of a good result. There was also an article about Atlas Gene in the NY Times last year.

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