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Submission + - Solar Surpassed Only by Natural Gas For New Electrical Generating Capacity (solarbuildermag.com)

mdsolar writes: "According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) accounted for 30.03% of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed in the first nine months of 2013 for a total of 3,218 MW.

That is more than that provided thus far this year by coal (1,543 MW – 14.40%), oil (27 MW – 0.25%), and nuclear power (0 MW – 0.00%) combined. However, natural gas dominated the first three-quarters of 2013 with 5,854 MW of new capacity (54.62%).

Among renewable energy sources, solar led the way for the first nine months of 2013 with 146 new “units” totaling 1,935 MW followed by wind with 9 units totaling 961 MW. Biomass added 57 new units totaling 192 MW while water had 11 new units with an installed capacity of 116 MW and geothermal steam had one new unit (14 MW).

The newly installed capacity being provided by the solar units is second only to that of natural gas. The new solar capacity in 2013 is 77.36% higher than that for the same period in 2012."

Submission + - Neanderthal Dental Records Suggest Prehistoric Man Ate Animal Stomachs (ibtimes.com) 1

Philip Ross writes: Neanderthals, modern man’s close primitive relative, may have favored the flavor of a food-gorged animal gut now and then, according to scientists studying Neanderthals’ dental records. Anthropologists from London’s Natural History Museum describe the plant material found in the plaque of 50,000-year-old Neanderthal teeth as having come from the stomach contents of their prey. Researchers revisited the dental records of Neanderthals from El Sidrón Cave in Spain, where Neanderthal remains were first uncovered in 1994. The records were assembled last year as part of a study into Neanderthal diets.

Comment Re:no thats carbon neutral (Score 1) 228

Thats not true at all. When plants die, fungus and microbes eat them up, and re-release the CO2. In the normal course of events (non-human = "normal") there is a continuous flow to and from plants. Plants breath the CO2, make themselves grow, and eventually they are re-converted to CO2 through natural processes.

If instead when they die (at your hand or otherwise) you convert them to a block of Carbon then that CO2 is removed from the cycle.

Its true, not all carbon in the carbon cycle is in the atmosphere. A lot is trapped in plants and animals, but these are "short-term" not geological scale storage. Carbon neutral/positive/negative is talking about whether the cycle gains or loses carbon.

If you burned the coal that you made with this machine until it was all back to CO2, THEN it would be carbon neutral.

Comment Re:no thats carbon neutral (Score 1) 228

By that logic, bio-fuels would not be considered carbon neutral......

Carbon neutral and non-neutral relate to releasing carbon that is trapped (i.e. oil, coal) and doesnt participate in the "short-term" carbon cycle. You can plant and burn trees for eternity and the amount of carbon going into and from the air will be (almost) neutral. If you turn trees into coal, but can grow more trees, you will slowly deplete carbon from the atmosphere, and have it in your trunk.

If instead you take all the oil and coal and burn them you will be adding a lot of otherwise non-gaseous/non-carbon-cycle carbon into the carbon-cycle

Comment Re:How is this carbon negative? (Score 1) 228

If you burn plants and release CO2 equal to the amount they needed to "breath" in order to build themselves, that is carbon neutral

If you instead of releasing that CO2 are turning the CO2 (directly or indirectly) into C you are removing all of that CO2 from the normal carbon cycle.

Imagine doing this to every plant for 1Million years. At some point all the carbon in the world would be in the form of charcoal, and there would be no CO2 in the atmosphere. Not advised, but thats how.

Comment Re:Looks European.... cue the conspiracy... (Score 2) 302

yes. by living in or traveling in the US you make an implicit agreement to accept the currency of the land. You can move your business elsewhere if you dont trust the dollar. It would require a lot of effort, but thats your problem if you view it as "backed by nothing". Using this currency also comes with rights of the land, so (independent of whether you want it or not) you get the protections and regulations that come along with it. This is a part of participating in a society where people are not altruistic and we require laws and order, whether or not you agree with all the laws and regulations as they are.

Submission + - Naked Juice ClassAction (nakedjuiceclass.com)

Dthief writes: Class action lawsuit against Naked Juice (of PepsiCo) successful.

Up to $75 for anyone with proofs of purchase.
$45 without

Comment Re:Sounds good to me (Score 1) 555

So the person who bought small round objects and left them around a 4-year old should be responsible....the company that made something really fun should?

this is not a product that is inherently dangerous in any way, its only dangerous if you really pervert the use by any mode of insertion (oral or other).

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