LynnwoodRooster writes: The huge solar installation on the California side of the border, just before Primm, Nevada, is in danger of closing. The plant simply is not producing anywhere near the power it was supposed to do. Built with $1.5 billion Federal loans, it's turned out to be a massive failure. Over-cost, underperforming, and now in danger of being closed.
LynnwoodRooster writes: Antarctica is not losing ice, as is often claimed. In a new NASA study, the continent is adding enough ice each year to lower sea levels 0.23mm — far different from the claims of Antarctica's melt adding to sea levels. On the whole, Antarctica is adding ice, not losing.
LynnwoodRooster writes: ABC News reports on a new study by Professor Michael Prather of UC which addresses the gas nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), a key component in the manufacture of flat panel displays. Also turns out this gas is 17,000 times worse that CO2 from a global warming perspective, is the next gas to be considered for Kyoto treatment.
The professor states "We don't know what's emitted, but what they're producing (of NF3) every year dwarfs these giant coal-fired power plants that are like the biggest in the world... It dwarfs two of the Kyoto gases. So the real question we don't know is how much is escaping and getting out."
Does this mean we have to go back to CRTs (oops, can't do that — lead and power consumption), or all the way back to punch cards (oops, trees needed)? What's an environmentally sensitive geek to do?
LynnwoodRooster writes: From the "damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't" department, the Daily Mail reports that fluorescent lights can give you skin cancer, trigger epilepsy, exacerbate your eczema, and many other issues. Since we can't use incandescents because of power use, and can't use fluorescents because of health issues, are we left with candles?
LynnwoodRooster writes: A local blogger writes: "So I was minding my own business Tuesday morning when I got an email from Google Adsense telling me they were disabling the ads on my site and my account with the company."
Seems something at Google thought he was "posing a risk" to their advertisers, and not only is he suspended but they're keeping the $600 he's earned in the last 4 months.
LynnwoodRooster writes: Brian Shen, VP Product Development of Sprint announced that the company will soft-launch a city-wide mixed CDMA/WiMAX network in Chicago. Finally a wide-area coverage network compatible with computer and telecommunications systems!
LynnwoodRooster writes: Channel Register in the UK reports that counterfeit Vista deployments are half that of XP. Maybe the "phone home" feature of Vista actually works to reduce software piracy. If this is the case, we can expect to see a hard, second look at including this feature in many more applications from most software companies.
LynnwoodRooster writes: "Science Magazine reports that a group from Northwestern University in Illinois has a new process for creating carbon-based paper that's stronger than nanotubes, and incredibly easy to use to make sheets of any desired sizes. Huge implications for aircraft, automobiles, and the ever-sought-after space elevator? Forget that, I want to make some new speaker cones with this technology..."