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Submission + - Windmill Blade Molds 3D Printed by National Labs (energy.gov)

MountainLogic writes: Last year ORNL produced a 3D printed Shelby. This year, the National Labs are using the mother of all 3D printers to make windmill molds cheaper and faster to produce in the US. The size of the current 150 foot utility scale blades are being extended with these techniques. US DOE is providing a leading role to advance US manufacturing technology and competitiveness. Welcome back rust belt, we missed you.
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Submission + - Google dodges $3.1 billion in US taxes and payes o (bloomberg.com)

MountainLogic writes: Google 2.4% Rate Shows How $60 Billion Lost to Tax Loopholes
Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda.

Google's income shifting — involving strategies known to lawyers as the "Double Irish" and the "Dutch Sandwich" — helped reduce its overseas tax rate to 2.4 percent, the lowest of the top five U.S. technology companies by market capitalization, according to regulatory filings in six countries.

Even the Brookings Institute says the system needs reform: http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2007/06corporatetaxes_clausing.aspx

Salon has more discussion: http://www.salon.com/2011/11/11/corporate_tax_open2011/singleton/

Submission + - How do you catch a cold or the flu?

An anonymous reader writes: With N1H1 spreading my HR department is in full nanny mode telling us to wash our hands, cough into our elbow, etc. We see kits out there will nasty disenfectants and fine partical masks. Does any of this really work? Is there any real science that this reduces the rates of transmission or is this just feel good nonsense? I'm sure that every soap company has studies of poring their soap into a pietri dish and seeing it kill many of the bugs. The question that I am asking is, are there any real and quality studies that measure real world effect?

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