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Comment It must be nice... (Score 1) 190

to live in a country where no-one gives a damn about anyone outside of their family or tiny social groups. As humans we have a duty to protect the weak and disadvantaged - and before you go off on one I am slightly right of Genghis Khan. If we cannot protect and help those that suffer more than we do, then how can we call ourselves human? We have to work for the benefit of all, not just shareholders and VC's/hedgefunds. Societal harmony and protection should be a minimum for anyone. The arrogance and plain ignorance of certain shards of corporate American life (which filters down into how the differing sections of society view each other) is an anathema to trying to advance our civilisation and improving the lot of the majority of our species. The sci-fi books I read (mainly the golden age) as I grew up in the 60's/70's presented a much nicer/better ideal of our world than that the politicians, preachers and flaming libertarian and republicans idiots are trying to form. If we as a global community of - hopefully - right-minded and socially aware techies can change things for the better (Farcebook, Goggle, Twatter etc, I'm looking at you) then we ought to; we should. Sorry for the rant and I'll probably regret it tomorrow. Chris

Submission + - British Co. Makes Petrol From Air (independent.co.uk)

TDyl writes: A small British company has produced the first "petrol from air" using a revolutionary technology that promises to solve the energy crisis as well as helping to curb global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Air Fuel Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees has produced five litres of petrol since August when it switched on a small refinery that manufactures gasoline from carbon dioxide and water vapour.

The company hopes that within two years it will build a larger, commercial-scale plant capable of producing a ton of petrol a day. It also plans to produce green aviation fuel to make airline travel more carbon-neutral.

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