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Submission + - No Cell Phones, Wi-Fi Allowed In Small W.Va. Town (cbslocal.com)

sycodon writes: Would you believe there’s a place where no one can use a cell phone? Where Wi-Fi is not allowed? Where even finding a radio station can be a difficult task?

No, it's not a case of a bunch of loonies allergic to cell towers, radio, TV or WiFi signals.

It's the home to the largest movable radio telescope in the world, the National Radio Observatory, located in the National Radio Quiet Zone.

Submission + - South Australia intervenes in electricity market as prices hit $14,000MWh 1

sycodon writes: Turmoil in South Australia's heavily wind-reliant electricity market has forced the state government to plead with the owner of a mothballed gas-fired power station to turn it back on.

"National Electricity Market (NEM) prices in the state have frequently surged above $1000 a megawatt hour this month and at one point on Tuesday hit the $14,000MWh maximum price."

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Submission + - SPAM: Nanowre Battery Breakthrough

sycodon writes: Researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) have found a way to protect and extend the life of nanowire based batteries.

The Nerd take:
"We demonstrate reversible cycle stability for up to 200000 cycles with 94–96% average Coulombic efficiency for symmetrical -MnO2 nanowire capacitors operating across a 1.2 V voltage window in a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) gel electrolyte."

When researchers applied a plexiglass-like gel to gold nanowires in a manganese dioxiode shell, it increased that number to over 200,000 and the battery didn’t lose any of its power or storage capacity over a period of three months.

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Submission + - Green Goblin Flyer Realized

sycodon writes: It may not be green and William Defoe isn't riding it, but a functional device that mostly fulfills the depiction of the Green Goblin Flyer has been realized.

- Autonomous flight up to 10,000 feet
- Top speed of 150km/h (93,2 mph)
- 10 min autonomy

All joking aside, something like this would be incredible useful for search and rescue and in natural disaster situations.

Submission + - Google Tries to Become World Power Broker

sycodon writes: It was revealed Saturday that Google, in 2012, sought to help insurgents overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to State Department emails receiving fresh scrutiny this week.

But, in a case of What Could Possibly Go Wrong, some suggest that the effort to overthrow Assad helped spur the rise of the Islamic State, which eventually filled the vacuum resulting from Assad's loss of control over of Syria.

Submission + - Artifical Gravity (upi.com)

sycodon writes: André Füzfa, a math professor at Namur University in Belgium, wants researchers to take a more aggressive approach toward the study of gravity.

In a new paper, accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review D, Füzfa calls for scientists to use magnetic fields to make, measure, manipulate and use gravitational fields — both for scientific study and technological innovation.

Submission + - "A Disgrace to the Profession"

sycodon writes: The "hockey stick" graph of global temperatures is the single most influential icon in the global-warming debate, promoted by the UN's transnational climate bureaucracy, featured in Al Gore's Oscar-winning movie, used by governments around the world to sell the Kyoto Accord to their citizens, and shown to impressionable schoolchildren from kindergarten to graduation.

And yet what it purports to "prove" is disputed and denied by many of the world's most eminent scientists. In this riveting book , Mark Steyn has compiled the thoughts of the world's scientists, in their own words, on hockey-stick creator Michael E Mann, his stick and their damage to science. From Canada to Finland, Scotland to China, Belgium to New Zealand, from venerable Nobel Laureates to energetic young researchers on all sides of the debate analyze the hockey stock and the wider climate wars it helped launch.

Submission + - Solar activity predicted to fall 60% in 2030s

sycodon writes: A new model of the Sun's solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun's 11-year heartbeat. The model draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone. Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the 'mini ice age' that began in 1645.

Submission + - Fracking Safe, Says EPA

sycodon writes: A long-awaited EPA report on hydraulic fracturing concludes that the extraction process has “not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.”

Submission + - Facebook Can't Cite Evidence to Support Claims of U.S. Tech Worker Shortage

sycodon writes: Facebook, which has spent millions trying to get massive amnesty legislation that would include huge increases in the number of guest-worker permits that would lower the wages of tech workers, cannot cite any definitive evidence pointing to a shortage of American high-tech workers.

I know..."Breitbart!". Well here it is from a left leaning source... The Atlantic

Submission + - West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes (latimes.com)

sycodon writes: Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time.

The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Submission + - Fuel and other products from CO2 (uga.edu)

sycodon writes: Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun's rays and raising global temperatures.

Discuss.

Submission + - Clean Coal Efforts Starting to Pay Off (energy.gov)

sycodon writes: Scientists at Ohio State University have announced the discovery of a new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it – "and removes virtually all of the pollution."

The technology, known as Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CCDL) , captures more than 99 percent of coal's carbon dioxide emissions based on laboratory research. The team of scientists led by Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Clean Coal Research Laboratory at Ohio State University, has been working on this and other clean coal technologies for 15 years with funding by the Department of Energy.

This new technology virtually eliminates pollutants and "could reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture by more than half if implemented on a commercial scale," according to the OSU research team.

Submission + - Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Ges Legit? (discovermagazine.com) 6

sycodon writes: From TFA

A growing cadre of scientists now suspect that Pons and Fleischmann’s observations were the result not of fusion but of more plausible physical processes. Some are even cautiously optimistic that those processes could be exploited to generate abundant amounts of clean energy. “There’s enough evidence that says we need to look at this,” says Joseph Zawodny, a physicist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

"...if LENRs could be proved and tamed—a very big if—the effect could be transformative. Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA Langley, wrote in an online article that LENRs could potentially satisfy the world’s energy needs at a quarter the cost of coal. "

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