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Comment All forms of energy derive from the Sun (Score 1) 232

... and the formation of the solar system. More comprehensively I want see all of our energy requirements met with a mix of sustainable sources that cause a minimum of damage to the environment. I believe that we are on a path to do this within the next 25 years. I hope that the earth systems that are essential to sustaining human life can absorb the current level of abuse long enough for this goal to be achieved.

Submission + - James Jude, MD Co-inventor of CPR dies at 87 (

voxelman writes: Jim Jude, my uncle, was a kind and modest man. The impact of his insight into the significance of a change in blood pressure from the application of defibrillation paddles to a dog's chest has led to the saving of millions of lives through cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). His passing is a release from a debilitating illness that made a mockery of his contributions to medical science. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Comment Service Bureau works for me... (Score 1) 175

I own a MakerBot but it gathers dust as I send all of my 3D print jobs to Shapeways. Of course it doesn't have the convenience of same day service but it is a heck of a lot more reliable and there is no fuss, no muss. Precision is much better also.

Comment Toxin influences are also multi-generational (Score 3, Interesting) 143

As the following article about biologist Michael Skinner's findings describes, the effects of toxins may not be limited to a single generation of offspring. This may be the smoking gun that explains the step rise in such diverse diseases as cancer and ADHD.

Comment Make your opinion known to the SEC! (Score 1) 366

I have participated in 10 crowd funded development efforts so far at Kickstarter and 1 at Indigogo. I am completely comfortable with the risks involved and the rewards I have experienced so far. I want government to stay out of the crowd funding process to prevent the costs always associated with government involvement. If you want to make a difference make your opinion heard to the SEC and your government representatives.

See the full text of the SEC's proposed rule making here:

If you are opposed to this insane over-reach as I am make your opinion known to the SEC through the following methods:
DATES: Comments should be received on or before February 3, 2014.
ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
Electronic Comments:
  Use the Commission’s Internet comment form:;
  Send an e-mail to Please include File Number S7-09-13 on the
subject line; or
  Use the Federal eRulemaking Portal ( Follow the
instructions for submitting comments.

This information is also in the above document.


Satellite-Based Laser Hunts Woodpeckers From Space 53

University of Idaho scientists have figured out a more effective way to track woodpecker populations than following the incessant laughter. They're using a laser onboard NASA's Icesat spacecraft to determine where the birds might be living. From the article: "NASA's Icesat satellite was initially intended for measuring glacial surfaces at the Earth's poles but has proven to be quite effective in measuring vegetation also. The satellite's laser bounces off of forest canopies, tree trunks and the ground making important characteristics about the forest easily measurable. For example, forest density is determined by the relative amount of light returned versus that which is returned from the ground. Once ideal woodpecker locations are identified 'we actually conduct ground-based woodpecker surveys in these locations as well to verify it,' says team-member Patrick Adam."

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