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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Thu Dec 08th 2011, 01:36 AM
(Link) Beam It Down: A Drive to Launch Space-Based Solar Disaster relief may make sense as an early application, given the costs Victoria Jaggard For National Geographic News Published December 5, 2011 In an aircraft hangar in Germany, scientists are firing lasers across the room in the hopes of bringing science fiction to life: beaming solar power directly from space. According to a new report by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), space-based solar technologies now in develop...
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Posted by bananas in General Discussion
Wed Dec 07th 2011, 04:12 PM
(Link) Philly D.A. Forfeits Death Penalty for Mumia. Desmond Tutu Demands his Release PRESS RELEASE RESPONSE TO DA SETH WILLIAMS’ DECISION ON THE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL CASE For Interview Contact Dr. Johanna Fernandez, 917.930.0804 Dr. Suzanne Ross, 917.584.2135 Dr. Mark Taylor, 609.638.0806 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Calls for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Release “Now that it is clear that Mumia should never have been on death row in the first place, justice will not be served by relegating him to prison for...
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Posted by bananas in Latest Breaking News
Wed Dec 07th 2011, 03:52 PM
Source: ABC7/KGO/AP The district attorney announced Wednesday that prosecutors will no longer pursue the death penalty against former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, meaning he will spend the rest of his life in prison for gunning down a white police officer nearly 30 years ago. The decision by District Attorney Seth Williams, made with the support of the officer's widow and the city police commissioner, comes after nearly 30 years of legal battles over the racially charged case. <snip> ...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Mon Dec 05th 2011, 12:37 PM
(Link) Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 11/29/2011 Evangelicals rethink nuclear weapons By Leith Anderson, Dennis Hollinger, John Jenkins and Jo Anne Lyon <snip> As leaders in the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), we believe thoughtful application of evangelical principles and consideration of the current realities support: Re-examining the moral and ethical basis for the doctrine of nuclear deterrence Maintaining the taboo against nuclear use Achieving verified mutual reductions in...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Fri Dec 02nd 2011, 10:00 AM
From LBN: (Link) EU agrees co-ordinated withdrawal of ambassadors from Iran Source: RT Iran may lose all EU ambassadors from its soil as European countries agree to recall their ambassadors from the country. According to French FM Alain Juppe, Europe is acting in response to the attacks on the UK diplomatic missions in Tehran. Britain, France, the Netherlands and Germany have already recalled their ambassadors and staff and closed their embassies in Iran after a group of protesters broke in...
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Posted by bananas in General Discussion
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 07:11 PM
Source: Haaretz A mysterious blast which reportedly rocked Isfahan in western Iran on Monday damaged a key nuclear facility in the city, the Times of London reported on Wednesday. ... However, a report in the Times on Wednesday alleged that the blast had not been a military accident, and that the city's nuclear facility was damaged. The report quotes Israeli intelligence officials who based their conclusion on updated satellite images showing smoke billowing from the direction of the conversio...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 09:30 AM
"So what’s driving the world’s nuclear suppliers to service such nuclear pariahs? First and foremost: cash." "avoiding another Fukushima-like accident will be an ever greater challenge. But this challenge will be minor compared with the test of preventing a nuclear-arms race in the Middle and Far East." Excellent article should be read in full. (Link) Nuclear Power Goes Rogue Nov 28, 2011 12:00 AM EST Post-Fukushima, the market for nuclear power is changing latitudes. Here’s what’s at stake...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Tue Nov 29th 2011, 09:28 PM
Wesley Clark comes on in the middle and at the end. The whole show is worth listening to. Here are his comments at the end: Kudlow: wes clark, the last word. this is a military dictatorship, the mullahs are front men. this is a military dictatorship. shouldn't we reckon with them and deal with them as such? Clark: i think we will reckon with them and deal with them as such. the president said they are not going to get a nuclear weapon. he said all options on the table, and i think that this r...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Mon Nov 28th 2011, 01:34 PM
From LBN: (Link) Iran threatens to hit Turkey if US, Israel attack Source: AP Iran will target NATO's missile defense installations in Turkey if the U.S. or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic, a senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saturday. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guards' aerospace division, said the warning is part of a new defense strategy to counter what he described as an increase in threats from the U.S. and Israel. Tensions have been rising...
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Posted by bananas in Science
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 01:21 PM
(Link)/ First Amateur Image of Another Solar System by Nancy Atkinson on November 25, 2011 (Image) Amateur astronomer Rolf Wahl Olsen from New Zealand shared an image with Universe Today, and it is perhaps the first image of another solar system taken by an amateur. The image above is Olsen’s image of the protoplanetary disc around Beta Pictoris. “For the last couple of years I have been wondering if it was possible for amateurs to capture this special target but have never come across any ...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 11:54 AM
Not sure if this has been posted yet - it's from last month: (Link) Top Indian scientists to launch nation-wide protest for ban on nuclear plants Published: Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011, 17:45 IST By DNA Correspondent | Place: Chennai | Agency: DNA The agitation against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) is a prelude to an-all India uprising for a total moratorium on nuclear energy, said a former Atomic Energy Commission scientist. “We will soon launch an all-India agitation demanding a total ...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 11:48 AM
Anti-science Republicans who complained about Solyndra are pushing for this nuclear boondoggle. (Link) Loan Request by Uranium-Enrichment Firm Upends Politics as Usual By MATTHEW L. WALD Published: November 24, 2011 <snip> But the company, based in Bethesda, Md., points out that it provides nuclear fuel to one reactor for which foreign fuel or fuel from a foreign-owned company cannot substitute, because of rules against nuclear weapons proliferation. That reactor, a civilian one owne...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 11:24 AM
(Link)/ Anti nuclear movement succeeding in India Anti-nuke lobby seems to be winning the battle in India:Expert, IBN Live , Bangalore, Nov 25 (PTI) A key member of the Indian nuclear establishment today cautioned that if protestors of Koodankulam project in Tamil Nadu succeed in their objective, the country’s entire nuclear programme could be in jeopardy. “..if they (protestors in Koodankulam) are able to succeed, then they can succeed in shutting down the entire nuclear programme ……..a Mem...
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Posted by bananas in General Discussion
Fri Nov 25th 2011, 06:22 PM
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Posted by bananas in Science
Wed Nov 16th 2011, 01:22 PM
"Economically viable Solar Power Satellites appear achievable during the next 1-3 decades." 272 page 50 MB pdf report: (Link) I posted the 90-minute press conference in the video forum: (Link) The press conference is worth watching, especially the Q&A session which included some things not in the report. Links to news articles and more information: (Link) The First International Assessment of Space Solar Power: Opportunities, Issues and Potential Pathways Forward Press Conference, Novem...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Tue Nov 15th 2011, 08:24 PM
(Link) Omaha Steve (1000+ posts) Sun Nov-13-11 05:44 PM Original message The Killing of Karen Silkwood is an updated edition of the groundbreaking book (Link) (Image) The Killing of Karen Silkwood By Richard Rashke This is an updated edition of the groundbreaking book about the death of union activist Karen Silkwood, an employee of a plutonium processing plant, who was killed in a mysterious car crash on her way to deliver important documents to a newspaper reporter in 1974. Silk...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Mon Nov 14th 2011, 03:16 AM
(Link) Will Fukushima Bankrupt Japan? Posted on November 10, 2011 by WashingtonsBlog Nuclear Accident May Bankrupt Japan I noted in April that a nuclear catastrophe could cost ten trillion dollars or more (many times more than the insurance which nuclear power operators are required to carry) … and could even bankrupt a country. Taipei Times notes today that, according to a Japanese author: A professor from the University of Tokyo has even estimated that it would cost up to ¥80...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 12th 2011, 02:46 PM
I saw this on tv, it was a good interview, definitely worth watching. (Link)/ Bill Clinton Talks Clean Energy on the Daily Show: “We Have Got To Be Competitive in These Areas” By Stephen Lacey on Nov 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm Former President Bill Clinton was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday night talking about his new book, “Back to Work. ” In recent years, Clinton has been a strong advocate for clean energy and addressing climate change, helping bring together numerous large-scale inve...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 12th 2011, 01:24 AM
"The IAA's three-year, ten-nation study, Green Energy from Space Solar Power, confirms the feasibility of using space solar power technology within the decade." (Link)/ NSS to Announce “Ground-Breaking” Wireless Space Solar Power Findings Posted by Doug Messier on November 8, 2011, at 5:10 am in News NSS PR — Washington, D.C. — The National Space Society (NSS) will hold a press conference on November 14, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to anno...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Fri Nov 11th 2011, 08:27 PM
(Link) Mystery Radiation Detected 'Across Europe' Source: ABC News The hunt is on for the source of low level radiation detected in the atmosphere "across Europe" over the past several days, nuclear officials said today. Trace amounts of iodine-131, a type of radiation created during the operation of nuclear reactors or in the detonation of a nuclear weapon, were detected by the Czech Republic's State Office for Nuclear Safety starting two weeks ago. After the group reported its findings to...
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Posted by bananas in General Discussion
Fri Nov 11th 2011, 07:21 AM
Which of these things would Obama NEVER do?
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Posted by bananas in Political Videos
Sun Nov 06th 2011, 01:20 PM

 
Here's a letter at (Link) Dear friend, This fall, students around the country returned to schools that are woefully underfunded and sometimes literally falling apart. As Washington debates how to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion, further cuts to education are on the table. Meanwhile, we’re spending $60 billion a year on useless, dangerous nuclear weapons. Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts and former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson have joined forces with Global Zero in asking our lea...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Thu Nov 03rd 2011, 12:49 AM
(Link) From: David A Gabel, ENN Published November 2, 2011 09:19 AM Belgium to Completely Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2025 The small western-European country of Belgium currently has two commercial nuclear sites and a total of seven reactors. Nuclear energy accounts for over half of the nation's power consumption, a total of about 45 billion kilowatt-hours per year. Although typically quite fractured, Belgium's political parties have reached a consensus on nuclear power. The oldest reactors ar...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Wed Nov 02nd 2011, 05:32 PM
(Link) UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears Nick Hopkins guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 2 November 2011 Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern over Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned. The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if...
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Posted by bananas in Latest Breaking News
Wed Nov 02nd 2011, 05:38 AM
"Given the signs, it is certain that fission is occurring," Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at Tepco, told reporters. That's from the article in the OP: (Link)
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Mon Oct 31st 2011, 10:33 AM
(Link)/ In policy reversal, Rick Perry opposes federal aid for Texas nuclear plants Posted on October 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm by Richard Dunham Texas Gov. Rick Perry rarely concedes that he has reversed himself on a policy issue. But he did just that today when he said on national TV he had “changed my position” and now opposes any federal assistance for nuclear plants or other energy projects. The flip-flop is significant because the current Republican presidential candidate asked the U.S. Depa...
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Posted by bananas in Science
Mon Oct 31st 2011, 02:32 AM
(Link) Cranberry Juice Beats Extract for Fighting Infection by Christine Lepisto, Berlin on 10.30.11 <snip> Researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have furthered the body of research that proves cranberries are effective at preventing and treating urinary tract infections. What they found echoes a common scientific motif: when we attempt to isolate the "healthy" molecule, we get less than expected. The cranberry juice in its entirety is more effective than the proanthocyani...
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Posted by bananas in Environment/Energy
Mon Oct 31st 2011, 01:48 AM
(Link) Don’t let Solyndra fool you: Solar PV is on fire by Earth Policy Institute 29 Oct 2011 1:51 PM This post was written by J. Matthew Roney, research associate for the Earth Policy Institute. Additional resources at (Link) Solar photovoltaic (PV) companies manufactured a record 24,000 megawatts (MW) of PV cells worldwide in 2010, more than doubling their 2009 output. Annual PV production has grown nearly 100-fold since 2000, when just 277 MW of cells were made. Newly installed PV also se...
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Posted by bananas in General Discussion
Sat Oct 29th 2011, 01:40 PM
Source: Wired Against all the odds, Andrea Rossi's E-Cat cold fusion power plant passed its biggest test yesterday, producing an average of 470 kilowatts for more than five hours. (A technical glitch prevented it from achieving a megawatt as originally planned). The demonstration was monitored closely by engineers from Rossi's mysterious US customer, which was evidently satisfied and paid up. The energy was output in the form of heat, measured by the quantity of water boiled off. The results a...
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Posted by bananas in Latest Breaking News
Fri Oct 28th 2011, 02:49 AM
Source: Wall Street Journal If heavy rain had fallen in Tokyo on March 14 or March 15, the capital could have experienced the same severe spikes in radiation that areas northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant suffered, says the author of a new study. “There was a period when quite a high concentration went over Tokyo, but it didn’t rain,” Norwegian scientist Andreas Stohl told Nature News. “It could have been much worse.” <snip> Mr. Stohl’s paper says the highest emissions occ...
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