Device That Makes Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight and Water | MIT Technology Review

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A Practical Artificial Leaf Begins to UnfoldA new prototype that turns the sun’s energy into hydrogen fuel could point the way to commercially viable artificial photosynthesis.By Mike Orcutt on August 27, 2015WHY IT MATTERSFuels produced using the sun’s power offer many advantages over conventional solar power.Fuel made inexpensively through artificial photosynthesis could be the ultimate renewable energy source. Now researchers …

NASA Science Zeros in on Ocean Rise: How Much? How Soon? | NASA

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This is terrifying. The sea levels have risen 3 inches and as much as 9 inches in some places since 1992! They are rising much faster than we thought.  NASA Science Zeros in on Ocean Rise: How Much? How Soon?Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 …

How hospitals could help cut prison recidivism | Brookings Institution

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This is a fascinating suggestion to decrease recidivism, cut the salaries of prison administrators and even workers. Stop feeding the monster, the prison industrial complex.   How hospitals could help cut prison recidivismBy: Stuart M. ButlerShare on emailShare on twitterShare on facebookShare on linkedin Share on google_plusone_shareShare on stumbleuponShare on redditShare on printBy the end of 2013 there were approximately …

Savouring morality. Moral satisfaction renders food of ethical origin subjectively tastier

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Having, personally, been a long time fan of inorganic food like sand, rust, and concrete (:-)) I am not surprised to find the superior taste of “organic” food is due the moral superiority of the consumers of it. Buying and consuming food of ethical origin brings about moral satisfaction. •Moral satisfaction renders the taste of ethical food subjectively superior. •This …

Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks on Gun Sales | Pew Research Center

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The majority of people are still for background checks at gun shows and for private sales (there are none now in many places).  I am not convinced that preventing “mentally ill” people from buying guns would make much difference, overall. It is not possible to predict who will kill themselves or become violent. On the other hand,  I am not thrilled …

Chinese companies face culture shock in countries that aren’t like China – The Washington Post

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  Chinese companies face culture shock in countries that aren’t like China This article gives an amusing perspective on the globalization of China. Right now I am reminded of the period when Japan was going to take over the world. Alarmist books like Michael Criton’s Red Sun Rising warned of the demise of the US as a global power and our …

Industrial Facilities like Oil Refineries Lack Physical Safeguards to Prevent Damage from Internet Attackers | MIT Technology Review

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How to Damage a Chemical Plant over the Internet Evidence continues to grow that many important industrial facilities are open to attacks over the Internet. Jason Larsen must be the only person trailing two waist-high metal drums connected with pipes around the conference rooms of Las Vegas casinos this week. He brought them to the Black Hat computer security conference …