60 minutes ran a segment claiming that Clean Technology has crashed and this has caused howling from those who support renewable power

CBS has the script from “The Cleantech Crash” which aired on Jan. 5, 2014. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Shachar Bar-On, producer. Silicon Valley got Washington excited about it. President Bush was an early supporter, but the federal purse strings truly loosened under President Obama. Hoping to create innovation and jobs, he committed north of …

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City Scale Water spraying from skyscrapers would be artificial rain to clean air pollution for mitigating haze in China

In the past 30 years, China has suffered from air pollution and heavy haze created by fast industrial growth and economic expansion. An Environmental Chemistry Letter research journal article reviews the techniques for remediation of air pollution. A geoengineering method is proposed for mitigating air pollution and haze in China’s cities by using water to …

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Carnival of Space 335

1. Universe Today – This was very likely the last trip around the Sun for the Earth-crossing asteroid 2014 AA, according to calculations by several teams of astronomers and published online earlier today on the IAU’s Minor Planet Center. Discovered just yesterday by the Catalina Sky Survey, the estimated 3-meter-wide Apollo asteroid was supposed to …

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Energy Information Administration estimates Bakken will produce over 1 million barrels per day next month

The latest monthly update of estimated crude oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows total wellhead output topping 1 million barrels of oil per day (bbl/d) in December, 2013. The update appears in the most recent issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The Bakken region …

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Enhancing cell metabolism was an unexpected key to regrow hair, cartilage, bone, soft tissues

Young animals are known to repair their tissues effortlessly, but can this capacity be recaptured in adults? A new study from researchers at the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s Hospital suggests that it can. By reactivating a dormant gene called Lin28a, which is active in embryonic stem cells, researchers were able to regrow hair …

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EU-Canada deal foreshadows a global standard for professional degrees like architects and engineers

On October 18th it announced an agreement in principle between Canada and the European Union on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). More than a blessing for insomniacs, CETA is a prototype for bigger things to come, especially the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) now under negotiation between the EU and the United …

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Coal high in fluorine and iron pyrite makes hydroflouric acid to mess up bones and teeth of people in Guizhou, China

Some coal is high in fluorine and also has iron pyrite. The combination is deadly – when burned it make hydrofluoric acid. (H/T Chris Phoenix Excess fluorine consumption can often cause dental fluorinosis, a condition in which excess fluorine is deposited in the teeth, discoloring them. In more severe cases, fluorine deposition in the bones …

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3D Printing simplifies Jet Engines and Elon Musk developing Iron Man Like Design Interface for Rocket Part Design

Elon Musk tweeted two days ago tha Spacex has figured out how to design rocket parts just with hand movements. Spacex will post a video of the process next week. They then use 3d printing to make the parts. The director of the Iron Man movie Jon Favreau tweeted Musk asking: “Like in Iron Man?” …

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Close to having a blood test for diagnosing Alzheimers

Researchers believe they are closer to developing a blood test that could diagnose Alzheimer’s. A technique published in the journal Genome Biology showed differences in the tiny fragments of genetic material floating in the blood could be used to identify patients. The test was accurate 93% of the time in trials on 202 people. One …

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Grid power backup via Solar power and flywheels at affordable prices

1000 to 3000 watts of solar power that operate stand alone as well as on the grid can be used to provide power during a power outage and provide lower electrical costs at other times. 200 watt standalone solar is $400 or less. 400 watts is $700 or less. 2200 watts can be had for …

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