Momentum Towards Making Mother Nature a Genetically Engineered and Geoengineered Bitch

This is a brief overview of the current trends toward larger scale genetic engineering of agricultural crops and animals and geoengineering and mega-engineering adaptation to offset or adapt to environmental changes. Primarily these are observations at which solutions are getting significant increases in research and development resources and are getting or are close to being …

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Up to 96.7 percent efficient home furnaces

A high-efficiency furnace (90% plus) furnace should save you between 20 and 25 percent on your home heating bill The best choice is to choose a furnace with an AFUE rating of over 90 percent. These “condensing furnaces” recover extra heat by extracting water from the combustion gases within a special corrosion-resistant heat exchanger. The …

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Suggestions for optimizing IQ test performance

Suggestions on how to optimize performance on an IQ test Let the “experts” argue about whether you can boost IQ or not, in any absolute sense. If you slept well, exercised, then sat up straight and breathed deeply as you took the test, don’t you think you would score a few points higher on an …

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Fossil Fuel air pollution in Europe shown to shorten life expectency of all Europeans

Despite some success with air pollution, current levels — mainly nitrogen oxide, fine particles and ground-level ozone — are estimated to shorten average life expectancy in Western and Central European countries by almost a year and to threaten the healthy development of children. This from the report, ‘Europe’s environment — The fourth assessment’, which was …

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Keeping Moore’s law going: Intel High-K solution

Six web pages feature at IEEE Spectrum, that describes the technical achievement of High-K insulation for computer chips. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, …

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Discovery of first gene that specifically links calorie restriction to longevity

Loss of only one of the genes, a gene encoding the protein PHA-4, negated the lifespan-enhancing effect of calorie-restriction in worms. And, when researchers undertook the opposite experiment—by overexpressing pha-4 in worms—the longevity effect was enhanced. “PHA-4 acts completely independent of insulin/IGF-1 signaling and turns out to be essential for CR-mediated longevity,” says Panowski. “We …

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The Global Boom in coal

The world is building a lot of coal-fired power to go with all of the coal-fired power it already has. This is horrible because air pollution from coal kills more than one million people every year. We need to use all other means to reduce the increase in coal usage, this means more nuclear as …

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Climate, pollution, nuclear

The Gregory Benford proposal sounds like the cheapest and safest method for climate modification. Of course society should to actually stop making the problems worse as described in Jamais article. But a problem is that most plans from environmentalist fail to recognize the scope of the problems or involve everyone suddenly becoming virtuous. Some propose …

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