Vertical and indoor farming works financially for lettuce, kale and some other plants

Here is a calculation that hydronponically grown lettuce is cheaper with a cost of about 4 cents per head. Lettuce can sell for about 0.99 to 1.75. Philips and GE are supplying special LED lights to lower the energy costs of indoor lettuce farming. They also grow the lettuce in racks so that every two …

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China has carbon exchanges now, carbon pricing by 2015 and carbon tax by 2020

China has some carbon exchanges now. They trade carbon permits in seven trial markets. The price is about $7 to 10 per ton of CO2. China will likely add seven pilot carbon pricing systems by 2015. China is expected to add a carbon tax by 2020 and national emissions trading by 2020. These moves will …

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Shell Estimates Iraq could Produce 6 to 10 million barrels of oil per day in the early 2020s

NY Times – Iraq produces around three million barrels a day, and few analysts believe it can reach its goal of 10 million barrels a day by 2017, a target Baghdad recently reduced from a previous estimate of 12 million barrels a day by that year. But Hans Nijkamp, Royal Dutch Shell’s Iraq country chairman, …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 107

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 107 is up at Idaho Samizdat Atomic Insights – Exaggerated myths about nuclear accidents CAUSE negative health effects. A video was produced by the World Nuclear Association (WNA). It shows that the predicted health consequences of nuclear accidents are often orders of magnitude greater than the actual, measured health consequences …

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Robert Zubrin makes the case against Population Control

New Atlantis – Robert Zubrin makes the case against population control. Around the world, the population control movement has resulted in billions of lost or ruined lives. We cannot stop at merely rebutting the pseudoscience and recounting the crimes of the population controllers. We must also expose and confront the underlying antihumanist ideology. If the …

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Furukawa Electric acquires SuperPower Inc., U.S. manufacturer of second generation high temperature superconducting wire

Furukawa Electric acquired one of the only two companies in the world with the capability for commercial production of 2G HTS wire today. Furukawa Electric plans to expand both its and SuperPower’s business aggressively in the markets of the globally-expanding smart grid sector, alternative energy sector and industrial sector by providing superconducting wire as well …

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SENS5- Maintaining Telomere Length

Presentation from the SENS5 conference Anti aging oligos 5′-(TTAGGG)n-3′ treatment maintaining telomere length in vitro in human skin cells overcoming senescence and the t-loop deletion factor Telomere shortening is thought to play a role in cellular aging contributing to human aging and longevity. Critical telomere shortening affects different genes, as the human genome varies, which …

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Attempts to use social media for Arab liberation and US plans to eradicate Al Qaeda

1. Some now see Bin Laden’s death as the end of an extremist era, replaced with a more moderate age of civil engagement and empowerment. Two central figures in this new civil movement came to speak at MIT just days before Bin Laden’s death. Ahmed Maher, 30, and Waleed Rashed, 27, are co-founders of the …

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Recellularized Human Hearts May be Weeks Away

In 2008, Dr. Doris Taylor of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Cardiovascular repair made a preclinical advance by the tissue engineering of a live, beating rat heart, generated using a decellularized myocardium as a scaffold, onto which cardiac stem cells were seeded. Within two years were not only reporting similar results with reseeded decellularized …

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Per Capita GDP prediction method with 97% accuracy using economic freedom, average IQ, trading block membership and oil usage

Economic Freedom and average citizenry IQ — plus slight tweaks from trading block membership and oil predicted GDP per capita for every country with a high .97 correlation (r) with actual GDP per capita. This is not scientific but uses a few factors that can be adjusted to correlate to per capita GDP both historically …

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