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2017 TrendsWord is that these Virtual Assistant speakers from.

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2017 Trends Word is that these Virtual Assistant speakers from Amazon “Echo” and Google “Home” were big sellers over the 2016 holiday season. This is just the start of a big move towards having computers understand what humans want - and this time it will be through asking and answering questions.

One bitcoin surpasses gold in USD value.  We are not surprised.

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This is not really surprising because it matches my theory that electrons win over molecules - in this case heavy atoms, but you catch my drift. Bitcoin offers so many advantages over gold as a currency. It travels the globe in microseconds and can be authenticated without an assay

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"CRISPR Cures Anemia"

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“CRISPR Cures Anemia” - [link

Fuel Cell vs. Battery Electric Transport

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We all now know that battery powered electric vehicles clearly have won round one of the next generation of transportation motor evolution. However, the auto companies have not given up their dream of hydrogen fueling stations on every corner and fuel cell cars in every garage.

ramblingwanders:Lakes so blue, its almost too good to be true.

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ramblingwanders : Lakes so blue, its almost too good to be true. Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine . Hunter I am so excited to see you happy and exploring the Patagonia

Annie's - Nutrition Washing?

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Annie’s has done a great job of “nutrition washing” They do start with some natural and organic ingredients (good for the environment), but then they over-process it, and end up with junk food. Very few minerals and vitamins are left in finished cereals, macaroni etc.

Breakthrough Battery

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I knew it would happen someday. Someone would come up with a battery twice as good as those currently on the market, but not have to charge an arm and a leg. Envia Systems today announced a pre-production battery that packs twice the energy density of it’s closest commercial competitor.

Nissan introduces Leaf EV to South Africa with candid camera stunt

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Nissan introduces Leaf EV to South Africa with candid camera stunt : To introduce the all-electric Leaf to the new South African audience, Nissan decided to use a bit of humor by pranking gas station attendants. Combustion oriented cars now have some real competition around the world. The part I like best? No smell

Solar Bright Spot

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With many of California oil fields in decline, they are requiring steam to extract the last parts of oil out of the rock. Interestingly, solar thermal is turning out to be a very cost effective way to make that steam.

Gold Bubble

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Gold is near and dear to people’s hearts. My Grandmother was a “goldbug” and followed gold mining stocks daily. Gold even has “smart” investors like Glenn Beck promoting it. There is a gold rush going on right here in front of us. This is a sure danger sign that we are in bubble territory.

Bike Commutes Make Time, Car Commutes Suck Time

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It was no surprise when I read a Slate article on the problems with long, passive commutes. I thought these commutes merely caused some extra stress. It turns out that long commutes increase obesity, divorce rates, neck pain, insomnia and overall happiness levels. .

China and Africa - Friends or Foes?

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China’s influence and. reach around the world is astounding. In particular, China’s trade with Africa increased from a mere $2 billion in 2000 to $60 billion in 2010. . China loves Africa’s natural resources, low wages and easy exploitation of workers and the environment with little transparency.

How Green is Natural Gas?

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A recent Cornell study concludes that electicity produced from natural gas fired turbines is far more carbon intensive than previously thought; even greater than coal.

Are Solar Companies Hoping to Double Panel Sales This Year?

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The solar industry is getting big, but will it double in 2011 over 2010? Solar companies are expected to double capacity to 36 gigawatts this year (the equivalent of 36 nuclear power plants!). Capacity is the key word there.

A new study by the Cancer Foundation of China estimates that.

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A new study by the Cancer Foundation of China estimates that tobacco (aka drug) company profits are less than the costs to treat smoking related diseases in China. Worldwide governments need to move to a free market approach to drugs.

e readers will win this battle over time.  Books will be.

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e readers will win this battle over time. Books will be considered vintage. still in use in 100 years, but most everything will happen electronically. Electrons are smarter and a heck of a lot easier to move than molecules

An impressive electronic publication that is also a good glimpse.

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An impressive electronic publication that is also a good glimpse of our post-paper future, when we access much of our reading online (using high-resolution displays). ECOLUXE magazine is a global, bi-monthly online magazine.

Logitech has released the world’s first solar-powered.

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Logitech has released the world’s first solar-powered wireless keyboard (model K750). It has a built-in light meter that shows whether there is enough light in the room. Why did it take this long? Well, let’s not complain!

“We realize a game won’t change the world but we hope to.

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“We realize a game won’t change the world but we hope to be part of the transition that brings us all to a better place,” says the company Late for the Sky about its Earthopoly board game. But this game is part of a changing world.

Field Report: Green Education in Ethiopia

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I am now on a flight back from Ethiopia (located near the horn of East Africa, surrounded by Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Eritrea). I lived for the last three weeks in the northern region of the country, in the high plateaus and mountains of Tigray.

Lumenhaus: Virginia Tech has built a “100% energy efficient.

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Lumenhaus : Virginia Tech has built a “100% energy efficient house … without sacrificing quality of living.” It uses “responsive architecture” coupled with computerized smart features. This house responds to the weather and performs according to its resident’s lifestyle.

Tim Jackson’s Economic Reality-Check (larger viewer)

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Tim Jackson’s Economic Reality-Check. larger viewer ). investing in life

"Apple computers have emerged as the clear leader as far as green computers go."

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““Apple computers have emerged as the clear leader as far as green computers go.”” - According to Nikki Martin at Incrediblygreen.org, the newest Macbook is the greenest laptop for the following reasons. made of recyclable polycarbonate. Apple will recycle your old machines.

by Rachel Botsman

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by Rachel Botsman. sustainable lifestyles

Is the iPad a laptop killer?

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I am sitting here making this post on my iPad. However, I am typing on a regular keyboard. I have the logitech/Zagg bluetouth keyboard and iPad case ( www.zagg.com ). I can pretty much do everything on here I can do on a laptop, but with the added convenience of a touchscreen. If tablets kill the laptop category, it would be detrimental to Apple and everyone else in the laptop business.

Nuclear? Non, Merci

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While recent events in Japan have the world all twitterpated about nuclear power, the facts remain the same. Nuclear power is not economic in terms of return on investment. While it is true that older plants create significant free cash flow, new plants are too expensive to build, resulting in negative returns on investment. That is why nobody has broken ground on a new plant in the US, because even with loan guarantees, plants need direct subsidies to make them work economically.

Massive Defense Budget in the US does not Increase Security

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Massive Defense Budget in the US does not Increase Security : The roughly $1 trillion spent on defense is eight times the defense budget of the Chinese. Ultimately, the biggest threat to national security is our debt and global warming. So, if we spend more on the military, and increase our debt, we get a negative security return for every extra dollar we spend on the military. It is time to look at every program the Pentagon runs, and make some cuts.

Hi Brett. Amrit here. I just read this article in the New Yorker, which is saying basically that hybrid vehicles won't help our environment at all. In fact, they will do the opposite. That the more energy efficient we make things, the increase in demand will more than offset the energy savings. What do you think? [link]

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Hi Amrit, Great question. The answer is not so straight forward. Owen is right on the economic equation that typically efficiency = lower prices = increased demand. I guess hand in hand with that countries with artificially low prices (like Iran until recently) were very inefficient in oil utilization, because per dollar of GDP, oil consumption is one of the highest in the world there. I like the fact that we have all these different ways to consume/produce energy.

Nissan Leaf Burning up Electrons at High Speeds

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I just read a post by Oliver Chalouhi, the first person in the country to take ownership of a production Nissan Leaf. All is well, and he loves it. It is quiet, peppy and the electronics are really sophisticated. His only issue is that when he drives on the highway at 75mph, his range goes down to 60 miles from the published 100 mile range. This makes sense, as air friction increases as the cube of velocity. So, the faster the car drives, the far greater the mileage impact.

Nissan and GM Poor Online Electric Car Marketers

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Electric vehicles are now ready for the masses. Top tier auto companies are now shipping production vehicles. Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt are now available in select markets. . Neither company is doing the best job building demand on-line. . Let’s take the Volt. The company is spending big bucks advertising the car on the TV and online. I just saw a display ad on techcrunch for instance. Cool, I clicked on it and it took me to the Volt site. So, when can I buy one? No information there.

The Pope Going Electric?

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The Vatican is looking for a new Popemobile. Preferably one that runs on electricity. Pope Benedict the 16th is big on clean energy, and the church even published a book showing what the Vatican has done to make itself sustainable. Apparently the main hurdle is the Pope’s security force, which expressed concerns about the ability of an electric vehicle to act as a speedy getaway car in an emergency. Not a problem, say the experts. Zero to 60 in three seconds flat.

World Resources Institute

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World Resources Institute : “Working at the intersection of environment and human needs.”. Check out WRI’s Markets & Enterprise section

The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

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Beljarica backwaters cover the 900 ha of wilderness on the eastern bank of the Danube, between the river and the embankment, by the suburb of Kovilovo, some 15 kilometres upstream from downtown Belgrade. I have been there several times last month, but barely ever managed to do any proper birding!

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Counting birds that count on us.

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The World’s biggest citizen science wildlife count takes place this weekend. It is a very simple and accessible event which requires each observer to sit for one hour in their garden or a local park. Their observations are then entered to the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch site.

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Everything’s Coming Up Carrie Laben

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We at 10,000 Birds are lucky to have such distinguished writers on our team. Yet, few of them are actually distinguished for their writing. That’s just one reason why we’re so proud of Beat Writer Carrie Laben , who’s been having a heck of a month.

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Those magnificent places down the Danube

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Cover photo: Black-headed Bunting by Mark S. Jobling / Wikimedia Commons. This year, the first heat of the season came late, only with early June. Instead of writing at home, I discovered a new “study”, a discreet fish restaurant hidden in the branch of the Danube.

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Beaten by an Angry Bird

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Noisy wing beats, heavy landing behind the stern, water splashing everywhere and then, a hit of a heavy wing on my upper arm…. A few years back, I birded northern Greece with a couple from Namibia. It had been a while since I saw Greater Flamingoes and was thrilled to see them again.

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I Remember Elephants

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Late last month, while searching for bears , woodpeckers and spirits of Greece, I deliberately avoided checking any news, especially from my home country. Every now and then, I need to cut the world off and clear my mind.

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The New Swarovski BTX, an Amazing Advancement in Spotting Scopes

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A little over a month ago I was hiking up a mountain path outside of Innsbruck, Austria, with birders from around the world. When we reached our destination we were greeted with glasses of champagne. And while the bubbly really hit the spot it seemed like it was a bit of overkill.

Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland–A Book Review

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British birders are very serious about birding and their birds. This is a very good thing; it means they publish a lot of books about birds (probably more at this point than U.S.