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Geophysicists Are Turning Peanut Butter Into Diamond Gemstones

10th November 2014

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Why? Because they can.

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AeroFarms Plans to Grow 1.5 Million Pounds of Leafy Greens in the Middle of Newark

10th November 2014

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This is a test site for AeroFarms, a Delaware-registered startup focused on aeroponics, a kind of soil-free vertical farming. Essentially, an aeroponic farmer sprays a mist of a high-nutrient solution on plants to make them grow. The process takes far less space and water than nature would require, and zero pesticides. The idea has been around for decades, mostly among scientists studying how root systems operate outside soil. Until recently, technological limits kept true aeroponics largely beyond the reach of commercial growers.

As my wife is wont to say, I am duberous. This sounds to me like solar power, which is great in theory but not practical economically without massive subsidies from taxpayers through crapitalism.

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‘Foodini’ Machine Lets You Print Edible Burgers, Pizza, Chocolate

9th November 2014

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

8th November 2014

T-Rex Shower Head.

Turkey Lifter.

Space Pirate Watch.

Mini Washing Machine.

Electric Quadrofoil watercraft. Mount a .50-cal on that sucker and you got a deal.

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Paper Maps Refuse to Fold

7th November 2014

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Duke Engines’ Incredibly Compact, Lightweight Valveless Axial Engine

5th November 2014

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New Zealand’s Duke Engines has been busy developing and demonstrating excellent results with a bizarre axial engine prototype that completely does away with valves, while delivering excellent power and torque from an engine much smaller, lighter and simpler than the existing technology. We spoke with Duke co-founder John Garvey to find out how the Duke Axial Engine project is going.

This is really slick. Be sure to watch the videos.

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Mia Love Wins, Will Be First Black Republican Woman in Congress

5th November 2014

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Good luck trying to join the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Recreating the Neolithic Toolkit

5th November 2014

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Skills we may all be needing soon, the way things are going.

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This Self-Stabilizing Boat’s Deck Is Always Flat, Even in Rough Waters

3rd November 2014

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An interesting concept but I doubt that it will scale.

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A Decade After Mapping the Genome, Scientists Scramble for More Imaging Data to Unravel Its Mysteries

3rd November 2014

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In other words, sequencing the human genome merely showed us that we had an overwhelming number of mysteries yet to decode. We were like toddlers handed a giant encyclopedia as a means of learning the facts of life – not only could we not read the book, we didn’t even know how many entries it contained.

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Post-Panamax Bulk Carrier Rides Air Bubble Blanket to Reduce Emissions

3rd November 2014

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The recently delivered bulk carrier, MV Harvest Frost, is the first vessel of its size to use MHI’s proprietary Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), which reduces the drag between the vessel hull and seawater by blowing air bubbles produced at the vessel bottom. MHI says that use of the system has been proven to help Harvest Frost achieve a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional bulk carriers, exceeding the target figure of 25%.

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This Device Could Make It Easier to Find Your Veins

3rd November 2014

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Assuming, of course, that that’s what you want to do.

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Humble Spud Poised to Launch a World Food Revolution

2nd November 2014

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Last week the project beat 560 competitors from 90 countries to win the prestigious USAid grand challenge award for its salt-tolerant potato. “It’s a game changer,” said de Vos. “We don’t see salination as a problem, we see it as an opportunity.”

“The world’s water is 89% salinated, 50% of agricultural land is threatened by salt water, and there are millions of people living in salt-contaminated areas. So it’s not hard to see we have a slight problem,” said van Rijsselberghe. “Up until now everyone has been concentrating on how to turn the salt water into fresh water; we are looking at what nature has already provided us with.”

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Parallel Universes Colliding Could Explain Quantum Weirdness

1st November 2014

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

1st November 2014

USB Travel Shaver.

Telescoping Snow Broom.

Gorilla Grip Gloves.

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Listen for the Chuckling From Cupertino

30th October 2014

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CurrentC, the mobile payments system being pushed by some of the biggest retailers in the US, has been hacked – before the system is even fully up and running.

“Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app,” a spokeswoman for the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) told El Reg.

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The Real Reason Some Merchants Are Blocking Apple Pay… for Now

28th October 2014

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Merchants aren’t blocking Apple Pay to collect data on us. They aren’t doing it to spite Apple, or to pressure Apple into giving them a split of the profits. While those might be factors, the real reason is a deep-seated, and possibly well-deserved, hatred of credit cards.

Unfortunately, none of this has anything to do with improving the customer experience.

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Music That Makes You Dumb

28th October 2014

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  1. Get a friend of yours to download, using Facebook, the ten most frequent “favorite music” at every college via that college’s Network Statistics page on Facebook (manually — as not to violate Facebook’s ToS). These ten “favorite musics” are perhaps indicative of the overall intellectual milieu of that college.
  2. Download the average SAT/ACT score (from CollegeBoard) for students attending every college.
  3. Presto! We have a correlation between musical tastes and dumbitude (smartitude too)!

    Music <=> Colleges <=> Average SAT Scores

  4. Plot the average SAT of each “favorite music”, discarding those with too few samples to have a reliable average.
  5. Post the results on your website, pondering what the Internet will think of it.

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Competitive Federalism on a World Scale

28th October 2014

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Sardinians want to become part of Switzerland. And who could blame them?

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Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-related Memory Decline

28th October 2014

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Dietary cocoa flavanols — naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa — reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia Univ. Medical Center (CUMC) scientists. The study, published this week in the advance online issue of Nature Neuroscience, provides the first direct evidence that one component of age-related memory decline in humans is caused by changes in a specific region of the brain and that this form of memory decline can be improved by a dietary intervention.

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World’s Biggest Beaver Dam Discovered in Northern Canada

28th October 2014

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Of course; where else would it be?

Researcher Jean Thie said Wednesday he used satellite imagery and Earth software to locate the dam, which is about 850 metres (2,800 feet) long on the southern edge of Wood Buffalo National Park.

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Yes, iPad Apps Can Help Your Child Learn to Read

27th October 2014

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The randomized, six-week study took a sample of 95 disadvantaged students across seven different Head Start classrooms in Brooklyn and divided the children into small groups. Each of the 4- and 5-year-old students was given an iPad running either Learn With Homer or another unnamed math and music-oriented learning app. In 12-15 minute intervals, students were fully immersed, headphones and all, in these iPad-based learning environments. Adults only stepped in as needed to ensure the kids were staying on track, but did not aid directly in the learning process so as not to taint the results of the trial.

After six weeks, the students who followed Learn With Homer’s lessons showed marked differences in six of the seven phonological skills being measured. They were especially better in three key areas: print knowledge, phonological awareness, and letter sounds. These students scored higher on their post-trial TOPEL (Test of Preschool Early Literacy) test than either group did before the trial began.

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Scientists Discover First ‘Virological Penicillin’

26th October 2014

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Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is a well-known Chinese herb. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been used to effectively treat influenza infection for centuries.

Now, a team of researchers headed by Dr Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University in China has identified MIR2911 (honeysuckle-encoded atypical microRNA2911) as the first active component directly targeting various influenza viruses, including the swine flu H1N1, highly pathogenic avian H5N1 and H7N9 infections.

MIR2911 represses influenza viruses by targeting PB2 and NS1, two genes that are known to be required for influenza viral replication.

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PL-01 Future Stealth Tank Unveiled By Poland

25th October 2014

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While the PL-01 looks like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, it’s actually been slated for full scale production starting in 2018, and will be ready for export in 2022.

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China’s Strangest Buildings

25th October 2014

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Some of these are pretty interesting.

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Poisoning Cancer

25th October 2014

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In the realm of cancerous diseases, tumors affecting the brain can be particularly difficult to cure. Many are fast moving and take hold of key sections of the body’s most fundamental organ, rendering surgical removal extremely difficult or impossible.

Now, researchers at Harvard Stem Cell Institute have come up with a new method for battling these deadly brain tumors — by taking them apart from the inside out. In a new study, the scientists have engineered stem cells to secrete cancer-killing cytotoxins that degrade the tumor from within its core.

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Global Warming Hoax Finally Declared Dead

25th October 2014

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John Coleman, the founder of Weather Channel, has written an open letter to UCLA, in which he claims the theory of anthropogenic climate change is no longer scientifically credible.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th October 2014

BottleLoft.

Darth Vader toaster.

Seek Thermal Camera.

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Vatican Library Puts 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online for Free

24th October 2014

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The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

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Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

23rd October 2014

Catherine Shu shows some serious claw.

Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions in Mandarin, to the delight of the audience and the relief of Renee Zellweger, who is probably happy that the Internet now has something to talk about besides her face.

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Microwave Magnetrons Being Replaced by Solid State

22nd October 2014

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The product of interest is Freescale’s new MHT1003N, a 250 watt LDMOS transistor for 2.45 GHz that provides a power-added efficiency (PAE) of 58%.  Another device targeting RF heating applications is the MHT1002N for 915 MHz that can deliver 350 watts at 63% PAE.  Using the MHT1003N, manufacturers can use from one to eight of these 250 W units to build a microwave oven with the desired power level.  And the magnetron’s 4 kV power supply goes away in place of a supply of 28 to 50 volts.  Furthermore, the crude on-off control of the magnetron can be replaced with full variable power control.  Using multiple antennas, one per amplifier, provides better coverage of the cooking chamber.  This allows food to be cooked more precisely while the unit operates more efficiently.  And the product lifetime is significantly greater.

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Maglev Train Seen Making Washington-to-Baltimore Trip at 311 MPH

22nd October 2014

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I can see why somebody would want to go from Baltimore to Washington, but can’t imagine why anyone in Washington would want to go to Baltimore.

If it stops at Dulles, of course, that’s another story.

I suspect it’s just another hint to Joe Biden….

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Sandia Labs Reveals New Sniper Sight

22nd October 2014

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The adaptive zoom lens works, not by changing the distance between two lenses as in a traditional scope, but by changing the curvature of a given lens. This is similar to how human eyeballs switch focus. In humans, muscles in the eye pull the lens to flatten it for far-away vision, and contract to thicken the lens for objects up close.

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New Fabric Softener Tech Promises Clothes That Never Stain

22nd October 2014

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The makers of a new fabric softener, Sofft, say they want our clothes to join us in the fight against stink and stains. While mixing with your clothes in the washing machine, Sofft coats organic and plastic fibers in a thin protective layer of hydrophobic molecules. These chemicals cause common stains like oil and juice to slide right off clothes (at least, that’s how it seems in their promotional videos). The company says clothes would remain breathable.

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Injection of Brain Nerve Cells Into Spine Help Paralyzed Man Walk Again

21st October 2014

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Just waiting for the FDA to ban it unless they run five more years of tests.

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How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide

21st October 2014

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Maps of Modern Cities Drawn in the Style of J.R.R. Tolkien

21st October 2014

Just because.

 

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The Futuristic Gadgets Running Today’s High-Tech Vineyards

20th October 2014

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You want Merlot with that?

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Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

20th October 2014

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Laser physicists have built a tractor beam that can repel and attract objects, using a hollow laser beam that is bright around the edges and dark in its centre.

It is the first long-distance optical tractor beam and moved particles one fifth of a millimetre in diameter a distance of up to 20 centimetres, around 100 times further than previous experiments.

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Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor

20th October 2014

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In the latest issue of the journal Science, researchers at MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics — together with colleagues at Harvard University and the Vienna University of Technology — describe the experimental realization of an optical switch that’s controlled by a single photon, allowing light to govern the transmission of light. As such, it’s the optical analog of a transistor, the fundamental component of a computing circuit.

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Finally, Somebody Gets Fired for Something

19th October 2014

Steve Sailer is on the case.

Dr. John Deasy, Ph.D., has been shoved out as boss of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, temporarily denting his ambition to become Secretary of Education under Obama or Hillary.

Deasy ranks with Arne Duncan as the classic White Male Empty Suit of the Education Reform Era. Until this setback, Deasy had overcome his stale pale maleness to forge a fabulous career of job hopping by aggressively mouthing all the cliches about Closing the Gap beloved by philanthropic billionaires currently dabbling in education, such as Bill Gates and Eli Broad.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

18th October 2014

Work Sharp WSKTS Knife and Tool Sharpener.

Handy Paint Pail.

Air Umbrella.

Cat Ear Headphones. It helps to be Japanese, female, and have magenta hair.

Portable Cardboard Standing Desk. This is really slick.

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Take a Tour of the Gigantic, Secretive Market Where France’s Top Chefs Buy Their Food

17th October 2014

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Until 1969, France’s wholesale market was in Les Halles, a much smaller space in the center of Paris. It was centrally located but incredibly unhygienic?—?perhaps Émile Zola was thinking about guts when he called it “the belly of Paris.” But then, the market set up just outside the city in an area known as Rungis, near Orly airport. Now, its 573 acres are home to more than 11,000 workers, supporting more than 1,000 businesses from doctors to insurance salesmen to travel agents.

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Lab-Made Blood Cells Hunt Cancer, Leading to Remissions

16th October 2014

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The blood cells of cancer patients, reprogrammed by doctors to attack their leukemia and re-infused back into the patients’ veins, led to complete remissions in 27 of 30 people. That’s especially exciting because those patients had failed all conventional treatments.

This looks very promising.

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Pencil Makers Go Back to Drawing Board

16th October 2014

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Pen and pencil makers are going back to school, learning to sell writing implements in the age of smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Good luck with that.

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Amazon U.K. Taps Newspaper Distributor For Same-Day Deliveries

16th October 2014

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More innovation from Amazon. No wonder ‘progressives’ hate it.

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Lockheed Martin Announces Its Skunk Works Wants to Build a Fusion Reactor

15th October 2014

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Most existing fusion devices slam together atoms using a tokamak, a magnetic device that contains the superheated plasma required for fusion to occur. Invented in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, it’s what most nuclear fusion devices use. The problem is, the energy required to sustain the reaction is almost as much as what’s created by the reaction.

Lockheed says they’ve figured out how to solve that problem, using their CFR, a jet-engine-sized device. They’ve changed the process for holding the plasma in a way they say has 10 times the output of a tokamak.They also say there’s no risk of a meltdown, and that radioactive waste will be considerably lessened.

More here.

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Navy’s Exoskeleton Could Make Workers 20 Times More Productive

15th October 2014

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For the past couple of years, Miller has been leading a team of engineers and designers to create one of the first industrial-use exoskeletons. Called the FORTIS, the exoskeleton is able to support tools of up to 36 pounds and transfer that load from a worker’s hands and arms to the ground. The goal is to lighten workers’ loads, ultimately making them more productive and skilled at their jobs.

The U.S. Navy recently bought two of the exoskeletons and plans to test them over the next six months to see how they might be used in an industrial situation.

Mobile Infantry, here we come.

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Medical Research Org CIDRAP: Ebola Transmittable by Air

15th October 2014

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The highly respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota just advised the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath.

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Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obama

15th October 2014

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… Energy East, an improbable pipeline that its backers say has a high probability of being built. It will cost C$12 billion ($10.7 billion) and could be up and running by 2018. Its 4,600-kilometer (2,858-mile) path, taking advantage of a vast length of existing and underused natural gas pipeline, would wend through six provinces and four time zones. It would be Keystone on steroids, more than twice as long and carrying a third more crude.

Its end point, a refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, operated by a reclusive Canadian billionaire family, would give Canada’s oil-sands crude supertanker access to the same Louisiana and Texas refineries Keystone was meant to supply.

As well, Vladimir Putin’s provocations in Ukraine are spurring interest in that oil from Europe and, strange as it seems, Saint John provides among the fastest shipping times to India of any oil port in North America. Indian companies, having already sampled this crude, are interested in more. That means oil-sands production for the first time would trade in more than dribs and drabs on the international markets. With the U.S. virtually its only buyer, the captive Canadians are subject to price discounts of as much as $43 a barrel that cost Canada $20 billion a year.

And if you’re a fed-up Canadian, like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there’s a bonus: Obama can’t do a single thing about it.

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