Daily Archives: March 13, 2015

Scientists Aim to Boost Efficiency of Wind Farms


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Published on Mar 13, 2015

Modern wind turbines usually operate in groups or so-called “wind farms,” some of them with more than 100 turbines. But the air turbulences they create decrease their overall efficiency. VOA’s George Putic tells us how scientists at Vanderbilt University are trying to solve this problem.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/sc…

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Scientists reportedly discover source of recent Ebola outbreak


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Published on Mar 13, 2015

Scientists recently discovered where the recent West African Ebola outbreak first started. They traced it back to a two-year-old boy killed by the virus from a village in Guinea. Al Jazeera;s Imran khan reports on how life in the village has changed as a result of being at the centre of the worst outbreak on record.

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Data and Goliath: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World


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Published on Mar 13, 2015

http://democracynow.org – Leading security and privacy researcher Bruce Schneier talks about about the golden age of surveillance and his new book, “Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.” The book chronicles how governments and corporation have built an unprecedented surveillance state. While the leaks of Edward Snowden have shed light on the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices, less attention has been paid to other forms of everyday surveillance — license plate readers, facial recognition software, GPS tracking, cellphone metadata and data mining

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKykB14iYJo

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Should McDonald’s & Monsanto Have the Same Rights as People? A Debate on Corporate Personhood


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Published on Mar 13, 2015

http://democracynow.org – Five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United v. FEC decision striking down the prohibition on corporate expenditures in federal elections. In a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people, with the same right to influence politics as voters. Meanwhile, many corporations including McDonald’s, Monsanto and Peabody Energy have cited the principle of corporate constitutional rights in recent efforts to fight back against new laws. McDonald’s and other franchises are suing the city of Seattle over its new $15-an-hour minimum wage law, arguing it violates its corporate personhood rights. They are basing their case on the 14th Amendment, a constitutional provision written to protect newly freed slaves after the Civil War and ensure equal rights for all people. Monsanto is challenging Vermont’s recently passed GMO-labeling law under the First Amendment, claiming that it forces them to “speak” against their will. We host a debate on the movement to draft a constitutional amendment to overturn the doctrine of corporate constitutional rights with two guests: Ron Fein, legal director at Free Speech for People, and Kent Greenfield, professor of law and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston College Law School.

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Johann Hari & Naomi Klein: Does Capitalism Drive Drug Addiction?


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Published on Mar 13, 2015

http://democracynow.org – British journalist Johann Hari recently sat down with Naomi Klein to discuss his new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.” They spoke at Ben McNally Books in Toronto on February 11.

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Why TPP Will Be A Disaster for Americans


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Published on Mar 13, 2015

Neil Sroka, Democracy for America joins Thom. Just like every other so-called free trade deal – the Trans Pacific Partnership is a raw deal for the American people. So why is Congress doing everything in its power to make this bad deal a reality as soon as possible?

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Conversations w/Great Minds – Prof Robert D. Putnam – The Opportunity Gap Explained


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Published on Mar 13, 2015

My guest for tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds is one of the world’s leading political scientists. Currently the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University – Robert D. Putnam, who has been called “the most influential academic in the world.” He has advised three U.S. presidents – and has won a number of distinguished awards. Professor Putnam’s 2000 book Bowling Alone is considered a classic of its kind – an was a national besteller. His new book – “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” – is a fascinating and challenging look at our nation’s deep crisis of opportunity.

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Fukushima …Yet Another Radioactive Leak!


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Published on Mar 13, 2015

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, joins Thom. .It’s been four years since the devastating Fukushima nuclear disaster – and the bad news keeps on coming. What’s the newest scare out of Fukushima – and what could mean for Americans?

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NCAR Fire & Flood Prediction Services

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Published on Mar 13, 2015

After working for more than a decade to tackle the challenges, NCAR and its research partners have developed two new prediction systems — one for wildfires and one for floods. The systems can provide public safety officials with detailed, 12- to 24-hour predictions of these destructive disasters. The fire prediction system can also help guide tactics for prescribed burns.

TO PREDICT WILDFIRES, scientists use a cutting-edge computer model developed at NCAR (CAWFE, the Coupled Atmosphere-Wildland Fire Environment) that simulates how weather drives fires and, in turn, how fires create their own weather. By restarting the model every 12 hours with the latest observations of the fire extent, including satellite data, scientists can issue 12- to 24-hour forecasts and update them regularly, as needed, for a long-lived fire.

TO PREDICT FLOODS, scientists have built a system that relies on radar and stream gauge data, highly detailed computer model weather forecasts, advanced streamflow computer simulations, and a variety of statistical techniques. With detail never offered before, the system offers the potential to provide locally specific guidance for decision makers during the crucial 1-to 12-hour window, when there is still time for people to seek safety and for emergency management tools to be deployed. To create the flood prediction system, NCAR scientists worked with colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory, NASA, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and partner universities.

NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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Wildfire prediction:
http://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/news/1…

Flood prediction:
http://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/perspe…

(©UCAR. Video produced for NCAR/UCAR by Ryan Budnick, Legacy Mediaworks.)

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Conservative Groups Battle Over Solar In Florida

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Posted: 03/09/2015 6:41 pm EDT| Updated: 03/10/2015 9:59 am EDT

 

WASHINGTON — A Florida effort to expand access to solar power has become a face-off between two factions of the conservative movement.

The group Conservatives for Energy Freedom is blasting Americans for Prosperity for what it called a “campaign of deception” against a ballot initiative that would make it easier for businesses and individuals to install rooftop solar energy. Conservatives for Energy Freedom, along with the state group Floridians for Solar Choice and a number of other organizations from across the political spectrum, have been working to gather enough signatures to get a measure on the November 2016 ballot that would allow direct sale of solar power to consumers.

Currently, Florida is one of only five states in the country where it is illegal to sell power from any source other than electric utilities. But if approved, the ballot measure would allow homes and businesses to install solar and sell excess energy they generate to their neighbors. It would also allow for power purchase agreements, where a solar company pays the upfront cost of installing solar generating systems on homes and businesses, and then the customers pay for the energy they use.

The ballot measure has gathered wide-ranging support, from national groups like the Tea Party Network and the Christian Coalition; in-state conservative groups like the Libertarian Party of Florida and the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida; environmental groups like the Sierra Club’s Florida chapter and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; and business groups like the Florida Retail Federation.

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