Daily Archives: October 3, 2013

Can Climate Skeptics Save the Planet?


By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger – Twenty-five years of efforts to cap and reduce global emissions have utterly failed. Two decades of heavy subsidies for renewable energy have not had any measurable success moving the needle on emissions or clean energy. We will, in the decades to come, be living on a hotter planet. How much hotter will depend on what we do now.

The only countries in the world that have moved to zero-carbon energy at the rapid pace that would be required to keep emissions close to 450 ppm are France and Sweden. Both did so by moving to nuclear, and to a lesser extent hydro-electric, energy. more> http://tinyurl.com/ke2g43t

Which Job Skills Will Be Most Important In The Coming Years?


BOOK REVIEW

Average is Over, Author: Tyler Cowen.

By Eric Barker – “As more of our economy becomes about marketing this will mean economic theory explains less and less of what’s going on. I think what I call “the economic anthropologists” will rise in importance. It will be hard for them to show that what they’re doing is as equally scientific as the traditional number crunchers, but nonetheless that will be the way to understand what’s actually going on.”

“The more information that’s out there, the greater the returns to just being willing to sit down and apply yourself. Information isn’t what’s scarce; it’s the willingness to do something with it.” more> http://tinyurl.com/ndmlle6

Inspired by the human eye, imaging system detects disease, hazardous substances


R&D – Though the image processing that happens in the human brain and eye is complex, the mechanical apparatus is relatively simple. It consists of muscles that deform a stretchable lens to change the focal length, the distance between the lens and the point at which rays of light are brought to a focus. The eye’s iris opens and closes to control the amount of light that can pass through the lens.

For their new device, the researchers used two imaging elements that they had demonstrated previously but had never combined into a single system. They made a lens of silicone surrounded by several miniaturized motors that adjust the focus by deforming the lens. more> http://tinyurl.com/oswxwt7

Obama’s Government Shutdown Strategy: Maintain The Appearance Of A Leader


By Julie Pace – President Barack Obama’s strategy during the partial shutdown of the federal government is aimed at keeping up the appearance of a leader focused on the public’s priorities and avoiding looking tone deaf to the hundreds of thousands of Americans forced off the job. He’s also trying to maintain what the White House sees as a political advantage over Republicans, with nearly all the president’s events providing him a platform to blast House GOP lawmakers for opposing a Senate bill to keep the government running.

The president’s allies say Obama is best served by staying away from the negotiating table and letting Republicans argue among themselves. more> http://tinyurl.com/pcu45qz

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