we have the technology and resources to make an initial investment into renewable energy which would provide us in the future with virtually cost-free, infinite, and everlasting energy with minimal impact on the environment. yes, we can spend some money now to essentially have free energy for the entire planet and not clear cut rainforests or wait for the ice caps to melt to do it. but why arent people demanding this? why does only 5% of the population care about having sustainable energy forever? coal is dirty and must be replaced always, oil is dirty and must be replaced always, nuclear is expensive, the uranium must be mined and replaced always, it produces huge amounts of waste that will be with us until either our dying or our species-maturing days, the nuclear plants are expensive and billions must be invested in them each decade, yet everyone complains about how expensive wind or solar energy is. why is math not a thing anymore? if i purchase a bottomless water bottle for ten dollars that lasts forever and gives flowers and bunnies sunshine and rainbows, how is it not better than buying a ten dollar fairly large-sized big water bottle that poops on flowers’ and rabbits’ faces that must be replaced always. people complain about how ugly wind turbines are. RIGHT, BECAUSE COAL PLANTS AND TAR SANDS AND LANDSCAPES STRIPPED OF LIFE AND WAREHOUSES OF NUCLEAR WASTE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. why people why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why?????
Einstein railed against the possibility of quantum entanglement at a distance because it violates relativity. Now Chinese physicists have clocked it traveling more than four orders of magnitude faster than light.
(painting by Norberto Conti)
Brainbeauty: Cerebral Cortex
…May’s image shows progress on this work with three cell types being clearly labeled. What you are looking at are the lovely and complex branching astrocytes of the brain in yellow. These star-like glial cells surround the neurons of the brain and perform a wide variety of functions in the body including repair of injuries to the brain and protection of the brain’s neurons. In cyan we see the nuclei of each of the surrounding neurons in the brain. And in red, we see the blood vessels that provide blood supply to the brain. The brain studied here is a rat model.
The image was created using a confocal microscope. Confocal microscopy take a three dimensional sample and creates an in-focus image of small layers of the larger image (60-70 layers are viewed in this image alone). It then piles the images to create a clear image of the structure of the entire sample. This provides researchers with important information on how the different materials are arranged in the sample. They can also scroll through the different layers to get a closer look at a given area….
(Source: Gabrielle Demarco, The Appraoch)
Chicago police terrorized six children in the wrong apartment, demanding at gunpoint that an 11-month-old show his hands, and telling one child, “This is what happens when your grandma sells crack,” the family claims in court.
Lead plaintiffs Charlene and Samuel Holly sued Chicago, police Officer Patrick Kinney and eight John Does in Federal Court, on their own behalves and for their children and children.
The six children were 11 months to 13 years old at the time. Plaintiffs Connie and Michelle Robinson are Charlene Holly’s daughters.
The complaint states: “On November 29, 2012 in the early evening hours Charlene Holly was in the first floor apartment at 10640 S. Prairie in the front room helping minor Child #1, Child #2, Child #4, and Child #5 rehearse songs for their church choir. Charlene was also caring for Child #3, who was 11 months old. Child #6 was in the upstairs apartment alone.
“Charlene and the children heard a loud boom outside and a voice cry out ‘Across the street!’
“Defendant Officers John Doe 1-8 burst through the door to the first floor apartment dressed in army fatigues and pointing guns at Charlene and the children. The officers yelled at Charlene and the children to ‘Get on the ground!’ The officers referred to Charlene and the children as ‘m—-f—-ers’ numerous times …
“Charlene continually asked what the purpose of the detention was,” the complaint states. “Finally, an officer produced a warrant and handed it to Charlene. The warrant was for an individual named ‘Sedgwick M. Reavers’ and the premises listed was ‘The second floor apartment located at 10640 S. Prairie Ave. A yellow brick two flat building with the numbers 10640 on the front of the building.’ In other words, the warrant clearly identified the proper location as the second floor apartment. Charlene, Samuel, and the children were in the first floor apartment …
The family claims that “the following day Charlene discovered the family dog, Samson, not in the basement where the family kept him, but in an upstairs laundry room. Samson could not have reached the laundry room without human assistance. On information and belief, defendant
Officers dragged and choked Samson from the basement with the dog pole and left him in the upstairs laundry room unattended, where he died.”
Samuel Holly also went to the police station the day after the warrantless search to complain, but “despite his numerous calls the night before, was told that he could not make a complaint and he ‘should have made a complaint last night,” the family says.
"In Africa alone, 101 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation, a cultural practice that’s meant to keep girls chaste, but subjects them to intense torture in the process. With no anesthetic, a girl’s genitals are carved out (including her clitoris and labia) and what remains is stitched together, allowing a small enough aperture for urination and menstruation, which can lead to serious health consequences, New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof reports.”
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"Life is everywhere. Intelligence is everywhere. Why do we consider we are worth talking to? Do we consider the worms and grubs that feed in a pile of waste by a roadside to be worth communicating with? Do we send diplomatic expeditions to establish communications with krill? Alien intelligence will be so far beyond us as to be incomprehensible. It hurts our sense of self-importance to think this, but in the same way the worms in the garden or the fleas on our cats aren’t aware of us and our great hopes and endeavours, nor are we even remotely aware of the dizzying intelligences which are probably all around us. Where are they? Wrong question. Better, ask how much more we have to evolve and develop before we can begin to detect them. We’ve not even been intelligent a million years yet. There’s a long way to go…"