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California’s Solar Electric Generating System Controversial

In Ivanpah California, BrightSource is developing its first solar power complex. When constructed it will be the largest in the world and will produce enough energy to power more than 140,000 homes while reducing 400,000 tons of CO2 per year. Still, environmentalists are protesting the location where the solar complex will be built.

"Mad Men" Of YouTube Haven't Won Any Awards Yet?

Historically, AMC's "Mad Men" is the first TV show to win Emmys for "Best Drama" three years in a row. In a recent episode, the show's lead character Don Draper accepted a CLIO award for his agency's Glo-Coat TV commercial. However the fictional ad agency known as SmithWinterMitchell that parodies the fictional ad agency known as SterlingCooperDraperPryce doesn't appear to be getting the same type of accolades.

They Turned an Old Church Into a New Home

Take a look at this amazing renovated home in Kyloe, Northumberland. It is a church! Well... it was a church. Now it is a home to an eco-friendly couple.

Old Water Tower Makes Amazingly Tall House and Meeting Place

To me there is something so exciting about taking any old structure, like a water tower, and repurposing it into a new unique home. An old, but useable structure turned into new homes just makes more environmental sense. To prove my point, take a look inside this repurposed water tower in a Belgian village of Steenokkerzeel.

Social Media Introduces Social Objects, Bar-Coding & Object-Streams

When Web 2.0 first appeared on the scene and the 'wisdom of crowds' surfaced, a new world of 'user-generated content,' and the voice of the people took control of brand messaging. 'Push' was replaced by 'Pull' marketing and recommendations that were vetted by trusted followers attracted our attention. As a variation on that theme, now its time for our 'things' to have a similar say in the matter.

Baidu Advances From Student To Search Engine Sensei (Interview With Kaiser Kuo)

Baidu's, China's leading search engine has been overshadowed by Google globally for a good part of the first decade of the 21st Century. Now in its tenth year - even though it garners 70 percent market share in its native land, its been considered by most - as a follower, not an innovator. That was until this month. With the launch of Baidu's 'Box Computing Open Platform,' -  Baidu, the xue sheng becomes the sensei.

Will Research Prove The Positive Effects Of Psychedelic Drugs For Psychiatric Patients?

LSD, magic mushrooms, ketamine... We thought they died out with Timothy Leary.  But Swiss researchers now want to break the restriction on studying these psychedelic drugs because they believe that the drugs may be therapeutic in treatment of psychiatric disorders.

QR Codes To The Rescue In The Gulf To Address The BP Oil Spill

While Quick Response (QR) Codes still have a long way to go in gaining traction in the US, the BP Oil Spill may be the right catalyst to introduce this technology to more and more folks who own smartphones.

Self Driven Solar Powered Vehicle on Green Journey From Italy to China

Watch out! The Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (VisLab) of Italy's Parma University has designed solar powered vehicles that can travel without a driver. They are planning to set a new worldwide milestone in the field of Vehicular Robotics from Parma, Italy to Shanghai, China, with the vehicles.

Social Media To Allow Ask.com Users To Ask More Soul-Searching Questions

Asking a search engine a question doesn't always surface exactly what a online searcher is looking for. Just ask Ask.com. They have been trying to answer that question for almost 15 years. Overshadowed by today's search giant Google, even the mightiest in land has not been able to devise an algorithm that actually answers a question with the most accurate search results.

Does Social Media's First President Need To Go Back To The Well In 2010?

The presidents who have navigated and adapted to new technologies during their campaigns and while in office have helped distinguish these successful U.S. leaders. From FDR to JFK to Obama, each embraced new mediums that gave them a greater opportunity to communicate with their voting constituencies in more meaningful ways.

Samurai Slipper Socks For The Cloven Few

Fight for your right to relax like a warrior! These traditionally inspired brocade samurai slipper socks feature an odd "cloven hoof" design that looks as odd as it is comfortable.

Neurologists Discover Michelangelo's Paintings Of God With A Brain

Michelangelo was a religious man, but he was also a scientist.  He must have been very conflicted about painting a brain and brainstem in God's head and neck, especially in the Sistine Chapel.  After all, he was commissioned by the Church, which did not take too kindly to literal images on its murals.

 


Solar Impulse May Set Precedent in Solar Flight Tomorrow

A solar-powered aircraft, shaped like a dragonfly, called Solar Impulse is attempting to take a 24-hour solar powered flight today. The goal is to fly through the night. The plane took off early this morning fueled only with solar power.

Conflict Minerals For Cell Phones Fuel Genocide In Congo

I speculated recently about the amount of lithium recently found in Afghanistan - like oil in Iraq - could become the number one resource for the war to continue in that country. In a post, titled, "The Smartphone Wars Seek Trillion Dollar Spoils," I believe that mobile phone manufacturers will compete heavily to secure this resource. In the Congo, a similar scenario has already played out with 'conflict minerals' with more dire consequences.

Icelandic Law Seeking To Become Epicenter For Journalists' Safe Haven

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange and his flight from the authorities pertaining to his whistleblowing expose on the US military's classified documents gives one pause for concern about the safety of journalists and whistleblowers globally. Iceland is one of the first countries to propose international law to provide journalists with a safe haven.

The Smartphone Wars In Afghanistan Seek Trillion Dollar Spoils

As oil was one of the major factors for our six-year tour of duty in Iraq, the vast deposits of minerals recently found in Afghanistan may have the same type of effect in protracting our stay in that country.

China's Quieter, Gentler 'Great Firewall' Or Social Media Ploy?

Today, China released a white paper titled, "The Internet in China," that in Western parlance could be considered a public relations make-over for a brand that has long been associated with censorship and government control. Is there a crack in the Great Firewall, or has China been dogged into corner by its netizens crying for their right to free speech on the Internet?

The Boy Who Invented TV Gets Social Media App Named After Him

I'm sure the boy who invented TV would be very proud of how far TV has come since the late 1940s. PHILO TV, the app and Web platform which launches today combines television with the power of social media to create an interactive user experience with real-time and multi-screen functionality. And it has that inventor to thank for it.

Chommy, Foursquare Mayor May Be Blocked From Tian'anmen Square Check-ins?

Thirty-one years ago to the day, Tian'anmen Square (aka, Gate of Heavenly Peace) was the site that witnessed the massacre of thousands of student protesters. Each year on its anniversary, the Chinese attempt to eradicate all memory of the horrifying events that occurred on June 4, 1989.