A Catastrophic Amount of Carbon Could Leak From the Soil By 2050 | Motherboard

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Dec 032016
 

A Catastrophic Amount of Carbon Could Leak From the Soil By 2050 

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SARAH EMERSON
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December 2, 2016 // 09:30 AM EST

The term “snowball effect” is an unfortunate way to describe climate change, but a new study is predicting just that.Climate scientists warn that by 2050, an astonishing 55 trillion kilograms of carbon could be released into the atmosphere from the soil. To put things in perspective, that’s the emissions equivalent of adding another United States to the planet. And, like a rapidly tumbling snowball, more emissions mean more warming, and more warming means… well, you get it.Of course, this nightmare scenario hinges on our inability to curb carbon emissions—a fate that’s become significantly more realistic with Donald Trump, a vocal climate change denier and coal aficionado, about to enter the White House. Our failure to meet the goals mandated by the Paris Agreement would result in “about 17 percent more than the projected emissions due to human-related activities during that period,” Tom Crowther, the study’s lead author and a researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, said in a statement.

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–OK, this is BAD. 
–BUT
–What if: 55 trillion kilograms of carbon = 55 trillion kilograms of Ethanol?!

Source: Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect. [Go herefor a new in-depth interview about the findings with one of the lead researchers.]

The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles.

“By using common materials, but arranging them with nanotechnology, we figured out how to limit the side reactions and end up with the one thing that we want,” said Adam Rondinone.

This process has several advantages when compared to other methods of converting CO2 into fuel. The reaction uses common materials like copper and carbon, and it converts the CO2 into ethanol, which is already widely used as a fuel.

Perhaps most importantly, it works at room temperature, which means that it can be started and stopped easily and with little energy cost. This means that this conversion process could be used as temporary energy storage during a lull in renewable energy generation, smoothing out fluctuations in a renewable energy grid.

The researchers plan to further study this process and try and make it more efficient. If they’re successful, we just might see large-scale carbon capture using this technique in the near future.

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory via New Atlas

Chromium Blog: From Chrome Apps to the Web

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Dec 032016
 

We have always believed in making the open, interoperable web as strong as possible. For a while there were certain experiences the web couldn’t provide, such as working offline, sending notifications, and connecting to hardware. We launched Chrome apps three years ago to bridge this gap. Since then, we’ve worked with the web standards community to enable an increasing number of these use cases on the web. Developers can use powerful new APIs such as service worker and web push to build robust Progressive

Source: Chromium Blog: From Chrome Apps to the Web

Blade & Soul: New Continent, Level 55 cap, New Hongmoon Ultimate Skills – Freedomplays

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Nov 192016
 

Blade & Soul KR has released preliminary information on the upcoming major updates, including a new continent Sorak, level 55 cap, & Hongmoon ultimate skills for all classes.

Source: Blade & Soul: New Continent, Level 55 cap, New Hongmoon Ultimate Skills – Freedomplays

Here are a few more resources that I used when I signed up on Taiwan.
Oh, and new char is a gunner..(below)

The last 2 are one of the ways to get English translation. I ended up going this route.

It’s hard to know exactly, with 700000 tabs open.
Anyway, sort of lost track of where I was going with this. Oh, I joined

Server : 萬夫莫敵
Location: South East Asia
Time Zone : GMT +8

Because it looked like there were some english speaking guilds on there. I noticed that here: http://emperial.sg/blade-soul-taiwan-guild-recruitment-emperial/

The last link is a guild site forums called Emperial with a couple other guilds on it as well.

Thanks to all the people who actually did the hard work of writing these tutorials that I’ve blatantly plagiarized…;)

C. R.

Sep 022010
 
Sources: Cisco estimates based on CAIDA publications, Andrew Odlyzko

Sources: Cisco estimates based on CAIDA publications, Andrew Odlyzko


Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services — think apps — are less about the searching and more about the getting. Chris Anderson explains how this new paradigm reflects the inevitable course of capitalism. And Michael Wolff explains why the new breed of media titan is forsaking the Web for more promising (and profitable) pastures.

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PC maintenance day

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Nov 042009
 

Well, since Office died on me the other day.. I’m getting used to OpenOffice, a free replacement for office, available at http://openoffice.org . Since Outlook is also a part of office, I am trying out Thunderbird as well.. If only the linux box was up… Anyway, the A/V scan for 2 drives has been going for about 6 hours and is still on the startup drive. Storage scares me a bit; I have a 1.5T drive around somewhere that I planned on tossing in this machine but with 5 drives already I’m thinking it a bad idea. The box that will eventually be the file server is an older dual p3 with fast drives and an approx. weight of about 80 pounds.. It is still in storage. Anyway, that is what the comp is doing today..

The Moving Blues and mystery pill marathon

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Aug 312009
 

Well.. after 3-4 days of backbreaking slaving and lots of help from my folks and Matt.. Where were all my treacherous friends? Good question.. Anyway, the place I was set to move into isn’t ready and may not be or … it was difficult to determine if the owner of the apt even wanted to rent it… WTF? Maybe she has something against white folks.. or crusty bald guys maybe.. Anyway, as is most is on hold, all the servers are in storage. I should have automatedhome.ca back up in a few days though or maybe tomorrow.. This isn’t much of a rant but I sure as fuck was pissed off earlier… Good thing I was eating all the pills I came across on the floors.. hehe.. most were diazepam (probably saved some lives) and a couple 15mg XR morphs.. Well, that’s it for now.. I’m staying with Corky for a while whilst I search out the perfect abode in ol’ Hamilton.. meh.. nites

Craig

Wonkette : KFC Covertly Jacking Up National Health Care Costs With Terrifying New Monstrosity

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Aug 212009
 

Holy Shit!

KFC Covertly Jacking Up National Health Care Costs With Terrifying New Monstrosity

You won’t find a word about it on the KFC website, or in most regional advertisements, but out in the mysterious moon colony of Omaha, the televisions are advertising a new sandwich. This is the only footage known to man. Believe it: KFC is selling a sandwich in Omaha, and god knows where else, that serves as a bellwether for the current state and future hopes of America: Two patties of fried chicken as the “bread,” between which are various forms of cheese, two strips of bacon, and “Colonel’s Sauce” — likely a combination of butter, salt, and cum.

This is utterly transfixing, especially with the corporate secrecy. Fast-food companies are apparently selling INSANE specialties, under-the-counter, in specific “fat” regions of the country! Anyone from Alabama or Mississippi or wherever? Does your McDonald’s sell you like a NINE-patty deep-fried cheeseburger?

May 192009
 

Here are a bunch of pics from the garden and back yard at the house on North Oval.. I am in the process of planting a garden, warring with dandelions among other stuff .. I aim to get a hammock up and a server in the shed and ,.. and.. anyway, here are the pics..;)

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