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  1. Meanwhile:

    “Albuquerque prosecutor indicts cops, immediately faces repercussions” (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/01/15/albuquerque-prosecutor-indicts-cops-immediately-faces-repercussions/ “…just the latest example of law enforcement officers and their supporters demonstrating incredible petulance in retaliation for public scrutiny or the rare attempt to hold rogue cops accountable for their actions.
    Keep in mind, this is all occurring in a city that has a long history of questionable police shootings, that recently entered into a consent decree with the Department of Justice after an investigation found a pattern of unconstitutional use-of-force incidents, that seems to have a problematic shoot-first culture within the police department, and that has a history of law enforcement officials retaliating against whistleblowers.

  2. Way

    “Extreme versions of El Niño and La Niña, the sibling Pacific weather patterns that can translate into torrential rains or searing droughts, will likely occur nearly twice as often – approximately once every decade – if greenhouse gases continue increasing on their current trajectory, an international team of scientists has concluded. “The results are actually very, very convincing, and terrifying in a way because we know the impact can be dramatic,” said Wenju Cai, a climate scientist who was the lead author of two recent papers about the research, the second of which was released Monday {includes links}. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150126-extreme-weather-nina-nino-climate-warming-science-environment/

  3. PressRelease

    Two new reports from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examine the economic options customers face when deciding how to finance commercial or residential solar energy systems. NREL analysts found that businesses that use low-cost financing to purchase a photovoltaic (PV) system and homeowners who use solar-specific loans can save up to 30 percent compared with consumers who lease a PV system through a conventional third-party owner. {links} http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2015/15453.html

  4. History Mystery

    For the past few years, 100-year-old rubber-like blocks from Indonesia have been mysteriously washing up on beaches in the UK and northern Europe. The Titanic has been suggested as one of the possible sources – but now a beachcomber says she may have solved the puzzle of the Tjipetir blocks. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30043875
    Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who specialises in tracking flotsam, says the Tjipetir blocks may be washing up on beaches for centuries. “Based on the findings so far, they are clearly being fed into the hemispheric ocean circulation. It only takes 25 years for flotsam to go around the world, and they’ve probably been around long enough to go around the world three times.
    “They’re still in good condition after all these years, which is unusual. They’re probably one of the great pieces of flotsam that people may be finding 100 years from now.”
    Ebbesmeyer also said various gyres – or ocean currents – may pull the blocks from Spain across to the Americas “mirroring the same route that Columbus took” before possibly ending up in Florida. The ones found in the North Sea “should go up past Norway, turn east past the top of Siberia, go through the Bering Strait into the North Pacific and go all over from there”.

  5. IfOnly

    ‘World can cut carbon emissions and live well’ http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31020811
    “Forests around the world will need to be expanded by 5-15% and crop yields must rise by 40-60% to limit global temperature rises to 2C. These are just two predictions for 2050 of an online tool developed by the government to consider options for cutting carbon emissions. The Global Calculator {link} uses data reviewed by international experts to look at scenarios for meeting the 2C target, which scientists say is needed to avoid dangerous climate change. Led by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc), the model of the world’s energy, land and food systems suggests living standards can be maintained, but only by making sweeping changes to agriculture, transport, food and fuel.

  6. Pedant

    The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows. But scientists are discovering new ways in which the latter could be a more healthful beverage than once thought. They’re now reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that a compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage—and potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. http://phys.org/news/2015-01-beer-compound-fend-alzheimer-parkinson.html See also Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry @ http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf505075n
    “Dispersive Raman Spectroscopy and Multivariate Data Analysis To Detect Offal Adulteration of Thawed Beefburgers” http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf5041959 “Beef offal (i.e., kidney, liver, heart, lung) adulteration of beefburgers was studied using dispersive Raman spectroscopy and multivariate data analysis to explore the potential of these analytical tools for detection of adulterations in comminuted meat products with complex formulations.” Re: Raman spectroscopy see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raman_spectroscopy

  7. Bilagáana

    “The federal government announced Friday the largest environmental settlement in United States history is final. Anadarko Petroleum and its subsidiaries will now shell out $5.15 billion for abandoning uranium mines on the Navajo Nation and other contamination they left around the country. Over the years Anadarko has acquired several companies including Kerr-McGee, which mined more than seven million tons of uranium ore on the Navajo Nation during the Cold War.” http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/9924/historic-environmental-settlement-navajo-nation-finalized “Another $1.1 billion will go to clean up chemical manufacturing contamination near Lake Mead. Each day as much as a hundred pounds of perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel, is still leaking into the reservoir that millions of people rely on for drinking water.”

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