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Renewable Energy

13 Habits of Self-Made Millionaires, From a Man Who Spent 5 Years Studying Rich People

From reading to exercising, these are the daily habits of self-made millionaires.<p>All self-made millionaires had to start somewhere.<p>Much of their …

Self-improvement

How Wall Street Once Killed the U.S. Solar Industry

… and how it could happen again.<p>Why is the American solar-power industry so small?<p>It’s less obvious than it may seem. The global industry is a $65-billion business, and the United States has been involved in it from the beginning. NASA first improved and perfected panels for early satellite and …

American energy use, in one diagram

How much energy we use, what kind, and how much is wasted.<p>Spring brings new growth, new possibilities, and, best of all, a new spaghetti diagram from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at the Department of Energy.<p>Every year, LLNL produces a new energy flow chart showing the sources of US …

Trump, Palantir, and the Battle to Clean Up a Huge Army Procurement Swamp

<b>By Steven Brill</b><p>Photograph by Greg Kahn<p>March 27, 2017, 6:00 AM EDT<p>Will the President help Peter Thiel’s company, which says it has a product that …

Military

My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it's not Orwell, he warned, it's Brave New World

The ascent of Donald Trump has proved Neil Postman’s argument in Amusing Ourselves to Death was right. Here’s what we can do about it<p>Over the last year, as the presidential campaign grew increasingly bizarre and Donald Trump took us places we had never been before, I saw a spike in media references …

Literature

Saudi Aramco's Green Energy Push Seen Widening Appeal of IPO

Aramco is the world’s largest oil company, but when it sells shares next year its foray into renewables is what may lure investors who would …

Royal Dutch Shell

The stench of the Iraq war lingers behind today's preoccupation with fake news

If world leaders can deceive voters about the greatest foreign policy debacle in a generation, why should a president today worry about casually lying about the crowds at his inauguration?<p>Australia invaded Iraq purely and simply to cement the alliance with the US. The purported justifications for …

Journalism

Your Name Might Shape Your Face, Researchers Say

In my head, a person with the name Danny has a boyish face and a perpetual smile. Zoes have wide eyes and wild hair and an air of mild bemusement.<p>There might actually be something to the idea that people who share a name also share a stereotypical "look" to them, researchers say. In one experiment, …

Psychology

You can’t argue with “support the troops”: How intelligent debate over military policy, defense spending and war shuts down

Politicians exploit our desire for emotional solidarity with military individuals to serve their own agendas<p>American culture has effectively reduced public discourse regarding foreign policy, war and the defense budget to the bumper sticker “Support the Troops.” Certainly, there is nothing wrong …

Foreign Policy

How America Gave Up on Change

In his last book, economist Tyler Cowen wrote about how machine intelligence could change the world. In his new book, <i>The Complacent Class</i>, he writes about the forces that prevent change from happening. In particular, he argues that America has become more averse to change in recent decades, and …

War

The Highly Unusual Funeral of Lee Harvey Oswald

The director of the Miller Funeral Home was a man named Paul Groody. He told the grave diggers that the piles of dirt they were moving were in …

Did Abraham Lincoln’s Bromance Alter the Course of American History?

How the president’s best friend helped him through depression and ultimately led him to wed Mary Todd.<p><i>By</i> <i>Charles B. Strozier</i><i>, Professor of History,</i> …

Abraham Lincoln

NSA snoops told: Get your checkbooks and pens ready for a cyber-weapon shopping spree

US Cyber Command boss lays out plans for next decadeNSA and US Cyber Command boss Mike Rogers has revealed the future direction of his two agencies – …

Military

SDG&E bets on batteries for local grid's future

It may not look like much — just a collection of large, stationary containers dotting an industrial park at the San Diego Gas & Electric operations …

Renewable energy draws increasing Republican support. That could shift climate politics.

GOP governors are becoming clean energy leaders.<p>Last week, a group of elder Republican statesmen issued a call for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. This yielded a frenzy of headlines, hosannas from credulous journalists and environmentalists, and rapid repudiation by conservative groups.<p>Vox’s Brad …

Rhode Island
College Sports

3 Captivating Elements of Storytelling That Will Help You Sell More | Inc.com

Once you understand how our brains react to storytelling, you'll wonder why you ever tried a different way of selling.<p>Through his research, neuroeconomist Paul Zak found out that the brain produces two hormones during storytelling: cortisol and oxytocin. The brain produces cortisol when there's a …

Selling

Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found

A newly unearthed article by the great politician reveals that he reasoned like a scientist about the likelihood of extraterrestrials, writes Mario …

Winston Churchill

How To Get People To Like You: 7 Ways From An FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

The Shortcut To Bonding With A Romantic Partner On A Deeper Level

From Sam Gosling’s book, Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You:<p>Arthur Aron, a psychologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is …

Middle East

You Can Fold Up These Nearly Unbreakable Solar Panels And Take Them With You

Instead of one solid sheet, these highly portable panels are made from a pliable network of glitter-sized solar cells.<p>A typical solar panel–more than five feet long and encased in glass–isn’t exactly portable. But a new type of solar technology, miniaturized so that each cell is the size of a piece …

Long-lasting flow battery uses neutral water to keep costs low

As renewable but intermittent sources like wind and solar continue to account for a larger part of our energy needs, flow batteries shape up as a …

Clean Energy
United Arab Emirates

'I thought I was smarter than almost everybody': my double life as a KGB agent

Raised in East Germany, Jack Barsky abandoned his mother, brother, wife and son to spy for the KGB. In America, he started a second family. And then it all came crashing down...<p>On a chilly morning in December 1988, computer analyst Jack Barsky embarked on his usual morning commute to his office on …

Russia

The 100-year-old couple – still married, still going strong

Morrie and Betty Markoff, 103 and 100, say that there’s no particular secret to their very long marriage, other than tolerance, respect and luck. But why has Morrie never told Betty that he loves her?<p>‘We don’t know anyone else over 100. We are really oddities: two people married for 78 years, one …

Immune System

The U.S.-Arab Relationship In The 'Age Of Trump'

Earlier this week Iran’s Supreme Leader made headlines thanking President Trump for “revealing the true face of America.” While much of Ayatollah Khamenei’s criticism was directed at the administration’s hardline policy and threat to “put Iran on notice,” he zeroed in on the disastrous White House …

Middle East

Electrek green energy brief: Jimmy Carter installing solar, Solarworld laying off 900, Conservative argument for solar, more

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) – Nation’s largest being built: Tesla’s solar shingle is BIPV, and everything ONYX Solar does is BIPV. If our structures contain the solar panels, instead of us having to build them on later – 1. We’ll design more with solar integrated and 2. It might get …

Solar Power