Bill Seward

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Black Solar Cells Reach Incredible New Efficiency Record

The bright world of photovoltaics<p>Renewable energy is the future. All over the world cities and countries are vowing to go quit fossil fuels and commit to getting their energy fix from 100 percent renewable sources.<p>One of the most popular renewable options is solar—especially in areas that are, …

PolitiFact launching new site to call out lies of political pundits

You'll soon be able to know just how accurate your favorite (and least-favorite) pundits are thanks to PolitiFact, which is launching a spin-off site next month called PunditFact. Since 2007, PolitiFact has been cataloging politicians' claims and making judgments on how factual they are, giving …

An Instagram Tour of Raleigh

With a di­verse eco­nomy, tem­per­ate cli­mate, and re­l­at­ively low cost of liv­ing, Raleigh leads the na­tion in at­tract­ing young fam­il­ies to …

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Google updates search to show synonyms, translation

On their Google+ page, everyone’s favorite search-centric company announced an improvement to their core function. In addition to providing definitions, Google will now give you examples of how the word is used, as well as synonyms.<p>Users can either enter “define:” followed by their word of choice, …

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Young Tech Tycoons Pushing Left Coast Ahead Of East In Democratic Power Structure

There are two deep-blue regions that are critical to the Obama administration: the Northeast and the coastal region between San Jose and Seattle that truly deserves the moniker of the Left Coast. They dominate the Democratic donor list, and provide the administration with most of its appointees and …

Sanjay Gupta: Only 6 Percent Of Marijuana Research Considers Medical Benefits

It's impressive researchers have managed to conduct even that many studies.<p>Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN's chief medical correspondent, is officially down with weed. In an article for CNN, the well-known medical personality apologized for dismissing the scientific value of medical marijuana …

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‘The Newsroom’ Goes to Africa, and A White Person Will Never Be the Same

'The Newsroom' Goes to Africa<p>Last night <i>The Newsroom</i> finally revealed the shock that turned Maggie’s hair red, and critics got to vent the frustration …

ScienceCasts: The Sun's Magnetic Field is About to Flip

Associated Press News

APOD: Hoag's Object: A Strange Ring Galaxy (2013 Jul 28) Image Credit: Credit: R. Lucas (STScI/AURA), Hubble Heritage Team, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130728.html Explanation: Is this one galaxy or two? This question came to light in 1950 when astronomer Art Hoag chanced upon this unusual extragalactic object. On the outside is a ring dominated by bright blue stars, while near the center lies a ball of much redder stars that are likely much older. Between the two is a gap that appears almost completely dark. How Hoag's Object formed remains unknown, although similar objects have now been identified and collectively labeled as a form of ring galaxy. Genesis hypotheses include a galaxy collision billions of years ago and the gravitational effect of a central bar that has since vanished. The above photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in July 2001 revealed unprecedented details of Hoag's Object. More recent observations in radio waves indicate that Hoag's Object has not accreted a smaller galaxy in the past billion years. Hoag's Object spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 600 million light years away toward the constellation of the Snake (Serpens). Coincidentally, visible in the gap (at about one o'clock) is yet another ring galaxy that likely lies far in the distance. http://heritage.stsci.edu/2002/21/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2002/21 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130728 #APOD

Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens

The country of Peru is looking to provide free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting energy from the sun. Energy and …

Volvo's Fold-Out Solar Charger Looks Like Sci-Fi Couture

A beautifully practical solar sculpture<p>Solar panels are great, but they can be a bit... well, bland sometimes. We can't argue with their benefits, but unless you've a keen eye for photography, they aren't really works of art.<p>Apart from Synthesis Design + Architecture's (SDA) solar pavilion of …

New Shapeshifting Biogel Could Help Heal Aging Spines

Along with cell therapy, the biomaterial could help stop or reverse the loss of material between vertebrae.<p>As we get older, the cushy material that absorbs shock between our spinal vertebrae breaks down, creating back pain and inhibiting our mobility. Injections of more nucleus pulposus (NP) …

Space Wind Really Does Exist

We detect a plasmaspheric breeze.<p>More than 20 years ago, researchers proposed the existence of a space wind--a steady flow of charged particles--inside the Earth's magnetosphere, the region of space governed by our magnetic field. After years of theoretical work, Iannis Dandouras, an astrophysicist …

Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs

What is unusual about this sheet of glass?<p>That circle in the center isn’t actually a hole; it received a new treatment from glass manufacturer …

If The Government Can Access Our Facebook Data, What Happens When We Have Computers On Our Faces?

Wearables will follow a similar path as the smartphone market, Forrester analysts predicted in April 2012. “Wearables will move mainstream,” they said.<p>But will they?<p>Do you believe this?<p>Do I?<p>Maybe?<p>From fitness trackers to smartwatches to computers you wear on your face, this emerging market, enabled …

The Energy Fix: Reinventing The Solar Array

Reinventing the array could usher in a new age for solar.<p>The solar market has been on fire. In the U.S., it's grown by 600 percent over the past five years, culminating in 3,313 installed megawatts in 2012. This past March, seven solar projects added the only new utility power of any kind to the …

The Energy Fix: How Waste Could Power The U.S. For Decades

The world throws away enormous amounts of energy each day. In the U.S. alone, waste streams could account for 100,000 megawatts of untapped electrical capacity. New technology could convert those overlooked sources into usable power.<p>The Radioactive Option<p>Next-Next-Gen Nuclear Power<p>U.S. nuclear …

Unified Google+ Dashboard Lets Businesses Manage Presence In Search, Social, Maps, AdWords

Google today launched a new dashboard for businesses and Google+ page owners that will provide them with a single dashboard to manage many of their daily activities around Google’s tools. The new dashboard will, for example, allow businesses to update their info, including their website URLs, store …

Did comet impacts jump-start life on Earth?

Icy comets that crashed into Earth millions of years ago could have produced life building organic compounds.<p>Early Earth was not very hospitable when …

Beer Fridge Blamed For Cellphone Network Blackout

Faced with reports of a "black spot" that interfered with the mobile network in several neighborhoods, technicians at Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found the source of the problem: a man's beer fridge in his garage. The refrigerator was tracked by "software robots" and …

WhitePages acquires Mr. Number, the phone-spam Android app with 7M downloads, to reduce phone spam

This morning WhitePages announced that it has acquired Mr. Number, the call blocking and phone spam identification app that is a top-20 Android app in the communications category, with over seven million downloads.<p>And WhitePages has some big plans for integrating Mr. Number into its …

Tesla Announces Plans to Triple its Supercharger Stations by the End of June

Tesla is on a bit of a roll these days. Not only did the electric car company pay back its loan to the federal government nine years early, but it …

1BOG Jumps Into The Solar Portal Space

Clearly, the way to talk about your cutting-edge platform for solar power sales is to draw an analogy to what is now a pretty old way of buying …

Colorado A Good Place To Be An Electric Car Owner

The Colorado legislature passed six different bills supporting electric vehicles in the 2013 session, boosting the state to an A- ranking in a report …

Honda Leases Walking Assist Device In Japanese Hospitals

According to Honda, the company was founded on the philosophy of “utilizing technology to help people”. We normally associate such technology to be …

This Green Building Sets A High Bar For The Rest Of America

Source: Miller Hull Partnership<p>On Earth Day this year, The Bullitt Center opened its doors in Seattle, Washington. The six-story building is being …