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Can bladeless wind turbines mute opposition?

A new bladeless wind turbine that promises to be more efficient, less visually intrusive, and safer for birdlife than conventional turbines has been welcomed by two of the UK wind energy industry’s most vocal critics.<p>The RSPB and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which have both …

Renewable Energy

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, …

Clean Energy

This is the future: Elon Musk betting $5bn on super batteries

<i>In the same way that Amazon.com carved out leadership in Cloud Computing by being bold at a time the competition wavered, South African-born Elon</i> …

Tesla

The Best Places For Tech Jobs

NerdWallet, the 6-year-old financial literacy site based in San Francisco that publishes easy-to-use personal finance info on everything from credit card rates to airport parking costs, has just released a list of the best places for technology jobs. In January I posted a piece on the …

Silicon Valley

Book Review: David Goldblatt's "The Game of Our Lives" Navigates The Complexities Of English Soccer

For Americans trying to come to grips with international soccer, the first hurdle to overcome is its sheer scale. For your average Englishman, Italian or Brazilian, the place of soccer in daily life is roughly equivalent to the media saturation in the United States of professional baseball, …

American League (MLB)

Trusted Voice unlock is rolling out to some Android users

When the latest version of Google's Android app arrived last week, there was a hint that a new method for unlocking a device was on the way. Well, it seems the wait is over... for some. <i>Android Police</i> reports that a handful of folks are seeing the newfangled Trusted Voice feature in the Smart Lock …

Peculiar standing bike pedals to Kickstarter success

Three wheels, two pedals and a person in a standing position power the Halfbike II, a very different kind of trike.<p>There seems to be endless fascination within the crowdfunding world for unusual bikes. Kickstarter and Indiegogo have hosted everything from a cardboard bicycle to a controversial $499 …

Crowd Funding

The New York Times Wants Us to Rewrite the Bible

Carly Fiorina: The Man-Made Water Shortage in California

While California is clearly experiencing another drought, the extreme water shortages are an ongoing and man-made human tragedy — one that has been …

California Imposes First-Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

Aaron Harris—Reuters<p>Justin Sullivan—Getty Images<p>Zhejiang Daily/Imaginechina/AP<p>Ted S. Warren—AP<p>Cristian Vivero—Reuters<p>Carlo Allegri—Reuters<p>Rahmat …

How ion thruster technology will power future NASA missions

For its crazy 2020 asteroid capture mission and other projects, NASA is developing next-gen "Hall effect thrusters" to corral an asteroid and put it into the moon's orbit. At the same time, the European Space Agency (ESA) is trying to improve its own Hall thrusters to power future missions. If …

10 ways Christian heaven is more like hell | Salon.com

• <b>Heaven is a real place.</b> The writer of John puts these words in the mouth of Jesus, “<i>In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to</i> …

Sigmund Freud

Fitness Clubs and Deceptive Marketing

A gym membership can be expensive, and having to travel to another location to get in a workout can also be inconvenient, especially for busy …

Watch a new 3D printing technique create intricate objects from a pool of goo

3D printing is stuck in a bit of a rut. There are companies trying to push the technology beyond the trinket market, but many of the existing printers are slow, jam often, and don’t always make perfect copies. One new printer introduced at the TED conference may have the answer.<p>Most existing …

3D Printing

Celebrity trainer Greg Whyte, the man redefining fitness training

Greg Whyte, physical activity expert and personal fitness guru to the likes of Davina McCall and David Walliams, explains the scientific methods behind his success<p>Prof <b>Greg Whyte</b> believes – and has proof – that anyone can achieve extraordinary fitness, even dough-bellied middle-aged men and busy …

nanoFlowcell Quantino is a saltwater-powered sports car that can drive up to 621 miles

Saltwater-powered cars may be the wave of the future. nanoFlowcell AG has announced plans to reveal a second concept car at the Geneva Motor Show …

Clean Energy

What Does It Really Mean to Follow Jesus?

Four out of five Americans claim to be Christians. That's more than a quarter billion people in the United states alone who claim, in one way or another, to follow Jesus. But what does that really mean?<p>Is it more like a one-and-done deal, like lifetime membership in a club? Is it the default …

It's (almost) official: The 2022 World Cup is a total abomination

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is still seven years away, but this week brought the latest in a long line of indignities and injustices that already …

12 Technologies Which Could Save The World

It's easy to get downhearted about climate change. But amazing things are happening that could slow it down.

Solar Panels

Proto-X nano quadcopter now comes in three flavours

Proto-X makes some of the smallest quadcopters around, and now it's released models with new tricks and an HD camera.<p>LAS VEGAS -- Proto-X made waves with its matchbox-sized nano quadcopter when it first launched in 2014, a clever little package at an easy to swallow price of $30 (around AU$40; …

Drones

The most expensive gear at CES 2015 (pictures)

CES

Can We Please Just Talk about the Bible?

<i>Editor’s Note: Last week</i>, Newsweek <i>magazine published a controversial cover story about the Bible, contemporary Christianity and the role scripture</i> …

Big threat for Obama's climate efforts from GOP-run Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control …

Climate

Leah McLaren: Is it church if there’s no god or dogma?

There's a popular Christian school in my London neighbourhood that parents are always trying to get their kids into. The only problem is you have to go the church. This doesn't seem to be a problem for my neighbours, many of whom pad down the sidewalk each Sunday morning in jeans and sneakers (the …

Hundreds march as California protests continue

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angered at the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers marched through downtown Berkeley …

Bill Maher Mocks Mormon Religion, Calls It A Faith Based On A Sex Cult

Comedian Bill Maher has in a recent tirade against Mormonism termed the it is a faith based on a 19th century sex cult. Maher’s not so kind words …

Kill Net Neutrality, Because Obamacare

Earlier last week, President Obama publicly threw his support behind Net Neutrality, which immediately launched conservative wingnuts into apoplectic tantrums. The tea party's Ted Cruz (R-TX) turned up his inner hysterical, screaming toddler to 11, leaving no doubt as to the depth of his ignorance …

Blind Faith in Fossil Fuels, or Religious Leadership on Renewables? You Decide

The G20 is becoming a flashpoint between the Coalition Government's pro-mining, anti-environmental agenda and the pro-environment resolve of large …

Biblical Christians are winning the war; here\'s why

The wounds of a friend are faithful. I regard Martin Saunders as a 'friend' and therefore his article as faithful.<p>It wounded. And then some. …