Biosecurity on farms

There are times when perniciously false premises are treated as the criteria by which truth is determined. We lose the argument before it’s begun. And where does that leave us in our efforts to control mortal dangers of our own making? An article of faith among veterinarians and epidemiologists is that large industrial farms are [...]

Circumcision Is Child Abuse

We, as a society, are meant to love children. If I was to go and tear the nails off each of my child's fingers I'd be roundly condemned and imprisoned (and probably best I were for my own safety!). Female circumcision is roundly, and justly, condemned as an abusive practice. But male circumcision?? Oh that's [...]

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John Maynard Keynes

If you owe your bank a hundred pounds, you have a problem. But if you owe a million, it has. -JMK This recession that we have been suffering through since essentially late 2007 is not something new; our economic history contains numerous instances of negative-growth economies, some obviously worse than others. However, in many ways, [...]

Bacteria used to create ethanol for biofuels

US scientists claim to have successfully used bacteria to create cheap, environmentally-friendly biofuels. According to research presented at the annual general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, these microscopic organisms are "biological factories" that can serve as alternatives to fossil fuels. Currently, the majority of biofuel comes from ethanol, which is fermented from sugars [...]

Getting around Windows Activation when Virtualizing

Scroll down to Setting up Automatic Activation to see the process if you are not interested in the background. Background When I first setup my VMware Server to run an existing Windows Install from a physical partition, I was asked to reactivate Windows XP before I could use it as a guest OS. All this [...]

Researchers Contribute Climate Model to Study That Finds Some Winds Decreasing

Declining wind speeds in parts of the United States could impact more than the wind power industry, say Iowa State University climate researchers. Three Iowa State researchers contributed their expertise in modeling North America’s climate to a study to be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres. The study – led by Sara [...]

Caffeine reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

If you think that your daily cups of coffee only provide you with alertness after you wake up or during the day, think again. Long-term intake of caffeine, the major constituent in coffee and tea, has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in mice that develop the disease. In a study just published [...]

Skyscrapers: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs of the Early Twentieth Century – Philadelphia Museum

All photographs © the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art. Berenice Abbott (American, 1898 – 1991) ‘Untitled (New York City)’ 1929-33 Gelatin silver print, 6 1/2 x 4 7/16 inches Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Lynne and Harold Honickman Gift of the Julien Levy Collection, 2001 Lloyd Ullberg (American, 1904 – 1996) ‘PSFS Building, Philadelphia’ c.1932-33 [...]

The Open Source

The traditional business model for companies is to create a product and/or provide a service to customers in order to receive payment and hopefully exceed operational costs to generate a profit. However, what happens when you are not creating a product or service, but instead ideas? How do you make a profit? How can you [...]