Here's the second: Read more about Obama's second line of computer code
SW Australia's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported.
The record efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at their outdoor test facility in the United States.
"This is the highest efficiency ever reported for sunlight conversion into electricity," UNSW Scientia Professor and Director of the Advanced Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) Professor Martin Green said.
"We used commercial solar cells, but in a new way, so these efficiency improvements are readily accessible to the solar industry," added Dr Mark Keevers, the UNSW solar scientist who managed the project.
The 40% efficiency milestone is the latest in a long line of achievements by UNSW solar researchers spanning four decades. These include the first photovoltaic system to convert sunlight to electricity with over 20% efficiency in 1989, with the new result doubling this performance.
Maybe it's a good thing fixing the roof has been last on my list. I've got acreage up there, and maybe I could be getting more out of it than a hot water heater. Read more about 40% efficiency from solar!??!?
The face of credulity in the media is Andrew Ross Sorkin, hardworking New York Times Wall Street reporter and sometime Wall Street shoeshine boy. You cannot question Sorkin's work ethic. You cannot question his deep connections on Wall Street. And personally, I don't even question his sincerity. I do not believe that Andrew Ross Sorkin is a nefarious, scheming, two-faced spy, sent to do the bidding of Wall Street bankers in the halls of the nation's most important news outlet. I just think he is so dangerously, moronically credulous that his writing constitutes a danger to the public.
What fun! So I went to Dealb%k, a "financial service" from the New York Times, which I never read, and saw the header: Read more about If Andrew Ross Sorkin is the "Founder" of Dealb%k, then where's the About page?
It matters not that Sen. Landrieu aligned herself with Republicans on a key issue – the Keystone XL pipeline. Her support of Obama administration programs – especially the Affordable Care Act – more than outweighed that. Much more.
I saw this at Eschaton. Presumably it's part of the great "Whither Democrats?" conversation after the mid-terms debacle:
A dirty hippie reply to ALEC launches this week.
and so naturally I rushed over to "State Innovation Exchange" and found this, which I've helpfully annotated:
If you think you're looking at Democrat trade dress -- the blue, blue, blue, the round logo, the red, white, and blue (so much more tasteful to crop the flag in the logo, rather than crudely waving it), the sans serif font -- you'd be right (though we'll get to how exactly we can be 100% sure of that in a minute). Read more about State Innovation Exchange (SiX): Another "progressive" roach motel?
It's complete. The 4 Senate Dems who blocked the public option -- Lieberman, Nelson, Landrieu, Lincoln -- are gone 4 yrs later. Worth it?
— Adam Green (@AdamGreen) December 7, 2014
Gov. Peter Shumlin intends to propose a combination of an employer payroll tax and an income-based contribution to finance single-payer health care, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.
The Inquisitor (not sure about the source, but they look like they could get a quote right):
The healthcare law has been considered President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, though Mary Landrieu tried using that to her advantage in a recent interview with a tea party radio host.
In New York, the demonstrations have taken on a familiar feel and are similar to those happening in other major cities. They generally start at a central location, mainly in Manhattan, as the workday ends.
Protesters eschew preplanned routes, calling them cattle drives.
"Cattle drives." New language! Where'd that come from? Not Rev. Inc., for sure! Read more about Wildcat marches: Another novel non-violent protest tactic from the Fersusonians
I know, clickbait headline, but I read it anyhow. They missed one:
#40. No hydrocarbons to extract.
So we may come out of all this with our water and soil intact, assuming the local notables don't fill up the state with landfills. Read more about "39 Reasons Living In Maine Ruins You For Life"
Which I identify with, because of our fight against landfills up here in the Great State of Maine. Will Bunch:
The now-81-year-old retiree recalls a brochure for the new Eastwick community from the developer Korman Homes that showed kids playing and sliding down the steep hill in back of the development, pushing "how much fun it would be for the children."
But it wasn't long after moving in that the Reids weren't able to open their window on a warm night because of the noxious odor of burning garbage - and they realized the fumes were coming from that hillside in the cheerful brochure, a disposal site that the locals called Heller's Dump but was officially known as the Clearview Landfill.
(At this point, we can say "Boy, were they stupid!" We could also say, "They were trusting." After all, this was many years ago... I'll skip the horrors of the landfill (it was a really bad one, with a cancer cluster) to get to this paragraph: Read more about Fighting a landfill in Eastwick, PA
(Yes, I think "debacle" is fair to say when you publish a story on rape culture with poor sourcing and undisclosed agreements with the sources used, thereby enabling messengers to be shot and real problems minimized. Just ugh. What were they thinking?)
Anyhow, here are portions of a Taibbi twitter thread on that topic. Here's the one that caught my eye:
@RoryKoller The fact-checkers really did have an issue with the Vampire Squid line -- squids don't have "blood-funnels"
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 6, 2014
The thread begins: Read more about Taibbi on the Rolling Stone/UVa debacle