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Obama, Declaring "we must learn from history," Praises Chevron at A-bomb Memorial Service

  President Obama, speaking at the annual “Chevron remembers Nagasaki” memorial service, today praised the US oil giant for its role “in helping all of us learn from history.” Speaking in San Fransisco moments before the crowd-pleasing pyrotechnic recreation of the 1944 blasts in Japan, Obama cited the role of the oil industry in working

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Top Ten New Species of 2012: Sneezing Monkeys, Extreme Nematodes, A Night-Blooming Orchid, An 'Oh Boy!' Sea Jelly, and More

Each year at this time, the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE, Arizona State University) convenes a meeting of taxon experts (i.e., experts in classifying organisms) toย  select the ‘top ten new species’ discovered in the preceding year. It’s no easy task; last year some 18,000 new species were “officially described” (most being microbes).The IISE

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Space News: 'Strange Objects' Punch Holes in Saturn Ring, Will A Plan to Mine Asteroids Help Earth's Economy? [VIDEO]

ย  Half mile-wide objects thatย NASA and ESA experts are calling “strange” and “mysterious” have punctured holes in Saturn’s “weirdest” ring, known as the F ring…Ok, that’s three words thatย mean unusual, so you know that something odd is happening… The objects were observed by the Cassini orbiter probe and took some time and careful hunting by

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Photos from the First Annual Recycled Art and Resource Expo (RARE)

  Hey Folks, here’s my photo blogging feature from RARE…the Recycled Art and Resource Expo…a three day event happening now in Bellingham, Washington (continues through Earthย  Day, Sunday April 22, ’til 3pm). ย  So, if you’re in the neighborhood, I enthusiastically recommend that you stop by for the half day of events (and catch a

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Politics & Activism News (Democrats Stand Up to GOP Poison Pills, EPA Sued, Oil Shale Fail Video,…)

  Democrats Stand Up to House GOP Senate Democrats have stood up to the constant assault on the environment a bit and told the House GOP to “stop polluting [a] middle-class tax bill with poison pills,” as Brad Johnson of Think Progress writes. “Instead of finding commonsense solutions, the Republicans are talking about things that

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MIT Researchers Create 'Analog' Chip That Mimics Brain Synapses, Receptors

Readers may recall a post here on PS (August, 2011) concerning a new computer chip that ‘thinks’ like a brain cell (i.e., responds to new information),ย  due to its clever engineering and close linkage of processing and memory (see link to this article below). These were created through a joint IBM/DARPA project. These were referred

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Coal a Bad Energy Bet: Study

A recent study out of Vermont Law School finds that coal can’t provide U.S. energy security (who knew?) and comes with a myriad of downsides and societal costs (really?!). “The United Statesโ€™ energy security wonโ€™t improveโ€”and economic, social and environmental risks will expand exponentiallyโ€”if the nation switches from oil to coal for most of its

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Turn It Up to 11 Tomorrow – For Nigel or Just Because [VIDEO]

Last year it was 10/10/10 (and so on back in time)…but this year’s date tripletย  seems a little different…Why? Well, ’cause it goes up to eleven, you see…. Although in the UK it’s written 11/11/11…The soon to be 11/11/11 date (tomorrow) has sparked a strange, unofficial, world-wide (well, Facebook wide ) holiday…Nigel Tufnel Day! And

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The Climate Movement and Occupy Wall Street

We are all a movement for change for the better, whether that be towards a sustainable future, or whether itโ€™s towards ending corporate rule over our economy. We must stand together for change, change that happens, change that makes sense, change that is in our hands, not in the hands of the 1% and not in the hands of people who put religion and their personal morals over our freedom.

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OWS Protesters 'Milquetoast Radicals'? – A Rebuttal to NY Times' David Brooks Op-Ed

I seldom do opinion pieces, but sometimes, one opinion gets expressed โ€“ one amongst so many โ€“ that finally pushes me passed that proverbial tipping point. Case in (tipping) point, Tuesdayโ€™s op-ed by New York Times columnist David Brooks entitled โ€˜Milquetoast Radicalsโ€™ — a putative criticism of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Brooksโ€™ main complaint โ€“ apart from the so far lack of a single coherent message (that presumably the media can then attack and dismiss) — is that protesters lack โ€œbig ideasโ€, offering only a litany of โ€œsmallโ€ complaints, thus offering only โ€œsmall solutions.โ€ As if it were the job of protesters to formulate economic policy for the country.

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Islands of Venice from Space (Photo of the Day)

Everyone has heard about the beautifully romantic city that is Venice, and sometimes we even get to see inside the city thanks to movies like The Italian Job and Casino Royale. However this beautiful image taken by Ikonos-2, a commercial satellite that provides panchromatic and multispectral high-resolution imagery for the European Space Agency shows us another, but just as spectacular view of the city.

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