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All roads to Rome? Germany: 100% solar & wind; Japan: nuclear; UAE: eye-opener cost report; oil fr $100 to $40: Shell Artic dig
Fossil Fuels Losing Cost Advantage Over Solar, Wind: cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind has dropped significantly over the past five years, narrowing the gap with power generated from fossil fuels and nuclear reactors, according to the International Energy Agency.
“The costs of renewable technologies -- in particular solar photovoltaic -- have declined significantly over the past five years,” the Paris-based IEA said in a report called Projected Costs of Generating Electricity. “These technologies are no longer cost outliers.” read more »
Infidelity Ashley Madison, almost hits IPO fortune. Cheating, cheap? Price: privacy. Dented Pride. Trust betrayed, twice. Hurts.
28 Aug 2015 - money.cnn.com - Ashley Madison promotes itself as the go-to website for infidelity (Avid Life Media owns the Ashley Madison website. Noel Biderman @noelbiderman 'THE KING OF INFIDELITY' President at Avid Life Media Inc. Founder and Chief Executive Officer at The Ashley Madison Agency)
- Information containing Biderman's emails is released on August 20, but the file becomes corrupted so it can't be fully accessed by the public.
- Two Canadian law firms say on August 20 that they have filed a $760 million suit against Avid Life Media. The lead plaintiff is described as a "disabled widower" who briefly joined the site after the death of his wife but never met anybody in person. 7. - Information containing Biderman's emails is released on August 20, but the file becomes corrupted so it can't be fully accessed by the public.
- Two Canadian law firms say on August 20 that they have filed a $760 million suit against Avid Life Media. The lead plaintiff is described as a "disabled widower" who briefly joined the site after the death of his wife but never met anybody in person.
- The stolen database of people who used Ashley Madison makes its way to the Web on August 19, making it easily searchable on several websites. read more »
What's "up"? Sea level (giant ice melting); July hottest month; Chief calling arms to battle rising crime; Guardian Angels back
Antarctica's floating ice shelves are thinning at an accelerating rate. Many of Antarctica's ice shelves are huge. The one protruding into the Ross Sea is the size of France. They form where glacier ice running off the continent protrudes across water. At a certain point, the ice lifts off the seabed and floats. Eventually, as these shelves continue to push outwards, their fronts will calve, forming icebergs. read more »
kind cows rescue baby seal; smart hitchhike: easy egret on gator, frog rodeo, cranky parrot, bossy mantis, borrow eagle's wing
rodeo frog: yeee-haw!
The original piggy back ride: "a seagull hitches a ride on a pig while it swims in the crystal blue sea off the coast of Bahamas. The secluded island of Big Major Cay is home to around 20 porky piggies and the island is affectionately referred to by locals as Pig Beach."
What do you mean you can’t go any faster?!
"A praying mantis hitches a ride on the back of a snail to avoid getting its feet wet on soggy moss in the rainforest. The snail, undisturbed by the apparent intruder, remained relaxed and stationary as the mantis stood on its shell.But travelling by snail isn't the fastest mode of transport and, after a little while, the mantis peers over and notices the snail has not moved."
fearless egret riding on alligator
Thanks for the lift!
Good deed ripples far: barbers give free haircut to homeless in Dublin, Melbourne, Philippines, Costa Rica, Jamaica, NYC, LA, TX
For Bustos, now 30, it all started in 2012, where he gave free haircuts to needy children at a local barbershop. "It made such a strong positive impact on me that I decided to bring it back home to NYC," said Bustos. Calling him "angel", Ray said, "When someone comes along and gives you something you never get… it makes me wanna cry." read more »
Majestic Cecil, one of oldest, most famous lion kings, lured to tragic death - hunter paid $50,000, plans to kill elephant next
*update* 08 August 2015
One of the 3500 remaining male lions, Cecil ("had some years to go"), is shot dead as 90% lion population has been wiped out. The following hunting figures may well distinguish and re-define "eliminating" from "hunting" -
Africa's Lion Population Has Declined 90% in the Last 75 Years;
Cheetahs Have Disappeared From More Than 75% of Their Range;
There Are More Tigers in Captivity Than There Are in the Wild Every Cecil matters. A lot!
Only 3,500 of male lions roaming Africa.
on the ban-hunting-trophies list: @AirFrance @KLM @Iberia @IAG @Qantas @lufthansa @flysaa @AmericanAir @Delta @AirCanada @united @British_Airways @VirginAtlantic
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Tech takes over driver's wheel, remote controls engine, steering... Recall: wireless connection to turn off a Jeep as it drives
*update 11 Aug 2015*
money.cnn - It's a relatively simple hack. And while researchers only tested one type of device, it raises serious questions about how dangerous it is to use them at all - Cars can be hacked by their tiny, plug-in insurance discount trackers The latest way to remotely hack a car? By tapping into one of those plug-in tracking devices from insurance companies. In some cases, hackers can send a text message -- and disable a car's brakes, according to research presented by computer security experts on Monday. It's a relatively simple hack. And while researchers only tested one type of device, it raises serious questions about how dangerous it is to use them at all. read more »
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