... We’re trying to harness photosynthesis. A key part of photosynthesis is what happens when the sun goes down. Cells convert CO2 into sugar and fat molecules. And they store the fat to burn as energy to get them through the night ... We’re trying to coax our synthetic cells to ... store far more fat than they actually were designed to do, so that we can harness it all as an energy source and use it to create gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel straight from carbon dioxide and sunlight. This would shift the carbon equation so we’re recycling CO2 instead of taking new carbon out of the ground and creating still more CO2. But it has to be done on a massive scale to have any real impact on the amount of CO2 we’re putting into the atmosphere, let alone recovering from the atmosphere.
... We envision facilities the size of San Francisco. And 10 or 15 of those in this country. We need sunlight, seawater, and non-agricultural land, but you need a lot of photons to drive this. You need a lot of surface area of sunlight to do that. It’s a great use for Arizona. Lots of sunlight there.
... If we can’t get some key scientific breakthroughs within the next couple of years, it probably won’t happen in 10 years. So it’s something that’s really dependent on fundamental science. But we’re already able to do things that were once seen as impossible.
... I think the new anti-intellectualism that’s showing up in politics today is a symptom of our not discussing these issues enough. We don’t discuss how our society is now 100 percent dependent on science for its future. We need new scientific breakthroughs—sometimes to overcome the scientific breakthroughs of the past. A hundred years ago oil sounded like a great discovery. You could burn it and run engines off it. I don’t think anybody anticipated that it would actually change the atmosphere of our planet. Because of that we have to come up with new approaches. We just passed the 7 billion population mark. In 12 years, we’re going to reach 8 billion. If we let things run their natural course, we’ll have massive pandemics, people starving. Without science I don’t see much hope for humanity.
Secretary of State Kerry, in an op-ed that I believe just appeared tonight on the NYTs website, does not mince words in defining the elimination of ISIS as America's mission going forward.
Here's Kerry, but I think everyone should read the entire piece. The timing of the piece is kind of strange, i.e. it's appearing on Friday night of Labor Day Weekend. That is not exactly the time one generally chooses to reach a huge audience. Is that purposeful or is it guided by realities on the ground, or as a follow-up to the aggressive words spoken by British Prime Minister Cameron and others over the last couple of days?
I sure hope this is the beginning of a correction of over use of testing and abuse of students and teachers. Florida state education administration as been brutal on kids and teachers alike. I know because I have been through every inch of it since JEB started this crap of punishing teachers and schools with test scores. The school board meeting in Ft. Myers was packed with people who wanted the schools to opt out of Common Core. This is also being considered in the Palm Beach County Schools.
I have had to sit and coach my kids starting in January every year with practice test booklets until the test in March. I would rather be helping with creative thinking projects.
Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion and stifling debate about public affairs. It makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they think their views differ from those of their friends, according to a report published Tuesday by researchers at Pew Research Center and Rutgers University.
The researchers also found that those who use social media regularly are more reluctant to express dissenting views in the offline world.
I have been following this very closely for the last week. Iceland is in for another eruption. It is fascinating how close they were to the actual day it would erupt. Scientist have been reporting the lava as it moved under the crust. This is a bad situation for Iceland because this is subglacial and can cause a jökulhlaup which is an water ice flood. This thread will continue to update through the night.