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Techie Tuesday: Canary Island Now 100% Self Sufficient

With the opening of a new wind farm next month, El Hierro, population just over 10,000, will become the first island in the world to be fully energy self-sufficient through combined wind and water power. The five wind turbines will provide 11.5 megawatts of power, enough to meet the demand of the population and the desalination plants on this small crop of land off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Mind Reader’s Secret

So we all like to think that mind reading and other psychic powers are real, but here is a video that shows just how vulnerable we are to very pedestrian methods of learning the truth about people.  Can you guess how this mind reader knows so much about people he has never met – including their credit card numbers and sex life? … Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Your heart lies are like bubbles

Now here is proof that all you need is a catchy hook because nobody really cares or pays attention to lyrics anyway. Bubble Pop is classic K-Pop by South Korean singer Kim Hyuna (also known as HYUNA, Hyuna, or HyunA according to the Great Wiki.) Do you think it matters if the song is intelligible when the only goal is to get you shaking your hips … in order to access your wallet and credit  card? … Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: A Real Buck Rodgers Rocket Ship?

As the quest for space moves from government to corporations (like so many other fantastic things developed by taxpayers and then handed over to the crony-ist bidder) new and exciting achievements are on the horizon. (sic) Take, for example, this amazing video of a SpaceX rocket ship that does the heretofore unthinkable: this rocket takes off and lands all in piece. … Read the rest


Mother Earth Monday: Elephants can tell different human languages

“Look, look over there, a group of elephants is coming.”The recorded voices were played for hundreds of elephants across 47 family groups during daylight hours.When elephants heard the adult male Maasai voices, they tended to gather together, start investigative smelling with their trunks, and move cautiously away.But when elephants heard females, boys, or adult male Kamba speakers, they did not show concern.“The ability to distinguish between Maasai and Kamba men delivering the same phrase in their own language suggests that elephants can discriminate between different languages,” said co-author Graeme Shannon, a visiting fellow in psychology at the University of Sussex.… Read the rest


Worldwide Wednesday: The Truth About Domestication


In school we were taught that humans engineered farm animals to be perfect by clever breeding over centuries, but that might not be true.   In the recent past, herd animals mixed with wild – and their DNA reveals the trails taken by humans as we spread across the planet. … Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: Because GODgle Says So!

My fellow web worker says she “was talking about why we had to make some changes based on Google’s best practices, bla bla bla and my teenage daughter suddenly asked “Why do you have to do everything Google says”?

Using a search engine is the most popular online activity, according to surveys by Pew Internet and most of internet users go to Google first.… Read the rest


Wild Friday: Is Google a God?

Oh dear, it was bound to happen I suppose.  But now there is a crowd that claims Google is actually God!  The Church of Google has nine proofs that explain why we should worship her above all other gods.


Google is the closest thing to an Omniscient (all-knowing) entity in existence, which can be scientifically verified.… Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Twerkin in the Rain

Maybe you saw Todrick with the Pentatonix doing a version of the Wizard of Oz movie with modern lyrics or maybe you saw him with Willem Belli playing Cinderella defending herself in a court case against Snow White, or maybe this is your first exposure to Todrick Hall. … Read the rest


Techie Tuesday: Police Can Intercept All Cell Phones

Police in Florida and other states refuse to talk about the new device that allows them to intercept cellular phone communications. According to Associated Press journalist Jack Gillum “a Stingray device tricks all cellphones in an area into electronically identifying themselves and transmitting data to police rather than the nearest phone company’s tower.”  Read more here and here.… Read the rest


Soapbox Saturday: Free Markets and Public Competition

Dean Baker says “People who like the market to determine outcomes should be happy with the idea of having the government compete on a level playing field with private sector firms.

If private firms offer a lower price or a better product, the government will be driven from the market with little harm done.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Lucky Duckie

When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!

Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!
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Thirsty Thursday: Sonic Circus Call in Show

Cosmic-CD-Cover-from-AIWhat do mirrors really tell us?  In today’s Sonic Circus short radio comedy we learn what Sam and Sal have to say to Marvel S. Day (Audrey Hensen) who worries that her hair is too short and that her genetically-engineered girlfriend is a bit fishy. … Read the rest

Worldwide Wednesday: The Battle Over King Tut’s DNA

Everything was going fine for the documentary on King Tut’s DNA when the scientific study was abruptly called to a halt. Why? In an article called Tutankhamun’s Blood: Why everyone from the Mormons to the Muslim Brotherhood is desperate for a piece of the Pharaoh writer Jo Marchant writes

“Woodward and a team from Brigham Young, a Mormon university named after one of the movement’s early leaders, raised suspicions that they might be looking for distant ancestors they could convert to their religion.… Read the rest

Mother Earth Monday: Solar Spheres

Rawlemon-Spherical-Glass-Solar-energy-generator-5-638x282“For the last 40 years we have tried to capture this energy with PV panels,” André Broessel says in the promotional video on his Indiegogo campaign for his company, Rawlemon. “But the earth is moving around the sun, and the fixed panel is losing its efficiency.”

The rotating glass orb, he says, brings in energy from the sun and concentrates it onto a small surface of tiny solar panels.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Wearing Google Glass May Get You Arrested!

You can’t even get a Google Glass yet, and maybe you don’t want to!  It could get you arrested like a fellow who was nabbed by ICE half way through a film in Columbus, Ohio.  He says “a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says ‘follow me outside immediately’”.… Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Sonic Circus Psychic Putt Putt

Cosmic-CD-Cover-from-AIToday on the Sonic Circus we join Sam and Sal at the Tom Toe Psychic Putt Putt Course on lovely Venus where Marvel S. Day and Stormy Gnyte compete for the title!  Listen as they project their psyches right into the ball and then navigate the obstacle courses of life.This radio comedy short is from Cosmic Significance 2012 and stars Audrey Hensen and Carleigh Tuttle.… Read the rest


Worldwide Wednesday: Swahili Coast Ruins

From a small tent city archaeologists, students, and specialists work on digging up the ruins of Songo Mnara.  According to  “the island seems a remote backwater today, but the sprawling ruins, though overgrown and studded with coconut palms and the stout, distended trunks of baobabs, tell another story—of a significant, wealthy, well-connected town.… Read the rest


Mother Earth Monday: Shades of Green

Even we greenies don’t agree on everything, so Alex Steffen handily classifies: Bright Greens, Light Greens, Dark Greens and Grays. Here is a quick summary:

What is bright green? In its simplest form, bright green environmentalism is a belief that sustainable innovation is the best path to lasting prosperity, and that any vision of sustainability which does not offer prosperity and well-being will not succeed.

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if by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.… Read the rest