Archive for the 'Science' Category

Radiant City

• November, 2012

Radiant City by Jim Brown & by Gary Burns, National Film Board of Canada

Tokelau islands shift to solar energy

• November, 2012

Tokelau has become the first territory able to meet all its electricity needs with solar power, officials say. The South Pacific territory – comprising the three atolls of Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo – had been dependent on diesel to generate electricity. New Zealand, which administers Tokelau, funded a $7m (£4.3m) solar project. Solar grids were constructed on the three atolls, with the last completed earlier this week. “The Tokelau Renewable Energy Project is a world first. Tokelau’s three main atolls now have enough solar capacity,

World’s biggest geoengineering experiment.

• October, 2012

Controversial US businessman’s iron fertilisation off west coast of Canada contravenes two UN conventions A controversial American businessman dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean as part of a geoengineering scheme off the west coast of Canada in July, a Guardian investigation can reveal. Lawyers, environmentalists and civil society groups are calling it a “blatant violation” of two international moratoria and the news is likely to spark outrage at a United Nations environmental summit taking place in India this week.

Quantum Teleportation Goes the Distance

• October, 2012

Record-Breaking Distance of 143 Kilometers Through Free Space An international research team including several scientists from the University of Waterloo has achieved quantum teleportation over a record-breaking distance of 143 kilometres through free space. The experiment saw the successful teleportation of quantum information — in this case, the states of light particles, or photons — between the Canary Islands of La Palma and Tenerife. The breakthrough is a crucial step toward quantum communications via satellite. Unlike the teleportation of solid objects popularized in science fiction,

Alcohol’s gateway effect much larger than marijuana’s – Yale study

• August, 2012

A Yale study published Tuesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that people who used alcohol or tobacco in their youth are almost twice as likely to abuse prescription opiate drugs than those who only used marijuana. Researchers were careful to specify that any youth substance abuse, including just marijuana use, makes people more than twice as likely to abuse prescription opiate drugs in young adulthood. However, the study’s authors noted that clinical data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed

9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out

• August, 2012

Watch 9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out on PBS. See more from KBDI. Over 40 experts in high-rise architecture, structural engineering, metallurgy, chemistry, physics, explosives, and controlled demolition share their professional expertise and insights about the events of 9/11. Additionally, 8 psychological experts discuss why proving controlled demolition of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers can be so difficult for individuals to accept.

The Fruits of Dystopia – Sea Movies

• August, 2012

The Fruits of Dystopia – Sea Movies from www.KORDUROY.tv on Vimeo. "The Fruits of Dystopia" is a short film about having fun in a less than perfect world. Cyrus Sutton explores an escape from modern trappings through excerpts from class dystopian novels "1984," A Brave New World," and Fahrenheit 451."

Illusion of Choice .::. Infographic

• August, 2012

When you think you are buying consumer goods from certain “unique brands”. Think again…

Making sense of a visible quantum object – Aaron O’Connell

• June, 2012

Physicists are used to the idea that subatomic particles behave according to the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, completely different to human-scale objects. In a breakthrough experiment, Aaron O’Connell has blurred that distinction by creating an object that is visible to the unaided eye, but provably in two places at the same time. In this talk he suggests an intriguing way of thinking about the result.