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America Can Nearly Quadruple Its Renewable Electricity By 2030 for only 18 cents a month per household.

A recent Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study found that America can nearly quadruple its renewable electricity in the next 15 years, reaching 23% by 2030. This comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal that America set a modest goal of 12% renewable energy by 2030. Rachel Cleetus, Senior Climate Economist of UCS, referred to the EPA’s goal as just a fraction above “business as usual.” The UCS found raising this target, to 23% of the nation’s electricity from non-hydro renewable sources by 2030, would cost the average household only about 18 cents per month.

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Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

Advantages and disadvantages, in other words, tend to perpetuate themselves. You can see that in the above chart, based on a new paper from Richard Reeves and Isabel Sawhill, presented at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s annual conference, which is underway.

Specifically, rich high school dropouts remain in the top about as much as poor college grads stay stuck in the bottom — 14 versus 16 percent, respectively. Not only that, but these low-income strivers are just as likely to end up in the bottom as these wealthy ne’er-do-wells. Some meritocracy.

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Now it’s worth noting that Ebola is more deadly than the others and doesn’t have a vaccine like measles and mumps. But I think we have a reasonably good chance of containing it.

Now it’s worth noting that Ebola is more deadly than the others and doesn’t have a vaccine like measles and mumps. But I think we have a reasonably good chance of containing it.

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Ebola may be horrible, but even in Africa it’s far from being a major cause of death.

Ebola may be horrible, but even in Africa it’s far from being a major cause of death.

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We all walk the path

We all walk the path

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You should really check out this handy tip about how to end a tune.

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Ferrari 612 GTO

Ferrari 612 GTO

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give-a-fuck-about-nature:

Part of Nature by Stuart McMillen

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Toyota FT-1 Supra Concept

Toyota FT-1 Supra Concept

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The most hilarious statistics I've ever seen

Remember kids, correlation doesn’t imply causation.

As you can see here, the more the US spends on science, space, and technology, the more people kill themselves by hanging, strangulation, and suffocation. Of course, this is just a spurious correlation: Correlation doesn’t mean causation. Although Nic Cage films causing people to drown in pools is plausible.

This is all the work of Tyler Vigen, a self-defined “science and discover lover” who is now working on his J.D. at Harvard Law School. He created his website Spurious Correlations as a “fun way to look at correlations and to think about data.”

More at the link..

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This looks like a fun new sport

The Phantom Menace has approximately one good scene: the bit where people race through canyons at high speed while people shoot at them. Although reality might not quite be up to jet engines and high-powered rifles quite yet, a group of quadrotor hobbyists have managed to replicate the first-person thrill of racing a dense obstacle course at high speed.

Airgonay, a French model aircraft club, organized a first-person-view quadrotor racing competition recently, and it looks only about one step below a fireworks drone for how much fun you can have with a small flying vehicle and a forest. As you’d expect, people crash, a lot: flying quadrotors at speeds of up to 50mph through dense forestry, in close proximity to other drones, is a slight challenge: according to the organisers, just making it around the 150m circuit three times was an achievement, regardless of whether or not you finished on the podium.

The video’s in French, but the language of replicating Star Wars scenes with tiny flying aircraft is fairly universal.

(via Fly On Board With These Quadrotors Racing Through a Forest)

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More good news: why people don’t die in wars much anymore. This is why. Democratic capitalism isn’t without it’s problems, but this is probably it’s greatest achievement.

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