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  • Researchers Reach A Record In Solar Conversion Efficiency

    Researchers from the University of New South Wales achieved a record in solar efficiency in December, converting more than 40 percent of the sunlight that hit the test solar panels into electricity. The researchers achieved this feat by splitting four different cells, and by using concentrated solar photovoltaic technology.
    “We used commercial solar cells, but in a new way, so these efficiency improvements are readily accessible to the solar industry,” Mark Keevers, a UNSW solar scientist who managed the research project, said in a statement.
    The highly efficient solar cells might be cheaper to produce than some other record-breaking cells, too. The researchers said that the solar design could be particularly useful for solar power towers currently being designed in Australia. If the test’s results are able to be replicated on a larger scale, those involved with the research project hope that the discovery can ultimately drive down the cost of solar.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 26, 2014 12:37 PM Flag

    Senile old coots.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Unlike Scrooge, we don’t get a spirit to show us what the future holds if we don’t change our ways.

    That’s what we have science for.

    In recent years, observations have confirmed the key projections climate scientists have been making for decades. But some of the most important impacts have been occurring much faster than scientists expected, including sea level rise. As recently as a decade ago, scientists did not expect that the great ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica would melt enough this century to contribute much to total sea level rise. Now, observations suggest they will be a primary if not the primary driver of sea level rise.

    Recently, we’ve had many of the world’s leading scientists and scientific bodies warning us of what is to come.
    Yes, it seems unlikely that we will adopt the aggressive but near-zero-net-cost policies needed to stabilize at 450 ppm atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, and then quickly come back to 350 ppm, thanks in large part to the deniers, along with their political pals and media enablers. But the two biggest carbon polluters (China and U.S.) have struck a game-changing deal that could ultimately avoid some of the worst impacts — if other key countries join in and, then all countries pursue even stronger emissions cuts in the coming decades.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    The Obama BOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!

    by pilodialcyst Dec 24, 2014 9:07 AM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 24, 2014 12:22 PM Flag

    I have only one alias.

    Why would I not respect police AND hold them to a very high standard?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    The Obama BOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!

    by pilodialcyst Dec 24, 2014 9:07 AM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 24, 2014 12:06 PM Flag

    BeachChair: Why is is that you cannot both hold police to a very high standard of behavior AND b e fully supportive of them?

    Why does that cause you cognitive disconnect?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst by pilodialcyst Dec 24, 2014 9:07 AM Flag

    Wonder how the Fox News Liars are treating this good news?



    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 24, 2014 8:59 AM Flag

    I have never used another alias.

    And that terrifies you, because there are many who share my political views.


    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Millions now have health insurance, and it is for that reason I gladly pay my taxes.

    Of course, another lie has been exposed. One of the looming Obamacare horror stories, critics maintained, was that it would bring an end to employers providing health insurance. While some companies, notably Walmart, took advantage of the new law to dump their employee's benefits, a new survey [pdf] from the Urban Institute finds that the rate of employer-based insurance hasn't fallen at all.
    They have, in fact, remained constant: around 82 percent, 86 percent, and 71 percent, respectively, for all workers and around 63 percent, 71 percent, and 45 percent, respectively, for low-income workers. To date, the ACA has had no effect on employer coverage. Economic incentives for workers to obtain coverage from employers remain strong.
    So much for that rap. It holds true for large and small companies. The fact remains that providing benefits remains a way for companies to be able to attract and keep employees. Because employers pay for health insurance with pre-tax dollars, it's a good financial deal for them.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 24, 2014 8:04 AM Flag


    Alan Keyes....?????


    Wait..... Alan Keyes?????


    Strictly for the elderly, tie incontinent, the sleepy, the isolated, the fearful, the uneducated.


    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    DOW 18000

    by carsonogenik Dec 23, 2014 3:23 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 23, 2014 3:26 PM Flag

    Guilliani (sp) had an orgasm speaking about Putin as a "chess-master" over Obama.

    Gas $1.87, economy growing at 5% in 3rd quarter.

    And not a single word from the Fox News Liars.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 23, 2014 12:01 PM Flag

    Check the Southern Poverty Law Center. They monitor right wing militias and hate groups. They can give you the current list of dangerous right wing killing gangs.

    BTW home schooler, we can be supportive of the cops AND demand the highest levels of conduct and professionalism. They really are not mutually exclusive.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Rather than give cognitive disconnect to the droolers, the Fox News Liars "missed" the news that the economy grew at a rate of 5% in the 3rd quarter. Best since 2003.

    Thankfully, I am here to make the droolers recognize the greatness of Obama. Gas is $1.81 here in North Texas.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 23, 2014 9:56 AM Flag

    Idiot. This ONLY happens if the customer makes NO changes, and does not communicate with the navigators.

    It is a HMO.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 22, 2014 4:54 PM Flag

    When criminal activity has taken place in ANY administration, it should be prosecuted as quickly as possible. Cheney et al., should be prosecuted. No subsequent administration would use torture.

    It is a permanent stain on the US.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 22, 2014 12:56 PM Flag

    Taxes paid by workers that were employed by the auto industry MORE THAN paid for the tax short-fall. The overall result has been a wonderful success.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • … any credible investigation should include former Vice President #$%$ Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos. There are many more names that could be considered, including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen. […]
    Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments. Because of the Senate’s report, we now know the distance officials in the executive branch went to rationalize, and conceal, the crimes they wanted to commit. The question is whether the nation will stand by and allow the perpetrators of torture to have perpetual immunity for their actions.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • When a political movement is behind cop killings, such as the one last June in Vegas, the Liars call the gunmen "lone killers". Specifically, In the 36 hours after the June shooting in Vegas, the Fox News Liars tread lightly around the Las Vegas story, producing regular news updates about the crime spree. But Fox provided almost no commentary, no context, and certainly no collective blame for the executions.

    And that's how Fox News Liars deals with right-wing domestic terrorism in America, when it even bothers to acknowledge the killings and the crimes.

    (The channel barely covered Georgia's courthouse siege last week.)

    At Fox, the deadly and disturbing events are treated as isolated incidents that are mostly void of politics. And more importantly, on Fox the perpetrators are always portrayed as lone gunmen (and women) who do not represent any cultural or political movement.

    But when Fox covers breaking U.S. news events involving terror acts by Arabs or Muslims? Recall that in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing last year it was a Fox talker who suggested American mosques be bugged and other Constitutional rights for Muslims be eliminated. And it was on Fox that viewers were told, "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims." It's where there was a concerted effort to blame the larger Muslim community for the isolated event.

    Now a lone gunman killing cops is part of the "protestors fault" or liberal thinking.?

    How do the geezers that watch the Liars live with themselves and their dank undergarments?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 22, 2014 12:32 PM Flag

    Idiot. Far more cops have been killed by right wing militias. BTW, why are you so silent about the militias that were actually targeting police officers at Cliven Bundy's ranch?

    Too confused to see your own stupidity?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Comrade De Blasio.

    by boechair Dec 22, 2014 11:48 AM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Dec 22, 2014 12:30 PM Flag

    Warning his son about driving, walking, or "loitering" while black is good parental advice.

    Here is something to stump ole BeachChair: Where were you and your kind when the lunatics were actually targeting police at Cliven Bundy's ranch. Or is it only CERTAIN cop lives matter?

    Tell me drooler,.... before you run away.

    Was it difficult for you to sign up for Obamacare?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Well done Obama, well done indeed. Saved the banking AND automobile industries.

    On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had sold its remaining shares of Ally Financial, the former financing subsidiary of General Motors, for $1.3 billion, effectively ending the auto and bank bailouts it began under President George W. Bush in 2008.
    The government also announced that the Troubled Asset Relief Program for banks and the Detroit bailouts yielded $15.35 billion in profit. The investment in what is now called Ally Financial yielded $2.4 billion in profit alone.
    Through those programs and related efforts, $426.35 billion in government money was injected into the financial and auto sectors during the turbulence of the financial crisis. Interest payments and stock sales since then have brought in $441.7 billion. The auto rescue itself, however, has not turned a profit, losing $9.5 billion mostly related to General Motors paying back just $39 billion of the $49.5 billion it received.
    The government still has less than $1 billion invested in 35 small community banks. It no longer owns any part of the automotive industry.
    The bailouts had other impacts besides bringing returns to government coffers. While the auto bailout may not have brought in a profit, a report from the end of last year found that it saved about 2.6 million jobs in 2009 and 1.5 million jobs in 2010. By doing so, it also boosted personal income by more than $284 billion in those years.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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