Archives for March 22, 2011

Julia always lets me be Indy. But I have a feeling she’s not going to let me be Jack.

With never-before-seen video, primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo (a TED Fellow) shows how bonobo ape society learns from constantly playing — solo, with friends, even as a prelude to sex. Indeed, play appears to be the bonobos’ key to problem-solving and avoiding conflict. If it works for our close cousins, why not for us?

And maybe dinner, too. This will mainly affect our local Twin Cities folk: Thom Pham and the staffs of Wondrous Azian Kitchen and Thanh Do Restaurant with support from World Class Wines and Joto Sake will host two fundraisers to support the people affected by the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. On Wednesday, March 23rd…

Nuclear Fuel Mining in Niger

In one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking last in the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where more than 40% of children are underweight for their age, water and access to improved water sources is scarce and almost three quarters of the population are illiterate, the French nuclear…

Reconsidering Nuclear Energy

Risk, Trust, and the Arrogance of Numbers …The coal and biofuel safety numbers don’t come with a disclaimer that the greatest number of additional deaths from these fuels are due to indoor use for cooking, not from industrial energy production. Wind and solar energy numbers don’t reflect that these are developing industries, without decades of…

Community Owned Wind Power

From communities demanding more wind turbines to a Government-backed plan to spread income from renewables to surrounding residents, we’ve seen a lot of stories lately about harnessing renewables not just to create clean energy, but to also build wealth in our communities. Yet the idea is not new–and I’ve just come across a great video…

With the current nuclear power plant kerfuffle1 in Japan, people are making comparisons with a TMI-Chernobyl scale, with TMI being a nuclear accident that is not bad at all2 and Chernobyl being the worst case scenario.3 This is actually very reassuring, because Chernobyl was really no big deal.4

Japan quake, tsunami, nuke news 07

Ana’s Feed Starting March 21 3PM Radioactive iodine 126.7 times higher detected in seawater near nuke plant – kyodo news Radioactive cesium 24.8 times higher detected in seawater near nuke plant – kyodo news Too early to assess contaminated seawater’s impact on fishery product: TEPCO – kyodo news Gov’t orders 4 prefectures to suspend some…

Why did Knut the Polar Bear Die?

It is not yet certain, but preliminary tests indicate no change in any of Knut’s organs other than his brain. Further tests, including those for an infection, are being performed. I’ll update this post when I hear more.

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