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Implications for Restoration by Seed Bank at Fort Funston, California

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: NAFTA 2.0 or Doha Revisited?

“Rules? In a knife fight? No Rules.”
– Harvey Logan to Butch Cassidy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
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Next week in Auckland [3–12 Dec], Canada and Mexico will, at long last, join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as full partners.
Will the TPP live up to its impressive advance billing or will the cracks and crevices in its façade and its foundation – which are becoming more apparent with every new leak, press report and counterproposal — shunt the TPP express onto the Doha track?
The TPP will be far from comprehensive. Public reports reveal that there are already exclusions, exceptions and reservations, varying in importance from the picayune to the colossal. The wholesale exemption of U.S. states from many of the important proposals currently on the table is clearly colossal.
Many reservations and exclusions are from the U.S., which has been driving the negotiations to date. We should expect many more, from all parties. At the end of the day, like most trade deals, the final product will end up being decided by a balance of exclusions.


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Earth Bacteria Can Survive And Grow In Extremely Hostile, Mars-Like Conditions

A species of hardy bacteria found anywhere from human skin to plant roots can survive in a Mars-like environment, a new study says. The finding has implications for extraterrestrial life, but maybe more importantly, there are implications for planetary protection. Could stowaway microbes hop off the Mars rover Curiosity (or its descendants) and make a new life on the Red Planet?
Astrobiologists like studying extremophiles, those bacteria and other creatures that live in horrid temperatures or pressures, because they could conceivably live in the hostile environs of other planets. But Serratia liquefaciens is a generalist, as the authors described it--it evolved probably at sea level and lives in plant, animal and aquatic worlds.


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YouTube Stars Fight Back


It wasn't long before Machinima, a multichannel YouTube network that specializes in video game content, came calling. The network offered him a partnership: It would put ads on his videos, and he would get a cut of the revenue generated from those ads. It sounded pretty good to Vacas, and in November 2011 he signed a contract with the company.

But the devil was in the details: After signing with Machinima, he learned that the company would own the rights to whatever videos he posts on YouTube for the rest of his life and beyond, "in perpetuity, throughout the universe, in all forms of media now known or hereafter devised." Not only that, but his contract with the network was open-ended. There was no point at which it was set to expire


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Intel Haswell GT3e GPU Performance Compared to NVIDIA's GeForce GT 650M
Anand Lal Shimpi wrote:Haswell isn't expected to launch until the beginning of June in desktops and quad-core notebooks, but Intel is beginning to talk performance. Intel used a mobile customer reference board in a desktop chassis featuring Haswell GT3 with embedded DRAM (the fastest Haswell GPU configuration that Intel will ship) and compared it to an ASUS UX15 with on-board NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M.

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eBay fraud and me: My absolutely ridiculous experience
No, I didn't bid $13,000 for 500 LED lights.

Ken Fisher wrote:Whether it was outright fraud or just a prank, I don't know—but I do know that eBay UK shows about as much concern for identity theft as your average sea urchin.

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The Science of Comment Trolls

The researchers were trying to find out what effect exposure to such rudeness had on public perceptions of nanotech risks. They found that it wasn't a good one. Rather, it polarized the audience: Those who already thought nanorisks were low tended to become more sure of themselves when exposed to name-calling, while those who thought nanorisks are high were more likely to move in their own favored direction. In other words, it appeared that pushing people's emotional buttons, through derogatory comments, made them double down on their preexisting beliefs.
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Unread postby Brenden » 21 January 2013, 01:13

Native Australians have had (carnal) knowledge of India
Travelers from India also may have brought culture, and the dingo.

Ken Fisher wrote:As genetic studies continue to expand in scope, one of the things they're revealing is the complexity of humanity's shared legacy. Rather than a clean expansion out of Africa, we've found that the ancestors of Europeans and Asians mated with Neanderthals, while the group that populated Australia and New Guinea later went on to mate with Denisovans—a group we didn't even know existed a decade ago.

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Really, really fascinating stuff. I always thought Aboriginals looked rather Indian.
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FaceWash Makes Sure Your Facebook Profile Is Clean and Interview-Ready
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If the prospect of going back over years of Facebook posts to determine whether some of them should be hidden or photos untagged is daunting, webapp FaceWash can help. The service scans your posts, timeline, and tagged photos to make sure nothing incriminating is going on, and warns you if it finds anything.


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Iraq oil minister says Exxon must choose: Southern Iraq or Kurdistan

BAGHDAD: Iraq has told Exxon Mobil that it must choose between working in the country's southern oilfields or in autonomous Kurdistan, and expects the U.S. oil major to make a final decision in a few days, the oil minister said on Sunday.

"We made it clear to Exxon in the last meeting that the answer we expected from them is to either work in the Kurdistan region or to work in southern Iraq," Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi told reporters in Baghdad.

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The crazy economics of mining asteroids for gold and platinum

Not one but two companies have now decided that they’re going to mine asteroids to collect gold and platinum. The aptly named Deep Space Industries joins Planetary Resources in the competition for meteor material—and we wish them the best of luck. But we’re a little concerned here; a NASA mission to an asteroid to bring back 2 kg of material in 2021 is expected to cost the space agency $1 billion. Before we turn over billions of dollars as angel investors, we’d like to run some math on this venture.

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Why Every Jobseeker and New Grad Should Volunteer [6 Reasons]

I recently had a childhood friend make a career change in her late thirties: she went back to school full-time, investing significant time, effort and money to turn her nursing dream into reality. She recently graduated and was so very proud to have those two new initials after her name – R.N.

Everyone was so happy for her, congratulating her on her achievement. Her Facebook page was blowing up with a flurry of happy activity and optimism for her future.

Then reality set in.

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For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II
In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga

Mike Dash wrote:Siberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains; white-water rivers that pour in torrents through the valleys; a hundred thousand icy bogs. This forest is the last and greatest of Earth's wildernesses. It stretches from the furthest tip of Russia's arctic regions as far south as Mongolia, and east from the Urals to the Pacific: five million square miles of nothingness, with a population, outside a handful of towns, that amounts to only a few thousand people.

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Breaking news: Richard Dawkins doesn't like religion or 'Islamic barbarians'. Well, he kept that one quiet
Tom Chivers wrote:Why are we still surprised that Richard Dawkins doesn't like religion? Also, will people now stop saying about the good professor that "he wouldn't dare say that about Islam"? Please?

I should explain. The latest furore comes after Islamist extremists burned down a sacred library in Timbuktu, Mali, during the ongoing conflict there. Prof Dawkins tweeted "Like Alexandria, like Bamiyan, Timbuktu's priceless manuscript heritage destroyed by Islamic barbarians."

Cue much clutching of pearls and fainting. "He's been mean about a religion!"

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The Right Dose of Worry

Colleagues at ShareCare.com, an on-line platform of health information launched by my friend, Dr. Mehmet Oz, asked me this week to comment on the risks associated with brominated vegetable oil (BVO). I did so, and my assessment is, as of the time I write this at least, featured on their home page.

The reason for the request is because BVO is much in the news of late. This is the ingredient a teenage girl noticed in her Gatorade, prompting her to find out what it was. Sara Kavanagh is reportedly a vegan, and thus allegedly more particular about what she eats than some. We’ll come back to that.

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Study: 66 Percent of Your Fill-Up Goes Into Oil Company Coffers
a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists which found that, over the average lifespan of a vehicle, owners will spend about $20,000 in fuel during its 15-year run on the road and $14,000 will go directly to oil companies. For every $50 fill-up, $33 goes into the coffers of Chevron, ExxonMobile or BP, while very little of the remaining cash goes into the local economy or even back to oil company investors.

“I was actually surprised to learn how little gas stations make from selling gas,” Joshua Goldman, the report’s author and a policy analyst on the UCS’s Clean Vehicles program, told Wired.



Why is US Oil Consumption Lower? Better Gasoline Mileage?
If we apply the 2004 rate of fuel usage (or MPG) to 2012 VMT, we find that the improvement in fuel mileage between 2004 and 2012 reduced fuel usage by 347 thousand barrels a day over the eight year period, which is equivalent to a reduction of about 43 thousand barrels a day, per year.

The total reduction in gasoline use between 2004 and 2012, relative to what would have been expected, (based on the trend line in Figure 1, assuming the mix of products each retain their 2004 proportions) is about 1.49 million barrels a day. Thus, this calculation implies that about 23% of gasoline savings is from better mileage; the other 77% is from driving fewer miles.

One point of interest is the fact that US population has recently been growing by 1% per year. Because of the growing population, a person would expect VMT to grow by at least 1% per year, unless per capita miles driven is shrinking. Since 2004, vehicle miles traveled have been growing less rapidly than population growth. As a result, mileage per person has been shrinking, recently by a little over 1% per year. Prior to 2004, vehicle miles traveled were growing at 2.2% a year while population was growing at 1.1% per year, implying that per capita miles traveled were increasing by 1.1% per year.
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What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Food

American farmers started growing genetically engineered (GE) crops (which are also commonly referred to as "GMOs") in 1996, and now plant 165 million acres annually. Food manufacturers estimate that 70 percent of processed foods contain at least one ingredient made from GE crops. But along with such rapid adoption of a scary-sounding technology have come myths propagated by proponents and opponents. Here are some facts that sometimes get lost in the hype--and that will come as a surprise to people on both sides of the constant arguments...

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Good read^

A Pop Star Shouldn't Shave Her Head in Shame for Having a Boyfriend

Thousands in Japan watched the just-buzzed Minami deliver her tearful apology, and on Twitter the video promptly took up five trending-topic spaces. Many were shocked by what she had done to herself, while others believed the punishment was just and were surprised by what she had done. It quickly morphed into the country's first big entertainment scandal of the year, but Minegishi's painful-to-watch apology is much more than tabloid fodder: Her situation highlights the more disturbing aspects of the Japanese entertainment industry, and also on a growing gender problem in Japan.


xyz72 y'know we've talked about pop stars before but man I thought it was more retrospective of trends left in the 80's. That it's still going today is kinda disgusting.
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Thanks :keke:

Maker’s Mark waters down its bourbon to meet rising demand

Maker’s Mark just got a little less stiff. The bourbon brand, known for its bottles sealed with red wax, told customers today that it’s reducing the amount of alcohol in the beverage in order to meet rising global demand.

Bourbon, which is a form of American whiskey distilled from corn and other grains, has surged in popularity over the past few years. In its largest market, the United States, bourbon now accounts for 35% of all spirit sales as more Americans have developed a taste for high-end whiskey, which is typically aged in charred white oak barrels for six years or longer. In the 1960s and 1970s, Maker’s Mark was famously sold with the slogan, “It tastes expensive…and is.”

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Unread postby winnie » 12 February 2013, 13:24

Hi, nice article about Circuit Festival in Barcelona. There are two: for gays and for lesbians.

http://www.outvoyager.com/circuit-festival-in-barcelona-1

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llinoisans back gay marriage 50-29: Crain's/Ipsos poll

Most Illinois residents want the Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, according to the latest results of the Crain's/Ipsos Illinois Poll.

The survey of 600 adults found that 50 percent support the gay-marriage bill that cleared the state Senate last week and now awaits action in the House. That's considerably more than the 29 percent who oppose it, with 20 percent saying they don't know or have mixed feelings on the matter.
As expected, support is strongest in Chicago, with 56 percent backing passage. A majority of 52 percent of suburban residents supports approval, but support drops to a plurality of 48 percent downstate.

The on-line survey had an accuracy rate of plus or minus 4.7 percent statewide, with wider ranges for numbers specific to Chicago or its suburbs.

In a bit of a surprise, intensity of feeling is strongest among supporters of legalization.
Of the 50 percent who favor passage statewide, 37 percent do so “strongly,” and 13 percent “somewhat” – an almost 3-1 margin. Among opponents, 19 percent “strongly oppose” passage, compared to 10 percent who “somewhat oppose” passage – about a 2-to-1 margin. The differing splits are within the survey's accuracy range, but may indicate that lawmakers face as much or more political risk voting “no” as they do “yes.”

Respondents who oppose passage cited their religious beliefs as their main reason, with 51 percent indicating religion is a factor for them. A total of 48 percent said “non-religious reasons that marriage should be between a man and a woman” is a factor, with 42 percent indicating that the lawmakers should focus on “more critical issues,” and 28 percent answering that civil unions should be sufficient for gay couples. The poll allowed opponents to name multiple reasons for objecting to gay marriage.
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