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by Bernard on Fri Oct 1st, 2021 at 05:29:17 PM EST
Farms Evacuated In Þingeyjarsveit Due To Landslides
Because of the heavy rainfall in the area, there's a lot of water on the mountain slopes causing landslides. The residents of the five farms that got trapped have been helped out of the area by helicopter.
RVK Newscast #135: Earthquakes Are Back! Plus A Few Words On La Palma, A/V (EN)
by Cat on Tue Oct 5th, 2021 at 01:19:42 AM EST
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La Palma Volcano's Northern Flank Collapses - Video
ppm safety story developing ...
by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 06:23:32 PM EST
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Nobel in chemistry honors "greener" way to build molecules, mostly pharma and pesticide applications, marketing
The chemistry prize focused on the business of making molecules. That requires linking individual atoms together in specific arrangements -- a difficult and slow task. Until the beginning of the millennium the year 2000, chemists had only two methods -- or catalysts -- to speed up the process, using either complicated enzymes or metal catalysts.
periodic table of organic | inorganic elements meets quantum physics
"One way to look at their work is like molecular carpentry," said John Lorsch, director of the NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences. "They've found ways to not only speed up the chemical ["]joining["]," he said, "but to make sure it only goes in either the right-handed or left-handed direction."
peter, paul "biologic" blockchain
List said he did not initially know that MacMillan was working on the same subject and figured his hunch might just be a "stupid idea" -- until it worked.
Where's muh patent waiver?
Where's muh alternative fuel?
asymmetric organocatalysis has entered the room.
by Cat on Wed Oct 6th, 2021 at 03:13:09 PM EST
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OpEd | Synthetic fuels can bolster energy security in the Baltic region
The term synthetic fuel refers to liquid fuels obtained from ["]blending["] hydrogen produced by electrolysis with carbon-containing gases. One of the most promising ways of creating this fuel is via the Power-to-Liquid (PtL) process, which involves three main steps.

First, electricity, ideally from renewables such as wind, solar or hydro, is converted into hydrogen via electrolysis. Second, concentrated CO2 is obtained either from factories (cement, steel, etc.) or from direct air CO2 capture machines. Finally, the resulting synthetic gases are purified and fed into a Fischer-Tropsch reactor, which completes the PtL cycle by producing a liquid fuel that meets international standards.

by Cat on Wed Oct 6th, 2021 at 08:08:49 PM EST
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The world's biggest [C]-removal plant just opened. In a year, it'll negate just 3 seconds' worth of global emissions.
The fans are embedded in shipping container-sized boxes, and once the [CO2] is separated, it gets mixed with [HO2] then travels through snaking, fat tubes deep underground, where the [C] cools and solidifies.
triple point of C and HO2
"Think of it like a vacuum cleaner for the atmosphere," Julio Friedmann, an energy policy researcher at Columbia University who attended the plant's ribbon-cutting ceremony, told Insider. "Nothing else can do what this tech does."
by Cat on Thu Oct 7th, 2021 at 02:30:21 AM EST
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Behind a `green façade', Modi expands coal mining on India's tribal lands
The villagers - from India's indigenous, or Adivasi, communities - hail from the Hasdeo area in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, one of the largest contiguous stretches of dense forest on the subcontinent, which is rich in biodiversity and wildlife, including elephant corridors that are critical for forestation. But the Hasdeo Arand forest is also rich in coal - and it's a resource India can't seem get enough of these days.
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Boosting coal production to 1 billion tonnes

Coal still accounts for nearly 70 percent of India's electricity generation. While the world's third-largest greenhouse gas emitter is committed to transitioning to renewable energy, India's quantum[BWAH!], self-reliant growth will be largely powered by the "dirtiest fossil fuel".

coal "apartheid"?
"Nationally, there are 55 new coal mines planned and there are expansion plans for 193 existing mines. Eighty percent of the new expansion is on Adivasi land and they are going to bear the brunt of it," said Jo Woodman, senior researcher at Survival International, a UK-based ["]tribal rights["] group.

Mining companies enter a once-protected zone

Will [India]'s move against coal power improve its image in EU?
by Cat on Sun Oct 10th, 2021 at 04:52:10 PM EST
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Why are some Indian states facing power shortages?
Underinvestment in coal production

Anne Josey of the Pune-based Prayas (Energy Group), a research organization working on energy policy, blames poor planning on the part of the government for the problem.

"The working-capital crunch faced by power-generating companies, especially state-owned firms, which are seldom paid on time by cash-strapped distribution companies, has also contributed to this crisis," Josey told DW.
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M K Venu, a prominent economic analyst, has a similar view of government responsibility.... "Even the private sector delayed coal production as the government also took its eye off the ball and did not give follow-up clearances for exploiting new coal blocks," Venu added. "Thus, the Modi government has created a new mess in the coal sector, and by extension, in the supply of thermal power."

by Cat on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 at 06:01:38 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Oct 6th, 2021 at 08:34:31 PM EST
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Researchers detect malaria resistant to key drug in Africa, 23 Sep 2020
Researchers in Uganda analyzed blood samples from patients treated with artemesinin, the primary medicine used for malaria in Africa in combination with other drugs. They found that by 2019, nearly 20 percent of the samples had genetic mutations suggesting the treatment was ineffective. Lab tests showed it took much longer for those patients to get rid of the parasites that cause malaria.
CDC | Drug Resistance in the Malaria-Endemic World
by Cat on Thu Oct 7th, 2021 at 02:41:16 AM EST
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These mosquitoes 'prefer to bite people.' Meet the INVASIVE insect RAVAGING the West Coast
Meet the invasive Aedes mosquito, an insect that really wants to bite you.
This Aedes, Aedes aegypti?
This Aedes scapularis?
That Aedes aegypti?
Or Aedes albopictus?
Originally from ASIA, the Aedes mosquito is thought to have made its way to California from a shipment of BAMBOO FROM CHINA [!] in 2001[?!], according to the Los Angeles Times.
introducing the "Malaria-Endemic World", SE Asia and Oceania, excluding Africa
Now, the population of the mosquito has grown so rapidly that numerous counties in the state are trying to control the population rather than eradicate it.
A MESSAGE from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grantees investigating "impenetrable" health supplies and "a typical" sub-Saharan Anopheles mosquito's cognitive capability:"That's why the Gates Foundation's $2 billion investment in eradicating malaria includes support for high-tech approaches, such as genetically-modified 'friendly' mosquitos that don't carry [parasites that cause] malaria, and a malaria vaccine that can protect people from the disease parasites wherever they go."
But what makes these mosquitoes so much MORE TERRIFYING than others? Their preference for biting humans.
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"Compared to the native mosquitoes here, they can actually be more resistant to a lot of the pesticides we put out in our yard," he said. "Our fear is that the resistance will be built up enough where it's not as effective."
3.500 different mosquito species
by Cat on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 at 11:41:07 AM EST
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by generic on Thu Oct 21st, 2021 at 04:52:59 PM EST
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