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by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:40:18 AM EST
Flippy the robot's burgers may be better than yours (embedded video/EN, no transcript)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 05:32:34 PM EST
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'Don't expect Kilauea to finish anytime soon'
Advice for the ... challenged: The next question is, Who do I sue?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 05:45:04 PM EST
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the only question anybody was interested in was "is the eruption going to cause an explosion, splitting the island asunder and causing a mega-tsunami that will destroy the whole of the US West Coast?"

As the answer to this appears to have been "no", nobody cares anymore

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 07:03:47 PM EST
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"wiping, wiping, wiping"
yeah, toxic gas is invisible and its effects on morbidity are not well ahh understood. Besides Hawaii has a BIG housing shortage problem.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 09:01:29 PM EST
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Step Away from Your Microfiber Mitts
Fissure 8 and "acid fumes created when lava meets water" may be "be a precursor to a major eruption".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 09:08:43 PM EST
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jobs saved or created
California debuts `digital' license plates. Here's what they'll cost you.
eliminates "the need to physically stick tags on their plates each year" and other purposes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 10:56:39 PM EST
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Engineering seeds and digging into global markets
The Monsanto-Bayer merger [1],[2],[3] caps off three rounds of mega-mergers among global chemical corporations [4],[5].  These companies are consolidating and jockeying for better control of their market share of bio-technologies, agricultural seeds and agricultural data.

The growing of food has multiple political, social, scientific and environmental considerations; arguably the control of the seed value chain is key. Farming policies can either weaken or strengthen community-based farming systems and livelihoods decision.
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The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) website specifically mentions its work in boosting seed production by investing in local African seed companies.  The question is what kinds of seed production is being prioritised, is it primarily for export markets and how are non-commercial or family-run farm able to access this seed, manage and be responsible for the growing of quality seed.  Some reports [[xv]] suggest that AGRA distributes genetically modified seed and makes it difficult to use indigenous seeds and practices, potentially undermining the very business base of family farms.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 09:00:17 PM EST
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"VW defeat devices: A comparison of U.S. and EU required fixes" (Dec 2017, illustrated) released by Greenpeace | Unearthed, 29 Mar
It is immediately apparent that U.S. regulators are requiring VW to do far more to fix their vehicles than Europe is. Except for a $10 piece of plastic on VW's 1.6L diesel,6 all of the fixes in Europe are software-only. In the United States, only the 2012-14 Passat and the 2015-16 3.0L vehicles have a software-only fix. All others are required at least to replace the NOX aftertreatment (LNT or SCR catalyst) and some are required to replace additional hardware components, such as the particulate trap, particulate sensor, or oxidation catalyst. To modify just 500,000 vehicles in the United States, VW repeatedly has had to set aside more money,7 while the company has already "fixed" more than 6 million cars in Europe.
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Overall, the cost of the fixes in the United States is very high. The estimated cost of installing an LNT or SCR system in new vehicles is about $500, and the cost of the particulate trap is similar.8 The expense for retrofitting these components would be significantly higher, reflecting engineering time to redesign the systems, labor cost to install them, and administrative costs for shipping the parts to about a thousand dealers. And reports are that VW has not been able to come up with an acceptable fix at all for the 2009-12 3.0L diesels in the United States and will be forced to scrap the entire vehicle with these diesel engines.

archived May 2018
The General Court rejects class action law suit
'oxides of nitrogen': NO, NO2, N2O, and NO5

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 11:17:06 PM EST
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surprise!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 05:22:18 AM EST
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