Monthly Archives: June 2011

World Bank: Scrap biofuel subsidies to curb food costs

The World Bank, WTO, and other agencies have wisely come out against biofuel subsidies.  Most of these subsidies go to corn-based biofuels, which drive up the cost of food worldwide and offer minimal environmental or energy policy advantages. My comments: … Continue reading

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Anti-Ghrelin Vaccine to Fight Obesity

Ghrelin is a hormone that helps regulate body weight and metabolism.  Higher ghrelin levels lead us to expend less energy and to eat more in an attempt to conserve resources.   Now a group in Portugal has shown that it’s … Continue reading

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BMW Powered Twin-Rotor Hoverbike

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Farmers Were Genetic Breeders 10,000 Years Ago

    From New Scientist: “Chinese rice farmers 10,000 years ago were early pioneers of modern genetic breeding. Like modern breeders they seemed to realise that shorter plants would produce higher yields, and unwittingly selected for mutations in a gene … Continue reading

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Violence Among Primates (including Bonobos)

New Scientist reviews Among African Apes, a set of field diaries by Martha Robbins and Christophe Boesch that explode the myth of peace and tranquility among other primate species, including the much-revered bonobos. One small sample: We also meet Volker, … Continue reading

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Solar Cheaper than Coal in 3-5 Years? GE and First Solar Think So

The news is carrying two stories in the last two weeks pitching solar as potentially cheaper than current electrical rates in the next 3-5 years. First, in an interview with Bloomberg, GE’s global research director Mark M. Little said that … Continue reading

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