The Patient Gardener by Visiondivision
Bump in corn grown for ethanol has polluted water and wiped out 5 million acres of conserved land, AP finds
Five million acres of land — more than in Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite national parks combined — have been pulled from conservation on Obama’s watch, according to Agriculture Department figures.
What’s more, from 2005 to 2010, corn farmers increased their use of nitrogen fertilizer by more than 1 billion pounds. More recent data isn’t available from the Agriculture Department, but because of the huge increase in corn planting, even conservative projections by the AP suggest another billion-pound fertilizer increase on corn farms since then.
Some of that fertilizer has seeped into drinking water, contaminating rivers and boosting the growth of enormous algae fields in the Gulf of Mexico; the algae eventually decompose, sucking oxygen from the water and leaving behind a huge dead zone, currently covering 5,800 square miles of sea floor where marine life can’t survive.
That dead zone is just one example of a peculiar ethanol side effect: As one government program encourages farmers to plant more corn, other programs pay millions to clean up the mess.
Obama is no environmentalist. He’s helped increase fracking, expanded off-shore oil drilling, continues to stealthily approve parts the Keystone XL Pipeline, weakened endangered species protection, and will sign off on Alaska’s horrifying Pebble Mine gold mine.
Erin Wasson in short film “L’Intruse”, who would stand her up for dinner?
Importing vector data into SAGA, and it all goes wrong. Not sure what caused this, but it looks cool. (not exactly R, but close).
via Steve Scott
Which technologies will have the biggest impact on humanity by 2025?
This video provides an introduction to a London Futurists Hangout On Air covering that question, and also contains preliminary information about a two-day conference envisioned to be held in London in March 2014.
See http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurist… for more details about the Hangout On Air meetup (held on Sunday 3rd November).
See http://londonfuturists.com/2013/10/27… for more details of the envisioned “Anticipating 2025” conference.
To join the Google Group to help with the design, planning, and organisation of “Anticipating 2025”, seehttps://groups.google.com/forum/#!for….
To make any substantial comments about the contents of this video (comments longer that will fit easily inside YouTube ), seehttp://londonfuturists.com/2013/10/28….
An insect-like, crash-happy flying robot aka Robust Flight in Cluttered Indoor Environments
Gimball likes to make contact. In fact, this small ultralight flying spheroid resembles an insect as it goes around bumping into things. The goal of EPFL researchers was to develop a machine that could operate in extremely chaotic environments without the need for fragile sensors.