Springtime of micronations spearheaded by Belgian “Grand-Duke” Niels

Micronations, antartica, geopolitics, Flandrensis

Flandrensis, its flag, its motto and the cheerful personality of its Grand Duke attracted people online and the project became so exciting that Niels decided to make it something bigger. He continued, “I wanted it to be useful. I learned of micronations proclaiming territories in Antarctica so I did it, but as an ecological venture, to raise awareness on ice melting. Flandrensis is the only country that does not want citizens on its territory”.

http://brusselstimes.com/magazine2/4653/springtime-of-micronations-spearheaded-by-belgian-grand-duke-niels

Every Technological Extension is Also an Amputation

Near Future Laboratory, Media, social media, apprehension, crap futures

Since the presence of social network is relatively new, the real gains and losses of their use can be found in the mood, behavior, rituals, manners and feelings of connected people. Only recently, the popular media started to consider the psychological effects of ‘social overload’, its impact on mental, social and even physical well-being. We are starting to hear about compulsive behaviors or any other kind of pathologies with acronyms such as FoMO (Fear of Missing Out) or FoBO (Fear of Better Options) provoked by the exposure to social media. That evolution can also easily be traced in recent academic literature.

http://blog.nearfuturelaboratory.com/2015/12/10/the-global-village-and-its-discomforts/

Argentine Yard is massive railroad yard in Kansas City, Kansas, USA. The facility has sixty sorting tracking and multiple car…

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Argentine Yard is massive railroad yard in Kansas City, Kansas, USA. The facility has sixty sorting tracking and multiple car repair shops on the premises. America’s network of freight railroads covers more than 140,000 miles and accounts for approximately 40 percent of intercity freight volume - more than any other mode of transportation.

39°4'51"N, 94°40'42"W

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Resistance to last-resort antibiotic has now spread across globe

New Scientist, evolution, antibiotics, pan-resistance, polymyxins, bacteria, MDR, PDR, agriculture

The last drug has fallen. Bacteria carrying a gene that allows them to resist polymyxins, the antibiotics of last resort for some kinds of infection, have been found in Denmark and China, prompting a global search for the gene. The discovery means that gram-negative bacteria, which cause common gut, urinary and blood infections in humans, can now become “pan-resistant”, with genes that defeat all antibiotics now available. That will make some infections incurable, unless new kinds of antibiotics are brought to market soon. Colistin, the most common polymyxin, is a last-resort treatment for infections with bacteria such as E. coli and Klebsiella that resist all other available antibiotics.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28633-resistance-to-last-resort-antibiotic-has-now-spread-across-globe/

$13.5M Moore Grant to Develop Working ‘Accelerator on a Chip’ Prototype “The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded…

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$13.5M Moore Grant to Develop Working ‘Accelerator on a Chip’ Prototype

“The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $13.5 million to Stanford University for an international effort, including key contributions from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, to build a working particle accelerator the size of a shoebox based on an innovative technology known as “accelerator on a chip.”

This novel technique, which uses laser light to propel electrons through a series of artfully crafted chips, has the potential to revolutionize science, medicine and other fields by dramatically shrinking the size and cost of particle accelerators.

“Can we do for particle accelerators what the microchip industry did for computers?” said SLAC physicist Joel England, an investigator with the 5-year project. “Making them much smaller and cheaper would democratize accelerators, potentially making them available to millions of  people. We can’t even imagine the creative applications they would find for this technology.”

Robert L. Byer, a Stanford professor of applied physics and co-principal investigator for the project who has been working on the idea for 40 years, said, “Based on our proposed revolutionary design, this prototype could set the stage for a new generation of ‘tabletop’ accelerators, with unanticipated discoveries in biology and materials science and potential applications in security scanning, medical therapy and X-ray imaging.””

Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

The Guardian, Uruguay, energy, renewables, climate change, resilience

In less than 10 years, Uruguay has slashed its carbon footprint without government subsidies or higher consumer costs, according to the country’s head of climate change policy, Ramón Méndez. In fact, he says that now that renewables provide 94.5% of the country’s electricity, prices are lower than in the past relative to inflation. There are also fewer power cuts because a diverse energy mix means greater resilience to droughts. It was a very different story just 15 years ago. Back at the turn of the century oil accounted for 27% of Uruguay’s imports and a new pipeline was just about to begin supplying gas from Argentina.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/03/uruguay-makes-dramatic-shift-to-nearly–95-clean-energy

No, it’s not “cultural appropriation” to practice yoga.

Yoga, culture, history, appropriation, promotion, India, Hinduism, colonialism, dozenalism

Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga, published in 1896, became a best-seller and had a lasting impact on American culture […] Vivekananda’s yoga didn’t involve the asanas, or poses, that we know as yoga today, because asana-based yoga is a modern phenomenon—one that emerged from the Indian nationalist movement’s attempt to develop a distinctly Indian version of what was then called physical culture (essentially, physical fitness). The short version of this story, which scholars like Mark Singleton and Joseph Alter have described, is that Indian innovators combined facets of medieval tantric practices with elements from Indian wrestling exercises, British army calisthenics, and Scandinavian gymnastics. They called their system “yoga,” a word that previously had had very different connotations.

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2015/11/university_canceled_yoga_class_no_it_s_not_cultural_appropriation_to_practice.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top

We must learn from sunken cities or suffer their fate

Darran Anderson, climate change, sea level rise, flooding, architecture, adaptation

Perhaps our descendants won’t condemn us for our apathy and inertia. After all, we will leave them the greatest man-made coral reefs the world has ever seen; streets where we used to live and breathe and dream. There is however hope, provided we don’t leave matters simply in the hands of the state and the markets. We will need to engage with engineers, architects, designers, writers, thinkers and, above all, citizens to anticipate and mitigate what may come. We can save our cities but only if we face the prospect that they may already be lost and work our way back from the end.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/03/sunken-cities-british-museum-exhibition-climate-change-flood

Creepy life-size twin dolls on the London Underground this morning promoting Derren Brown’s new psychological theme park ride….

Creepy life-size twin dolls on the London Underground this morning promoting Derren Brown’s new psychological theme park ride.
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Burning coal is, quite simply, not compatible with staying within a 2°C limit on global warming… Analysis released at COP21…

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Burning coal is, quite simply, not compatible with staying within a 2°C limit on global warming…

Analysis released at COP21 this week by Climate Action Tracker indicates that:

  • ‘If all coal plants in the pipeline were to be built, by 2030, emissions from coal power would be 400% higherthan what is consistent with a 2°C pathway.’
  • ‘Even with no new construction, in 2030, emissions from coal-fired power generation would still be more than 150% higher than what is consistent with holding warming below 2°C.’

Also see post of Carbon Tracker’s report on $2 trillion of potentially wasted investment in fossil fuel projects

Image from National Geographic

Frequently cited co-benefits of climate change mitigation techniques (Red arrows between a mitigation technology and an effect…

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Frequently cited co-benefits of climate change mitigation techniques (Red arrows between a mitigation technology and an effect indicate that the technology will increase the effect; green arrows indicate an opposite trend.)

From Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health, published in the Lancet (register for free access to article).