Archive for July, 2005

France ejects 12 Islamic 'preachers of hate'

July 30th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on France ejects 12 Islamic 'preachers of hate'

The gulf between British and French treatment of preachers of hatred and violence was thrown sharply into focus yesterday when France announced the summary expulsion of a dozen Islamists between ...

Institute for Lifecycle Environmental Assessment

July 27th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Institute for Lifecycle Environmental Assessment

Institute for Lifecycle Environmental Assessment Paper vs. Plastic etc.

Man Charged for Having Sex With Teen Wife

July 26th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Man Charged for Having Sex With Teen Wife

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A 22-year-old man faces criminal charges in Nebraska for having sex with an underage 13-year-old girl, although he legally married her in Kansas after she became pregnant. ...

Computer scientists to copy brain of a mammal

July 26th, 2005 / Future Tech, Newswire / Comments Off on Computer scientists to copy brain of a mammal

IBM and Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have teamed up to create the most ambitious project in the field of neuroscience: to simulate a mammalian brain on the ...

Cloning plan poses new ethical dilemma

July 26th, 2005 / Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Cloning plan poses new ethical dilemma

The issue raises ethical questions. Many scientists working in the field believe their research is severely hampered because the eggs they use are of such poor quality that they often ...

War in Iraq kills energy independence

July 26th, 2005 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on War in Iraq kills energy independence

Given the extreme levels of U.S. oil dependence, it seemed to make sense to establish a "police station" in the mideast to extend the "Carter doctrine" and ensure U.S. ...

'The Island' poses question: Do you want a clone?

July 25th, 2005 / Future Tech, Newswire / Comments Off on 'The Island' poses question: Do you want a clone?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Armageddon" director Michael Bay likes big bangs, fast chases and fancy gadgets but his latest movie "The Island" takes a new turn, addressing the pressing political ...

Cubans sweating out power, water shortages

July 25th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Cubans sweating out power, water shortages

HAVANA - Several dozen government employees arriving home from work milled for hours outside their 20-story apartment building, waiting for power to be restored so they could take the elevator ...

What happens if oil output 'peaks'?

July 25th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on What happens if oil output 'peaks'?

With oil prices breaking $60 a barrel, our story last week on a new book questioning OPECs ability to keep the world supplied with crude drew a heavy response from ...

How Existing Energy Technologies Can Offset Peak Oil

July 25th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on How Existing Energy Technologies Can Offset Peak Oil

Electricity as fuel is one important solution, from nuclear power, coal, natural gas, anything that makes sense economically. One way that we can reduce our oil dependence is to begin ...

Ricky Martin Seeks End to Arab Stereotypes

July 25th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Ricky Martin Seeks End to Arab Stereotypes

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - On his first visit to the Middle East, Ricky Martin declared he will try to change negative perceptions of Arab youth in the West. "I ...

Video game biz converting to Christianity

July 25th, 2005 / Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Video game biz converting to Christianity

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - While such Mature-rated games as "Resident Evil 4," "Doom 3" and "Halo 2" are widely known for raking in millions for the video game industry, ...

Planet Ark: US Senate Panel Begins Work on Greenhouse Gas Cuts

July 24th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Planet Ark: US Senate Panel Begins Work on Greenhouse Gas Cuts

WASHINGTON - A senior Senate Republican said on Thursday he will pursue legislation that may eventually require US industry to cut gases linked to global warming, a view sharply at ...

Will quantifying industrial symbiosis improve the world?

July 24th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Will quantifying industrial symbiosis improve the world?

Over the past decade, the notion that industries can function like biological ecosystems has gained an increasing amount of serious attention. Central to the growing discipline of industrial ecology is ...

A visit to Iceland spurs dreams of a hydrogen future

July 24th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on A visit to Iceland spurs dreams of a hydrogen future

It is incredibly moving to stand next to the pumps at the world's first commercial hydrogen filling station. (In mid-June, the "Hydrogen Puffin," a motorized tricycle, fueled up there for ...

Horse-and-Plow Farming Making a Comeback

July 24th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Horse-and-Plow Farming Making a Comeback

SISTERS, Ore. - To some, the thought of a farmer patiently working the field behind a horse and plow might evoke pangs of nostalgia for the early days of agriculture. ...

Clinton expresses regret in Rwanda

July 24th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Clinton expresses regret in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda (Reuters) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, visiting a Rwandan genocide memorial on Saturday, expressed regret for his "personal failure" to prevent the 1994 slaughter of 800,000 people.

Abortion to be 'hot button' issue for Roberts

July 23rd, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Abortion to be 'hot button' issue for Roberts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court nominee John Roberts will receive "full, fair and complete" hearing, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee pledged on Wednesday as a group with White ...

Dissidents held in Cuba crackdown

July 23rd, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Dissidents held in Cuba crackdown

Opposition figures in Cuba say at least 20 Cuban dissidents have been detained as part of a crackdown against the country's political opposition. They are said ...

The Question of Sentience

July 23rd, 2005 / Religion / 14 comments

The nomination of John Roberts as replacement justice for Sandra Day O'Connor, who recently retired from the Supreme Court, promises to rekindle the 30 year old abortion debate. I've ...

LEED building standards far better than communities

July 19th, 2005 / Energy Transition / Comments Off on LEED building standards far better than communities

The LEED building standards recently adopted by the state of Nevada will have more of an impact on energy use and the environment than all the "off-the-grid" communities that could ...

Exponential growth can make impossible tasks easy

July 18th, 2005 / Energy Transition / Comments Off on Exponential growth can make impossible tasks easy

Given the exponential nature of science and development, it is not worthwhile to evaluate the possibilities for the future based on current methods and techniques. For example: When the human genome ...

Do What Thou Wilt

July 18th, 2005 / Religion / 5 comments

"Do What Thou Wilt" has been attributed to Aleister Crowley, and other so-called devil worshippers. But it seems more relevant today than ever to the liberated individualist. I've taken flak ...

Islamic Leaders Must Be Held Responsible

July 14th, 2005 / Religion / Comments Off on Islamic Leaders Must Be Held Responsible

The revelation that Britain's suicide bombers were all British citizens, with their only link being Islam, places a heavy burden on Islamic leaders. In brief, there are no more excuses. Any ...