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[1THING] Blog: Archive for April, 2014

[ Garden Shed: Are You Making Its Best Use? ]

If you???,??,,?re a gardener, then it is quite possible that you already have a garden shed installed in your yard. But, if your gardening tools are still laying disorganized in your shed, then perhaps you???,??,,?re …

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[ Right Time for Pruning Peach Trees ]

You must be aware of the fact that peach trees require pruning from time to time. You must also know that for getting best results of pruning you must hire the services of a top …

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[ Nino’s No-No: Justice Scalia Flubs Dissent In Pollution Case ]

It’s more than embarrassing when a Supreme Court justice makes his decision based on facts that he’s gotten wrong. The court has corrected the record, but the slip has stuck among legal cognoscenti.

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[ Dot Earth Blog: Values and Data Meet at a Vatican Workshop on Sustaining Humanity on a Flourishing Planet ]

The Vatican hosts a meeting considering the mix of science, technology and values-laden choices that will determine the quality of life — human and otherwise — on Earth in coming decades.



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[ Smiting The Mite To Save The Bees (And The Crops They Pollinate) ]

A government scientist says that to help keep more bees from dying we need to focus on helping beekeepers fight the varroa mite. But some groups say pesticides are just as problematic.

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[ China Fuels Highest Solar Silicon Demand Since 2011 ]

The polysilicon industry is headed for its biggest boom since a price war started three years ago. It can thank a burst of solar-panel orders in China and Japan.

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[ French State to Keep Control of Hydropower Concessions, Royal Says ]

France will create state-controlled companies to operate hydroelectric dams, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said today, scrapping a plan to hold competitive bids for the contracts.

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[ Pension Funds Hold a Key to Renewable Energy Finance ]

One of the more prominent asset classes that U.S. pension funds invest in is electric utility stocks and bonds. This is because utilities are historically stable businesses, and as a result are suitable for retirement funds precisely because they are generally subject to virtually no market risks from competition. Thus their profits, while not literally guaranteed by a state’s utility governing agency, are nonetheless essentially guaranteed through approved rates of return and rate recovery.

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[ Wind Safety: Is Your Turbine Up to Industry Standards? ]

The demand for greater safety in technology is growing worldwide. Proven and tested industrial automation products
— including integrated safety functionality — increases the availability of wind turbine systems and coincidentally meeting stricter safety regulations. Modern safety concepts simplify the integration of fail-safe solutions into wind turbine systems.

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[ Moving Towards the European Super Grid ]

The creation of a single European electricity market has been moving in a positive direction. With the EU Electricity Liberalization Directive agreed by all Member States forming the framework of EU energy policy, the overarching goal is for consumers to benefit from an internal market governed by coordinated rules — for the implementation of renewables and development of the electricity network. A market-oriented European energy system also aims to make the most of different types of power generation and to optimize the costs associated with managing, maintaining and evolving the grid infrastructure.

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