It’s Super Cold Outside So Climate Change Must Be A Hoax. [Video]

Jon Stewart decided to use his first show of 2014 to question the climate change deniers who climb out from under a rock every time it gets cold outside – you know, the ones that work at an entertainment station that rhymes with cocks.

Great bit for the most part but the end of the second video falls a little flat. [Uproxx]

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Not All Extinctions Are Due To Climate Change – Man Hunted The Dildo Into Extinction.

Man hunted dildo into extinction.

CNN science reporter Jonathan Mann makes a strong argument that not all extinctions are due to climate change. What happened to the dildo is a perfect example. RIP Dildo. [Boing Boing]

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‘This is Not Cool: Murderers, Tyrants, and Madmen’ Video Featuring Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013).


Whether you agree with her politics or not – Margaret Thatcher, in her prime, would’ve ended the climate change debate. [CDCW]

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Australian Study Finds That Groups Opposing Wind Farms Are The Cause Of Wind Farm Sickness.

Wind farm sickness.

Do you speak cow? The anti-wind farm lobby may need you to spread the word.

According to a study from Simon Chapman, Professor of Public Health at Sydney University, the spread of the non-illness known as wind farm sickness is via anti-wind activists and lobbyist. From the Guardian:

“[Professor Chapman’s] report concludes that illnesses being blamed on windfarms are more than likely caused by the psychological effect of suggestions that the turbines make people ill, rather than by the turbines themselves.”

Sounds like the anti-wind lobby is sending out wind farm syndrome Mary and wind farm syndrome Harry to use some magic, a little voodoo and the power of suggestion to spread the unrecognized, not-illness. Sounds about right. [Guardian]


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Engineers At Lockheed Martin Create Perforene: More Efficiently Converts Saltwater To Clean Freshwater.

John Stetson - Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin has announced that they’ve created an atom-thin carbon membrane that will significantly reduce the cost and energy required to convert saltwater to freshwater. It’s called perforene and its one-nanometer sized holes are large enough to let water flow through but small enough to filter out salt from seawater. From Lockheed Martin engineer John Stetson:

“It’s [perforene] 500 times thinner than the best filter on the market today and a thousand times stronger. The energy that’s required and the pressure that’s required to filter salt is approximately 100 times less [than reverse osmosis].”

Perforene, if it reaches the market, would be a great solution for coastal areas that have limited access to freshwater and that may not be able to afford building and operating an expensive desalinization plant. The downside: mo water mo people. [Reuters]

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Henrik Fisker Pushed To Resign From Fisker Automotive.

Henrik Fisker of Fisker AutomotiveFirst Henrik Fisker stepped down as CEO of Fisker Automotive in 2012 and now he’s being pushed to resign from the company he co-founded. The double-suck for Henrik Fisker is that he’ll have no say on how the suffering electric car company bearing his name will be divvied up.

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