Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"You damned, dirty ape!!"

Spanish Parliment is definitely seeking to keep Cornelius and Zira happy.

Actually, I think this is geared more towards Doctor Zaius and General Urko.

Great news if you're a Great Ape, unless, of course, you're in a Spanish amnesity for you!

It's in the brain...

This SciAm article refers to a study by Swedish researchers at the Stockholm Brain Institute that says
that gay men and straight women share similar traits—most notably in the size of their brains and the activity of the amygdala—an area of the brain tied to emotion, anxiety and aggression. The same is true for heterosexual men and lesbians.

This is not the first such study to intimate that homosexuality has a biological basis.

Personally, I believe such a basis will be confirmed as more studies are performed. Unfortunately, since the subject is such a political third rail in US politics, the real research shall continue to be performed abroad when it is undertaken at all.

Off the Grid

This Scientific American article is about a NJ civil engineer who powers his house, his car, his lawnmower, etc using a combination of solar-powered electricity and hydrogen.

He built it all himself and generates his own hydrogen onsite.

The catch? It cost him $500,000--$100k of his own money and $400k of NJ taxpayers' money, erm, grants.

He's perfecting the tech and has the cost down to $150k per house--check out his company website.

This is what I want!

This is what I believe is necessary to TerrorProof(tm) our power grid. Get every residential building off the grid and preserve the high power lines for heavy industry--like aluminum smelters--that require a lot of power.

It's the ultimate in a distributed target set. If every home/apartment building/condo is a mini-power plant, you can't take out our power.

Also see Honda's efforts in the same area. Note, however, that it is not yet commercially available.