Archive for ‘Science’

August 21, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by Vince

June 23, 2011

The Energy Expenditure of Internet Usage

by Vince


This is an interesting short video titled “How Green Is Your Internet?”

TDW:

Hungry Beast‘s Dan Ilic explores the facts and figures behind the oft ignored energy expenditure of Internet usage.

June 22, 2011

Miss USA 2011 on if Evolution should be taught in schools

by Vince

There is such a difference not only in substance but in attitude between contestants from blue and red states. Miss USA from Pennsylvania comes in at 11:27.

You can also view other questions that were asked on the right hand suggestions bar.

June 5, 2011

Electric Cars and Oil Dependency

by Vince

The guys over at the Freakonomics blog have an interesting

point about electric cars. I guess every advantage has it’s disadvantages:

One argument I’ve heard is “national security,” the idea being that electric vehicles would make the United States less dependent on imported oil. Be careful what you wish for, however, because if electric cars become a mainstay, we may be trading one dependence for another that is even more troubling. Ninety-five percent of the world’s output of rare-earth metals today comes from one country: China. By some estimates, demand will outstrip supply within five years. At least with oil we know there are fifty years of oil reserves readily available. Moreover, oil is produced all over the world, limiting the monopoly power of any one country.

It is quite possible that scientists will figure out alternatives that lessen the need for rare-earth metals. If not, add the words dysprosium, praseodymium, and terbium to your vocabulary, because you will be hearing a lot about these elements in the future, and the news is not likely to be good.