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Global warming. Dependence on foreign oil. Infrastructure vulnerable to natural and manmade catastrophes. Undrinkable water, poverty, disease, social unrest.
These increasingly serious problems can only be solved by finding solutions to the ever-expanding energy crisis.
For many good reasons, an integral part of the new mix of energy technologies that will be needed to solve these problems is Nuclear. Wind, solar, geothermal — all available technologies are important and will have their place in the ultimate solution to our global energy problem. But the workhorse is going to be nuclear. (see why nuclear) However, until now — until Hyperion, nuclear power and the many benefits it offers: clean, emission-free, affordable energy — was only available from large, expensive nuclear power plants that took 10 years or more to build. And, many locations that could have benefited from nuclear power were not appropriate — the land was not available or the population was not large enough to warrant a huge power plant.
Invented at the famed Los Alamos National Laboratory, Hyperion small modular power reactors make all the benefits of safe, clean nuclear power available for remote locations. For both industrial and community applications, Hyperion offers reliable energy with no greenhouse gas emissions. Hyperion power is also cheaper than fossil fuels and, when you consider the cost of land and materials, watt to watt, Hyperion’s innovative energy technology is even more affordable than many developing “alternative” energy technologies.Small enough to be transported on a ship, truck or train, Hyperion power modules are about the size of a "hot tub" — approximately 1.5 meters wide. Out of sight and safe from nefarious threats, Hyperion power modules are buried far underground and guarded by a security detail. Like a power battery, Hyperion modules have no moving parts to wear down, and are delivered factory sealed. They are never opened on site. Even if one were compromised, the material inside would not be appropriate for proliferation purposes. Further, due to the unique, yet proven science upon which this new technology is based, it is impossible for the module to go supercritical, “melt down” or create any type of emergency situation. If opened, the very small amount of fuel that is enclosed would immediately cool. The waste produced after five years of operation is approximately the size of a softball and is a good candidate for fuel recycling. Perfect for moderately-sized projects, Hyperion produces only 25 MWe — enough to provide electricity for about 20,000 average American sized homes or its industrial equivalent. Ganged or teamed together, the modules can produce even more consistent energy for larger projects.
Factor spurring formation of inhibitory synapses gives clues to neurologic disorders
you have your hand on a transcription factor such as Npas4, new
genome-wide technology allows you to essentially identify every target
of the transcription factor
Boston -- Neuroscientists at Children’s Hospital Boston have identified the first known “master switch” in brain cells to orchestrate the formation and maintenance of inhibitory synapses, essential for proper brain function. The factor, called Npas4, regulates more than 200 genes that act in various ways to calm down over-excited cells, restoring a balance that is thought to go askew in some neurologic disorders. The findings appear in the September 24 advance online edition of the journal Nature.
Synapses, the connections between brain cells, can be excitatory or inhibitory in nature. At birth, the rapidly developing brain teems with excitatory synapses, which tend to make nerve cells “fire” and stimulate their neighbors. But if the excitation isn’t eventually balanced, it can lead to epilepsy, and diseases like autism and schizophrenia have been associated with an imbalance of excitation and inhibition. The creation of inhibitory connections is also necessary to launch critical periods -- windows of rapid learning during early childhood and adolescence, when the brain is very “plastic” and able to rewire itself.
Npas4 is a transcription factor, a switch that activates or represses other genes. The researchers, led by Michael Greenberg, PhD, director of the Neurobiology Program at Children’s, demonstrated that the activity of as many as 270 genes changes when Npas4 activity is blocked in a cell, and that Npas4 activation is associated with an increased number of inhibitory synapses on the cell’s surface.
The team further showed that Npas4 is activated by excitatory synaptic activity. "Excitation turns on a program that says, ‘this cell is getting excited, we need to balance that with inhibition,’” explains Greenberg, who now also chairs the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.
Finally, the researchers bred live mice that lacked Npas4, and found evidence of neurologic problems – the mice appeared anxious and hyperactive and were prone to seizures.
Greenberg and colleagues are now trying to learn more about the wide variety of genes that Npas4 regulates, each of which could give clues to synapse development and reveal new treatment possibilities for neurologic disorders. “If you have your hand on a transcription factor such as Npas4, new genome-wide technology allows you to essentially identify every target of the transcription factor,” says Greenberg. One such target is neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which Greenberg and colleagues previously showed to regulate the maturation and function of inhibitory synapses.
Children’s researchers Takao Hensch, PhD, and Michela Fagiolini, PhD, also in the Neurobiology program, plan to study the Npas4-lacking mice to see if they have abnormalities in the initiation of critical periods; colleague Chinfei Chen, MD, PhD, will also study the mice, further probing how their synapses develop.
The study was supported by the F.M. Kirby Foundation, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, the Lefler Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Yingxi Lin, PhD, was first author.
Citation: Lin Y; et al. Activity-dependent regulation of GABAergic synapse development by Npas4. Nature Sep 24, 2008 [advance online publication.
After posting online, the article can be viewed at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature07319.
Jim Cramer - the ultimate in contrary indicators. He made a ton of money back in the go-go days of the 90's but there are many who claim he was very dirty. There are books written about his trading antics written by people who worked for him.
Many people wondered why if he was so dirty Elliot Spitzer left him alone while he went after everyone else. I can tell you that... they were college roommates. Hmmm I wonder how much Cramer knew about Spitzers umm... habit.
Anyway to the point - the guy has been wrong with such consistency that it makes me feel SO much better to have him say that you have to be in gold because of the failing economy.
You see I've been very worried about the bank failures and the financial meltdown. Also the bailout - which is necessary - is making many think the value of the dollar will fall so much that OIL went up a record amount today and gold went up a ton also.
So what's going to happen? No one really knows - and if they do they will be the ones who get rich off this. I can tell you who DOESN'T know - Jim Cramer. If he says panic and go into gold then it must mean everything is going to be OK.
Gosh I am relieved, thanks Cramer.
An induction powered yoyocharger for Apple.
And of course there is a small onboard LI cell to store the electricity generated. So no need to charge as you yoyo. Yoyo and then charge.
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The list that politicians do not want you read. The top 11 tricks that you can use now to stop politicians and other from invading your privacy with robo calls, emails, direct mail and other ways.
The list that politicians, parties, vendors and candidates don't want you to know about.
With the election season now hitting us like a Hurricane, particularly in battle ground states, The National Political Do Not Contact Registry presents the top 11 ways to stop politicians, vendors candidates, unions, PACs, 527's, and local, state, and national party groups from contacting you at home either by phone or via the Internet.
The bottom line? With less that 50 days to go until election day there is little that you can do now to stop John McCain, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Megan Fox, Jack Nicholson, Jay Z or some other celebrity from calling you at home.
However, there are some things you can do now that will help as well as preparing for the next election cycle as well as stopping commercial marketers from invading your privacy.
1) Registering to Vote --> Don't Do It, or Give The Minimum Information You Absolutely Need to Give
When you register to vote DO NOT give the state your phone number. Leave it blank. Why? Because your state voter registration database, in most instances, is simply re-sold to the political establishment and that is the database that is used to contact you. ACTION: Re-register in your state and make sure that you remove your phone number(s) from the application.
Political Party Affiliation. Don't have one. Do not register as part of a political party. I know, that can disqualify you from voting in the primaries. But, if you don't want a party to call you, don't tell them you support them.
2) Learn the Law --> Some states ban robo calls, do you live in one of them?
Yes, there are states that ban robo calls and do not exempt political calls. If you live in one of them, know the law, how to file a complaint, and follow through on the complaint.
California is the biggest state with a robo call ban. If you live in CA, robo calls are illegal according to the California Public Utilities Code sections 2871-2876. We have set up a specific web page to help CA residents file a complaint and to learn more about the law.
Other states include: OR, IN, MN, NJ and SC.
o We also have a form for MN residents: StopIllegalMNRobocalls.org
3) Do Not Call Registries --> Make sure you are on ALL of them
While political calls are often exempt from do not call registries, there are several states that use the either the Federal Do Not Call List or a state do not call list to enforce robo call bans (Oregon for example). At the very least, make sure you are on the Federal Do Not Call Registry and your own State Do Not Call Registry (as applicable, some states do not have their own).
Sign up at the National Political Do Not Contact Registry. The NPDNC is a non-profit non-partisan advocacy organization that is working with politicians and parties to demand that they not call voters that sign up at StopPoliticalCalls.org. Currently 6 politicians have signed a "do not robo call" pledge as well as a leading robo calling vendor.
4) Contributing and Volunteering for Candidates --> Don't, if you do not want to get unwanted contacts
Bottom line? If you contribute or volunteer to a campaign or candidate and give them your phone number, email, and address you can expect to get non stop communications until election day.
Opt-Out of Email: Most campaigns will allow you to quickly opt-out of email communications. It is much more difficult to get them to remove your phone numbers and mailing addresses. Visit their campaign websites to find out how to do so.
5) Tell the Campaigns To Stop Calling! --> In person, often, and via the phone
In person communication works. Do it. Now.
If you do not like getting unwanted phone calls from campaigns, tell them!
Tell campaigns that you will not vote for the candidate if they do not stop calling
Tell campaigns that you will not contribute if they do not stop calling
Tell campaigns that you will write letters to the editor and tell all your friends not to vote for that candidate if they do not stop calling
Make sure, again, that you know your state laws about political calls and demand that the enforcing authorities actually do their job --> Enforcing the existing laws!
6) Think Having a Cell Phone Exempts You From Getting Called? Think Again. --> Make sure that you never give campaigns your number(s).
If you think that the law regulates political calls to cell phones, you are wrong. Period.
If a campaign gets hold of your cell phone number (your voter registration, your contribution form, your volunteer application, etc..) they can call you on your cell phone anytime, anywhere, anyhow.
Just because commercial organizations are banned from calling cell phones doesn't mean that politicians are. Remember, politicians are exempt from most do not call registries. Just because you have a cell phone doesn't mean that pols won't call you.
7) Unlist Your Number(s) With Your Phone Company
Yes, it costs a little extra. It is worth it. Unlist your number from the phone directory by calling your local phone provider and doing it now. Not only will it stop your ex-spouse from finding you, it will make it harder for politicians to find you as well.
8) Make Sure Google Unlists Your Number
Few people realize that Google could have your phone number, name and address. Fewer people realize that Google makes it easy to unlist it for free. Click here to do so.
9) Consumer Marketing Do Not XYZ Lists. --> Join them now.
The Direct Marketing Association has a website that lists the following services. We recommend that you sign up for all of them. NOTE: Some cost money.
o How to remove your name from mailing lists.
o How to get your name off telemarketing lists.
o How to get your name off email lists.
o How to remove deceased individuals names from marketing lists.
o How to remove the names of individuals in your care from marketing lists.
o The Mail Preference Service
Credit Card Offers. The CC industry has a credit card offer opt out service at:
10) Get Caller ID --> You'll know if it is Grandma Calling, but You'll still be woken up at 3 AM
Again, this service often costs a little extra. It is worth it so that when you see a number that you do not recognize on your Caller ID screen you can make the choice not to answer it.
It does not help, however, with stopping the phone from actually ringing and waking you and your family up.
11) Internet Advertising Op-Out Services --> If you do not want to be micro-targeted by the campaigns, do not let them know who you are and where you are when you are online.
Network Advertising Initiative opt out (NAI opt out). Click here to learn more and take action.
We are sure that there are other ways to stop unwanted political communications. Please let us know in the comment section and we'll be sure to update the list as we learn of more options.
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about going to the dentist now?
Just wait. If the Maine Board of Dental Examiners gets its way, women
in the state who require certain "standard of care" dental procedures
will have to bare their chests to their dentists.
This is not a joke.
The MBDE is the first and only dental board in the country to propose
that all dental patients who wish to receive a form of standard pain
and anxiety sedation be required to have an electrocardiogram (ECG)
administered in their dentists' offices. In order to place ECG
electrodes properly, women patients will have to bare their chests and
men will need to let their dentists shave body hair.
Stop the Pain in Maine
Augusta, ME September 10, 2008 -- Hard as it is to believe, the State of Maine dental board is poised to approve new regulations that will require some patients to "strip and shave" for even common dental procedures, such as root canals and fillings, according to a group calling itself "Stop the Pain in Maine".
The approval could come as early as Friday, September 12, when the Maine Board of Dental Examiners (MBDE) votes on a plan to require Maine dentists to administer an electrocardiogram (ECG) to all patients who opt for a popular, safe form of pain and anxiety sedation.
Maine will become the only state in the nation to ask dentists to place electrodes on their patients' bare chests, arms and legs in order to administer this widely accepted "standard-of-care" sedation, according to the group. Local dentists note that many physicians prescribe the exact same medication to patients, who administer it to themselves at home without any medical supervision whatsoever.
Dr. Michael Silverman, a nationally recognized expert on so-called "oral conscious sedation" says the Maine dental board's proposed ECG requirement is "patently absurd." More than 2 million adults in the U.S. have been treated safely, painlessly and effectively by their family dentists using the exact same sedation medication without the need for an ECG, Dr. Silverman notes.
Neither the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry nor Dr. Silverman's organization - DOCS Education - recommend the use of an ECG for the same protocols Maine's board says require an ECG.
Maine residents who are already squeamish about visiting their dentist now face the very real specter of having their dentists require them to remove their shirts or blouses. (To be effective, some dentists may ask women patients to remove their bras as well.) The ECG may also require dentists to shave body hair off their patients, in order to be effective.
Oral conscious sedation, also known as OCS, has helped high-anxiety dental patients receive fear-free dental treatments for more than a decade. Last fall, after a prolonged and in-depth review, the American Dental Association issued nationwide guidelines for OCS to ensure its safe use by family dentists. The ADA guidelines do not require or even recommend the use of an ECG.
Some local Maine family dentists believe the Maine dental board is seeking to require the use of an ECG in a thinly veiled bid to force patients in the state to seek out higher-priced dental specialists, including oral surgeons.
"This is all about greed, not public safety," says Daniel L. Steinke, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., one of the concerned Maine dentists. "Members of the Maine dental board are betting that rather than having dentists placing electrodes under their blouses/shirts, most patients will seek out the high-priced specialists or avoid the dentist altogether."
It is the likelihood that patients in Maine will avoid the dentist altogether that has Dr. Steinke and his fellow Maine dentists so concerned. He points out that the medical evidence is abundant showing a correlation between poor oral health and poor overall general health.
Dentists nationwide have contacted the Maine dental board and Governor John E. Baldacci, who appoints members to the board, to point out the harm the new rules will unleash. Governor Baldacci has made access to care and preventive medicine one of the foundations of his administration.
The Maine dentists are asking area residents to phone Governor Baldacci at 207-287-3531 to express their opposition to the Maine dental board's proposals. The board is scheduled to approve the measures this Friday, September 12, 2008.