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- Super Scientifical 2: Chemical Party
I’m working on a project about the future of the European Union these days and in the process of gorginging himself on all kinds of EU-related material my colleague and homey James discovered this video clip sponsored by the EU and made by free video poker how to play backgammon no deposit bonus online casino 888 no download casino play roulette craps game black jack download american roulette play video poker baccarat free casino game no download online casino free money on line casino wagering roulette online online casino betting free online casino slots free craps best casino roulette gambling internet casino gambling uk best casino online full pay video poker no deposit casino code best craps game black jack tournament best online casino site craps online game newest online casino free slots no download play blackjack online free dueces wild video poker black jack gambling online video poker game free casino cash no deposit video poker tutorial play free video poker how to win at black jack casino roulette casino guide how to win at roulette rules of craps casino game online real money backgammon baccarat casino online free video poker game play free video poker video poker odds video poker tournaments Marie Curie Actions, a European Commission-affiliated program that – in EU’s trademark dull-positive language – “wants to make research careers more attractive to young people”. In my opinion this nerderific clip titled “Chemical Party” is a damn good start.
- Super Scientifical
In a totally unexpected development, I spent most of the last week manically consuming information about sustainability. I’m hoping to apply this knowledge in some coordinated way in the future, but for now I just want to mention a fascinating and terrifying article that I came across a few days ago. It’s called “The Geoengineering Option” and is featured in the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs. Here’s a link, although only an extract is printed on the FA website. Here’s the summary they provide:
Global warming is accelerating, and although engineering the climate strikes most people as a bad idea, it is time to take it seriously.
Well, that might sound innocent enough, but, as I alluded before, this article freaked me right out. I actually think it’s of enormous importance in terms of framing the discussion on climate change and establishing just what the risks of inaction really are, so I’m going to make a synopsis of the article’s main points…
The basic premise is that the challenges of establishing a coordinated global policy on limiting carbon emissions are so great that we have to begin assuming that some sort of major eco-catastrophe is inevitable.
Eliminating all the risks of climate change is impossible because carbon dioxide emissions, the chief human contribution to global warming, are unlike conventional air pollutants, which stay in the atmosphere for only hours or days. Once carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere, much of it remains for over a hundred years. Emissions from anywhere on the planet contribute to the global problem, and once headed in the wrong direction, the climate system is slow to respond to attempts at reversal. As with a bathtub that has a large faucet and a small drain, the only practical way to lower the level is by dramatically cutting the inflow. Holding global warming steady at its current rate would require a worldwide 60-80 percent cut in emissions, and it would still take decades for the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide to stabilize.
This essentially means that we need to imagine environmental interventions that will slow global warming or limit its consequences (rising sea levels, increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters, etc.)
These strategies, often called “geoengineering” envision deploying systems on a planetary scale, such as launching reflective particles into the atmosphere or positioning sunshades to cool the earth.
Ok. You see where this is going. Sci-fi shit. Here’s the science:
- Bean One: Alphabet Love
Recently I became aware of the work of Bean One, an Italian artist based in Barcelona. He works in a variety of media, including clothes, album covers, walls, skin, posters,etc. but his subject is almost always the roman letter. Having spent a large chunk of my youth trying to figure out new and awesome ways to combine post-modern tagging with pre-modern script, I was totally blown away by this man’s work. Here’s some samples…
Lots more stuff in different media and styles on the Bean One flickr stream.