Links 9/30/18

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Links for you. Science:

Antibiotic combos using four to five drugs effective against E. coli
The Palmdale Bulge: A Geo-Crisis That Likely Never Existed
Scientists Gave MDMA to Octopuses—and What Happened Was Profound
A Man Says His DNA Test Proves He’s Black, and He’s Suing
Top US science agency unveils hotly anticipated harassment policy

Other:

It is very difficult to get the train to stop
Norms
Solar panels replaced tarmac on a road – here are the results
Here’s What Would’ve Happened if Christine Blasey Ford Accused Brett Kavanaugh of Attempted Rape in 1982
Drivers continue to ignore speed cameras in the District, earning city more than $100 million (good headline; related post here)
Kavanaugh Allegations Bring a Reckoning at Yale Law School
We’re all back in high school
Women Who Support Brett Kavanaugh On CNN Revealed As Republican Operatives
Not All Candidates Back Medicare-For-All; These Do
Look- We All Know He Did It, It’s Whether He Pays a Price
The Real Culprit for Trump and Kavanaugh: Asshole Culture
My Rapist Apologized
One conservative group’s successful infiltration of the media (has implications for Initiative 77)
Destroy the Republican Party
“The Final Service at Lincoln Congregational Temple United Church of Christ, is this Sunday – The future of the building is yet to be decided”
What Teenagers Think About the Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh
The racist history of Chevy Chase, home to power players like Brett Kavanaugh
A Justice Kavanaugh Will Be a Pyrrhic Victory for the GOP
Entitlements: Days of rage in the bastions of male privilege
My Impressions on Kavanaugh’s Answers In Today’s Judiciary Committee Hearings

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2 Responses to Links 9/30/18

  1. zero says:

    That solar panel link is quite the hit piece. The author followed up in comments with more FUD around solar roads.

    I think they missed the point: a solar road serves up to five functions. First, it’s a road. It has to pass federal testing and get approval before it can be used on public roadways, so the tiles are as safe as asphalt or concrete including traction while wet). When comparing costs, don’t forget to consider the cost of the traditional roadway that this new surface replaces.
    Second, it’s a solar PV array. It is certainly not the most efficient PV array possible, but that is not the point. The point is distributed power generation at point of use as well as making the most of our paved surface area.
    Third, the lit roadbed serves as a programmable, flexible signal medium. No more striping costs. Ability to reprogram lanes on the fly. Flashing warnings and other safety messages right there on the ground. This is useful on a freeway, but even more so in an urban setting.
    Fourth, the bed heaters eliminate the need for grit and plows. That cuts down on chlorine pollution, surface wear and fossil fuel use by heavy equipment.
    Fifth, the full installation includes water capture and filtration as part of the utility way. This eliminates roadway runoff damage and pollution. The recovered wastewater can be used to clean the surface periodically, and as an additional source of water for parched areas. The utility ways used for water also carry power and data lines.

    Doing all of this is going to be more expensive than building a PV plant with identical nameplate rating. That should be obvious. Anyone writing on the subject without considering these factors is fighting a strawman.

  2. Min says:

    A guy whose DNA test “proves” that he’s Black? The one drop rule rides again! 😉

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