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California's Energy Future: Buildings and Industrial Efficiency ...

by Allan Chen for Berkeley News

Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2012

The researchers found that although it was possible to reduce energy use technically to meet California's 80% GHG reduction goal in the residential and commercial buildings sector, the potential is limited by economic feasibility and finite rates of implementation.

The California and Council of Science and Technology has released the next in its series of studies documenting the technology required to meet radical greenhouse gas (GHG) emission cuts by 2050 (80 percent below 1990 levels).

This report focuses on strategies for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through energy-efficient technologies and retrofits of the residential and industrial sectors.

"We found that although we couldn't solve the entire GHG problem through efficiency alone, we expected that outcome. On the positive side, we were able to conclude that although it will be very challenging, substantial levels of additional efficiency an…

Avión en el que murió Jenni Rivera pertenecía a un capo ...



El avión Learjet 25, en el que viajaba la cantante mexicana Jenni Rivera, pertenecía a un narcotraficante mexicano investigado por la justicia en Estados Unidos, y registraba un accidente en su bitácora de 43 años de vuelos, según informó Univisión. El Learjet, con capacidad para ocho pasajeros y dos tripulantes, es uno de los primeros de su tipo fabricados por la compañía Learjet en 1969, y de acuerdo con datos oficiales, fue propiedad de por lo menos una docena de compañías.

Documentos en una corte federal y la oficina de la secretaria de estado en Nevada revelan que la compañía pertenece al mexicano Christian Eduardo Esquino Núñez, quien utiliza también el nombre de Ed Núñez.

En febrero de 2010, Starwood Management y Wing Financial, otra compañía propiedad de Esquino Núñez, interpuso una declaración de bancarrota, buscando protección ante sus acreedores, que reclamaban el pago de más de cinco millones de dólares.

En 2011, otro avi…


The Quest for Wine's Origins

Through DNA profiling and archaeology, researchers have found what they believe is the cradle of wine grapegrowing

Suzanne Mustacich

Posted: December 12, 2012

What was the first wine appellation? According to new research from leading scientists, mankind's long history of cultivating grapes for wine began in southeast Anatolia, located in modern-day Turkey. Their research has also shown that our favorite wine grapes are more closely related to each other than previously thought.

When Dr. José Vouillamoz, a Swiss botanist and grape geneticist, embarked nearly a decade ago on research with biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern, he set out to find, genetically speaking, where wild and cultivated Vitis vinifera vines showed the closest relationship. 

Researchers have long believed that wherever wild grapevines show the most diversity and share the most similarities with cultivated vinifera, the European species of vines most top wine grape varieties be…


Apocalypse... but not as we know it

by Staff Writers

Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2012

The End Of The World As We Know It -- TEOTWAWKI -- is littered with predictions that didn't quite pan out.

Just ask the folks who are still chewing through the food they stashed away at the time of the Killer Blob scare four years ago.

That was when doomsters predicted CERN physicists would reduce the Earth to goo when they switched on their new particle smasher

In October, a German woman who feared the Earth would be sucked into oblivion in a black hole failed in her court bid to stop the work of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Armageddon experts thus are cueing weary smiles for another non-TEOTWAWKI moment on December 21, supposedly named by the Mayan calendar as the Big One.

"One thing all apocalyptic predictions have in common is that they are false. They never happen," sighs Stephen O'Leary at the University of Southern California.

Even so, many hard-headed scientists ta…


Primera información oficial que nos dice lo que puede pasar

12 Dec 2012

El Vicepresidente Nicolás Maduro Moros nos dejó saber en una sobria cadena, repetida a los cinco minutos, junto a Diosdado Cabello y Rafael Ramírez -cuyas caras decían más que las propias palabras del vocero- que la operación practicada al presidente Hugo Chávez había sido “compleja, difícil y complicada”.

Nos habló de un post-operatorio complejo y duro. Sin embargo nadie ha sido más claro desde el gobierno que Ernesto Villegas Poljak, el actual ministro de Información y Comunicación.

En la página oficial del Minci el periodista se ha sincerado con el país al dejar ver la posibilidad, muy cierta, de que Chávez no esté en el país para su toma de posesión como presidente reelecto el próximo mes de enero.

Más abajo tengo su escrito, del que extraigo éstos párrafos:

 “Confiemos en que, con el amor de millones, el Comandante se repondrá pronto y vendrá a tomar el mando antes del 10 de enero. De no ser así, nuestro pueblo deb…


Infografía AFP: Los hombres fuertes del chavismo Maduro, Cabello, Jaua, Adán Chávez y Ramírez son algunos de los hombres de mayor influencia dentro del gobierno

Publicado el 11 de dic de 2012 5:07 pm

Foto:  AFP

Ravi Shankar, Grammy-winning Indian sitar virtuoso, dies at 92 ...

View Photo Gallery — Ravi Shankar dies at 92: The Indian sitar virtuoso and world musical icon helped millions discover Indian music traditions.

By Robert Thomason, Wednesday, December 12, 12:42 AM

Ravi Shankar, the Grammy Award-winning Indian sitar virtuoso who became the world’s leading representative of South Asian music, exerted a major influence on popular music in the 1960s and was the father of the jazz-pop musician Norah Jones, died Tuesday. He was 92.

Stuart Wolferman, a spokesman for Mr. Shankar, said he died at a hospital near his home in Encinitas, Calif. The cause of death was not immediately available.

Mr. Shankar, who began his performing career as a young dancer, toured extensively as a musician after learning sitar from one of India’s great musicians. The skill with which he played the traditional Indian stringed instrument inspired several pop and rock bands in the 1960s to incorporate the sitar, most notably the Beatles with its songs “Norwegian Wood” and “Within You, W…